Dating the Advent
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This is an article I wrote for the Green Lake Church Gazette. Published in April, 2013. Dating the Advent (or Not!) John McLarty April 2013 GLC Gazette In the summer of 1994 I spent a week preaching at a Midwestern campmeeting.  Halfway through the week, a genial couple invited me to lunch.  Food out of the way, we got down to the real reason for their invitation: they wanted to share with me the good news that Jesus would return before the end of the year. A couple of years previously, they had moved out of the city and purchased an ostrich farm where they could protect their child ..read more
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Be Strong and Courageous
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4y ago
Strong and Courageous Sermon for Green Lake Church of Seventh-day Adventists  March 15, 2020 Texts: Psalm 46:1-7, Joshua 1:1-7, Matthew 14:22-27 Hymn: O God Our Help in Ages Past.  God is our refuge and strength,  always ready to help in times of trouble.  Therefore, we will not fear  when earthquakes come  and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam.  Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!  There is a river that brings joy to the city of our God,  the sacred home of the Most High.  God dwells in that city;  it cannot be destroyed.  From the very bre ..read more
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Sweet Water
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4y ago
Sermon for Green Lake Church of Seventh-day Adventists February 15, 2020 Texts: 2 Kings 2:19-22 1-22 NLT.  Luke 10:1-3, 8-9 NLT  The Prophet Elijah shows up in the Bible without any introduction, seemingly out of nowhere. Elijah, who was from Tishbe in Gilead, told King Ahab, “As surely as the LORD, the God of Israel, lives—the God I serve—there will be no dew or rain during the next few years until I give the word!” Boom. The prophet showed up unannounced. Delivered his message, then disappeared. Three years later—three years of devastating drought—three years later Elijah sho ..read more
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Holy Defiance
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4y ago
Sermon for Green Lake Church of Seventh-day Adventists February 8, 2020 Text: Daniel 6 Sometimes the right answer is, “No. I won’t do it.” When I first started out as a minister, the Adventist Church conducted an annual fund-raising drive called Ingathering. This was not an internal program. Rather, church members solicited money from the public to support the denomination’s humanitarian efforts in disaster relief and development. As a kid, I went door-to-door with other church members. My speech was, “Hi. I’m John McLarty and we are collecting money for the poor, sick, and needy.” But then ..read more
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Baby Jesus, Baby God
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4y ago
Sermon for Green Lake Church of Seventh-day Adventists For December 21, 2019 Baby Jesus, Baby God. That's the way I learned it in Kindergarten in Sabbath School. And in Primary. We learned the story of Baby Jesus. I liked the shepherds first. People who were outside. With animals. That was cool. And because the angels sang, they were the very first to see the baby Jesus and kneel and worship the baby who was God. And then the Wise Men showed up. Three Kings from Persia. Guided by the star. They brought gifts. And they, too, knelt. They bowed to the Baby who was also God, so the bowing was o ..read more
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More Than Enough, Thank You
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4y ago
Sermon for Green Lake Church of Seventh-day Adventists November 30, 2019 A slightly different version was published online by Adventist Today on November 28. My heart is filled with joy.I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.Psalm 28:7 The day before Thanksgiving, I was on a park bench on the west side of Dorr’s Pond, a tiny lake in Manchester, New Hampshire, watching for the sun to rise behind the white pines across the pond. It was cold, just below freezing. I sipped my very dilute, very hot coffee and nibbled on two cookies I had brought. And I gave thanks. I gave thanks for our grandkid ..read more
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Lament
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5y ago
Sermon for Green Lake Church of Seventh-day Adventists October 19, 2019 I went to bed early last Friday night. Because I had a bad cold and a cough I slept in the spare bedroom. About 1:30a Sabbath I was awakened by a bright light shining through the blinds. I jumped out of bed and peered through the blinds to see what was going on. I heard a voice, “Seattle police.” I went to the front door and opened it a crack. “Are you really the police?” I asked. Not thinking clearly, since if someone was pretending to be the police they would probably not admit it just because I asked.  Yes, they wer ..read more
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Rich People and Jesus
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5y ago
Sermon for Green Lake Church, Sabbath, June 15, 2019 The Gospel of Matthew, chapter 4:  Jesus left Judea and returned to Galilee.  This fulfilled the word of the prophet Isaiah:  In Galilee where so many Gentiles live,  the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light.  And on those who lived in the land of the shadow of death  a light has dawned.  From then on Jesus began to preach,  "Repent and turn to God,  for the Kingdom of Heaven is near."  One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers--Peter and Andrew--throwing a net into the water, f ..read more
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Secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven
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5y ago
Green Lake Church, June 8 Texts: Proverbs 3:13-17 Matthew 13:10-17 [Pro 3:13-17 NLT] 13 Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding. 14 For wisdom is more profitable than silver, and her wages are better than gold. 15 Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. 16 She offers you long life in her right hand, and riches and honor in her left. 17 She will guide you down delightful paths; all her ways are satisfying. [Mat 13:10-16 NLT] 10 His disciples came and asked him, "Why do you use parables when you talk to the people?" 11 He r ..read more
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Wrench Ministers
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5y ago
Sermon for Green Lake Church, June 1, 2019. TextsExodus 23:1-9Matthew 6:1-8 On the second day of our trip to the desert the air conditioning quit working. Karin said, “We cannot do this trip without air conditioning!” It was Friday. We were in northern Utah driving south toward St.George where our tour started on Sunday. What to do? While I drove, Karin called Gerry Bryant, Elyse Lambeth’s dad. He has lived in St. George for a long time. Could he recommend a mechanic that might be able to fix our air conditioning. Gerry gave us the number for Redlands Auto Repair. Karin called the mechanic a ..read more
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