Oct. 20 – Heart Renewal

Fish swimming inside a lightbulb

Have you ever known something so thoroughly that you became part of what you know? Been so immersed in something, like a fish swimming in water when it is difficult to discern exactly where the motion of fish ends and the water's current begins? The prophet Jeremiah perceived a day when: No longer shall they… Continue reading Oct. 20 – Heart Renewal

Oct. 6 – Why Five?

Toes with faces

Why say that a proverbial rich man had five brothers? In the first century parables were a well developed art form. Each word used in a parable, especially in its original language, was carefully chosen to pack meaning into the fewest number of words to facilitate memorization and repetition. The parable of Lazarus and the rich man (Luke… Continue reading Oct. 6 – Why Five?

Sept. 29 – Rekindle the Faith

burnt log with embers

Throughout history the Church has survived, even flourished, despite forces piling up against its success. Is our present situation any worse than the situation described in the Second letter to Timothy? False teachers were upsetting people with stories of a false resurrection. Others had abandoned Christian leaders when the government imprisoned them. Even the Apostle… Continue reading Sept. 29 – Rekindle the Faith

Sept. 15 – Hide and Found

Welcome in serval languages

What have you 'lost' of such great importance that you would have cleaned your whole house to find or traveled miles out of your way retracing your steps and then dug through the trash? Once during a soccer game a small child realized a hearing aide was no longer in one of her ears. Within… Continue reading Sept. 15 – Hide and Found

Sept. 8 – Christ Over All

one outside the crowd

I admire those who carefully weigh becoming a member of a particular congregation. However church membership is a small, even trivial, decision when compared with the cost of discipleship under Jesus Christ. Prospective members often ask if they will be expected to tithe, give ten percent of their income. Like many television evangelists I soften… Continue reading Sept. 8 – Christ Over All

Sept. 1 – Table Stories

chalice, bread, and trays on the communion table

An unusual assortment of people gather around communion tables: those who are very rich and those deeply in debt; circuit court judges and felons, even murderers; nuclear physicists and poets; academics and drop outs. People from every corner of the world. We believe that through this sacrament or holy mystery that the table in any… Continue reading Sept. 1 – Table Stories

Aug. 18 – Heroes of Faith

What kind of people do you expect to find described in the Bible? Hebrews 11:31-32 lists eight people by name as exemplars of faith. And all of them are deeply flawed. Their persistence in running the race that God set before them sets them apart. If these people can be considered “heroes of the faith”,… Continue reading Aug. 18 – Heroes of Faith

Aug. 25 – Worship Outside the Box

Worship elements coming out of a box

You will be glad you came to Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church on Sunday, August 25th. You will also want to bring a friend with you. We will offer 16 diverse worship options for you to choose to experience, all squeezed between a delicious Breakfast and a scrumptious Ice Cream Social. Wear comfortable clothes so you… Continue reading Aug. 25 – Worship Outside the Box

Aug. 11 – Expected Treasures

"Just in the nick of time someone would give us something we needed." I have heard stories of families struggling to make ends meet for diverse reasons at every congregation that I have served. They often told of praying for food, clothing, car repairs, … and just when they thought all was lost they received… Continue reading Aug. 11 – Expected Treasures

Aug. 4 – Focus on Heaven

Do not look at the elephant! A scientist asked people to carefully watch basketball players pass a ball from one person to the next and count the number of times that players in white uniforms touched the ball. During the short video a man wearing a gorilla suit walks through the scene. Later, when asked… Continue reading Aug. 4 – Focus on Heaven