“What Are the Rewards?”

Mt. 10:40-42 (Contemporary English Bible) South Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship of Faith – July 2, 2017 The Reverend Deborah Fae Swift   Matthew 10:40-42 (CEB) 40 “Those who receive you are also receiving me, and those who receive me are receiving the one who sent me. 41  Those who receive a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward. Those who receive a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. 42  I assure you that everybody who gives even a cup of cold water to these little ones because they are my disciples will certainly be rewarded.”   Have … Continue reading “What Are the Rewards?”

“Think Global; Shop Local”

Ps. 116:7-19 (MSG); Mt. 10:1, 5-8 (MSG) South Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship of Faith – June 18, 2017 Volunteer Recognition & Father’s Day The Reverend Deborah Fae Swift  Psalm 116:7-19 (MSG)   (responsive) I said to myself, “Relax and rest. God has showered you with blessings. Soul, you’ve been rescued from death; Eye, you’ve been rescued from tears; And you, Foot, were kept from stumbling.” I’m striding in the presence of God, alive in the land of the living! I stayed faithful, though bedeviled, and despite a ton of bad luck, Despite giving up on the human race, saying, “They’re all liars and cheats.” … Continue reading “Think Global; Shop Local”

“Caller I.D.”

Mt. 28:16-20 (AMP) South Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship of Faith – June 11, 2017 Trinity Sunday The Reverend Deborah Fae Swift Mt. 28:16-20 (AMP) 16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. 17 And when they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted [that it was really He]. 18 Jesus came up and said to them, “All authority (all power of absolute rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations [help the people to learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My words], baptizing them in the name of the … Continue reading “Caller I.D.”

“Pentecost for the 21st Century”

Acts 2:1-15 (MSG) South Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship of Faith – June 4, 2017 The Reverend Deborah Fae Swift Acts 2:1-15 The Message (MSG) A Sound Like a Strong Wind 2 1-4 When the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force—no one could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building. Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks, and they started speaking in a number of different languages as the Spirit prompted them. 5-11 There were many Jews staying in Jerusalem just … Continue reading “Pentecost for the 21st Century”

“Branding: What Does Yours Say?”

John 14:15-21 (MSG) South Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship of Faith – May 21, 2017 The Reverend Deborah Fae Swift John 14:15-21 15-17 “If you love me, show it by doing what I’ve told you. I will talk to the Father, and he’ll provide you another Friend so that you will always have someone with you. This Friend is the Spirit of Truth. The godless world can’t take him in because it doesn’t have eyes to see him, doesn’t know what to look for. But you know him already because he has been staying with you, and will even be in you! 18-20 “I will not … Continue reading “Branding: What Does Yours Say?”

“Who do You Say that I Am?”

Acts 2:42-47 (NRSV) South Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship of Faith – May 14, 2017 The Reverend Deborah Fae Swift  Mark 8:27-29 (NRSV) 27 Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28 And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” 29 He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah.”   Well, this is quite a day of celebration here, isn’t it? Mother’s Day AND a commencement celebration all … Continue reading “Who do You Say that I Am?”

“Acts + Faith = Acts of Faith”

Acts 2:42-47 (NRSV) South Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship of Faith – May 7, 2017 The Reverend Deborah Fae Swift  Acts 2:42-47 (NRSV) This reading from the Book of the Acts of the Apostles is sometimes called Life Among the Believers. Let us read together what Luke has written. 42 They (the early believers) devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. 44 All who believed were together and had all things in common; 45 they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute … Continue reading “Acts + Faith = Acts of Faith”