Sermon, "Robe of Righteousness," Philippians 3:8-9

“Robe of Righteousness,” Philippians 3:8-9
Introduction Last week before the benediction, I made the unplanned comment for the sake of visitors that we aim at about an hour-long service, though we do not always make it. I said, just in case you have somewhere important to be like to meet with your parole officer at noon on Sundays or something. I got to thinking about that after the service. It was unplanned and I would like to think rather obviously meant without any malice, but I thought, you know, somebody could take an off the cuff remark like that the wrong way and I hope nobody did. Now, I think humor is too valuable a tool in preaching and teaching to leave it in the toolbox for fear of possible occasional unintended offense. Some people are very sensitive. Some people just do not know me well enough to realize how terribly funny I really am and may take something in a way completely unintended. While that is a risk I decided was worth taking a long time ago, I hope no one took i…

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