• John Gerald

    Contributing sermons since Aug 5, 2004
John's church

The Methodist Protestant Church
Brookhaven, Mississippi 39601

About John
  • Education: I attended Jones County Junior College in 1947-48. After that my brother, Billy, and I attended Kletzing College in University Park, Iowa, then I attended William Penn College, Oskaloosa, Iowa where I obtained a B. A. Degree, and Iowa State University at Ames, Iowa, for a summer, to validate my Iowa teacher’s Certificate. In the years since, I have attended the University of Southern Mississippi and Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA briefly.
  • Experience: I started preaching while still a teen-ager. I was ordained an elder in the Methodist Protestant Church in December of 1946. I have preached in churches in Iowa, Mississippi and Louisiana. My faithful wife has been my partner and companion assisting at the piano all these years since 1950.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: My sermons are based on the Scriptures and are to the point. They are not rambling. They are easy to follow. I hand out printed copies of my notes and scriptures as I have them prepared so the people know where I am going, and when I am about to finish. I try not to go very much over the time.
  • Family: I am the oldest of 11 children. My father and mother were ministers in the Methodist Protest Church for over 60 years. I have three brothers and a brother-in-law serving in the ministry of the Methodist Protestant Church today. My wife, Helen, and I have five children that have presented us with 12 grand-children and two great-grant-children.
  • What my parents think of my sermons: I had the privilege of being the pastor of my parent’s church in their old age. I felt honored when they called me their pastor! I believe that they though more highly of me than I deserved.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: My wife feels free to correct me when she sees me make a mistake, but generally, she thinks very highly of my sermons. She has had me for her pastor for sixty years, and she is not ready to make a change, yet! She thinks my illustrations are good.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Use lots of illustrations. I am trying to remember to do this!
  • Books that have had an impact: The best book of all my experience is the Bible.
  • Hobbies: I like to read, work on my sermons on the computer and send them out by e-mail and post them on Sermon Central web site. I like gospel music and the great old hymns. I like to play the bass guitar with my wife at the piano.
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: People, get right with God! It is later than you think!
  • What I want on my tombstone: He loved in word, in deed and in Truth
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Newest Sermons

  • What God Can Restore

    Contributed on Jul 1, 2005
    based on 24 ratings

    God’s power to restore

    What GOD Can Restore! Rev. John W. Gerald I. HE RESTORES THE JOY ONCE KNOWN Psalms 51:12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. David once knew the joy of Salvation. Sin had separated him from his God. Guilt for this sin had taken away his joy. more

  • Fruits Worthy Of Repentance

    Contributed on Jun 2, 2005
    based on 11 ratings

    The effects of True Repentance in a person’s life

    BRING FORTH FRUITS WORTHY of REPENTANCE Rev. John W. Gerald I. FLEE THE WRATH of GOD! Luke 3:2 Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. The world routinely reverts to the evil ways of man’s nature, and God sends a more

  • Memorial Day

    Contributed on May 27, 2005
    based on 49 ratings

    Things we should remember!

    MEMORIAL DAY 2005 I. BRING TO REMEMBRANCE De 32:7 Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee. The youth have not seen all that their elders have seen. The stories must be told them over more

  • Love Thy Neighbor

    Contributed on May 14, 2005
    based on 24 ratings

    To discover the evidence of a real Christian life.

    LOVE THY NEIGHBOR! Rev. John W. Gerald I. LOVE, A GODLY QUALITY Lev. 19:18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I [am] the LORD. Vengeance and bearing grudges are ungodly qualities, quite more

  • Mother

    Contributed on May 5, 2005
    based on 66 ratings

    Tributes to Mothers

    MOTHER It takes a mother’s love to make a house a home, A place to be remembered, no matter where we roam. It takes a mother’s patience to bring a child up right, And her courage and her cheerfulness to make a dark day bright. It takes a mother’s thoughtfulness to mend the heart’s deep more

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  • The Story Was Passed On Over Internet About ...

    Contributed on Jun 2, 2005
    based on 6 ratings

    The story was passed on over internet about Little Billy, a Jewish boy, who was failing his math lessons. His parents tried everything they could to get him to do better in this subject, but he continued to fail. At last, they took him down to the Catholic School, and enrolled him. After the first more

  • A Mother — Whose Life Was Not Wasted

    Contributed on May 5, 2005
    based on 2 ratings

    A MOTHER - WHOSE LIFE WAS NOT WASTED Ian McClaren tells about visiting an old Scotch lady who was standing in her kitchen weeping. She wiped her eyes with the corner of her apron, and when the minister asked her what was the matter, she confessed; "I am so miserable and more

  • Six Hundred Students At A University Were Asked ...

    Contributed on May 5, 2005
    based on 1 rating

    "Six hundred students at a university were asked to write on a piece of paper the most beautiful word in the English language. 422 wrote the more

  • The Bridge

    Contributed on Dec 4, 2004
    based on 3 ratings

    THE BRIDGE An old man going a lone highway, Came at the evening cold and gray To a chasm vast, deep and wide. The old man crossed in the twilight dim The sullen stream had no fear for him. But he paused when safe on the other side And built a bridge to stem the tide. "Old man," said a more

  • An Estimated 80% Of Adult Problem Gamblers ...

    Contributed on Nov 11, 2004
    based on 1 rating

    An estimated 80% of adult problem gamblers started before age 14. A fifteen-year-old girl, an illegal gambler, lost $5,000 at New Jersey resorts, even as her father begged the casinos to bar her as a minor. Another teenager stole $20,000 to pay his bookie, while another boy prostituted his more