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  • Robert Leroe

    Contributing sermons since Sep 13, 2001
Robert's church

First Parish Congregational Church
Wakefield, Massachusetts 01880
781-245-1644

About Robert
  • Education: B.A., B.D., M.A., D.Min, graduate of the US Army Command & General Staff College, C.P.E.
  • Experience: 26 years of active military service as a US Army Chaplain (Lieutenant Colonel), to include service in Germany, Korea, Hungary (NATO Operation Joint Endeavor), and Saudi Arabia (Desert Storm), then 17 years as Pastor of Cliftondale Congregational Church, Saugus MA, Interim Minister at First Parish Congregational, Wakefield MA
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: The discipline of preparing a manuscript (rather than an outline) is important because our message is important. The act of preaching is too important to speak extemporaneously. We can and do add things that "come to us" while preaching, but we come fully prepared. My final copy is that which I prepare after having preached, adding thoughts that I added in the pulpit. I then email my sermons to my mailing list, even to those who were present Sunday (for reinforcement), extending my ministry.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: I’ve always conducted sermon series, which I think gave my congregation a structure and focus.
  • Family: Wife--Laura
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Be substantive but avoid professional, theological terms (unless you explain/define them). A sermon is to both inform and inspire, and must include exposition and application, in the same fashion as Paul’s epistles. The worst style of preaching is the one you use the most.
  • Books that have had an impact: Reversed Thunder & Answering God by Eugene Peterson Today’s Gospel by Walter Chantry The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis How Should We Then Live by Francis Schaeffer From Fear to Faith by D.Martyn Lloyd-Jones The Search for Compassion by Andrew Purves Evangelicals on the Cantebury Trail by Robert Webber Our Father Abraham by Marvin Wilson The God Who Loves You, by Peter Kreeft Decision-Making & the Will of God, by Garry Friessen Gilead by Marilyn Robinson The Crucifixion by Fleming Rutledge
  • Hobbies: Guitar, Kayaking
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: God is in control of everything--we can rest in the safety of His hand and trust His sovereign purpose. We may not know what tomorrow may hold, but we can know the One who holds tomorrow.
  • What I want on my tombstone: pro deo et patria
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  • Anti-Semitism

    Contributed on Apr 3, 2022
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    The British have a condescending saying: “How odd of God to choose the Jews.”

    The British have a condescending saying: “How odd of God to choose the Jews.” They sneeringly look down on God’s chosen people. Yet God’s choice is not odd. The Jews chose God. And through them came our Savior. Some people deny that Jesus was Jewish; the idea that Jesus was a Jew is ...read more

  • "a Somber Question"

    Contributed on Mar 30, 2022
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    “When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” This is perhaps the most disturbing question in Scripture. It haunts me with each passing year.

    “When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:8 This is perhaps the most disturbing question in Scripture. It haunts me with each passing year. It comes at the close of a parable encouraging faithful, persistent prayer. God answers prayer, but what if a day comes when ...read more

  • The Burning Book

    Contributed on Feb 28, 2022
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    If you were shipwrecked on a deserted island, what book would you most want to have? Maybe Ship-Building for Beginners! But to survive the storms of life, we need God’s revelation.

    If you were shipwrecked on a deserted island, what book would you most want to have? Maybe Ship-Building for Beginners! But to survive the storms of life, we need God’s revelation. Karl Barth said, “We must read the Bible through the eyes of shipwrecked people for whom everything has gone ...read more

  • "patience, The Virtue That Carries A Lot Of Wait"

    Contributed on Oct 10, 2021
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    In the musical Fiddler on the Roof, the persecuted Jewish villagers of Anatevka are forced to flee the Russian pogroms. Someone asked the Rabbi, “Wouldn’t this be a good time for the Messiah to come?” The Rabbi answered, “Yes, my son; meanwhile, let’s get packing!”

    In the musical Fiddler on the Roof, the persecuted Jewish villagers of Anatevka are forced to flee the Russian pogroms. Someone asked the Rabbi, “Wouldn’t this be a good time for the Messiah to come?” The Rabbi answered, “Yes, my son; meanwhile, let’s get packing!” In the Lord’s Prayer we pray: ...read more

  • Zacchaeus

    Contributed on Jan 10, 2021
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    There is hope for everyone, even crooked tax-collectors!

    There is hope for everyone, even crooked tax-collectors! We’ve all heard the story of Zacchaeus in Sunday School; it’s a favorite, and raises a smile or two. Just a few days before the crucifixion, Jesus visits Jericho. It was an important center of commerce. King Herod had a palace there. ...read more

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  • The Impossible

    Contributed on May 14, 2013
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    Madeline L’Engle writes, "If Mary had the courage to take the impossible into her body, can we not have the ...read more

  • Tabernacle Faith

    Contributed on Apr 7, 2013
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    TABERNACLE FAITH Rabbi Jonathan Sacks writes about the feast of Tabernacles: "Sitting in the booth underneath its canopy of leaves, I often think of my ancestors and their wanderings across Europe in search of safety; and I begin to understand how faith was their only home. Their existence was ...read more

  • Pastor Mark Driscoll States: "The Only Thing ...

    Contributed on Apr 3, 2013
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    Pastor Mark Driscoll states: "The only thing that gets me out of bed on Monday morning is the picture in the Book of Revelation of King ...read more

  • We Are Like What We Worship

    Contributed on Jan 29, 2013
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    WE ARE LIKE WHAT WE WORSHIP N.T. Wright observes, we "become like what we worship; we take on the character of our object of worship. Those who worship money become, eventually, human calculating machines. Those who worship sex become obsessed with their own attractiveness or prowess. Those ...read more

  • The God-Alphabet

    Contributed on Jan 7, 2013
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    THE GOD-ALPHABET J. Vernon McGee observed: "From an alphabet you make words, and Jesus Christ is called the 'Word of God' -- the full revelation and intelligent ...read more