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  • Blueprint For The Universe Series

    Contributed by Sherm Nichols on Jan 17, 2013
    based on 4 ratings
     | 2,145 views

    God has revealed His big plan to you and you have an active part of it!

    This is a merry-go-round. It used to be in Leonard Park, in Joplin, MO, between 4th and 7th streets. It was just an ordinary merry-go-round, in an ordinary park. When you look at it, it looks very ordinary, doesn’t it? But, on one very ordinary evening, as a certain young man sat on this ...read more

  • When Building God A House Series

    Contributed by Sherm Nichols on Nov 16, 2011
    based on 5 ratings
     | 5,132 views

    A specially formatted message and worship service to help the Church to no longer consider the building “the church” and to be more deliberate in acting like the Church wherever they are From a series about the life of Solomon

    I Kings 6:1-8:66; II Chronicles 2:1-7:22 Pre-intro – Some of my fondest high school memories aren’t of school at all. They’re from the summers. I had the privilege of living in CO and taking backpack trips through our church camp there. They were great! We’d pack in ...read more

  • What's A Good Name For You? Series

    Contributed by Sherm Nichols on Apr 28, 2009
    based on 21 ratings
     | 18,055 views

    The benefits of having a good name give us good reasons to be people of integrity

    Jim was a very meticulous neighbor. He was always concerned about not upsetting the people who lived around him. So, the night he let the dog out and forgot to get him back in for a couple of hours wasn’t the norm. That was bad, in his mind, but what was worse was that as his dog came in, he had ...read more

  • Do We Really Need Jiminy Cricket? Series

    Contributed by Sherm Nichols on Apr 28, 2009
    based on 5 ratings
     | 1,782 views

    The God-given mechanism of conscience is a help that every person can use for life

    Intro: Among the 5 senses, I’m most intrigued by our sense of smell. It amazes me how many memories are conjured up by smells for me – the way I can think of a smell because of a memory; the way a smell brings back a memory. Pretty amazing. They’re not all good smells. In fact, I can remember ...read more

  • Choose Series

    Contributed by Sherm Nichols on Feb 3, 2009
    based on 5 ratings
     | 4,579 views

    God has given us a precious treasure in our ability to choose to love Him

    The dean of a university was at a faculty meeting when a professor from the antiquities department handed him an old brass lamp they had just acquired. The dean rubbed a smudge from it, and as he did, a genie appeared. “I’m the genie from the lamp,” he said, “and I’m here on a special assignment, ...read more

  • Wrestling With The Father…and Winning! Series

    Contributed by Sherm Nichols on Jan 3, 2008
    based on 12 ratings
     | 9,847 views

    God desires for us to wrestle with Him in order to shape us into the people He wants us to become

    I don’t have some clever fact or story or joke to start this sermon. Nothing can top the text itself: Genesis 32:22-32 That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two maidservants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. After he had sent them across the stream, he sent ...read more

  • Now My Eyes Have Seen You Series

    Contributed by Sherm Nichols on Jan 3, 2008
    based on 11 ratings
     | 4,483 views

    A moment to consider the wonders of God as a means to a right perspective in life - as Job did.

    There’s a type of boat called a hydrofoil that has actually been around for over 100 yrs. The secret lies underneath the hull, where there are basically underwater wings. Once the boat reaches enough speed, it actually lifts out of the water and “flies” with only those wings in the water. ...read more

  • Taking A Mess And Making It Useful Series

    Contributed by Sherm Nichols on Jan 3, 2008
    based on 10 ratings
     | 3,309 views

    To help my audience see how to apply deliberate Christ-centered action to their relationships at home and in the Church so that potential messes are made into decisive victories for the Lord

    Sweet gum trees. They’re a great shade tree – they grow quickly and strong. They produce a lot of leaves that will often turn nice colors in the fall. And, if you’ve had a couple of them, you know they also produce about a billion spiny, ball-shaped seedpods called monkey balls or gum balls. ...read more

  • Beyond Citizenship

    Contributed by Sherm Nichols on Jan 3, 2008
    based on 4 ratings
     | 845 views

    Authority comes from God and applies to the way we regard our government and others who are in positions of authority.

    Where do citizenship and Christianity meet? Millions have struggled with this question. A vocal minority in our nation seems bent on convincing us that they never should meet – that a person’s religious convictions shouldn’t interfere with his civil life. Should the President talk about his ...read more

  • Have You Found What You're Looking For? Series

    Contributed by Sherm Nichols on Jan 3, 2008
    based on 11 ratings
     | 2,094 views

    The world is searching for answers, and Jesus is the greatest answer to their search.

    Over 20 years ago, before the iron curtain fell, there was a movie called “Red Dawn.” It portrayed the overrunning of the US by a communist invasion in the first few minutes. The rest of the movie follows the lives of some who are part of “the resistance” in occupied America territory. It was an ...read more

  • Your Married Name Series

    Contributed by Sherm Nichols on Jan 3, 2008
    based on 12 ratings
     | 3,658 views

    Considering the names Beulah and Hephzibah to understand what it means and how desireable it is to be in a righ relationship with God.

    Happy Watangi Day! For those of you who don’t know, that was this past week. Watangi Day is a New Zealand holiday. If you would like to learn more about it, ask the Hintens, they used to live there. I think I know why they left there now… There’s a hill in New Zealand called: ...read more

  • Rahab's Reformation Series

    Contributed by Sherm Nichols on Jan 3, 2008
    based on 7 ratings
     | 3,538 views

    A look at the life of Rahab in order to get my audience to be amazed at what God is able to do and to partner with Him in changing lives, beginning with themselves

    (have the text read ahead) I have obtained a copy of a recently discovered document from the 1st century. It’s from the first publisher of the Bible – this was before there was Zondervan and Tyndale and all those publishers. It’s a letter from them to the Bible’s original author… Dear ...read more

  • Offerings That Cost Me Nothing – Give Sacrificially Series

    Contributed by Sherm Nichols on Jan 3, 2008
    based on 8 ratings
     | 15,399 views

    Giving sacrificially, in light of God’s grace, is a great reflection of Who God is and accomplishes more than we can realize at the time

    It’d been a hard winter in the Appalachian Mountains. Snow had piled up deeper and deeper, it turned bitter cold, rivers froze, people were suffering. The Red Cross used helicopters to fly in supplies. One crew had been working day after day--long hours. They were on their way home late in the ...read more

  • Unreasonable Worship Series

    Contributed by Sherm Nichols on Dec 31, 2007
    based on 4 ratings
     | 2,255 views

    This look at Mary at the feet of Jesus will show how giving Jesus extreme worship doesn’t fit worldly thinking but it always fits Godly devotion

    I’m not sure exactly when they started – it may have been back before the time of Christ. I’m not sure how Mt. Dew seemed to become the drink associated with them. But I am relatively sure that we’ll have “extreme sports” in some form or another for the rest of history to come. Extreme sport: ...read more

  • Why Should I Believe It? Series

    Contributed by Sherm Nichols on Dec 31, 2007
    based on 13 ratings
     | 2,894 views

    A look at how Jesus backed all of His claims with overwhelming evidence that demands our obedience.

    They’d been giving me fair warning. If I didn’t get my clergy ID badge made for the hospital, I’d be sorry. Then, I showed up at Freeman for someone’s surgery. It was getting close to the last few minutes of opportunity to visit her beforehand. I arrived at the window and asked where she was. ...read more

  • What Matters Most To Jesus Series

    Contributed by Sherm Nichols on Dec 31, 2007
    based on 4 ratings
     | 2,239 views

    a sermon about decision-making. Often times, in the “gray areas”, we simply need to decide what things in life are most important to God. We need to straighten out our priorities.

    I want clear instructions. Here are some examples of instructions that, for one reason or another, weren’t made very clearly: • “Do not sit in chair without being fully assembled” • “Please take time to look over the brochure enclosed with your family” • at a private school grounds: “No ...read more

  • The Man Took Jesus At His Word And Departed Series

    Contributed by Sherm Nichols on Dec 31, 2007
    based on 12 ratings
     | 3,286 views

    Real belief in the power and character of Jesus takes us past human limitations

    Every once in a while, God does it to me. I can’t anticipate it. That would ruin the whole effect. No, it’s not in my planner for the day. It has to come out of the blue. But, just the same, I can count on it to happen. Has He done it to you? You know, have something happen that wakes you ...read more

  • Whoever Believes In Him Series

    Contributed by Sherm Nichols on Dec 31, 2007
    based on 21 ratings
     | 1,930 views

    From this look at John 3:16 this message simply communicats how saving belief in Jesus is God’s cure for our condemned state

    Antonia Stradivari had made a vow: “Other men will make other violins, but no man shall make a better one,” that has remained true. He died in 1737 as the world’s greatest violin maker. To this day, no violin can match the rich tone of a Stradivarius. His conviction: “God needs violins to send ...read more

  • A Shepherd Worth Following Series

    Contributed by Sherm Nichols on Oct 10, 2007
    based on 5 ratings
     | 2,105 views

    Jesus is the Good Shepherd to Whom we can entrust ourselves

    Introduction: We have a problem this morning. How many of you have ever raised sheep? How many of you have ever lived near sheep? How many of you know very little at all about sheep? That’s our problem. You see, to really appreciate the point of Jn10, we have to know something about ...read more

  • A Walk Through The Garden Series

    Contributed by Sherm Nichols on Dec 1, 2006
    based on 26 ratings
     | 6,385 views

    A visit to Gethsemane to learn from Jesus the way to face life’s times of crisis with power that comes from God and to take that into our next hard time

    1. Title: A Walk Through The Garden 2. Text: Matthew 26:36-56; Mark 14:32-52; Luke 22:39-53; John 18:1-12 3. Audience: Villa Heights Christian Church, AM crowd, March 26, 2006, 1st in the 4 part series “Walk To The Cross” 4. Objectives: -for the people to examine the actions of Jesus at ...read more

  • Walking After The Cross Series

    Contributed by Sherm Nichols on Dec 1, 2006
    based on 45 ratings
     | 13,319 views

    Looks at the 3rd resurrection appearance of Jesus and challenges us to live our lives in light of the fact that Jesus is alive and He has plans for us.

    1. Title: Walking After The Cross 2. Text: John 21 3. Audience: Villa Heights Christian Church, AM crowd, April 16, 2006, Easter Sunday, Last in the series “Walk to the Cross” 4. Objectives: -for the people to be reminded of God’s plan and their part in it; to understand how this 3rd ...read more

  • What To Do With A Bum Knee Series

    Contributed by Sherm Nichols on Dec 1, 2006
    based on 7 ratings
     | 2,219 views

    To develop a more finely-tuned attitude toward hardships and to develop a plan that will help to regularly grow through events that stretch us

    1. Title: What To Do With a Bum Knee 2. Text: Hebrews 12:4-13 (12:3-29) 3. Audience: Villa Heights Christian Church, AM crowd. September 17, 2006, in the series “Nothing Better Than The Best” 4. Objectives: -for the people to understand how difficulties are used by God for our good; what a ...read more

  • Standing Around The Cross Series

    Contributed by Sherm Nichols on Dec 1, 2006
    based on 9 ratings
     | 3,657 views

    Will consider the different attitudes and circumstances of the people who are detailed at the scene of the crucifixion, especially the penitent thief

    1. Title: Standing Around The Cross 2. Text: Matthew 27:32-50; Mark 15:20-47; *Luke 23:26-56, John 19:16-40 3. Audience: Villa Heights Christian Church, AM crowd, 4-9-06, 3rd in the series “Walk To The Cross” 4. Objectives: -for the people to consider the different attitudes and ...read more

  • Get In. Hang On. Don't Fall Off. Series

    Contributed by Sherm Nichols on Dec 1, 2006
    based on 10 ratings
     | 2,202 views

    A sobering look at how God’s plan is to bring us home, clean us up, and keep us there

    1. Title: Get In. Hang On. Don’t Fall Off. 2. Text: Hebrews 10 3. Audience: Villa Heights Christian Church, AM worship crowd, September 3, 2006, in the series “Nothing Better Than the Best” 4. Type: textual 5. Objectives: For the people to understand the necessity of remaining faithful and ...read more

  • One Prayer Closer To God

    Contributed by Sherm Nichols on Dec 1, 2006
    based on 8 ratings
     | 2,951 views

    Effort to show that pursuit of closeness with God is the sure path to fullness of joy and can be helped by the use of the Psalms as a basis for prayer

    1. Title: One Prayer Closer To God 2. Text: Psalm 16 3. Audience: Villa Heights Christian Church, AM crowd, April 3, 2005 -for the people to understand how the Psalms are prayers to be used in our prayers to God, and how this Psalm describes the close relationship we should be seeking with ...read more

  • What God Wants Most Series

    Contributed by Sherm Nichols on Nov 17, 2006
    based on 7 ratings
     | 1,951 views

    An effort to get the congregation to give more thought and understanding to what God desires in worship and to align their desires with His.

    1. Title: What God Wants Most 2. Text: John 4, et al 3. Audience: Villa Heights Christian Church, AM crowd, October 17, 2006, 3rd in the series “Stand In Awe” 4. Objectives: -for the people to understand that God’s desires are to be at the center of our worship; to understand some of the ...read more

  • The Lord Is With You When You Are With Him Series

    Contributed by Sherm Nichols on Nov 17, 2006
    based on 13 ratings
     | 6,492 views

    Looks at the virtures of the life of King Asa to find "tests" that reveal the strength of our walk with God

    1. Title: The Lord is With You When You Are With Him 2. Text: II Chronicles 14-16, esp 13; I Kings 15:9-24 3. Audience: Villa Heights Christian Church, AM crowd, May 28, 2006, 2nd in the series “The Kings and I” 4. Objectives: -for the people to understand better how to apply OT stories to ...read more

  • Now Would Be A Good Time To Pray Series

    Contributed by Sherm Nichols on Nov 17, 2006
    based on 6 ratings
     | 1,705 views

    Learning about appropriately making prayer a part of life by looking at the life of Hezekiah

    1. Title: Now Would Be A Good Time To Pray 2. Text: 2 Chronicles 31-32, II Kings 18-20, Isaiah 36-38 3. Audience: Villa Heights Christian Church, AM crowd. June 4, 2006, in the series “The Kings and I” 4. Objectives: -for the people to understand that God answers prayer; that prayer is a ...read more

  • God Is Looking For A Broken Heart Series

    Contributed by Sherm Nichols on Nov 17, 2006
    based on 6 ratings
     | 3,272 views

    An examination of God’s forgiveness in the light of true repentance

    1. Title: God is Looking for a Broken Heart (Manasseh) 2. Text: 2 Chronicles 33:1-20; 2 Kings 20 3. Audience: Villa Heights Christian Church, AM crowd, June 25, 2006, last in the series “The Kings and I” 4. Objectives: -for the people to understand what motivates a person to repentance; that ...read more

  • Selfishness Or Servanthood – Who's Winning In Your Home? Series

    Contributed by Sherm Nichols on Nov 16, 2006
    based on 79 ratings
     | 19,545 views

    Study of the need to be servant-hearted, like Jesus, and why this is so important in our homes

    1. Title: Selfishness or Servanthood – Who’s Winning In Your Home? 2. Text: John 13, Luke 22:25-27 3. Audience: Villa Heights Christian Church, AM crowd, May 7, 2006, 2nd in the series “Family Made For Heaven” 4. Objectives: -for the people to understand the many ways we can be selfish and ...read more