• Alan Stokes

    Contributing sermons since Nov 5, 2000
Alan's church

Silver Lake Camp
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55421

About Alan
  • Education: M.Div. Asbury Theological Seminary (1995), B.A. Trevecca Nazarene University (1991)
  • Experience: Christian Camp Director since 1998. I pastored in The Church of the Nazarene for 3 years prior to that.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: Perhaps you know why I’m a camp director and don’t preach every week now! HaHa
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: "Love Never Fails" by Adam M. Triplett (1974-1997) His sermon is on the internet. Go to the URL and follow down to the Real Audio link for the sermon.
  • One of my favorite illustrations: Milton Poole said to Reuben Welch, "If you want to stay in a church and be happy for any length of time, always impute the best motives to the actions of your people." Source: Preacher’s Magazine, June, 1989.
  • Family: Married to Anne Michelle Hostetler on Dec. 29, 1994. No children.
  • What my parents think of my sermons: My Mother is the only one who has liked every sermon I ever preached.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: That depends upon which sermon, but she’ll be sure to let me know.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Share what God is doing in your life.
  • Books that have had an impact: Second Thoughts On: How to Be as Terrific as Your Dog Thinks You Are! by Mort Crim
  • Hobbies: Genealogy, Playing (Non-gambling but rated) Cards Online, Poetry Writer
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: The greatness of Heaven will be Jesus.
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: A lady from a nearby church walked in and came down the center aisle during my sermon and asked the congregation if we were interested in tickets to a fundraiser their church was having.
  • What I want on my tombstone: Others (Just Like William Booth)
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  • Courage Under Fire

    Contributed on Apr 22, 2001
    based on 116 ratings

    This sermon covers the theme of courage as it relates to the example of Peter and John’s close relationship to God discussed in Acts 4.

    Members of the 4th grade class at Spring Hill Elementary School in McClean, Virginia were asked the question: "What Is Courage". Their answer was: "Having faith. Being brave. Doing something when you’re scared of it. Doing something when you think you can’t. Trying something that you’ve more

  • Our God Is Not Small

    Contributed on Mar 8, 2001
    based on 78 ratings

    As we draw closer to the Jesus who was Transfigured, we will find that God is bigger than all of our problems.

    Today is Transfiguration Sunday. On this Sunday in the church year, we call to our memory the event when Jesus Christ went up on the mountain and his appearance radically changed before Moses, Elijah, Peter, James, and John. Read Luke 9:28-36 Several years ago now, J.B. Phillips wrote a more

  • Victory Attitudes

    Contributed on Mar 8, 2001
    based on 106 ratings

    Mark 13 shows us the attitudes of being intent, confident, and expressive will bring us victory in the evil days in which we live.

    As we look at Mark chapter 13, we notice an overwhelming sense of doom in our future. We are told that "nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles. And these are (just) the beginning of more

  • A Call To Purity

    Contributed on Mar 7, 2001
    based on 195 ratings

    This message, based on Matthew 5:8, shows how impossible it is to have a pure heart without God’s help.

    Introduction: Read The Beatitudes ~ Matthew 5:3-10. Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:8, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” I. Purity Beyond Our Reach Three of the ways we can stumble in purity is with impure words, impure emotions and impure more

  • Trust Is More Than Skin Deep

    Contributed on Mar 4, 2001
    based on 140 ratings

    Psalm 36 shows us that a trustworthy God can satisfy our every need, if we will simply trust Him in everything.

    Introduction: Read Psalm 36 I heard of a car bumper sticker that says, "Honk, if anything falls off." Does anybody feel that your life is like that sometimes? I. God Is Trustworthy (verses 5-7a) Look at verses 5-7a. Notice how the Psalmist compares the character of God to nature. He more

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