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  • Jesus: Our Focus For Real Life Change Series

    Contributed by Daniel Devilder on Sep 22, 2009
    based on 1 rating

    Any hope of transformation requires us to focus on Jesus: see only him, hear only him. The disciples learned on the Mount of Transfiguration that there is only one Lord, and he required their complete attention. His presence and our obedience will bring

  • God Looks On The Heart Series

    Contributed by Daniel Devilder on Mar 4, 2008
    based on 4 ratings

    The most important part of our bodies is our heart. A sermon delivered during "Family Sunday", geared to our children, as well as adults. (more interactive and illustrative)

    Dan [reenact this scene from my childhood!]: I spent a lot of time in the bathroom, making myself look so handsome that all the girls couldn’t help but want me: hair parted in middle, collar up. • We spend a lot of time and $ trying to look nice, to make an impression • Our Maker really more

  • Qualities Of An Elder, Pt. 1 Series

    Contributed by Daniel Devilder on Mar 4, 2008
    based on 2 ratings

    What type of man makes a good elder/shepherd? This sermon begins to take a look at the Biblical teaching of Titus 1.

    He was not an oil-on-canvas, not a die-cast martyr, a flannel graph figure, or a religious notion. He was man. He was God. And he still is, this Lamb of God. God was pleased to focus all his Love, and all his Truth into this caller and leader of fishemen, and tax collectors and more

  • Qualities Of An Elder, Pt. 2 Series

    Contributed by Daniel Devilder on Mar 4, 2008
    based on 1 rating

    pt. two on the qualities of an elder

    Character of an Elder, pt. 2 This week a cherished family member passed away. To some of you, he was dad, grandpa, or husband. To many of the rest of us, he was family under the Fatherhood of God. I learned and saw a lot about Don Nelson Friday and Saturday, as memories and photographs were more

  • God's Word: It's A Beautiful Thing Series

    Contributed by Daniel Devilder on Dec 27, 2007
    based on 1 rating

    This sermon helps delve into the key theme of Titus: that the Gospel of Jesus makes a real difference. Specifically in this text, it is the tranforming, lasting, beauty of his word.

    God’s Word: It’s a Beautiful Thing They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. . . what is beautiful to you? For Tony Conza, it is a 6” sub. (Short story of the Blimpie Guy) Tony Conza embodies what American Dreams are made of. He started off small, working on Wall Street, but more

  • This I Gotta See! Series

    Contributed by Daniel Devilder on Dec 27, 2007
    based on 1 rating

    This sermon looks specifically at how Jesus shows us the grace-filled, loving, character of God, and how he does for us what we can not do. Preached at Christmas time during "Family Sunday." Hence, a bit more kid friendly and ad-libbing. (text: 2:11, 3:4

    There are a few things I think it would be cool to see: • A train ride across our grand nation, in one of those double decker cars with the glass panorama roof • The inside of a huge submarine • The sunrise and sunset on a remote Pacific island • Even, maybe, • Baseballs “hidden ball more

  • God Loves A Cheerful Giver

    Contributed by Daniel Devilder on Dec 5, 2007
    based on 13 ratings

    A simple but profound little sermon delivered on Family Sunday--gently challenging us to reflect: does giving to God make me smile? Several Object lessons and stories were used, keeping the many children in mind.

    (this was preached to the whole congregation, but delivered especially with the many elementary age listeners in mind) God Loves a Cheerful Giver ILLLUS: How are you doing with your Smarties? A preacher named Kevin Harmey tells this story about a little boy he knew: [adapt the story more

  • Christmas For Everybody, All Year Long! Series

    Contributed by Daniel Devilder on Oct 12, 2007
    based on 3 ratings

    One of the least developed secrets of a thriving healthy church is that if the WHOLE church recognizes and uses their gifts, it will have great impact! God wants to use us, and has specifically designed us to be used for his glory! Part of a series base

    CHRISTMAS FOR EVERYBODY, ALL YEAR LONG! --Love, God 1 Peter 4:10-11 (This was for “Family Sunday” at our church and the sermon, though part of an ongoing series on growing a healthy church, was designed more for the many young children that would be in attendance.) “The last time we had more

  • Does He Fuel Your Fire? Series

    Contributed by Daniel Devilder on Oct 4, 2007
    based on 3 ratings

    This is the 3rd of 8 "Health Signs" of a Growing church, "Passionate Spirituality." Our Pursuit of him makes all other pursuits pale in comparison. This series adapts the theology and theory of the work "Natural Church Development" by Christian Schwarz,

    Does He Fuel Your Fire? Philippians 3:7-11 Healthy Condition #3: Passionate Spirituality (Had this listed on a power point) If you’ve been calling yourself a Christian, you should stop. If you have ever encouraged someone to become a Christian, you should never do that again. WHY? "85% more

  • Love Your Neighbor, Tell Your Story Series

    Contributed by Daniel Devilder on Sep 25, 2007
    based on 3 ratings

    This is the second in a series of 8 sermons that focus on Natural Church Development’s "8 Quality Characteristics" of Healthy churches. This is on the characteristic: "Need-Oriented Evangelism". We focus on building the quality, God provides the growth.

    Love Your Neighbor, Tell Your Story John 9:25 and context Some titles just make you want to read the book: They Like Jesus ... Not the Church It is a book that delves into the attitudes and perceptions of 20-30 year olds about the church (US!!!) 1) The Church is an organized religion with a more

  • My King, My Daddy

    Contributed by Daniel Devilder on Dec 6, 2006

    Key Point: The God of the universe is at once both a “Shock and Awe” God, and “Up Close and Personal.” Only God makes it possible for us to thrive under both sides of Him.

    My King, My Daddy Two very different aspects of God we need to come to grips with Introduction: Shock and Awe bombing, quickened pulse, lump in my throat, sweaty palms, (also what is behind the scenes, kids crying) witnessing the power of something Jessica Lynch—teacher wanna be, POW, more

  • Encourage Each Other

    Contributed by Daniel Devilder on Dec 6, 2006
    based on 1 rating

    Thesis: Our Christian Family Is to Strengthen one another’s Spiritual Heart (commitment). Part of a few sermons that dealt with Dallas Willard’s "VIM:" Vision, Intent, Means, crucial elements of discipleship. This is on the "means" of growth.

    Strengthening God’s Family Dan’s sad senior year last mile race (i thought i could win districts, and my teammates just laughed. Sometimes that is the feeling we have about those who are supposed to love us. Read text. Dallas Willard’s acronym “VIM” today is on "M:" more

  • Worship As A Way Of Life Series

    Contributed by Daniel Devilder on Dec 6, 2006
    based on 2 ratings

    Worship is a total way of life of loving our Lord that will stand up under the scrutiny of God himself—and in spite of our circumstances. This is a four parter. (It originally started as one sermon and was split off and expanded to four.)

    Disciplines are a way of life for most people. Choosing to do things on a regular basis so that desired goals are reached—those goals wouldn’t be reached without disciplining ourselves in certain tasks: We teach our daughters and sons to brush their teeth. Why? SO that when the more

  • Open Hearted Worship Series

    Contributed by Daniel Devilder on Dec 6, 2006

    True Worship Starts in an Open Heart to God. Open to His Purification and Love

    Sermon: Open Hearted Worship True Worship Originates From An Open Heart Big Idea: True Worship Starts in an Open Heart to God Big Aim: motivate people to seek to worship God with heart wide open to Him Dylan makes it plain when he likes something: I like-a Tom’s Truck, Daddy! I like-a more

  • The Perfect Worship Experience Series

    Contributed by Daniel Devilder on Dec 6, 2006

    Big Idea: I get the most out of worship when I bring together 3 distinct elements to form an exceptionally strong—or perfect—worship experience. 1. Private Preparation, 2. Divine Destination, 3. Public Proclamation

    The Perfect Worship Experience The Perfect Storm: A “confluence” (bringing together) of three elements that together created an exceptionally strong storm. If any one element had been displaced in time or space the result would have been far less powerful • but because just the right more