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  • What Have You Done For Me Lately?

    Contributed by David Gauthier on Jun 26, 2001
    based on 614 ratings

    Showing an attitude of gratitude for all that Jesus has done in our lives.

    Illustration: Rudyard Kipling He lived from 1865 to 1936. He was English, yet born in Bombay, India. He wrote poetry and is the author of books like Captain Courageous, How the Leopard Got His Spots, and The Jungle Books. Who was this man? Rudyard Kipling. Kipling’s writings not only made him ...read more

  • Descending To Higher Ground

    Contributed by David Gauthier on Jun 25, 2001
    based on 96 ratings

    The way to be elevated in the eyes of God, is to descend in humility to the service of others.

    Did you know that you can actually reach higher ground by bowing low? You can descend in such a way so as to actually reach higher elevations! Jesus showed how… On the last night that He spent with His disciples before being crucified, Jesus taught some profound lessons in a simple act of ...read more

  • Marks Of A Healthy Church

    Contributed by David Gauthier on Jun 22, 2001
    based on 97 ratings

    Four marks of a healthy church, as seen reflected in the lives of the believers soon after Pentecost.

    What if somebody asked you, “Are you Pentecostal?” “Do you mean do I belong to the Pentecostal Church?” No… I mean, are you Pentecostal?” “Are you asking if I am charismatic?” No… I mean, are you Pentecostal?” “Do you want to know if I speak in tongues?” No… I mean, are you ...read more

  • Ephesus: Restoring A Lost Love Series

    Contributed by David Gauthier on Jun 22, 2001
    based on 120 ratings

    Falling in love with Jesus all over again.

    (Note: preparation should be made to have 7 lit candles placed in a circle around the pulpit, each representing one of the churches of Asia Minor.) The city of Ephesus was a very influential city of the ancient world. Although Pergamum was the capital of the province of Asia in Roman times, ...read more

  • Smyrna: Grace Under Fire Series

    Contributed by David Gauthier on Jun 22, 2001
    based on 245 ratings

    Jesus Himself identifies with the persecuted church, and offers His grace and words of comfort.

    Intro: The Persecuted Church · A prominent national leader in the unregistered Protestant house church movement in China was executed Oct. 14, 1999 by firing squad. · Chechen militants kidnapped a young Baptist deacon and are demanding that his church sell its building and use the money to ...read more

  • Who Killed Jesus?

    Contributed by David Gauthier on Jun 21, 2001
    based on 91 ratings

    Who was responsible for Christ’s crucifixion?

    Have you ever stopped to consider who killed Jesus? This is a bit more complex than you might think upon first consideration. I’d like to share with you six answers to that question… 1. The Jews did. (Matt 27:22-26; Luke 24:20) I realize that this is not a politically-correct thing to ...read more

  • Finding God At The End Of Ourselves Series

    Contributed by David Gauthier on Jun 21, 2001
    based on 215 ratings

    Trusting in the providence of God even when life doesn’t make sense.

    Do you ever read Romance novels? I don’t – believe me! I’m not particularly interested in that kind of literature. I’m a “facts” man. I like non-fiction. I like theology. I like pastoral administrative type books too. I like the kind of books that put most people to sleep. But I found a ...read more

  • Under The Wings Of God Series

    Contributed by David Gauthier on Jun 21, 2001
    based on 138 ratings

    Finding refuge close to God’s heart.

    As we left off last week, we saw how God had brought Naomi and Ruth through some very trying times. They had lost their husbands and were on a perilous journey back from Moab to Bethlehem. The lesson we looked at last week was that we have to come to the end of ourselves in order to find the ...read more

  • There Is A Redeemer Series

    Contributed by David Gauthier on Jun 21, 2001
    based on 119 ratings

    Claiming Christ as our Redeemer/Savior.

    Today’s message comes out of Ruth 3. Let’s take a quick review of what has led us to this point… Chapter 1: Naomi and her husband and sons move from Bethlehem to Moab because of a famine in the land. Yet Naomi’s husband dies. Her sons marry, but 10 years later, they too die. Naomi sets out ...read more

  • The Best Is Yet To Come! Series

    Contributed by David Gauthier on Jun 21, 2001
    based on 113 ratings

    What God can do with a heart full of hope!

    Last week, we looked at how Ruth stepped forward and in a bold move, visited Boaz at the threshing floor in the middle of the night to propose marriage. Scene 1: Taking Care of Business (vv. 1-12) Boaz went to the city gates where the official business was taken care of. In the presence ...read more

  • Married To Christ Series

    Contributed by David Gauthier on Jun 19, 2001
    based on 78 ratings

    We are sanctified by our marriage to Christ, not by obedience to the Mosaic Law code.

    I’ve got an idea… Why don’t we reassess our church budget and put as much money as possible into getting the 10 commandments posted on every billboard sign along I-35. All the way from Laredo to Duluth, MN – both sides of the highway! I know that this would be a huge task, but we could cooperate ...read more

  • When Christ Speaks… Churches Listen! Series

    Contributed by David Gauthier on Jun 19, 2001
    based on 153 ratings

    Why the church would do well to carefully listen to Christ’s assessment of His church.

    · What do you think of our church? (Opinions will vary greatly person to person…) · More importantly, What do you suppose Jesus Christ thinks of our church? Do you remember the old E.F. Hutton TV commercials? The setting was typically a busy restaurant or other public place. Two people ...read more

  • What Am I Going To Wear To Church? Series

    Contributed by David Gauthier on Jun 18, 2001
    based on 101 ratings

    What we "wear" communicates what we believe.

    Are any of you ladies like my wife? Looking through her closet saying, “What am I going to wear?” Sometimes it’s funny just watching her mix and match blouses with skirts, then the shoes… Then when I think we’re all ready to go, she comes out wearing something completely different than what she ...read more

  • Crawling Into The Kingdom Series

    Contributed by David Gauthier on Jun 17, 2001
    based on 84 ratings

    Child-like faith is the only faith that saves.

    "Crawling Into the Kingdom" Opening Illustration: Everything in the mouth! As I was thinking about this message I am about to share, I couldn’t help but to think of my own daughter, Mikayla. She has no cares in this world but to be loved and fed. She has no responsibilities, no worries. ...read more

  • Living As An Advertisement

    Contributed by David Gauthier on Jun 13, 2001
    based on 84 ratings

    We are saved to advertise the excellencies of God.

    “Living as an Advertisement” I Peter 2:1-10 Preparation: Put a cut-out of an advertisement in each of the bulletins. I will make reference to it at the end of the message. Illustration: Read a full page newspaper ad. Have you ever considered the fact that we are like full page ads, ...read more