Contributing sermons since Dec 11, 2003
Contributed on Feb 18, 2019
In this sermon, we explore questions like: how and when was the canon of the Bible put together, what is biblical authority, and how do we know that the Bible is the Word of God?
Introduction: A. The story is told of a collector of rare books who encountered a man and began to talk about books. 1. The man told the collector that he had just thrown away an old Bible that he found in a dusty, old box and he mentioned that “Guten-somebody-or-other” had printed the ...read more
Contributed on Feb 12, 2019
Just as it is important to restore the forms of NT Christianity, it is also important to restore the heart of NT Christianity. And at the heart of NT Christianity is discipleship.
Introduction: A. I like the story told of the preacher and song leader who didn’t like each other very much and refused to cooperate with each other. 1. One week the preacher preached on commitment, and how they should get moving forward. a. Following the sermon, the song leader led the song, “I ...read more
Contributed on Feb 8, 2019
Paul had been trying to be righteous through works, and learned that he needed to approach God in a different way.
Introduction: A. In April of 1988, the evening news told the story of a photographer who was a skydiver. 1. This skydiving photographer had jumped from a plane along with numerous other skydivers and filmed the group as they fell. 2. The film clip, taken by the skydiving photographer that was shown ...read more
Contributed on Feb 4, 2019
The goal to be simple, New Testament Christians and to strive to be like the New Testament church is something that will lead to Christian unity and pleases God.
Introduction: A. I like the story told of the man who was shipwrecked on a beautiful, deserted South Pacific island. 1. Five years later, he was discovered by a passing naval ship. 2. Upon their arrival at the shore the rescue party was met by the shipwreck survivor. 3. He said, “I'm so glad ...read more
Contributed on Jan 28, 2019
Does it matter what a church teaches or are all doctrines about God, the church and the Christian life equally true? If all doctrines are equally true, then why did the Apostle Paul write to churches and individuals warning them to beware of false teachers and false teaching?
Today’s sermon begins a series of lessons that I plan to deliver in the first part of 2019. 1. I’ve titled the series “Blueprint: God’s Plan for the Church.” 2. As I mentioned two weeks ago, there is always a need to return to the basics and strengthen the foundation, and that is something we will ...read more
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Contributed on Jul 18, 2011
HEED THE COMMANDS In July of 1976, Israeli commandos made a daring raid at an airport in Uganda, in which 103 Jewish hostages were freed. In less than 15 minutes, the soldiers had killed all 7 of the kidnappers and set the captives free. As successful as the rescue was, however, three of the ...read more
Contributed on Mar 14, 2011
ENGAGING GOD'S POWER Spiritual growth and success is a partnership with God. Paul captured this idea in Philippians 2:12-13, where he wrote: "continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose." We ...read more
Contributed on Jun 23, 2010
Do you remember Jesus’ radical prescription for avoiding temptation? In Matthew 5:27-30, He suggested that we should cut out or cut off whatever it is that leads us into sin. In the news this week was the story of Hartford, CT resident Jonathan Metz, a single man, who lived alone, who while ...read more
Contributed on May 17, 2010
The story is told of a 10-year-old boy who decided to study Judo despite the fact that he had lost his left arm in a devastating car accident. 1. The boy began lessons with an old Japanese Judo master. 2. The boy was doing well, but he couldn't understand why, after three months of training the ...read more
Contributed on Oct 19, 2009
RAWLINS KEPT U.S. GRANT ON HIS HORSE Ulysses S. Grant was a 4 star general of the union forces during the Civil War and became the 18th President of the United States. John A. Rawlins was Grant’s friend and fellow general, who became Grant’s chief of staff. During the Civil War, no one was ...read more