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Contributed on Sep 17, 2018
When Peter was sent to the home of Cornelius, God was trying to change Peter's and the churches perspectives toward Gentiles. Peter had some prejudices against Gentiles that needed to change. Perhaps we also have biases and prejudices that God wants to change.
Introduction: A. One day a preacher went to his monthly meeting with the elders and presented an idea that he believed he had received from God. 1. After giving his most impassioned plea and really “selling” the idea to the elders, they voted down the preacher’s proposed changes 12-1. 2. The elder ...read more
Contributed on Sep 10, 2018
Peter's influence on the early church cast a long shadow for good.
Introduction: A. There is a Peanuts cartoon that shows Peppermint Patty talking to Charlie Brown and she says, “Guess what, Chuck? It was just the first day of school, and I got sent to the principal’s office. It was your fault, Chuck.” 1. Charlie Brown responds, “My fault? How could it be my ...read more
Contributed on Sep 3, 2018
When Pentecost arrived, Peter was a changed man. In this sermon, we explore what brought about the transformation.
Introduction: A. One day an Amish family visited a mall in the big city, something they had never done before. 1. The family split up into smaller groups and moved about the mall, being amazed by almost everything they saw. 2. The father and one of his sons were especially amazed by the two shiny, ...read more
Contributed on Aug 28, 2018
Even after Peter's wonderful surprises when Jesus was raised from the dead, he was still struggling to get past his failure. In John 21, we see Jesus giving Peter the opportunity to be reinstated to his role of apostle and leader.
A. I want to begin this morning with a poem by Louisa Fletcher: “I wish that there were some wonderful place Called the Land of Beginning Again. Where all our mistakes and all our heartaches And all of our poor selfish grief Could be dropped like a shabby old coat at the door And ...read more
Contributed on Aug 20, 2018
After denying Jesus three times, Peter must have felt that Jesus would want nothing more to do with him, but on resurrection morning Peter received two wonderful surprises that told him he couldn't be more wrong about that.
Introduction: A. One day an attorney gathered the entire family for the reading of the will of their wealthy relative. 1. Kinfolk came from near and far, to see if they were included in the bequests. 2. The lawyer somberly opened the will and began to read: “To my cousin Ed, I leave my ranch. ...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