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  • The Necessity Of Relationships Series

    Contributed by David Owens on Oct 23, 2006
    based on 2 ratings

    To reach the lost, we must have relationships with the lost.

    Introduction: A. Let me start by asking you a few questions: Where do you go when you have a problem? Whom do you turn to when you need help or advice on some important issue in your life? 1. Are you more likely to turn to someone you know or to a stranger? B. How do you feel when stranger more

  • The Strength Of Sacrifice Series

    Contributed by David Owens on Oct 16, 2006

    As we try to put ourselves into a position to be able to share the gospel with others, there are few things that will get their attention more than self-sacrifice.

    A. Self-sacrifice. A word we are not too familiar with, right? 1. Certainly, we understand its meaning. It is not too hard to define, but it is hard to embrace and embody. Wouldn’t you agree? 2. And yet when we witness self-sacrifice, we are drawn to it. We are amazed by it. 3. Sacrifice more

  • The Case For Compassion Series

    Contributed by David Owens on Oct 12, 2006
    based on 3 ratings

    Showing compassion to others is a powerful way to draw them to God.

    A.Let’s talk about the Case For Compassion. 1.I want us to begin with a probing question. 2.In what ways have you, individually, or have we, collectively, shown compassion recently? 3.Our response might be – What do you mean by compassion? 4.The Random House Unabridged Dictionary defines more

  • The Attractiveness Of Authenticity Series

    Contributed by David Owens on Oct 2, 2006
    based on 11 ratings

    Seekers are looking for something that is real. The Christians in our congregations needs to learn to be authentic as we live the Christian life.

    Introduction: A. There’s a story told of a woman who pulled up to a red light behind another car. 1. The driver of the car in front of her was talking on his cell phone, and shuffling through some papers on the seat beside him. 2. The light turned green, but the man didn’t notice. 3. The more

  • A Formula For Impacting Our World Series

    Contributed by David Owens on Sep 26, 2006
    based on 3 ratings

    The simple formula Jesus has given us for impacting our world is that we are salt and light.

    Introduction: A. I wanted to start today’s sermon with a funny story of a science chemistry experiment gone wrong. 1. So I went on line and searched for quite a while, thinking surely there must be some great stories out there. a. I stumbled on one that didn’t have a lot of details, which would more

  • Counting The Costs And Benefits Series

    Contributed by David Owens on Sep 18, 2006
    based on 8 ratings

    Our involvement in reaching lost people will involve numerous costs, but the benefits outweigh the costs.

    Introduction: A. Life is full of choices, isn’t it? 1. I read a story about a family who was moving cross-country and decided to drive both of their cars in the move. 2. Their 8 year-old son became very worried about this. 3. He asked his father, “How will we keep from getting separated?” 4. more

  • People Matter To God Series

    Contributed by David Owens on Sep 14, 2006
    based on 5 ratings

    Because people matter to God, they should matter to us. In Jesus’ three stories from Luke 15, we learn just how much people matter to God.

    A. One day, an antique collector was walking through the city when he noticed a mangy cat lapping milk from a saucer in the doorway of a store and he did a double take. 1. His expertise told him that the saucer was extremely old and very valuable, so he walked casually into the store and more

  • Patience In Suffering Series

    Contributed by David Owens on Aug 8, 2006
    based on 9 ratings

    While we are suffering, James says that there is one thing we must do, and two things we must not do.

    Introduction: A. Dr. Robert Lightner, a long-time faculty member of the theology department at Dallas Theological Seminary was involved in a terrible plane crash. 1. He was in a single-engine plane that flipped over during takeoff. 2. He was badly injured and bruised beyond recognition. His more

  • Prayer Power Series

    Contributed by David Owens on Aug 8, 2006
    based on 5 ratings

    This sermon contains some observations about effective prayer and a discussion of healing prayer.

    Introduction: A. The story is told of a man who went and made a sales presentation to the leadership of a church. 1. When the presentation was over, one of the men in leadership when into the auditorium, knelt down and after a minute of silent prayer, returned and announced in a solemn tone, “The more

  • Money Talks Series

    Contributed by David Owens on Jul 20, 2006
    based on 11 ratings

    What is your use of money saying about you?

    Introduction: A. One evening a husband was balancing the checkbook and said to his wife, “You know the old saying, ‘money talks’? Well, ours just said, ’So long!’” 1. I know that we all feel that way sometimes, don’t we? 2. The world we live in runs on money, and it seems that we never have more

  • What Is Your Life? Series

    Contributed by David Owens on Jul 12, 2006
    based on 43 ratings

    Since our life is just a mist that quickly vanishes, we must have a plan of action to maximize it and to be prepared to meet our maker.

    Introduction: A. One day a doctor called one of his patients into his office to deliver some very important news. 1. “I have received the results of your tests and I have some bad news and some good news.” 2. The patient was quiet for a moment, sensing the gravity of the announcement, “Let me more

  • The Cure For Conflict Series

    Contributed by David Owens on Jul 3, 2006
    based on 87 ratings

    James teaches us not only the cause of conflict, but the cure.

    Introduction: A. Years ago, a large statue of Christ was erected high in the Andes on the border between Argentina and Chile – called “Christ of the Andes.” 1. The statue symbolizes a pledge between the two countries. As long as the statue stands, there will be peace between Chile and more

  • Two Kinds Of Wisdom Series

    Contributed by David Owens on Jul 3, 2006
    based on 8 ratings

    In this sermon we examine what James says about our need to have God’s wisdom and ask for it. Then we see how that Solomon did just that and God answered his prayer.

    A. This is graduation weekend, and we want to recognize and congratulate all our graduates, both college and high school. 1. Being graduation weekend, it is the perfect time to talk about wisdom. 2. Today as we look at the end of James chapter 3, we will see how that James contrasts two kinds of more

  • Taming The Tongue Series

    Contributed by David Owens on Jun 19, 2006
    based on 6 ratings

    Taming the tongue is a challenge for all of us as James points out. In this sermon I give some helpful strategies for controlling the tongue.

    Introduction: A. If your tongue has ever gotten you into trouble, then please raise your hand. 1. Turn to your neighbor and say, “I’m not surprised!” 2. We are not surprised, because it happens to all of us. 3. All of us have had the experience of saying something, and then wishing we had not more

  • Faith That Saves Series

    Contributed by David Owens on Jun 6, 2006
    based on 6 ratings

    Saving faith is more than something you say, feel, or think, it is something you do.

    Introduction: A. How many of you have heard of the great tightrope walker named Blondin? 1. For many years I’ve used his story to illustrate saving faith. 2. His story really captivates my mind and challenges my heart. 3. Blondin’s real name was Jean Francois Gravelet. He lived from more