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  • The Vision, The Thorn, And The Grace Series

    Contributed by David Owens on May 17, 2010
    based on 10 ratings

    Paul learned to accept his thorn in the flesh as a gift from God, and allowed it to bless and benefit his life.

    Introduction: A. I want to start with a true story that illustrates the overall lesson I hope we will learn today. B. 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 more

  • Bear One Another’s Burdens Series

    Contributed by David Owens on Dec 8, 2009
    based on 11 ratings

    Bearing each other’s burdens is a genuine expression of love and therefore fulfills the law of Christ.

    Introduction: A. I want to begin with a story I used several years ago from Max Lucado’s book, In The Eye Of The Storm (published in 1991). It is a story about a parakeet named Chippie. 1. Chippie the parakeet never saw it coming. One second he was peacefully perched in his cage, and the next more

  • You've Got A Friend Series

    Contributed by David Owens on Jun 9, 2009
    based on 8 ratings

    As David’s world begins to crumble around him, his friends begin to show up and lend their support. A true friend is someone who comes in when the whole world has gone out.

    Introduction: A. Let me begin with a couple of stories that illustrate a contrast in friendship. B. The story is told of a man who came home to find two little girls on the steps of his appartment building. Both were crying uncontrollably; shedding big tears. 1. Thinking they might be hurt, more

  • We Are Accountable Series

    Contributed by David Owens on Sep 29, 2008
    based on 7 ratings

    Even though we are saved by grace, God will still hold us accountable for our actions.

    Introduction: A. The story is told of a man who died and went to The Judgment. 1. St. Peter met him at the Gates of Heaven and said, “Before you meet with God, I thought I should tell you -- we’ve looked at your life, and your really didn’t do anything particularly good or bad. We’re not at more

  • We Are Loved Series

    Contributed by David Owens on Sep 8, 2008
    based on 20 ratings

    This first sermon in my transforming truth series addresses the most fundamental of truths - God loves us. If we get that one on straight, then we will be well on our way.

    A. Let me begin by sharing a few simple, practical truths: 1. “A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.” – unknown 2. “A bulldog can whip a skunk, but sometimes it’s not worth it.” - J. Nowell 3. “A closed mouth gathers no feet.” - Sam Horn 4. “An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but an more

  • God's Faithful, Imperfect People

    Contributed by David Owens on Jan 15, 2008
    based on 4 ratings

    This sermon is based on the book Messy Spirituality by Michael Yaconelli. It is an encouragement to keep serving in spite of our imperfections.

    A. There’s a story told of a preacher who was preaching a message about the fact that no one is perfect. 1. To prove his point he asked for anyone who was perfect to stand up. 2. One man stood up in the middle of the congregation. 3. The preacher asked him, “Do you really think you are more

  • The Temptation Of Jesus Series

    Contributed by David Owens on Nov 2, 2007
    based on 4 ratings

    In this sermon we look at the temptations of Jesus and learn how to overcome our own.

    Introduction: A. The story is told of a minister who parked his car in a no-parking zone in a large city because he was short of time and couldn’t find a space with a meter. 1. So he put a note under the windshield wiper that read: “I have circled the block 100 times. If I don’t park here, I’ll more

  • The Baptism Of Jesus Series

    Contributed by David Owens on Oct 24, 2007
    based on 27 ratings

    Jesus’ baptism is a transitional point in his life. In this lesson we answer the questions why was Jesus baptized and why must we be baptized.

    Introduction: A. We’ve come this morning to celebrate who God is and what He is doing in our lives. 1. Hopefully, as we have been meeting the Lord in praise and prayer and in communion, we continue to experience His transforming presence and power in our lives. 2. And now as we turn our more

  • The Quiet Years Series

    Contributed by David Owens on Oct 15, 2007
    based on 30 ratings

    With the little information that the Bible gives us about Jesus’ childhood and young adulthood, we see that Jesus was a good example for us in repecting His parents, obeying His Father, and working toward spiritual growth.

    Introduction: A. Art Linkletter is best known for interviewing kids, because “Kids Say the Darnedest Things.” 1. A teacher was giving a lesson on the circulation of the blood. a. Trying to make the matter clearer, she said, "Now, class, if I stood on my head, the blood, as you know, would run more

  • "Before And After"

    Contributed by David Owens on Sep 10, 2007
    based on 21 ratings

    The Christian life is about changing and growing. A process of the "before" becoming the "after."

    A. Today, I want to spend a few minutes thinking about the difference that God has made in our lives. 1. We’ve all seen “before and after” pictures used in advertising. 2. For instance, here’s a typical picture of a guy who needed a little help with his hair loss. 3. Here’s a picture of a more

  • Avoiding The Mistake Of Sexual Immorality Series

    Contributed by David Owens on May 8, 2007
    based on 11 ratings

    Samson made many mistakes with regard to sexual immorality. Let’s learn from his mistakes, not our own.

    Introduction: A. The story is told of a church secretary who would typically answer the phone saying, “Jesus loves you. Karen speaking. How may I help you?” 1. One day she was distracted when the phone rang, and she answered, “Karen loves you. Jesus speaking. How may I help you?” 2. There more

  • Avoiding The Mistake Of Materialism Series

    Contributed by David Owens on May 8, 2007
    based on 13 ratings

    The mistake of materialism leads to destruction. In this sermon look at what happened to four people who feel into the trap of materialism.

    Introduction: A. One of the biggest mistakes we can make in life is to buy into the myth that more is better and that money and the things it can buy will make us happy. B. All he ever wanted was more. 1. He wanted more money so he turned inherited wealth into a billion dollars worth of more

  • The Word Of Life Series

    Contributed by David Owens on Jan 16, 2007
    based on 7 ratings

    In this introduction to 1 John we learn about John’s Mandate, John’s Message, and John’s motive in writing this letter.

    Introduction: A. Today we begin a series of sermons on the little book of 1 John. 1. All Scripture is God-breathed and is therefore sacred, and powerful. 2. Whenever I begin a new study of a section of God’s Word, I am struck by two very strong emotions. 3. First, I experience a great sense of more

  • To Us A Child Is Born

    Contributed by David Owens on Dec 11, 2006
    based on 7 ratings

    A sermon to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

    A. Today, I want to remind you of “the good news of great joy” that began on the day that Jesus was born. 1. In 10 days, a large part of the world will pause and for a moment will give their attention to Jesus and his birth. 2. On December 25th each year, people’s minds journey back to a more

  • Mephibosheth And Me

    Contributed by David Owens on Nov 20, 2006
    based on 32 ratings

    The story of Mephibosheth is a perfect illustration of the Gospel. I used this sermon on a "Friend Day" when we expected many visitors.

    Introduction: A. Today I want to tell the story of a man named Mephibosheth. 1. Now there’s a name for you! Anyone want to use that name for their son? 2. It’s so hard to pronounce that I thought about giving him a nickname for today. 3. I thought about just calling him “M.” 4. Then I thought more