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  • Pressing Toward The Prize Series

    Contributed by David Owens on Jan 29, 2018
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    In this sermon, we discover how Paul was able to finish the Christian race.

    Introduction: A. One day the devil gathered all his demons together to review their work. 1. The first demon reported, “I let loose the wild beasts of the desert on a caravan of Christians and their bones are now bleaching in the sand.” a. The devil replied, “What good was that? Now they are more

  • Learning What Counts (Part 2) Series

    Contributed by David Owens on Jan 22, 2018

    In contrast to the works righteousness that Paul had been striving for before he became a Christian, Paul embraced the faith righteousness that comes through the grace of God by faith in Jesus.

    Introduction: A. When life goes well for people who do not know the Lord they feel elated. 1. When hard times come they sink into despair. 2. But true joy enables us to rise above the rolling waves of circumstance. 3. Joy comes from a consistent relationship with Jesus Christ. 4. When our more

  • God Has A Dream

    Contributed by David Owens on Jan 15, 2018

    God's dream for the church is that it is made up of people of all kinds who love each other and for the church to teach the world how to live together in harmony.

    “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are equal.” 1. With those words, Abraham Lincoln changed the course of history. B. Fast forward 100 years to a sweltering August day in more

  • 10 New Year's Resolutions From Solomon, The Wise Man

    Contributed by David Owens on Jan 1, 2018

    Proverbs 3 offers a number of good principles for the New Year.

    Introduction: A. I hope you had a Merry Christmas and I pray that together we have a blessed New Year. B. I thought you might enjoy learning the history of the “Baby New Year.” 1. reports that the original “Baby New Year” was born in ancient Greece. 2. It was their custom to more

  • A Priceless Pair Series

    Contributed by David Owens on Dec 18, 2017

    Paul wrote some very encouraging things about Timothy and Epaphroditus that offer us excellent examples to follow.

    Introduction: A. One day a man went to the doctor because he was concerned about his lessening level of energy. 1. He told his doctor that he wasn't able to do all the things around the house that he used to do. 2. When the examination was complete, the man said to the doctor, “Now, Doc, I can more

  • The Call To Completion Series

    Contributed by David Owens on Dec 11, 2017

    Paul challenged the Philippians to move on toward maturity and to complete the Christian race through the power of God that is at work in us.

    Introduction: A. The year was 1968, and TV producer Bud Greenspan was packing away his gear following the marathon at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. 1. It had been over an hour since he had preserved for posterity the elegance and poise of the iconic Ethioian runner Mamo Wolde as he cruised, more

  • The Way Up Is Down Series

    Contributed by David Owens on Nov 28, 2017

    Paul pointed to the example of Jesus' humble service as a way for the Philippians to live in harmony with each other and receive a blessing from God.

    Introduction: A. A tv show I enjoyed watching in the seventies and eighties was the sitcom called The Jeffersons. 1. The show featured an African American family who became wealthy and moved out of a run-down area in Queens to a luxury apartment in Manhattan. 2. The theme song for the show was more

  • God's Prescription For Unity Series

    Contributed by David Owens on Nov 20, 2017

    In Philippians 2:1-4, Paul gives God's prescription for unity which includes both the motivation and the method for unity.

    Introduction: A. Welcome to Friend Day! 1. If this is your first time with us, then we want to extend a warm welcome to you! a. We hope you are inspired and encouraged, and will come back again. 2. If this is not your first visit, then we want to welcome you back! a. It is so good to see more

  • Act Your Identity Series

    Contributed by David Owens on Nov 13, 2017

    In order for us to live lives worthy of the gospel, we must remember our identity.

    Introduction: A. One day a famous preacher visited a Nursing home where some patients with Alzheimer’s lived. 1. He went around and greeted the people who were very glad to see him. 2. He walked up to one lady and asked, “Do you know who I am?” 3. She said, “No, but if you go to the Front more

  • Someone To Live And Die For Series

    Contributed by David Owens on Nov 6, 2017

    In this sermon, we consider Paul's confidence, conviction and conflict that gave him someone to live and die for.

    Introduction: A. Life can often be complicated and confusing! – How is that for an understatement? 1. In his famous “Peanuts” cartoon, Charles Shultz marvelously captured that reality of life. 2. In one cartoon, Lucy was front and center, delivering one of her characteristic lectures. 3. She more

  • Making Something Good From Something Bad Series

    Contributed by David Owens on Oct 30, 2017
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    We learn from Paul's experience with his Roman imprisonment that God can use bad things that happen to us for good.

    Introduction: A. Today, we are continuing in our sermon series on Paul’s letter to the Philippians called “Joy for the Journey.” 1. I want us to continue to understand how attitude makes a difference in whether or not we experience joy for the journey. 2. But by attitude, I don’t mean a foolish more

  • Straight From The Heart Series

    Contributed by David Owens on Oct 23, 2017

    In this sermon, we cover the first eleven verses of Philippians 1 and we learn about the importance of learning to communicate appropriately words of appreciation, love and encouragement.

    Introduction: A. Once there was an old blacksmith who was nearing retirement and so he picked out a young man to train as his apprentice. 1. The old blacksmith was rather gruff and exacting – He said to the young man, “Don’t ask me a lot of questions, just do whatever I tell you to do.” 2. One more

  • Joy For The Journey Series

    Contributed by David Owens on Oct 16, 2017

    We can rejoice no matter what is going on around us or to us. Paul demonstrates this in the book of Philippians. This sermon is the introduction to a series on the letter to the Philippians.

    A. I heard about a waitress who couldn’t get a smile out of her customer no matter how hard she tried. 1. The sad old woman sat there looking miserable, depressed and dejected all through dinner. 2. As the lady paid her bill and was leaving, the waitress warmly said, “Have a nice day!” more

  • Our Shared Goals (Part Two) Series

    Contributed by David Owens on Oct 9, 2017

    In this sermon, I cover the second six of twelve shared goals for all Christians.

    Introduction: A. One day a woman was driving through a snowstorm just outside of Denver, Colorado. 1. She was completely lost and struggling under the hazardous weather conditions. 2. She was relieved when she happened upon a snowplow. 3. Since she was lost she decided to follow the snowplow more

  • Our Shared Goals (Part One) Series

    Contributed by David Owens on Oct 2, 2017

    In this two part series, we cover twelve shared goals for every Christian. In this sermon, we cover the first six of them.

    Introduction: A. One time when Michigan State was playing UCLA in football, the score was tied at 14 with only seconds to play. 1. Duffy Daugherty, Michigan State's coach, sent in place kicker Dave Kaiser who booted a field goal that won the game. 2. When the kicker returned to the bench, more