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  • Body By Jesus

    Contributed by David Ward on May 13, 2007
    based on 5 ratings

    BIG IDEA: We need the body of Christ in order to mature in Christ

    INTRODUCTION: "White Line Syndrome" is a phenomenon I first encountered when playing basketball in a kid’s league years ago. How it works is, late in the game our coach would call a time-out, and instruct us in what we were to do once play resumed. I remember how clear his instructions sounded in more

  • Games People Play: "Trivial Pursuit" Series

    Contributed by David Ward on Sep 26, 2006
    based on 5 ratings

    BIG IDEA: Instead of pursuing the trivial, we should invest in the eternal.

  • Games People Play: "Sorry!" Series

    Contributed by David Ward on Sep 21, 2006
    based on 4 ratings

    From a "Games People Play" series on the Sermon on the Mount, this is a message about forgiveness.

  • All The Wrong Kinds Of People

    Contributed by David Ward on Aug 26, 2006
    based on 36 ratings

    Jesus calls all the wrong kinds of people to join his revolution. Apparently, the wrong kinds of people are just right for Jesus.

    “All the Wrong Kinds of People” Mark 1:16-20 Mark 2:13-17 INTRODUCTION: If you were going to start a revolution, what kinds of people would you recruit? What demographic would you target? What character qualities would you look for? I suppose it might depend on what kind of revolution you more

  • Things You Can't Talk About In Church: "Doubt" Series

    Contributed by David Ward on Aug 26, 2006
    based on 8 ratings

    BIG IDEA: God is good enough to welcome our questions, and great enough to handle our doubts.

  • Trial By Fire

    Contributed by David Ward on Jun 14, 2006
    based on 153 ratings

    BIG IDEA: In times of testing, God’s people fight fire with faith.

  • A Visit From Pilate

    Contributed by David Ward on Apr 22, 2006
    based on 9 ratings

    This is a first person narrative sermon as Pontius Pilate, with a challenge to "choose your king."

    “A Visit From Pilate” John 18-19 (INTRODUCTION) Greetings, people of Living Hope Community Church in the city of Durham in the province of Northern Carolina. My name is Pilatos. You may call me—Pilatos. I despise the name “Pilate.” For one thing, I do not care for your modern-day flying more

  • Doing Right When You've Been Done Wrong

    Contributed by David Ward on Jan 23, 2006
    based on 23 ratings

    BIG IDEA: We make our love revolutionary when we refuse revenge and generate grace.

    "Doing Right When You’ve Been Done Wrong” Romans 12:14-21 INTRODUCTION: A man went into the preaching ministry, worked for seven years, then resigned to go back to medical school and become a doctor. He came to the conclusion that “People don’t want spiritual health. They just want to feel more

  • What's Love Got To Do With It?

    Contributed by David Ward on Jan 23, 2006
    based on 28 ratings

    An Easter message about God’s love from John 3:16

    “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” John 3:16 INTRODUCTION: Do you believe God is a loving God? Some of you have a knee-jerk “yes” response, because that’s what you’ve been taught to believe. But do your actions & attitudes reflect that? Down deep, do you really believe that God is a loving more

  • Games People Play: Battleship Series

    Contributed by David Ward on Jan 20, 2006
    based on 9 ratings

    Jesus instructs his followers how to deal with anger, desire for revenge, and mistreatment from enemies. From a Sermon on the Mount series.

    Games People Play: “Battleship” Matthew 5:21-26, 38-48 INTRODUCTION: Do you remember the game "Battleship"? The object of the game is to insert pegs blindly on a game board until you "sink" your opponent’s "fleet." Battleship is a game of hiding and attacking. So many of our more

  • How Much Time Do You Have?

    Contributed by David Ward on Jan 20, 2006
    based on 30 ratings

    BIG IDEA: We make the best use of our time by discerning and doing the will of God.

    How Much Time Do You Have? Psalm 90 / Ephesians 5:15-17 INTRODUCTION: I’d like to ask you “How Much Time Do You Have?” (which is probably not what you’d like to hear a speaker ask at the start of a talk.) Do you realize that over the course of our lifetimes, each of us is expected to spend: more

  • Why Bother To Keep On Praying?

    Contributed by David Ward on Aug 16, 2005
    based on 20 ratings

    We should persist in prayer because God’s justice is certain, but our faith is in question.

    “Why Bother To Keep On Praying?” Luke 18:1-8 INTRODUCTION: Do you ever feel as though your prayers are being returned unopened? Does it ever feel like you’re just getting heaven’s voice mail? Like you’re just getting a runaround and you wonder, “Is there anybody else up there I could speak more

  • Walking With God In Wisdom Series

    Contributed by David Ward on Jun 11, 2005
    based on 11 ratings

    BIG IDEA: Walking with God means walking His way, for His pleasure, by His power.

    “Walking With God in Wisdom” James 3:13—4:10 INTRODUCTION: One theme that runs throughout the Star Wars movies is the temptation to give in to the Dark Side of the Force. The Dark Side is seductive, for it appeals to our desires. The Good Side involves self-denial, discipline, sacrifice. more

  • A Guy Named Steve Series

    Contributed by David Ward on Dec 21, 2004
    based on 20 ratings

    A first-person narrative as Stephen. Big Idea: wherever you go, God will be with you.

    “A Guy Named Steve” Acts 6:8—8:1 (Introduction) Good morning! Oh, that’s much better—thank you. My name is Stephen, but you may call me Steve if you’d rather. I guess we’re here for me to share my story with you folks. Have any of you heard of me before? You know me as the first martyr. more

  • God Your Daddy

    Contributed by David Ward on Dec 21, 2004
    based on 58 ratings

    Big Idea: If you know God as Daddy, then you aren’t His slave, but His child and His heir

    God Your Daddy Romans 8:15-17 INTRODUCTION: Fred Craddock, who while lecturing at Yale University, told of going back one summer to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, to take a short vacation with his wife. One night they found a quiet little restaurant where they looked forward to a private meal--just the more