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  • Get Into Jail Free

    Contributed by David Ward on Jun 21, 2018
     | 460 views

    A message of encouragement when you've been misunderstood, from Paul's ordeal in Acts 21:17-36.

    INTRODUCTION: A couple of hunters are out in the woods when one of them falls to the ground. He doesn't seem to be breathing; his eyes are rolled back in his head. Terrified, his friend whips out his cell phone and calls the emergency services. "My friend is dead! What can I do?" he cries over the ...read more

  • A Story To Tell

    Contributed by David Ward on Jun 17, 2018
     | 99 views

    Learning from Paul's own story how we can best share Jesus with others.

    INTRODUCTION: Last September Pat Payaso ran for an open seat on Boston's city council—and he got an idea for a creative way to campaign."Payaso" translates to "clown" in Spanish; according to a report in Time, Payaso "donned a rainbow wig, a red nose, and clown makeup in recent campaign photos and ...read more

  • Unqualified Series

    Contributed by David Ward on Jun 28, 2016
     | 3,051 views

    BIG IDEA: Those who talk God's talk need to walk God's walk.

    INTRODUCTION: In 2007, the I-35 bridge that crosses the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, collapsed suddenly during rush hour, killing 13 people and injuring 145. The investigation revealed that the gusset plates that connect girders together in the truss system were undersized, ...read more

  • Unquenchable Series

    Contributed by David Ward on Jun 27, 2016
     | 3,503 views

    Big Idea: God don't want no worthless worship, so let's make our worship worth His while. Points: Worship is worthless to God when it isn't reverent, repentant, or real.

    INTRODUCTION: Comedian Rodney Dangerfield, who died in 2004 at the age of 82, made a living making fun of himself and the difficulty of getting what we all desire: a little respect, please. Some of his best lines: • "I tell ya I get no respect from anyone. I bought a cemetery plot. The guy ...read more

  • Stay Awhile Series

    Contributed by David Ward on Nov 2, 2015
     | 1,712 views

    From Paul's experience in Corinth, we find 3 keys to persevering through discouragement.

    INTRO: Have you ever felt discouragement in your life as a Christ follower? If you’ve known him for any length of time, like a distance runner, I’ll bet you’ve “hit a wall” of discouragement. You think, “this is never going to work,” or “how long can ...read more

  • The Writing On The Wall Series

    Contributed by David Ward on Mar 9, 2014
     | 3,482 views

    Big Idea: Oour days are numbered--how much will they weigh?

    “The Writing on the Wall” Daniel 5 INTRODUCTION You might not want to listen to this message today. I’m serious—you might not want to know what I’m going to tell you. You may be happier not knowing, because once you know, then you are responsible for what you ...read more

  • Listen

    Contributed by David Ward on Feb 26, 2013
    based on 3 ratings
     | 3,510 views

    An exposition of Samuel's call from God, and an exhortation to listen for God's voice

    INTRODUCTION: In the early 1900s, back when the telegraph was the fastest method of long-distance communication, a young man applied for a job as a Morse Code operator. Answering an ad in the newspaper, he went to the office address that was listed. When he arrived, he entered a large, busy office ...read more

  • Gospel Without Walls Series

    Contributed by David Ward on Aug 15, 2012
    based on 1 rating
     | 2,475 views

    BIG IDEA: Following Jesus involves walking through walls with the gospel.

    “Gospel Without Walls” John 4 INTRODUCTION: “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” is an action movie starring Tom Cruise. Early in the film, Tom and an IMF teammate must sneak into the Kremlin and steal something out of the vault. How in the world will they attempt that? ...read more

  • Under The Influence

    Contributed by David Ward on Apr 1, 2010
     | 2,299 views

    "More filling--relate great!" When we have more filling of the Holy Spirit, we can relate great in our marriages, families, and workplaces.

    INTRODUCTION: Tim Sanders—former chief solutions officer at Yahoo! and author of Love Is the Killer App—shares the following thought about establishing priorities: Take your life and all the things that you think are important, and put them in one of three categories. These three ...read more

  • The God Of The Unexpected Series

    Contributed by David Ward on Oct 4, 2009
    based on 3 ratings
     | 4,325 views

    An expository message from Acts 12 on how God "shows up" in response to his people’s faith, and lack of faith.

    INTRODUCTION: Arthur Burns was chair of the Federal Reserve in the 1970s, and a Jewish economist of great influence in Washington during the tenure of several Presidents. Burns was once asked to pray at a gathering of evangelical politicians. Stunning his hosts, he prayed thus: "Lord, I pray that ...read more

  • Turn Turn Turn

    Contributed by David Ward on Dec 31, 2007
    based on 3 ratings
     | 1,798 views

    A year’s end/New Year’s message adaptable to many occasions. BIG IDEA: "God’s got it, even though we don’t get it"

    “Turn Turn Turn” Ecclesiastes 3:1-17 INTRODUCTION: "End of Year" Lists are everywhere in the media as a new year approaches: Most Newsworthy Events of the Year, Famous People Who Have Died This Year, Most Notable Sports Stories of the Year, Most Annoying People of the Year (Paris, Britney, ...read more

  • Body By Jesus

    Contributed by David Ward on May 14, 2007
    based on 5 ratings
     | 861 views

    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 ...read more

  • Games People Play: Clue Series

    Contributed by David Ward on Oct 3, 2006
     | 2,475 views

    Big Idea: A forgiven person is a forgiving person, but a deceiving person is a deceived person.

    Games People Play: “Clue” Matthew 7:1-5, 15-23 INTRODUCTION: Doug Lansky has been a travel writer and photographer for many years. In the course of his travels he has collected photos of odd signs from around the world. Some samples: ß A white highway sign in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, says, ...read more

  • Games People Play: "Trivial Pursuit" Series

    Contributed by David Ward on Oct 2, 2006
    based on 5 ratings
     | 3,343 views

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

    GAMES PEOPLE PLAY: “Trivial Pursuit” Matthew 6:19-24 INTRODUCTION: Trivial Pursuit is a board game for 2-6 players or teams, in which winning is determined by your ability to answer general knowledge and pop culture trivia questions. The game was created in December 1979 by two ...read more

  • Games People Play: Hungry Hungry Hippos Series

    Contributed by David Ward on Oct 1, 2006
     | 2,721 views

    When we commit ourselves to God, He commits Himself to us.

    Games People Play: “Hungry Hungry Hippos” Matthew 6:25-34 INTRODUCTION: Hungry Hungry Hippos is the game of get all you can while the getting is good. [Demonstrate game] My kids love to play Hungry Hungry Hippos; unfortunately, so do most Americans as we play for all the "marbles" we can. ...read more