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  • Is The World Out Of Control?

    Contributed by Don Hawks on Aug 10, 2008
    based on 1 rating
     | 3,107 views

    I need not be afraid though all hell should break loose. Why? Because “God’s Spirit doesn’t make cowards out of us. The Spirit gives us power, love, and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:7, CEV).

    In today’s gospel reading Jesus says to a frightened group of friends: “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid." It’s from the story of Jesus walking on water. Some people have interpreted the story as giving us a lesson about needing to take risks in life. One preacher made that the topic of his ...read more

  • What To Do With Leftovers

    Contributed by Don Hawks on Aug 3, 2008
    based on 4 ratings
     | 8,736 views

    DO you have an attitude of scarcity or by faith an attitude of abundance?

    When I was a boy growing up my mother use to tell me not to leave any food on my plate. She’d encourage me to think about all those poor starving children in some foreign country who didn’t have anything to eat. I loved my mother who has transitioned from this life but I never could understand the ...read more

  • What Am I Looking For?

    Contributed by Don Hawks on Jul 31, 2008
    based on 19 ratings
     | 5,262 views

    "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field...The kingdom of heaven is like ... finding one pearl of great value, .... the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind"

    A certain man went to Church one Sunday. He frowned when the organist missed a note during the opening hymn. He gave a mean stare at two teenagers talking to each other when the congregation was at prayer. During the Scripture Readings he kept looking impatiently at his watch. When the collection ...read more

  • Speaking Of The Devil

    Contributed by Don Hawks on Jul 20, 2008
    based on 3 ratings
     | 1,726 views

    The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one. (Matthew 13:37-38)

    Speaking of the devil ... There was a young seminarian who was taking an oral examination for his ordination process. During the questioning, one of the examiners asked him if he believed in a personal devil. "No," he replied, "I do not believe in the devil." Hearing this, the examiners began ...read more

  • What Do I Expect To Hear?

    Contributed by Don Hawks on Jul 13, 2008
     | 1,439 views

    A Sermon for Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time(A) "As for what was sown on good soil, this is he who hears the word and understands it; he indeed bears fruit" Matthew 13:23

    let me ask a question of all you who are here today—What did you come expecting here to hear? In a fascinating story of his journey across the United States with his pet dog, John Steinbeck tells of a Church service he attended during his travels in the State of Vermont. Tongue in cheek, he ...read more

  • Let Freedom Ring!

    Contributed by Don Hawks on Jul 7, 2008
    based on 1 rating
     | 4,002 views

    Opening Sermon at Oakton UMC

    Let Freedom Ring! 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A) Matthew 11:25-30 "Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" Matthew 11:28 Shall we pray: O Lord, we pray, speak in this place, in the calming of our minds and in the longing of our hearts, by the ...read more

  • We Are Co-Creators With God

    Contributed by Don Hawks on Apr 21, 2008
    based on 4 ratings
     | 9,422 views

    There is great Biblical emphasis on the reality that God often comes to us most clearly in the midst of our work.

    INTRODUCTION: ATTITUDES ABOUT LIFE’S WORK • “Here lies Tammas Jones. Born a man. Died a grocer.”-- An epitaph on an old tombstone in Scotland. • “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” -- Henry David Thoreau • “Life is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying ...read more

  • E.a.s.t.e.r.--What Does It Mean For Me?

    Contributed by Don Hawks on Mar 24, 2008
    based on 6 ratings
     | 8,461 views

    What difference could it make in your life if every day you knew, without a doubt, that you were a part of something that is much bigger than yourself? What could Easter mean for you this year?

    E.A.S.T.E.R. What does it mean? What could it mean for you this year? A Sunday School teacher asked her class to write one sentence each on "What Easter Means to Me." One pupil wrote: "Egg salad sandwiches for the next two weeks!" The first words of Jesus Christ were, “Did you not know that I ...read more

  • The Way Of The Cross

    Contributed by Don Hawks on Mar 17, 2008
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     | 3,784 views

    A Confirmation sermon for Palm/Passion Sunday

    SERMON OUTLINE AND NOTES The Way of the Cross Matthew 26:36-46 (Jesus): “I am deeply grieved, even to death… My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want.” Vv. 38 -39 "This sorrow is crushing my life out... My Father, if there is any way, ...read more

  • Salvation Sunday

    Contributed by Don Hawks on Feb 18, 2008
     | 1,265 views

    Salvation is more than words or concepts. Understanding salvation is a matter of experiencing it.

    I. Today I have a new sermon, but I have an old message-- the message of salvation. Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus - where, he says to Nicodemus— "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again." II. What do these words mean—how do you explain ...read more

  • In Less Time Than The Blink Of An Eye

    Contributed by Don Hawks on Feb 5, 2008
    based on 1 rating
     | 1,696 views

    A sermon for Transfiguration Sunday about the transforming power of Christ’s Spirit

    In today’s Gospel Lesson, on the Mount of Transfiguration, the awesome power and glory of God was mysteriously revealed in Jesus Christ. That scene is described in this way in The Message version of the event: Jesus took Peter and the brothers, James and John, and led them up a high mountain. ...read more

  • The Devil's Sunday

    Contributed by Don Hawks on Feb 5, 2008
     | 1,227 views

    A sermon for the First Sunday of Lent about the temptation of Jesus and the implications for your life.

    INTRODUCTION: WHAT DO YOU MEAN THIS IS THE DEVIL’S SUNDAY? • The first Sunday of Lent for 19 centuries on the church calendar has focused on the temptation by the devil of Jesus. • Much of the symbolism of Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness comes from the Hebrew Scripture story of the Exodus (vv. 1 ...read more

  • Window Of The Soul

    Contributed by Don Hawks on Jan 22, 2008
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     | 1,461 views

    You can be more than you think in the present moment by opening your heart to the Spirit of Christ who has taken away the sin of the world.

    Today I want you to hear this from the opening pages of the Scripture: Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness… So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (Gn. 1:26, 27). According to an ...read more

  • Prescription For A Meaningful Life

    Contributed by Don Hawks on Jan 22, 2008
    based on 2 ratings
     | 732 views

    The Baptism of Jesus and his calling provides a model for responding to our calling through our baptism.

    And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.’ – v .17 ‘Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.’ (Lk. 3:11). The story of Jesus’ baptism raises questions meaningful to my own ...read more

  • Have An Audacious Christmas

    Contributed by Don Hawks on Dec 31, 2007
    based on 1 rating
     | 580 views

    A sermon for the 4th Sunday in Advent

    Jack Shea, writer and theologian shares his thoughts about how to send out Christmas greetings. Shea writes: “Some Christmas I am going to send out a Christmas card that will look like this. On the cover there will be three images. The first image will be a star brightly shining but it will be ...read more