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  • Ed Vasicek

    Contributing sermons since Oct 18, 2000
Ed's church

Highland Park Church
Kokomo Indiana , 46901
765-452-1779

About Ed
  • Education: I have a B.A. from Moody Bible Institute and did some graduate work with San Diego Bible College and Seminary. My personal course of study his taken me deep into the Jewish Roots of Biblical Christianity, a specialized pursuit for over 20 years.
  • Experience: Pastored Victory Bible Church of Chicago for 4.5 years and Highand Park (Kokomo, IN) for 32 years (still serving). Served on board for CEF, currently for Camp Emmanuel, & Kokomo Park Band. I love to write. Please find my books on Amazon, "The Midrash Key" and "The Amazing Doctrines of Paul As Midrash." I am also a weekly columnist and have published over 800 columns (Opinion Page) for the Kokomo Tribune and been quoted on the front page of USA Today.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: Thanks! I hope you will benefit from my frequent connection to Jewish backgrounds and how texts are inter-related. Every congregation is different, but if you are ministering to people who are willing to think, there is nothing quite like increasing the context through Jewish root insights.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: Sermons delving into the Jewish Roots of our faith are my favorites, such as the Levitical Feasts (Lev. 23). I love to couple originating texts in the Old Testament with their midrash (exposition) in the New Testament. I emphasize the importance of the wisdom books, esp. Proverbs. I think this is good for what ails the evangelical world.
  • One of my favorite illustrations: Illustrate the atonement by referring to the fact that the OT term for "laying on hands" upon an animal sacrifice meant to "press with one’s whole weight, lean up" thus signifying two things: (1) a transfer of sin, and (2) the creation of a substitute (I am pressing myself into the sacrifice). This is what happened on the cross...my sins were transferred to Christ and He became my substitute... It also illustrates saving faith: I believe He took my sins and I am leaning upon him in faith.
  • Family: I consider my wife my reward in this life. We have been blessed with two married adult children who are walking with the Lord, as are their spouses. We recently became grandparents.
  • What my parents think of my sermons: My parents are deceased. My mom loved my sermons (she was saved shortly after I began in the ministry). My dad was not a believer, but he would often come to hear my preaching and seemed to enjoy it.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: She generally likes them. Her rating system is, "very good," "great," and "OK." When I hear "OK," that isn’t good. She takes extensive notes and will sometimes ask me follow-up questions. I am blessed to have a wife who loves the Scriptures and appreciates digging deeply into them. That is not for everyone, so we are well-matched in many ways, including this.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Christians need the whole counsel of God. Expository preaching should be the norm with occasional topical sermons/series to add variety. Howard Hendricks impressed me with the idea of maintaining a "reservoir," studying to study, not just for a current series. Then you will be able to draw from this reservoir as you keep pouring into it.
  • Books that have had an impact: "Margin" by Richard Swenson "New Light on the Difficult Words of Jesus" by David Bivin "Restoring the Jewishness of the Gospel" by David Stern The secular book, "Bowling Alone" by Robert Putnam
  • Hobbies: Besides writing, I enjoy remakes of 1920’s and early 30’s music, Old Time Radio, collecting clean jokes, stamp collecting, walks, bike riding, international cooking, and card games.
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: We need the Word, not fads. A few deep disciples can accomplish more than a scad of shallow ones. A smaller congregation at peace and growing in the Lord is better than a massive one withe strife, dissension, agendas, and shallow glitz. If you don't like your church, find one you do; don't try to change the church you are in. That's self-centered and not fair to all those who love that church as it is.
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: One day, I inadvertently made this statement: "We see John Mark as the young man who had nothing on but a sheet. When they arrested Jesus, a soldier grabbed hold of John Mark’s sheet, and he fled away naked. This is our first exposure to John Mark in the Gospels." The place went wild. I turned red with embarrassment. Not intended.
  • What I want on my tombstone: Drop-ins Welcome but I Prefer Appointments
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  • Shrewd Surrender

    Contributed on Jun 18, 2018
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    Sometimes God calls us to surrender our rights for the benefit of his kingdom.

    Shrewd Surrender (Acts 16:35-40) 1. Three violin manufactures have all done business for years on the same block in the small town of Cremona, Italy. After years of peaceful co-existence, the Amati family decided to put a sign in their shop window saying: “We make the best violins in Italy.” ...read more

  • Jailhouse Rock

    Contributed on Jun 11, 2018
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    Just as God prevails despite opposition, so does the Gospel.

    Jailhouse Rock (Acts 16:16-34) [note: this title is not original -- have seen several sermons on this text with this title] 1. Late one night, a burglar broke into a house he thought was empty. He tiptoed through the living room but suddenly he froze in his tracks when he heard a loud ...read more

  • The Change Of Plans That Changed History

    Contributed on May 30, 2018
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    To serve God well, we need to do many things; the most basic things are simple concepts: being led by God and reaching out to others.

    The Change of Plans That Changed History (Acts 16:6-15) 1. A guy goes in for a job interview and sits down with the boss. The boss asks him, “What do you think is your worst quality?” The man says “I’m probably too honest.” The boss says, “That’s not a bad thing, I think being honest is a ...read more

  • Timothy Joins The Team!

    Contributed on May 25, 2018
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    It takes more than leadership to built up the Kingdom of God, but good leaders can make a significant difference.

    Timothy Joins the Team! (Acts 16:1-5) 1. Joke: A not-too-bright lady was stuck in a snowstorm when she remembered her dad's advice: "If you ever get stuck in a snowstorm, wait until a snowplow drives by and then follow it." Eventually she saw a snowplow so she followed it along in her car. ...read more

  • God Uses Our Personality

    Contributed on May 14, 2018
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    Many of our conflicts arise because we have different personalities, and thus different perspectives. When an issue comes up — especially one that is neither black or white — we tend to latch onto the response dictated by our personality.

    God Uses Our Personality! (Acts 15:36-41) 1. Happy Mother’s Day to our moms! We appreciate you. 2. Moms have a variety of personalities. Here is a true account: My mother is always trying to understand what motivates people, especially those in her family. One day she and my sister were ...read more

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  • Never Satisfied

    Contributed on May 20, 2013
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    NEVER SATISFIED Some people are never happy. A Jewish lady's grandson is playing in the water, she is standing on the beach not wanting to get her feet wet, when all of a sudden, a huge wave appears from nowhere and crashes directly over the spot where the boy is wading. The water recedes ...read more

  • According To The Government Census, "In 2010, Of ...

    Contributed on May 13, 2013
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    According to the government census, "In 2010, of the 3.7 million women 15 to 44 years old who had a birth in the last year, 1.4 million (39 percent) were to women who were not ...read more

  • The New Baby...?

    Contributed on May 13, 2013
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    THE NEW BABY...? For weeks a six-year-old lad kept telling his first-grade teacher about the baby brother or sister that was expected at his house. One day the mother allowed the boy to feel the movements of the unborn child. The six-year old was obviously impressed, but made no comment. ...read more

  • Not All Moms Are Gentle

    Contributed on May 13, 2013
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    Not everyone has a gentle mom. A police recruit was asked during the exam, "What would you do if you had to arrest your own ...read more

  • John The Baptist And The Mandaeans

    Contributed on May 6, 2013
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    JOHN THE BAPTIST AND THE MANDAEANS One religion exists to this day that reveres John as their main prophet: The Mandaeans were originally native speakers of Mandaic, a Semitic language that evolved from Eastern Middle Aramaic, before switching to colloquial Iraqi Arabic and Modern Persian. ...read more