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  • Ed Vasicek

    Contributing sermons since Oct 18, 2000
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Highland Park Church
Kokomo, Indiana 46901

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 25 years.
  • Experience: Pastored Victory Bible Church of Chicago for 4.5 years and Highand Park (Kokomo, IN) for 35 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 find my attempts at preaching to be balance but deep, bringing in new insights as well as repackaging old ones. I try to do a fair amount of research and load my preaching with content. I tend to try to challenge people by presenting insightful, accurately Biblical truth, appealing to truth and reason (I am not a salesman type). Whether I succeed in my attempts is for you to judge!
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: I enjoy a variety of sermon types, mostly expository. Some sermon series that I enjoyed most involved delving into the Old Testament backgrounds of New Testament texts (Jewish Roots), the practical and applicable nature of the Book of Proverbs, and I love anything theological.
  • 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 very much enjoy being 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, card games, and have taken up an instrument: the concertina (a small accordion-like instrument). I do a lot of writing, including a secular weekly editorial for our community's newspaper.
  • 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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  • Forgiven Sinners In The Hands Of A Gracious God

    Contributed on Jan 21, 2019

    As followers of Jesus Christ, we can never be completely pure in this life as He was pure. Just as we need showers, baths, or washings, so we need to address the stain of sin on an ongoing basis!

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    Contributed on Jan 14, 2019

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    A Different Angle Introduction to I John 1. Being well-intended does not always work. One blogger writes, “Today, I found out that shutting off the heat in the rental property my parents owned was a bad idea. The water froze and the pipes burst, causing the whole kitchen ceiling to fall down. The ...read more

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    Contributed on Jan 14, 2019

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    Baby Jesus in Jerusalem (Luke 2:21-38) 1. Things don’t always work the way we think they should. 2. There was a man in the Persian empire that looked just like the king. When the real king was quietly assassinated, he pretended to be him and ruled for a time (Smerdis/Pseudo Smerdis). 3. Likewise, ...read more

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    Contributed on Dec 28, 2018

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    A Savior Is Born (Luke 2:1-20) 1. This is a true story. Freddie and John were fortunate enough to have a season ticket to watch Chelsea soccer in the UK. They could not help noticing that there was always a spare seat next (B14) to them and they had a friend who would love to buy a season ticket, ...read more

  • Navigating God’s Will

    Contributed on Dec 17, 2018

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    Navigating God’s Will (Matthew 1:18-25) 1. Some people think you can find God’s will by opening up a page of the Bible and putting your finger down, “Bible dipping.” So this guy tries this method of finding God’s will for him. He prays for guidance. He closes his eyes, lets his Bible fall open, ...read more

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    Contributed on May 20, 2013
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    Contributed on May 13, 2013

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    Contributed on May 13, 2013

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    Contributed on May 13, 2013

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    Contributed on May 6, 2013

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