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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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  • The Victorious Resurrected King

    Contributed on Apr 2, 2018
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    Because Jesus conquered sin, death, and the grave, He became the conquering King. As conquering King, Jesus does what conquering kings do.

    The Victorious Resurrected King (Isaiah 53:12) 1. An elderly pastor was searching his closet for a tie before church one Easter Sunday. Deep the back of the closet, he discovered an egg carton with 3 eggs and 100--$1.00 bills. 2. “This must have something to do with Easter,” he ...read more

  • Behold The King: The Cross Before The Crown

    Contributed on Mar 26, 2018
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    God’s desired will — with omissions and out of sequence — is no longer God’s will. The cross could not be bypassed. Jesus had to wear the crown of thorns before He could wear the crown of the Kingdom.

    Behold The King: The Cross Before the Crown (Various Portions of the Gospels) 1. One blogger writes, “Today, I was waiting at the bus stop and noticed a girl that I played netball with. I ran across the road to meet her and she ran across the car park to meet me. We hugged and looked at each ...read more

  • Behold The King: The King’s Earthly Kingdom

    Contributed on Mar 19, 2018
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    When Jesus returns and reigns on earth, what will it be like? The Jewish people largely understood their Messianic King would reign, but did not understand He would come twice, first as sacrifice for sin, then as the King of the earth.

    Behold the King: The King’s Earthly Kingdom (Psalm 72) 1. Sally is flying out to meet her boyfriend. She falls asleep on the plane and dreams about this gorgeous diamond ring he'll give her. When she opens her eyes, she spots an even bigger diamond on the finger of Mrs. Goldstein, a matron ...read more

  • The Take Home

    Contributed on Mar 12, 2018
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    Solomon leaves us with three substantial directives that are life changers.

    The Take Home Ecclesiastes 11-12 1. A new pastor asked his board to evaluate his first sermon. The pastor did not even have an introduction, but dove right into the text. He preached on and on and on. At their meeting, the pastor asked the chairman to evaluate his sermon. “I know,” said the ...read more

  • Practical Advice With A Cynical Flavor

    Contributed on Mar 5, 2018
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    This life is nothing like a fairy tale where we live happily ever after. Life is a constant challenge, and we fare better at it if we embrace some realistic realizations, some of which seem slightly cynical and ironic.

    Practical Advice with A Cynical Flavor (Ecclesiastes 10:1-20) 1. The dictionary defines a cynic as, “a person who believes that people are motivated purely by self-interest rather than acting for honorable or unselfish reasons.” 2. One definition of the word “irony” is “a state of affairs ...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