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  • Finishing The Race

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Oct 31, 2022

    From the time we come to know the Lord, we are running the spiritual marathon He has marked out for us. Our concern is both to run the race well and to develop the next generation of runners.

    Finishing the Race (2 Timothy 4:1-8) [Note: this was Pastor Ed Vasicek's retirement sermon after 43.5 years in continuous full time ministry and 39 years at Highland Park Church in Kokomo, IN) 1. People can justify just about anything, if they are quick enough. Today I have two more

  • The Pastoral Challenge

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Oct 23, 2022

    Timothy was not technically a pastor; he was actually Paul’s “delegate.” Nonetheless, he approximated the pastoral role in that he was a shepherd. Timothy faced a number of challenges, as do modern pastors who are serious about the Word. Let’s look at a few of them.

    The Pastoral Challenge (I Timothy 4:6-16) 1. At a recent pastor’s retreat each minister in attendance was asked the following question: “How many people does it take to replace a burnt out light bulb?” The answers were as follows. 2.A Reformed Pastor responded, “None. If God wants the bulb more

  • Shipwreck

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Oct 16, 2022

    We must maintain the right course and not assume the ship will steer itself!

    Shipwreck (I Timothy 1:18-20) 1 Things are getting bad in our world. 2. A shipwrecked mariner spent years on a deserted island, completely alone. Then one morning he sees a ship offshore and a smaller vessel pulling out towards him. When the boat grounded on the beach, the officer in charge more

  • Part Two: Walking That Extra Mile

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Oct 2, 2022

    As a Rabbi, Jesus was interpreting and applying teachings from the Torah for His followers, addressing issues that were in rabbinic debate in this era.

    Part Two: Walking That Extra Mile Matthew 5:38-48 It was a sweltering August day in 1937 when the Cohen brothers entered the posh Dearborn, Michigan, offices of Henry Ford, the car maker. "Mr. Ford," announced Norman Cohen, the eldest of the three. "We have a remarkable invention more

  • Grace Within Boundaries

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Sep 26, 2022

    The theme or our text is walking the extra mile, grace within boundaries.

    Grace Within Boundaries (Matthew 5:38-42) 1. A Catholic priest, a Baptist evangelist, and an Assembly of God minister were in a row boat in the middle of a pond fishing. None of them had caught anything all day. The evangelist stands up, says he needs to go to the bathroom climbs out of the more

  • Isaiah’s Little Apocalypse Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Sep 18, 2022

    God has a plan for us; but He also has an even more complex plan for history. History is heading to a conclusion and toward a purpose, His glory.

    Isaiah’s Little Apocalypse (Isaiah 24:17-23, 25:6-8, 26:19-21, 27:12-13) 1. A chauffeur had driven the chemistry professor to dozens of speaking engagements. He’d heard the same canned speech scores of times. He said on the way to another engagement, "Professor, I believe I could give your more

  • "Off The Chart” Egos Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Sep 11, 2022

    Isaiah prophetically recalls the fall of Lucifer while addressing God’s judgment upon Babylon. Lucifer, whose name would be changed to Satan (“the adversary”) is conceptually linked to the arrogance of the King of Babylon.

    “Off the Chart” Egos Isaiah 14:3-20 1. Today’s joke is short, but one of my funnier jokes. I think I shared it last in 2005. Here goes. There is an old story about a pastor leaving a church. At his farewell dinner, he tried to encourage one of the pillar members, “Don’t be so sad. The next pastor more

  • And He Shall Reign Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Sep 4, 2022

    Utopia on earth awaits the return of Jesus, because He will be the perfect absolute Monarch.

    And He Shall Reign (Isaiah 11:1-16) 1. During a service at an old synagogue in Eastern Europe, when the Shema prayer was said, half the congregants stood up and half remained sitting. The half that was seated started yelling at those standing to sit down, and the ones standing yelled at the ones more

  • Setting The Tone For Jesus Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Aug 28, 2022

    Isaiah in 700 B.C. set the stage for what we believe as Christians today, a strong evidence for the truth of the Gospel and an encouragement to our faith.

    Setting the Tone for Jesus (Isaiah 7:1-17, 8:1-4, 9:1-7). 1. A middle-aged, wealthy woman has a heart attack. While on the operating table she has a near death experience. She sees the angel at the gates and asks if this is it. The angel says no, she has another 30-40 years to live. She more

  • A Disgusted God Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Aug 21, 2022

    God is patient, but His patience is limited. He can get to a point of disgust, disgust which is then followed by His wrath.

    A Disgusted God (Isaiah 5:1-30) 1. Mary received a parrot as a gift. The parrot was fully grown with a very bad attitude and worse vocabulary. Every other word was profanity. Mary tried to change the bird's attitude by constantly saying polite words and playing soft music, anything she could more

  • Kingdom Come Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Aug 13, 2022

    Isaiah has much to say about the Millennium, and many of the millennial truths have surprising implications for us today.

    Kingdom Come (Isaiah 2:1-4, 4:2-6) 1. Today, my old joke was Peter Roussakis’ favorite – at least of all the jokes I told. 3 Greeks and 3 Turks are travelling by train to a conference. At the station, the 3 Turks each buy tickets and watch as the 3 Greeks buy only a single ticket. "How more

  • The Advantage Of Repentance Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Aug 7, 2022

    Repentance is a firm theme throughout both testaments because it is crucial and essential.

    The Advantage of Repentance (Isaiah 1:1-20) Isaiah is often considered the most important of the prophets, and his book is sometimes called the “Fifth Gospel” because it so frequently predicts the Person and Work of Jesus Christ. Being a prophet meant being both a forth-teller and a foreteller, more

  • Those Summary Attributes Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jul 24, 2022
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    When we ponder God in light of the Scriptures, we are overwhelmed with Who He is. Some of His attributes are lesser known than others, including what we call “summary attributes.”

    Those Summary Attributes 1. There is a joke that is so old some of you may never have heard it. I don’t think I’ve told it – at least during a sermon – for twenty years. 2. In the foyer of a church, a young boy was looking at a plaque with names of men and women.. He asked the pastor, “Who are more

  • Isaiah: Impressed With God’s Holiness Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jul 24, 2022

    If we are to serve God well, and for the long term, we need a sense of His holiness.

    Isaiah: Impressed with God’s Holiness (Isaiah 6:1-10) 1. Man, John Andrews, in waiting room, wife delivering baby. Four other men. 2. Nurse comes out. Congrats Mr. Smith. You have twins. 3. Remarkable-- I work for the Minnesota Twins baseball team. 4. Mr. Jones-- triplets; I work for 3 M. 5. more

  • Yahweh Is Spirit Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jul 10, 2022
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    What does it mean and imply when Jesus says, “God is Spirit?”

    Yahweh is Spirit (John 4:24a) 1. A THIRD GRADERS EXPLANATION OF GOD was written by Danny Dutton, age 8 ...for his third grade homework assignment to "Explain God." One of God’s main jobs is making people. He makes them to replace the ones that die so there will be enough people to take more