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  • Basic Sense For A Sense-Deprived World Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Mar 8, 2012
    based on 5 ratings
     | 3,687 views

    Solomon urges us to wake up and smell the coffee: we have to be serious about living with good sense.

    Basic Sense for A Sense-Deprived World (Proverbs 19:21-29) 1. The continent of Africa has been a miserable place to live perhaps since the flood. 2. While all the world was making progress, Africa seemed to go backward. 3. All the experts were surprised when Africa started to lunge forward ...read more

  • Defeating Boredom

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jan 2, 2011
    based on 7 ratings
     | 5,213 views

    Our approach toward life is the greatest factor in determining whether we find life as a Christian boring or filled with wonder and interest.

    Defeating Boredom (topical) 1. I really do not want to bore you with today’s sermon because my theme is boredom! 2. America is suffering from a plague of boredom. And this boredom is wasting lives, destroying families, and makes us a nation of depressed people who escape life and boredom by ...read more

  • The Amazing Jesus Christ Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Dec 5, 2010
    based on 4 ratings
     | 2,749 views

    Many people know or knew God in a partial sense, but through Jesus Christ we can know him deeply.

    The Amazing Jesus Christ (John 1:14-18) 1. Most people know that Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, but they really do not understand as much as we think they do. In a small Southern town there was a "Nativity Scene" that showed great skill and talent had gone into creating it. ...read more

  • Permission To Feel Despondent Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Nov 15, 2010
    based on 6 ratings
     | 3,474 views

    In Psalm 88, God gives us permission to be fully human, to face the realties of misery rather than deny them, and to pour our complaints, despondency, and miseries before Him in prayer.

    Permission to Feel Despondent (Psalm 88) 1. This is the time of year when many experience a seasonal depression attributed to the fact that the amount of sunlight is declining. We certainly are all familiar with feelings of sadness, grief and loss. But at the deepest level, we can get to the ...read more

  • Glorious Things Of Thee Are Spoken

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Nov 8, 2010
    based on 7 ratings
     | 5,570 views

    Zion is a symbol not only of Israel's past and future, but also of the born-again Christian's citizenship in the God's Kingdom. Today, as we look at our text, I want you to notice how God takes nobodies and turns the world's competitive, prestige-orient

    Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken Psalm 87 1. I was looking at a list of some fads from the 1990's. Among them were: spandex shorts, Pokemon, Grunge music and fashion, The Macarena, Bowl cut, What would Jesus do?, Pogs, Polly Pocket Toys, and Tickle Me Elmo. 2. In that list, only one fad ...read more

  • Irreversible Decisions Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jul 12, 2010
    based on 5 ratings
     | 3,098 views

    Many decisions are truly crossroads: you cannot reverse them or their consequences, try as you might. Therefore, we need to take decision making seriously.

    Irreversible Decisions (Numbers 14:26-45) 1. The most important thing about you is your God and your relationship to him. This is more important than: education, health, vocation, family, intelligence, talent, riches… 2. Near the top of the list, perhaps second, is who you are. The ...read more

  • How Should We Then Live? Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on May 25, 2010
    based on 7 ratings
     | 4,953 views

    While most people --including many professing Christians -- indiscriminately follow the popular culture and focus their lives on either looks, materialism, popularity, success, power, prestige, or social acceptance -- why should we pursue God and godlines

    How Should We Then Live? 2 Peter 3:11-12, 17-18 1. I just came back from a pastor's conference, and I had a good time. We did not have too much free time, but I was able to work in a sermon outline and borrowed my room mate's computer to send the outline to Jane. . I brought two commentaries ...read more

  • The Clarity Of Scripture Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on May 11, 2010
    based on 4 ratings
     | 3,020 views

    You are not going to be motivated to study the Scriptures if you do not think you can understand them; but the Scriptures are meant for all believers and can be understood at their basic level.

    The Clarity of Scripture 2 Peter 3:1-2, 15-16 1. I was watching a documentary on the English language, and they video transported us to a rural village in part of England where the people are engaging in their rural dialect. Though it was English, I could not understand but a word or two. 2. ...read more

  • God’s Orchestration Of Christmas Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Dec 14, 2009
    based on 8 ratings
     | 5,658 views

    It may seem like Jesus, Mary, and Joseph were at the mercy of innkeepers and emperors, but, in retrospect, the birth of Jesus amplifies God’s control and involvement in the entire matter. God is strong and in control.

    God’s Orchestration of Christmas (Luke 2:1-7) 1. This story broke this week from the United Kingdom: " LONDON (Reuters) – Gone are the days of shepherds in tea towels and tinsel-clad angels. Britain’s competitive parents are forking out on luxury pashmina shawls and velour dressing gowns to ...read more

  • Jesus' Midrash: Materialism And God's Provision Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Oct 26, 2009
    based on 5 ratings
     | 3,699 views

    From God’s provision during Israel’s 40 year wilderness wandering experience, the Jews in Moses’ time could learn some valuable lessons, the Jews in Jesus’ time could learn some valuable lessons, and so can Christians of all times.

    Jesus’ Midrash: Materialism and God’s Provision (Deuteronomy 8:3-18, Matthew 6:24-34) 1. "In contradistinction to literal interpretation, subsequently called "peshaṭ" (comp. Geiger’s "Wiss. Zeit. Jüd. Theol." v. 244), the term "midrash" designates an exegesis which, going more deeply than ...read more

  • Becoming A Person Who Refreshes Others Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jul 3, 2009
    based on 7 ratings
     | 6,699 views

    Being a Christian who refreshes others is a great legacy!

    Becoming A Person Who Refreshes Others (Philemon 1-7) 1. Coincidences: My experience with Dan Leach in Reston, VA. 2. Paul the Apostle recognized that coincidences are not always coincidences; there is more rhyme and reason in seemingly chance events than we can realize. 3. Paul had ...read more

  • Our Economic Downturn: A Time To Refocus

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jun 8, 2009
    based on 5 ratings
     | 2,195 views

    Our economic downturn and insecurity can force us back to the Word of God and a reassessment of our philosophy of life: What do we REALLY believe?

    Note: This sermon proved too long for a single sermon, and I ended up making a two-parter out of it. Our Economic Downturn: A Time to Refocus (I Timothy 6:17-19) 1. A business owner decides to take a tour around his business and see how things are going. He goes down to the shipping docks ...read more

  • Surviving Life's Dark Times Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Apr 27, 2009
    based on 6 ratings
     | 5,809 views

    Life’s dark times can pull us in all directions and produce all sorts of feelings; we must cling God during those bleak experiences.

    Surviving Life’s Dark Times (Jeremiah 20:1-18) 1. After Jeremiah’s trip to the pottery shop, he had been commanded to assemble the elders and leaders of the city and smash a completed piece of pottery to pieces before them. Then he preached a message that God was going to do just that with ...read more

  • Hitting Bottom Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Feb 16, 2009
    based on 7 ratings
     | 3,904 views

    Sometimes we refuse to bear down spiritually until we or our family hits bottom.

    Hitting Bottom Genesis 34:1-35:14 1. Jim Lopardo tells this story: I was a percussion major when I was in college, and during a rehearsal of the student orchestra, my section kept making mistakes. "When you’re too dumb to play anything," the professor conducting us sneered, "they give you a ...read more

  • He Was There All The Time Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Aug 5, 2008
    based on 7 ratings
     | 6,213 views

    The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not merely a New Testament phenomenon; it is stealthily sprinkled throughout the Hebrew Scriptures. This is one way we know it is true.

    He Was There All the Time (Acts 2:14-36) 1. Some people have a lot of nerve. Take this late-breaking odd news item: KOLKATA, India (Reuters) - An Indian man who took an impersonator to court to get a divorce faces legal action after his real wife found out, lawyers said Friday. Sanjib ...read more