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  • The Horizontal Shift Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Sep 19, 2021

    Being a disciple of Jesus Christ demands us to surrender in two directions: vertically toward God and then horizontally to serve fellow citizens of the Kingdom. We cannot choose just one.

    The Horizontal Shift (Romans 12:3-8) 1.A customer walked into my clothing shop and asked to see the pants that were advertised in the paper that day. “We don’t have an ad in the paper today,” I told her. She insisted I was wrong, so I got a copy of the paper, and we went through it, eventually more

  • Ready To Surrender Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Sep 13, 2021

    When you understand God’s mercy and the wonders of salvation, when you are overwhelmed by Who God is, this should make you consider surrendering Your life to Him.

    Ready to Surrender (Romans 12:1-2) 1. Airline personnel deal with the public, and anyone who deals with the public has stories. 2. Farida can’t even begin to count how many times she’s been asked to open a window or the emergency exit to “let some fresh air in.” Incredibly enough, this doesn’t more

  • Calibrating With God Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Sep 7, 2021

    Part of serving Jesus Christ is our lifelong commitment to calibrate and recalibrate what goes on within us and what goes on in our relationship to the people in our lives. This frequent adjustment is based upon His revealed will in His Word.

    Calibrating with God (Proverbs 29:20, 23-27) 1. One man: “While working as a prison guard in Prague, part of my job included a lot of walking up and down the prison corridors. I used to pass a lot of bad Czechs.” Ouch! 2. Checking account checks, different story. Some people balance their more

  • Words: Consider The Source Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Aug 31, 2021

    Seriously, though, there is a difference. God’s Word has power to propel us through life in Godliness, the word of man has some power, and the word of agitators can have a good dose of negative power. When it comes to words, we need to consider the source.

    Words: Consider the Source (Proverbs 29:18, 19, 21, 22) 1. None of us doubt the power of words. This story illustrates it. 2. A group of Frogs were traveling through the woods, and two of them fell into a deep pit. All the other Frogs gathered around the pit. When they saw how deep the pit was, more

  • Wise Perspectives Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Aug 23, 2021

    Wise perspectives incubate wise actions. This Sunday's sermon will look at wise perspectives about leadership, our shared humanity, and discipling children.

    Wise Perspectives (Proverbs 29:12-17, 26) 1. A woman was trying hard to get the ketchup out of the jar. During her struggle the phone rang so she asked her 4-year-old daughter Amanda to answer the phone. And kids view the world differently sometimes. Literally. She answered the phone obediently, more

  • Navigating The Human Seas Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Aug 16, 2021

    Just as there are storms, shoals, and sea creatures that trouble sailors asea, so others trouble us or our community upon the sea of life.

    Navigating the Human Seas (Proverbs 29:8-11) 1. You can’t always trust your GPS. Three young women escaped the sinking Mercedes-Benz SUV after the vehicle's GPS directed them down a boat launch and into the Mercer Slough in Bellevue, Washington. The driver thought she was on a road while more

  • Evil On All Sides Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Aug 10, 2021

    Evil is like a series of bombs scattered around our lives. If we are to diffuse them, it helps to understand them.

    Evil On All Sides! (Proverbs 29:5-7) 1. Do you ever feel like you are surrounded by idiots? One web site collected stories… I was signing the receipt for my credit card purchase when the clerk noticed that I had never signed my name on the back of the credit card. She informed me more

  • The Jewish Roots Of The Lord’s Supper

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Aug 2, 2021

    The Lord’s Supper is rich with meaning, but best understood in its original context. We can move in that direction by looking at the Jewish Roots of this meaningful ritual.

    The Jewish Roots of the Lord’s Supper (I Corinthians 10:1-5 and chapter 11:23, 26, passim) 1. A minister decided that a visual demonstration would add emphasis to his Sunday sermon. Four worms were placed into four separate jars: The first worm was put into a container of alcohol. The second worm more

  • The Proud, The Powerful, And The Squandering Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jul 26, 2021

    Wisdom helps us recognize corruption, avoid corruption, and work around corruption.

    The Proud, the Powerful, and the Squandering (Proverbs 29:1-4) 1, A little girl asks her father: "Daddy, what is corruption?" -- Go bring me a beer and I'll tell you. -- But mommy said you should stop drinking! -- Get yourself an ice-cream too while you bring me that beer. -- Oh, more

  • The Amazing Prisoner Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jul 6, 2021

    When God gets a hold on us and we are serious about growing in the Lord, we have the potential to make a good impression for the Kingdom of God. We can bloom where we are planted.

    The Amazing Prisoner (Acts 27:1-28:31) [Note: When I preached this sermon, after reading Ben Witherington's commentary on Acts, I filled in a number of details, particularly why ships were sailing at a somewhat dangerous time of year. Adding these details, I only got through the first point more

  • The Insidious And The Godly Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jun 28, 2021

    God’s providence can take us down winding paths, paths that involve dealing with insidious people, yet still accomplishing His will.

    The Insidious and the Godly (Acts 25:1-26:32) 1. Have you ever gotten a call from someone claiming to be from windows? Or how about a call saying it was the IRS and you faced going to jail if you didn’t make a payment? These scams, along with Ponzi schemes and other cons, can be described as more

  • Dodging Decisions Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jun 21, 2021

    What is often passed off as indecisiveness or propriety or procrastination is a dishonest attempt to keep from honoring what is right and fair. We can see Felix’s motives as an example. We can also see how God can use such red tape.

    Dodging Decisions (Acts 24:1-27) 1. So today we honor our graduates, and we honor our fathers. 2. I will honor our graduates with a joke: Why did Mary want to work at a Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet even though she'd received her B.A. degree? Because it had been on her bucket list for a long more

  • The Long Road Rome Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jun 7, 2021

    Paul used personal ingenuity and shrewd strategy to accomplish God’s ultimate will. We, too, can better serve God if we embrace the unlikely combination of being innocent but yet shrewd.

    The Long Road Rome (Acts 23:1-35) 1. Over the next few chapters, we are going to meet some interesting characters. 2. Today, we will be introduced to Felix (show photo 1). 3. In a few weeks, we will meet Festus (show photo 2). 4. Last of all, we will meet Agrippa (show photo 3). 5. Paul was in more

  • A Tectonic Collision: Truth Confronts Hatred Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jun 1, 2021

    Sometimes lost people reject the Gospel because they do not understand, sometimes because they do. We must be faithful and recognize the results are in God’s hands, not ours.

    A Tectonic Collision: Truth Confronts Hatred (Acts 22:1-29) 1. We have had our embarrassing social situations. 2. One woman writes, “This is my favorite story… and it’s a true one. I’ve made my mother tell this story so many times she’s got to be sick of it. “My mom, Rhonda Willeford, has a more

  • A Good Plan That Went Awry – Or Did It? Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on May 24, 2021

    A unanimous apostolic plan that went awry, Jewish rumors, gentile riots, and an apostle getting a ride on Roman soldiers. The purpose of the Christian life is not to avoid problems; indeed, God can sometimes use our problems to further His plans.

    A Good Plan That Went Awry – Or Did It? (Acts 21:17-40) 1. The invention of Post-it notes is interesting. What seemed like a failure was turned to a great success: In 1968, scientist Spencer Silver at the 3M company created a very weak adhesive that would peel off when removed from any surface. more