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  • Our Subjective Spiritual Struggles: They Matter Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Mar 18, 2019

    Although many of our struggles as followers of Jesus are with the world, the flesh, and the devil, sometimes they are about monitoring our inner affections and deep seated thoughts.

    Our Subjective Spiritual Struggles: They Matter (I John 3:19-24, 4:7-21) 1. Today I begin my message with some comments about modern art. It’s easy to understand modern art. If it hangs on a wall, it’s a painting. If you can walk around it, it’s a sculpture. How many surrealists does it take to more

  • Love In Bloom Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Mar 11, 2019

    Genuine believers put in great effort toward loving fellow believers, and yet are willing to be hated for doing right.

    Love in Bloom (I John 3:11-18) 1. In the world, a lot of people do things for spite. Here are a few real life examples from some blogs: Today, my boss got mad at me because I told her that I wouldn't be able to work two days out of the week, due to college classes. She then cut back my hours more

  • Sin Comes In Varieties

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Mar 4, 2019

    We believers will still sin as long as we are earthly mortals. But some sins do not characterize us, and one sin we cannot commit.

    Sin Comes in Varieties (I John 3:4-10) 1. A tourist stops at our church and says, “What is the quickest way to get to the Sieberling Mansion?” 2. “By foot or by car?” I asked. 3. “By car,” he answered. 4. “Yes,” I replied, “That is the quickest way.” 5. There are different ways to travel – foot, more

  • Status

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Feb 25, 2019

    Our status as unique children of God – in contrast to unbelievers – carries with it a host of implications.

    Status (I John 2:28-3:3) 1. A not-so-bright woman noticed that her coworker has a thermos, so she asks her what it's for. She responds, "It keeps hot things hot and cold things cold." The not-so-bright woman immediately buys one for herself. The next day, she goes to work and proudly more

  • Arrivals And Departures

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Feb 18, 2019

    Spiritual dangers await us everywhere, maybe even among Christians!

    Arrivals and Departures (I John 2:18-27) 1. Last March, I dropped off Marylu and the Indianapolis Intl. Airport to visit Hannah. 2. Horrid snow storm made driving slow, but made it on time, barely. Other people not so fortunate. Too dangerous to drive back, so I called Curt Hoeksema to preach more

  • The Spirit Of The Age Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Feb 11, 2019

    Although modern Christians seem to have abandoned any ethic of avoiding worldliness, the Bible has not. But what is worldliness, and why must we avoid it?

    The Spirit of the Age (I John 2:15-17) 1. People go through great lengths to avoid being proud and worldly. A rabbi and a cantor are standing in the largely empty synagogue one day, talking mystically about how, given the awesome glory of God’s Infinite Divine Presence, they are each really more

  • Balm For Hurting Saints

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Feb 4, 2019

    Sometimes we need the balm of Gilead to heal our wounds. John’s ministry to these hurting Christians takes two directions in the text before us.

    Balm for Hurting Saints (I John 2:7-14) 1. A young boy enters a barber shop and the barber whispers to his customer, “This is the dumbest kid in the world. Watch while I prove it to you.” The barber puts a dollar bill in one hand and two quarters in the other, then calls the boy over and asks, more

  • What Makes A Genuine Believer Different? Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jan 28, 2019

    Since both believers and unbelievers sin, how are believers different?

    What Makes A Genuine Believer Different? (I John 2:1-6) 1. Just a few years ago, during Christmas caroling, we missed Doris Smith. Here is how it happened….. 2. To atone for this, I remembered that Doris loved doughnuts…so I brought her half a dozen with some fruit and sang to her… 3. Doris was more

  • Forgiven Sinners In The Hands Of A Gracious God Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek 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!

    Forgiven Sinners in the Hands of A Gracious God (I John 1:5-10) 1. President Harry Truman snuck into church one Sunday, and a reporter met him after church. The reporter asked Truman what the sermon was about. 2. “Sin,” the President answered succinctly. 3. “And what did the pastor say about more

  • Baby Jesus In Jerusalem

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jan 14, 2019

    The Savior’s entire life built up toward His crucifixion and resurrection. He had to be the sinless Lamb of God and endorsed by the Spirit so He could redeem us because He loves us!

    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, more

  • A Different Angle Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jan 14, 2019

    Sometimes we need to strive to understand important truths more deeply. Sometimes we need to be admonished to stay true to those truths, and to interpret events through their filter. Sometimes we need to find our unity through these.

    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 more

  • A Savior Is Born Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Dec 28, 2018

    The way Jesus came into the world and the events surrounding that first Christmas affirms so much of what we believe as Christians.

    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, more

  • Navigating God’s Will Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Dec 17, 2018

    God’s will is something we usually discern with our renewed minds, but sometimes God directs us differently (but never contrary to Scripture); sometimes He hints at those plans, but has not been clear about them — yet He reveals them in His time.

    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, more

  • A Lesson Learned: Surrender Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Dec 10, 2018

    The road to surrender to the Lord’s will is different for each one of us, but it is where God wants to take us.

    A Lesson Learned: Surrender (Luke 1:57-80) 1. Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Customs officers at the Port of New York/Newark made an unusual seizure recently when they uncovered a shipment of 9,024 pairs of counterfeit Nike shoes. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said officers inspecting a shipment from more

  • Charting An Unknown Course Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Dec 3, 2018

    Although God has everything charted and planned, we must move one step at a time into our unknown futures, but we can do so holding God’s hand.

    Charting An Unknown Course Luke 1:26-56 1. After Christmas vacation, an elementary school teacher was asking her students how they celebrated Christmas. When she got to Sammy, whose father ran a local toy store, she said, "Sammy, since you're jewish, I guess your family didn't more