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  • Liars, Crooks, Insensitives And The Person In The Mirror Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jul 10, 2017
     | 1,375 views

    All believers share the same foundational Christian ethics, at least to some degree So let us consider some piercing ethical questions of ourselves.

    Know A Compulsive Liar, Crook, Proverbs 25:18-20 1. The stereotypical pastor is old, has a collar around his neck, and never cracks a smile. He exists to spread gloom and cap joy. 2. Stereotypes are, by nature, ridiculous. For example, we associate many stereotypes when we think of ...read more

  • Moderation In Action Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jun 8, 2017
     | 1,436 views

    Moderation should be our starting point when making our decisions, including the minor decisions of daily life.

    Moderation in Action (Proverbs 25:15-17) 1. Moderation is not merely a Jewish or Christian value. In ancient Greece, the temple of Apollo at Delphi bore the inscription Meden Agan … 'Nothing in excess'. Doing something "in moderation" means not doing it excessively. (Wikipedia) 2. A better ...read more

  • Apple Talk Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jun 8, 2017
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     | 1,040 views

    In any context in which we must work closely with people, we can expect conflict, irritation, inconsistency, and aggravation. It takes discipline to handle them well.

    Apple Talk (Proverbs 25:8-14) 1. There is a constant debate between computer users: Is Apple (Mac) better than Windows? 2. For people who work with graphics, the Mac will win by and large. 3. But for the rest of us, the matter is debated — especially taking into account the cost ...read more

  • Wise And Wiser Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on May 31, 2017
     | 1,101 views

    Wisdom is about making good choices, and it is also about know what to typically expect in life and in dealing with otherås. We can always gain more wisdom as we incorporate particular concepts.

    Wise and Wiser (Proverbs 25:1-7) 1. Last week, I finally carved out some time to water blast our back deck. Between rain, cold, and busy schedules, it was no easy task. 2. Neither is water blasting. Last time I did it, 3 years ago, not such a good result; it would cut little trails into the ...read more

  • Two Moms Who Couldn’t Get Along

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on May 16, 2017
     | 1,142 views

    Does God only care about moms in the limelight, the Sarahs? Or does he also care about the disadvantaged moms, like the Hagars?

    Two Moms Who Couldn’t Get Along Genesis 21:1-21 1. Mother’s Day is a day we set aside to honor our moms. 2. Our world needs good moms, and many moms fit that bill. 3. Moms have their own vocabulary; a few terms from the Mom’s dictionary: AIRPLANE: What Mom impersonates to get a 1-yr.-old to ...read more

  • An Occult Case Study Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on May 15, 2017
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     | 1,184 views

    To better understand the right perspective toward occultism, we can look at the most detailed instance of it in God’s Word.

    An Occult Case Study (I Samuel 28) 1. What do you call a psychic midget who has escaped from prison? A small medium at large! 2. Why do people consult fortunetellers and spiritists? Occult’s lure: about me and my family (brain/emotion). 3. Dale Carnegie: sweetest words a person’s own ...read more

  • Join The Resistance! Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on May 9, 2017
     | 863 views

    Many of us have not served in the U.S. military; we have never been trained for combat. But, as believers in Jesus, we are at war and need to brush up on our skills.

    Join the Resistance! (topical) 1. When a society becomes “post Christian,” all sorts of religious evil fill the void left behind. Even atheism is a religious position, for it assumes what cannot be proven. 2. Whether it is Islam, the Eastern Religion, New Age — and all sorts of ...read more

  • The Christian And The Occult Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Apr 30, 2017
     | 1,060 views

    The occult is all around us. It invades our homes via entertainment, lures power-seekers, the superstitious, escapists, and thrill seekers. A solid Biblical foundation is the best inoculation against this lure.

    The Christian and the Occult (intro) (topical) 1. I do a lot of review for Amazon.com, so I am flooded with requests to review books, products, etc., often in exchange for a free copy/product. 2. But I like to set my own agenda as to what I read; my time is precious, and doing one thing ...read more

  • Surprise! Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Apr 26, 2017
     | 1,841 views

    That first Resurrection Sunday consisted of surprise after surprise. Let’s look at 4 of many surprises.

    Surprise! (Mark 16:1-8) 1. Last month the elders board decided to get the most handsome preacher in the State of Indiana to speak for Easter. He said no. 2. Then they thought they would get the most intelligent preacher in Indiana to speak. He said no.. Then they decided to get the pastor ...read more

  • Onlookers And The Onlooked Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Apr 18, 2017
     | 892 views

    The abundance of religious art we see may remind us of the cross, but it can also dull us to the reality that the people involved were real people, not figments of creativity. Let’s take a look at some of those real people.

    PURSUING THE MARK Philippians 3:4-14 The starter’s line for this passage is the Apostle Paul’s polemic against false teachers, whose confidence lies in the flesh (Philippians 3:2-4). “The flesh” here represents self-help religion, which stands contrary to the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. ...read more

  • Crucified For Us Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Apr 13, 2017
     | 1,012 views

    The fact that so long a portion of the Gospels is dedicated toward describing how Jesus suffered for us suggests we need to contemplate those events thoroughly.

    Crucified for Us Mark 15:21-32 1. This week, I came across a Jewish version of a joke I tell every year at camp. 2. Three Jewish sons left home, went out on their own and prospered. Getting back together, they discussed the gifts hey were able to give their elderly mother. The first ...read more

  • Rejected! Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Mar 30, 2017
     | 1,488 views

    Jesus was not just left behind, but hatefully rejected for our good.

    Rejected! (Mark 15:1-20) 1. UPI article: “An Indiana man enlisted the help of the American Civil Liberties Union to help win his fight against the state for a custom license plate reading, "ATHE1ST." “Chris Bontrager said a letter from the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles did not cite a ...read more

  • The Apostle Of Love Addresses Sin

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Mar 27, 2017
     | 471 views

    John was noted as being the Apostle of Love, and he wanted his church family to have a clear conscience, a sense of security, and an appreciation for their Savior. This meant straight talk about sin, forgiveness, and even apostasy.

    The Apostle of Love Addresses Sin (I John 1:7-2:2, 2:18-20, 5:16-18) 1. Nobody knows us like the people who live with us. 2. Old man Morris had died. A wonderful funeral was in progress and the town’s Rabbi talked at length of the good traits of the deceased, what an honest man he was, how he ...read more

  • God’s Reputation

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Mar 27, 2017
     | 992 views

    God takes great pleasure when people honor His Name. His Name is directly connected to His character and His reputation.

    God’s Reputation (topical) 1. There are some pretty funny real names out there! a) Jed I. Knight b) Bud Light c) MacDonald-Berger d) Tahra Dactyl e) Chris P. Bacon f) Dr. Joelle Rollo-Coster g) Alma L. Knack h) Brock Lee i) Marriage announcements: Lonney-Ward, Hardy-Harr 2. While ...read more

  • The Power Of Distraction

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Mar 8, 2017
     | 2,595 views

    When we have to cope for the long term, we need to implement God’s template for doing so. Distraction is a key element in this process, but needs to be viewed as part of the whole process.

    The Power of Distraction (Philippians 4:1-9) 1. The psychology professor was giving an oral test. She asked, "How would you diagnose a patient who screaming at the top of his lungs one minute, then sits in a chair weeping uncontrollably the next?" A sports-minded young man answered, "He's ...read more