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  • Bad Calls From Religious Umpires

    Contributed by Gary Washburn on Jul 14, 2002
    based on 119 ratings
     | 3,837 views

    When an umpire makes a bad call our sense of fairness has been violated. Sometimes we scream at God, "bad call" or "not fair God!" This attitude reveals some ugly things about us.

    Bad calls from religious umpires Romans 2:1-4 Intro: Ever seen umpire make a bad call? Crowd boo’s and blood pressure and anger rises. Our sense of fairness has been violated and we are ready to fight when it comes to fairness. We hear of a serial killer getting caught, convicted, then life in ...read more

  • Losing Your Religion

    Contributed by Gary Washburn on Jul 14, 2002
    based on 55 ratings
     | 2,805 views

    REligion and spirutality have always been at odds with one another. Do we need to lose our religion?

    Losing Your Religion Romans 2:17-29 Intro: 10 years ago Bette Midler had hit song entitled, “God is watching us.” I believe it was popular because it expressed our cultural theological view. We want a god who provides but does not intrude, who protects and helps us out but does interfere with our ...read more

  • The Great Exchange

    Contributed by Gary Washburn on Jun 25, 2002
    based on 84 ratings
     | 5,513 views

    You will either accept the truth or suppress the truth. You will either believe the truth and change your ways or change the truth to believe your ways!

    The Great Exchange Romans 1:18- 32 Intro: Where did man come from? Where is man going? These 2 questions are at the heart of every human being at one time or another. The answers to these questions determine how a person values life and the lives of others. For example; If a person believes in ...read more

  • Drop The Worry

    Contributed by Gary Washburn on Jun 1, 2002
    based on 26 ratings
     | 1,638 views

    Worry is a sin. How do I stop it? This simple message demonstates how to practically drop your worries.

    I Peter 5:5-10 Intro: Have everyone print on a piece of paper their #1 worry, problem they are currently facing. This is something they think about everyday. (Do not give details/names/incidences that anyone could recognize this as your problem.) Have them fold them in two and hold for now. ...read more

  • The Call

    Contributed by Gary Washburn on Jun 1, 2002
    based on 24 ratings
     | 1,233 views

    What does it mean to be "called" by the Lord? This confusing idea has kept many people from recognizing God’s call upon their life. How do you know if God is calling you?

    The Call Romans 1:1 Intro: Have someone demonstrate deer call. Turkey call. Then have telephone ring as a type of call to someone. (Have someone act this part through a micrphone, “This is the Lord speaking.” Lord I did not know you used cell phones. “I use a variety of ways to call people.” ...read more

  • An Unlikely Conversion

    Contributed by Gary Washburn on Jun 1, 2002
    based on 14 ratings
     | 1,442 views

    Some people have read portions of the book of Romans and had a life changing experience. The Reformation and the great Awakening was sparked by men reading Romans.

    Series: Riches in Romans Romans 1:1 This book is about introducing good news to bad sinners. An Unlikely Conversion Intro: I have never preached through Romans because I felt it was more than I could handle, and I was right. I know I am in over my head. Romans is a book that ...read more

  • Journey To The End Of Yourself

    Contributed by Gary Washburn on May 19, 2002
    based on 26 ratings
     | 1,685 views

    You are on a journey with God. Where are you going? You are on a journey to the end of yourself. Can you hear that annoying child in the backseat saying, "Are we there yet?"

    The Journey to the End of Yourself Ruth 1 Intro: A test is coming to you and me. All our religious talk is about to be examined. What we really believe God already knows. The problem is we don’t know it. Pressure, disappointments, trials will reveal to others and us what we really believe. ...read more

  • Growing In Your Knowing

    Contributed by Gary Washburn on Apr 13, 2002
    based on 12 ratings
     | 694 views

    Most of our knowledge about God is second hand knowledge. God calls us to expereince first hand knowledge about Him.

    Growing in your Knowing I Peter 1:5 Intro: Ever heard someone say, “There are people who know things then there are people who really know things”? Meaning there is second hand knowledge then there is first hand KNOWLEDGE. What you know or think you know can hurt you. For example: Religion is ...read more

  • The Divine Direction Connection

    Contributed by Gary Washburn on Apr 13, 2002
    based on 27 ratings
     | 5,705 views

    Do you realize if you are God’s child and are trying to do something that is against His plans for you that it will fail or make you miserable? How can I know what God’s plans are for me?

    The Divine Direction Connection I Kings 22:48-49 2 Chronicles 20:35-37 Intro: Text about King Jehoshaphat making ships to haul gold from a distant land. In 2 Chronicles see not God’s will him join forces with Ahaziah the wicked king of Israel. So God ruined their plans and destroyed these ...read more

  • Liberty And Justice For All

    Contributed by Gary Washburn on Apr 13, 2002
    based on 45 ratings
     | 2,519 views

    We must never forget what God has done for America and what He is doing to America and realize what He will do to America.

    Liberty and Justice for All Psalm 33:12 Intro: One of the main things that America stands for is “Liberty and Justice for all.” We must never forget what God has done in the past for America. We must have our eyes opened to see what God is doing for America in the present. Then we must realize ...read more

  • Believe It Or Not.

    Contributed by Gary Washburn on Apr 13, 2002
    based on 53 ratings
     | 3,303 views

    . Consider that if hell is real then it is the most alarming fact of the universe. Why is there a lack of the fear of hell?

    Believe it or Not Hebrews 10:29-31 Intro: Ripley’s Believe it or not museums. Observe some real mysteries and some good fakes. Unfortunately people treat the subject of hell like that. You can believe it or not. Natural men hate idea held accountable for lives to a Holy God. Carnal mind ...read more

  • The Anti-Venom For The Serpent's Bite

    Contributed by Gary Washburn on Apr 12, 2002
    based on 18 ratings
     | 3,239 views

    We have all been poisoned with the venom of the serpent’s bite. There is only one cure. You must have the right anti-venom.

    The Anti –Venom for the Serpent’s bite Numbers 21:4-9 John 3:15-16 Intro: My first experience deer hunting in the woods of Florida I had just walked down a path in the woods when no sooner than I heard a shotgun blast behind. I ran back down the path about 25 yards to where I was just walking ...read more

  • The High Value Of Living Low

    Contributed by Gary Washburn on Apr 11, 2002
    based on 13 ratings
     | 1,130 views

    Christ teaches the way to live life in the Penthouse is by starting at the bottom.

    Love The high value of living low 2 Peter 1:5-8 and 10b John 13:34-35 Intro: Word “love” is agape = love revealed by not doing what the person loved wants, but doing what the One who loves deems is needed by the one loved. John 3:16 – not what man wanted but what God saw man needed. John ...read more

  • Patience Everyone!

    Contributed by Gary Washburn on Apr 11, 2002
    based on 55 ratings
     | 3,397 views

    Patience is a virtue that helps bring about success in every area of life. Without it you are doomed to failure. Surprisingly, the area most are falling short in is in having patience with God. God’s timing requires our patience.

    PATIENCE 2 Peter 1:3-8 now read Living Bible (not for accuracy but for clarity) Intro: Definition of patience: Hupomone in Greek = remaining under pressure that God ordains. Not surrendering to the circumstances that are pressuring you. Jesus calls us to get under the pressure of His ...read more

  • Self Control

    Contributed by Gary Washburn on Apr 11, 2002
    based on 176 ratings
     | 22,070 views

    Without this virtue of self control you will self destruct!

    Self Control 2 Peter 1:5-8 amplified Faith is to a Christian what gasoline is to a car. Gasoline is necessary to run engine. That’s not all you need; air supply, vacuum hoses draw air, oil, or won’t go very far. The Christian faith too must have some other additives or you won’t make much ...read more