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  • An Antidote For Anxiety

    Contributed by Gordan Runyan on Mar 23, 2003
    based on 56 ratings
     | 5,505 views

    On the radio: "Anyone who doesn’t have high blood pressure these days simply isn’t paying attention." Oh, really?

    AN ANTIDOTE FOR ANXIETY Psalm 131 I heard a man suggest on the radio that, “Anyone who doesn’t have high blood pressure these days simply isn’t paying attention.” There is plenty to be anxious about in our world today. Nations nobody cared about five years ago are suddenly steering the ...read more

  • Have A Very Gadarene Christmas

    Contributed by Gordan Runyan on Nov 13, 2002
    based on 37 ratings
     | 1,244 views

    The essentials of the Christmas story are present in the deliverance of the man who had the Legion.

    It’s been said that “Familiarity breeds contempt.” Now, that’s not always the case. Certainly, in a close relationship, like a marriage, intimate, loving familiarity becomes one of the “load-bearing walls.” It’s what keeps the structure standing upright. It’s what supports the weight and ...read more

  • The Touch

    Contributed by Gordan Runyan on Oct 24, 2002
    based on 191 ratings
     | 14,898 views

    The willingness of our Lord to reach out and touch the lowest of the low in His grace.

    INTRODUCTION/STATEMENT OF THEME: There are two common answers among unbelievers to the Gospel message. One, they often think they are too good for it. They aren’t that bad. They’re certainly not as bad as some, and therefore, God will probably let them slide in on Judgment Day. On the other hand, ...read more

  • Is That An Idol In Your Pocket?

    Contributed by Gordan Runyan on Aug 20, 2002
    based on 40 ratings
     | 3,120 views

    The danger of excessive riches, in luring us away from our God (with a little help from Balaam).

    Proverbs 30:7-9 [Note to preachers: This message, though gleaned from Proverbs 30, depends a lot on the spiritual lessons learned from the Balaam incident in Numbers.] Tell the story of Balaam (BAY-lum) - Asked by pagan king Balak to curse Israel - Wouldn’t do it. Then was offered money. ...read more

  • The King Of Rejection

    Contributed by Gordan Runyan on Aug 23, 2002
    based on 48 ratings
     | 4,584 views

    With a nod to John Knox, this is about tyranny; what it is, why it is, how we escape it (including the tyranny of sin).

    Webster’s dictionary defines “tyranny” as arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power. We don’t use the word “tyranny” a lot in our own day. We don’t routinely hear people in positions over us referred to as tyrants. (They may in fact be tyrants, but we don’t use the word.) But the word ...read more

  • The Worshipper's Portrait (Drawn With A Scripture Pencil)

    Contributed by Gordan Runyan on Aug 20, 2002
    based on 162 ratings
     | 12,172 views

    In Psalm 15, David’s asking God what a real worshipper looks like; do we look like God’s answer?

    One of the old confessions of the church (Westminster) says that man’s chief end is to glorify God and to fully enjoy Him forever. That’s a pretty decent answer to why we’re all here. We were created to worship. It is man’s chief end. Worship is an end, not a means to an end. We worship ...read more

  • The Cause Of All Worship: Apocalypse!

    Contributed by Gordan Runyan on Aug 20, 2002
    based on 43 ratings
     | 1,243 views

    An incident in the life of Abram/Abraham shows us the cause of all true worship.

    Genesis 12:7 Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your descendants [seed] I will give this land.” And there he built an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him. Jesus told the woman at the well that God is seeking folks who will worship Him in spirit and truth. We want to be ...read more

  • The 2nd Most Misunderstood Word (Peace)

    Contributed by Gordan Runyan on Feb 12, 2002
    based on 54 ratings
     | 1,625 views

    This old priestly benediction gives a definition of "peace" that puts our typical version of that concept to shame.

    THE 2ND MOST MISUNDERSTOOD WORD IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE: PEACE! Numbers 6:22-27 (First most misunderstood word is “Love”: proof—listen to what the radio says about love and then read I Cor 13. Big, big difference.) What the culture thinks peace is: 1. cessation of war 2. no present ...read more

  • Righteous Words From Proverbs 10

    Contributed by Gordan Runyan on Feb 13, 2002
    based on 41 ratings
     | 1,645 views

    An evangelical call to recognize the worth and value of the gospel proclamation.

    RIGHTEOUS WORDS FROM PROVERBS 10 Read Proverbs 10:11 and 20-21 Who is the RIGHTEOUS? Scripture uses “righteous” in more than one way. - Outward righteousness of the Law - The righteousness of God, to which no man attains - Comparative righteousness, recognizing some men more righteous ...read more

  • Two Prayers, Two Gods

    Contributed by Gordan Runyan on Feb 11, 2002
    based on 44 ratings
     | 688 views

    Have you noticed that the men in Christ’s parable pray to two different deities?

    Two Prayers, Two Gods Luke 18:9-14 V9. Look who the parable is spoken to. Not a good crowd. - I’m not aiming at anybody. My desire is to simply examine what Jesus said and what it can mean to us. v.9 Trusted in themselves that they were righteous - This the whole problem with the Jews ...read more

  • Good Son, Bad Son

    Contributed by Gordan Runyan on Feb 11, 2002
    based on 56 ratings
     | 3,912 views

    A straightforward, evangelical call to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ

    Matt 21:28-32 The Parable of the Two Sons I. Context: Jesus’ opponents have come to question him. To trick him. A. They did this a lot. This is an HONOR CHALLENGE. Jesus wins. B. Jesus goes from defense to offense with this parable. It is about them. i. In fact, Jesus ...read more

  • 3 Confessions Of The Trusting Soul

    Contributed by Gordan Runyan on Feb 11, 2002
    based on 59 ratings
     | 1,301 views

    David’s soul trusted God and so was led to make three confessions; does yours do the same?

    3 CONFESSIONS OF THE TRUSTING SOUL Psalm 16 Thematic Statement: How is it with your soul, brother? David gives us a yardstick here, by which to tell. His soul truly trusted God, and made three confessions. Does your soul make the same confessions? v.1 “In You I put my trust” Discuss ...read more

  • Our God Is King

    Contributed by Gordan Runyan on Sep 14, 2001
    based on 66 ratings
     | 2,675 views

    A special sermon for the Sept. 11 tragedy.

    OUR GOD IS KING! By Gordan Runyan Text: Psalm 11 Summary statement: A politically incorrect look at the God who hates sin and promises to deal with it. -------------------------------------------------------- Years ago, a Christian friend introduced me to a device that allows one to ...read more

  • A Recipe For Living Water

    Contributed by Gordan Runyan on Aug 18, 2001
    based on 107 ratings
     | 7,346 views

    Seven steps toward receiving the promised Living Water, gleaned from the text.

    A RECIPE FOR LIVING WATER Read John 4:5-26 [Thematic Statement]: “Jesus promises the Samaritan woman living water. Today, by the preaching of His word and the powerful operation of His Spirit, He promises that living water to you as well. Will you take it? Will you drink it in and finally, ...read more