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  • Beginning With The End In Mind

    Contributed by Isaac Butterworth on Nov 20, 2010
    based on 6 ratings

    This is the end that we must have in mind when we begin anything in the church. Our destination must be a congregation filled with people who are filled with Christ and who are filling the world with his love.

    BEGINNING WITH THE END IN MIND Isaac Butterworth The Installation of a New Pastor November 21, 2010 John 15:1-8 (NIV) 1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so more

  • What Christianity Is

    Contributed by Isaac Butterworth on Jun 20, 2008
    based on 7 ratings

    If your life is built upon the words of Jesus, it will endure.

    WHAT CHRISTIANITY IS Matthew 7:21-29 (RSV) 21/ “Not every one who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22/ On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in more

  • Lost At The Bottom Of The Well

    Contributed by Isaac Butterworth on Feb 21, 2008
    based on 6 ratings

    Only Christ can fill our inner emptiness.

    LOST AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WELL John 4:4-14 (NIV) 4 Now he had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was more

  • The Hardest Thing Of All

    Contributed by Isaac Butterworth on Feb 3, 2007
    based on 2 ratings

    When Peter and his friends left their nets to follow Jesus, it wasn’t just nets they left. It was the hardest thing of all.

    THE HARDEST THING OF ALL Luke 5:1-11 (NIV) 1 One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, with the people crowding around him and listening to the word of God, 2 he saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of more

  • Unforgettable You

    Contributed by Isaac Butterworth on Jan 25, 2007
    based on 18 ratings

    Isaiah uses four word pictures to show us that we ought to trust God because of what he’s like.

    UNFORGETTABLE YOU Isaac Butterworth Isaiah 49:15-18 (NRSV) 15/ Can a woman forget her nursing child, or show no compassion for the child of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. 16/ See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before more

  • The Importance Of Love

    Contributed by Isaac Butterworth on Sep 9, 2006
    based on 3 ratings

    Love is important because it is essential, expressive, and eternal.

    THE IMPORTANCE OF LOVE 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 (NRSV) 1/ If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2/ And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove more

  • The God Who Turns To Us

    Contributed by Isaac Butterworth on Dec 27, 2005
    based on 3 ratings

    What Christmas is all about is this: that God hasn’t turned on us; He has turned to us.

    First Presbyterian Church Wichita Falls, Texas Christmas Eve 1997 THE GOD WHO TURNS TO US Isaac Butterworth Matthew 1:22-23 (NIV) Not long ago, I heard about a conversation some second graders were having about Santa -- whether old Saint Nick was real or not. One child more

  • Taking The Splendor With You

    Contributed by Isaac Butterworth on Feb 23, 2004
    based on 23 ratings

    The splendor of holy moments does not fade in the ordinary times of life.

    First Presbyterian Church Wichita Falls, Texas February 22, 2004 TAKING THE SPLENDOR WITH YOU Isaac Butterworth Luke 9:28-36 (NRSV) 28/ Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. 29/ And more

  • Is Your God Too Small?

    Contributed by Isaac Butterworth on Feb 23, 2004
    based on 16 ratings

    Is our God too small? Do we labor under misconceptions about what he is really like? Isn’t it time that we seek to be more like God and give up trying to make him more like us?

  • Light In The Darkness

    Contributed by Isaac Butterworth on Feb 23, 2004
    based on 9 ratings

    I need the light of Jesus in the dark cavern of my heart.

    First Presbyterian Church Wichita Falls, Texas March 30, 2003 Fourth Lord’s Day in Lent (B) LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS Isaac Butterworth John 3:14-21 (NRSV) 14/ And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15/ that more