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Contributed on Aug 19, 2018
I want to be Jesus' teacher's pet. I want to be His favorite pupil. This passage gives us the key to pleasing Jesus and becoming more like Him in my life. (Spoiler alert - it has to do with how I treat people I don't like)
OPEN: A great scholar was once asked about a young man who was in his class. The person said, "So and so tells me that he was one of your students." The scholar just smiled sadly and said, "Well, he may have attended my lectures, but he was not one of my students.” What was that scholar ...read more
Contributed on Aug 12, 2018
Jesus said we should love our enemies. But I don't even like them, why should I even want to show them love?
OPEN: I’ve always loved limericks, and years ago I ran across this one: “There once were 2 cats from Kilkenny Each thought there was one cat too many They fought and they spit, and they clawed and they bit. Till instead of two cats (pause) there weren't any.” (Pulpit Helps 3/97 p. 8) Now ...read more
Contributed on Jul 21, 2018
Jesus stressed the need to help the poor and needy. It's a powerful commandment, but there are those who would warp it to meet their own agendas (rather than God's). But how would they do that?
OPEN: Chicago is just about to approve a new entitlement. They intend to give 1,000 unemployed families $500 per month with no strings attached (total of $6 million per year). The argument seems to be that automation is robbing people of jobs and so this is intended to put money in the pockets of ...read more
Contributed on Jul 15, 2018
When Jesus healed people "power went out from Him". This isn't the only time "Power" is spoken about as "coming out" from Jesus when He performed His miracles. What does that mean and what can it mean to us?
OPEN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dW5OBrB4MRM (0:0 thru 1:52 - where the speaker begins to introduce next video) The video describes how chemicals are used to create the different colors in fireworks. How many of you knew that stuff? Isn’t that cool? All those beautiful fireworks on the ...read more
Contributed on Jul 8, 2018
Sodom was guilty of "an abomination" - and when God saw it "He removed them." What was this abomination and what can that tell us about God's attitude toward this sin? Also, can this "abomination" be forgiven?
OPEN: A man went to see a psychiatrist, and told him, "I’ve been doing some bad things, Doc, and my conscience is troubling me." The psychiatrist thought about that and then said: "And you want something that will STRENGTHEN your will power?" But the man replied, "Well, no. I was thinking ...read more
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Contributed on May 5, 2013
POWER AND DISCIPLINE Over here is a wall socket. There is power in that socket. Because of that power, I can plug lamps, fans, microwaves and phone chargers into it and magically empower those devises. I can even plug a car charger into a wall socket and revive a dead car battery (like I’ve had ...read more
Contributed on Mar 24, 2013
THE BLOOD AND WATER Before I became a minister I attended a secular college for a couple of years. While I was there I took several classes I thought would help me when I went to Bible college, and some of those classes were in Philosophy. Now Philosophy and Christianity are somewhat at ...read more
Contributed on Mar 3, 2013
WHY DID JESUS NEED TO BE BAPTIZED? So why would Jesus need to be baptized by John? Well... Jesus' baptism by John was the beginning of Jesus' ministry Mark 1:1 starts out: "The BEGINNING of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God" and then Mark starts telling us about Jesus' baptism by ...read more
Contributed on Feb 11, 2013
THE DEADLY DISEASE OF SIN The Bible is very blunt about sin – it doesn’t matter how YOU grade your sin, if you don’t accept that you’ve sinned… you can’t fix the problem. It’s like a man having a deadly disease. He experiencing distressing physical problems but doesn’t KNOW he’s going to die ...read more
Contributed on Dec 30, 2012
PAX ROMANA About 27 years before Jesus was born Rome experienced something unique that history has called Pax Romana = the peace of Rome. Beginning with the reign of Augustine, Emperor of Rome and lasting till about 180 A.D. (a period of 200 years) Rome was at peace. They had few internal ...read more