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Contributed on May 21, 2022
Thomas wasn't the only disciple to doubt Jesus' resurrection. They all doubted it. So why was Thomas branded the "doubter"... and what difference can that make to us?
INTRO: Year ago, there were two friends who went for a drive in the country. Walter was sharing a dream with his friend, Art, as they drove off the main road thru a grove of trees into a large expanse of land. Walter said he had a dream for what he could do with this land and that he planned ...read more
Contributed on May 14, 2022
Who gave James and John the "label" "Sons of Thunder"... and what can that mean to us as Christians?
Four men were playing golf one afternoon, and were approaching the 4th hole when suddenly the sky turned ominously dark, and it began thunder and rain. The men rushed to a gazebo for shelter. But just then, a bolt of lightning hit the long, nearby chain-link fence and lit it up like a neon ...read more
Contributed on May 8, 2022
Ordinarily a zealot like Simon would have killed a tax collector like Matthew - but he didn't. Why not?
OPEN: This morning I want to talk to you about the periodic table (we showed a periodic table on the screen). On this periodic table are two elements that I find intriguing. One of these is Sodium. Sodium is the 6th most abundant element in the Earth's crust (did you know that?) As a solid, ...read more
Contributed on May 1, 2022
Matthew is highly regarded these days by Christians because of how powerful his gospel is. But he wasn't always loved. He had a label "tax collector" that made him hated. Why would Jesus a man like him to be a disciple?
OPEN: Back in 2002, a newspaper in Massachusetts had this classified ad: “Unknown item for sale. We know it’s valuable; we just don’t know what it is. If you can identify it, we’ll sell it for $250.” (Reader’s Digest 9/02 p. 145) The Bible is a collection of stories where God knew why people ...read more
Contributed on Apr 23, 2022
In the New Testament it appears that Adam figures powerfully into why Jesus came to die for our sins. But what is it about Adam that would help us better understand why Jesus came to change our lives?
OPEN: Believe it or not, I’ve been told that in S. Dakota there was a town called Paradise… and it was named by two residents. Adam and Eve. Most people remember the story of Adam and Eve in Genesis. They sinned, they ate of the fruit God commanded them not to eat, and they lost their paradise, ...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 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 John. In Luke 3:23 ...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