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Contributed on Jul 12, 2020
What make a church successful? Is it lots of money? A great preacher? Great outreach programs and internal programming? Oddly enough, the early church didn't have that - and yet they turned the world upside down. What did the early church have that made the difference?
Flip Wilson was a popular black comedian several years ago, and among the routines he did were skits about a Preacher at the “What’s Happening Now Church.” One of his skits went like this: He’d shout out: "If this church is going to serve God it’s got to get down on its knees and crawl!!!” ...read more
Contributed on Jul 4, 2020
God told Peter in Acts 10 - "What God has made clean you must not call common." What would that have meant to the Ephesians, and what can it mean to us?
In Acts 10, we’re told the story of the first Gentiles who became Christians. God sent Peter to do preach to them and baptize them… but because Peter wouldn’t have done that on his own. God gave Him this instruction: “What God has made clean, do not call common." Acts 10:15 About 100 years ...read more
Contributed on Jun 28, 2020
Paul tells us that before we became Christians, we had nothing of value. What did Paul tell us we had that makes a difference in our lives?
OPEN: The year was 1905. There was a baseball game between the Rhyolites and Beattys in Salt Lake City. The batter stepped up to the plate and hit a ground ball toward First Base but it struck a small rock and shot off at an angle, Fortunately the 1st baseman (William Giffiths) easily fielded the ...read more
Contributed on Jun 21, 2020
People struggle with being called "wretches" (like Amazing Grace has labeled us). The question is - are we "wretches", and if we are - why is that important to know?
I love to sing so I’m going to ask you sing a couple old hymns with me: “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that SAVED A WRETCH LIKE ME. I once was lost, but now I’m found. Was blind, but now I see. “At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light, and the burden of my heart rolled away. ...read more
Contributed on Jun 14, 2020
Paul said he prayed for the Ephesians that they would "know... what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us." Why would Paul bother to pray that they'd KNOW such a thing, and why would it matter if we knew this power?
OPEN: The first church I served was in a quaint resort town called Hamilton, IN. It was a nice little town. A peaceful and quiet community. Well, except for that one time when the State police sent several officers as well as (pause) a bomb squad to the home of one of the residents there. It seems ...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