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  • Life From The Grave Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Mar 30, 2024
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    Jesus said "on the third day I will rise." But did He? And how can we be confident of Christ's resurrection?

    The 53rd chapter of the Old Testament book of Isaiah is a powerful passage. For centuries Jewish Rabbis believed it talked about the coming Messiah. But they struggled with the message Isaiah 53 spoke of the Messiah as A SUFFERING SAVIOR: “He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we more

  • Power Of The Lamb

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Mar 23, 2024
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    Why was Jesus called the LAMB of God? Why did God choose that animal to represent what Jesus would mean to us?

    (We began the sermon by singing the hymn: “O Lamb Of God”) “Your only Son no sin to hide, but You have sent Him from Your side; To walk upon this guilty sod and to become the Lamb of God; (2nd vs) Your gift of love they crucified, they laughed and scorned Him as He died; The humble King they named more

  • Dying In Bad Company Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Mar 15, 2024
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    When Jesus was condemned did He deserve to die? Was His death necessary?

    OPEN: A few years ago, a lawyer from Kenya named Dola Indidis filed a lawsuit with the International Court of Justice at the Hague (also called the ICJ). His goal? To overturn the conviction and death sentence of Jesus Christ. He said “I filed the case because it’s my duty to uphold the dignity of more

  • The Right To Remain Silent Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Mar 9, 2024
    based on 2 ratings

    Jesus was faced with numerous unfair and unjust accusations and trials... and yet He never responded to those. Why was He silent, and what can that mean to us?

    OPEN: One day my dad was driving down the road a little over the speed limit. He was going about 65 in a 55 mph zone… and then he saw some lights flashing in his rearview mirror. Dad was resigned to the fact he’d have to pay a speeding ticket (after all, he was going 65) and when the policeman more

  • The Forbidden Chapter Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Mar 2, 2024
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    Jews don't read Isaiah 53 in the Synagogue anymore. Why not? Is it because of what they don't understand in that chapter, or because of what they do?

    Many people refer to Isaiah 53 as being the “forbidden chapter” of the Bible! For centuries, Jewish synagogues would include this chapter in their yearly readings. But not anymore. Today when Jewish people read Isaiah 52 in the Synagogue, they stop before they get to end of the chapter (at verse more

  • Love Letters From God

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Feb 6, 2024
    based on 3 ratings

    God has gone to a great deal of trouble to give us "love letters" that express how much He cares for us. But what happens when we don't accept that He loves us?

    (I began the sermon by showing the following video featuring Jeff Foxworthy - starting at timestamp1:40). The following is a transcript of the portion of his talk: Jeff Foxworthy agreed to do a small group study with the homeless at an Atlanta Christian more

  • A 23rd Psalm Funeral

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Feb 4, 2024
    based on 2 ratings

    This was a funeral for a godly woman (who raised sheep). What did it mean for Jesus to be her Shepherd?

    A 23rd Psalm Funeral Jean Morphet was a very Godly woman and it’s no surprise (given that she and her husband Don raised sheep most of their lives) that the family told me that her favorite passage of Scripture was the 23rd Psalm. So I want to begin today’s eulogy by reading it: “The LORD is my more

  • Growing Younger Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Jan 27, 2024
    based on 2 ratings

    Hebrews tells us that, if we've been Christians for any length of time, we ought to be teaching. But how do I do that, and why should I bother?

    The comic strip “Peanuts” (by Charles Schultz) often had a Biblical theme to it. In one of his comic strips, Lucy and Linus were staring out the window watching it rain and Lucy says… "Boy! Look at it pour. What if it floods the whole world?" Linus says: "It won't. In Genesis more

  • Growing Wider Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Jan 19, 2024
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    We make disciples by telling others about our Jesus. But how do we do that, and what does it look like when we do?

    For years, they say there was a Divinity School that would invite people to pack a sack lunch and join them on a grassy picnic area where they’d have a prominent theologian give a lecture about God. One year they invited a liberal scholar to come speak and he spoke for 2 ½ hours telling the more

  • Growing Deeper Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Jan 11, 2024
    based on 2 ratings

    We're at war with Satan, but too often churches ignore the conflict and avoid doing what has to be done to tear down the gates of Hell. What can we do to avoid going AWOL in this great battle for the souls of the lost?

    When I went to Israel, I visited a place about 25 miles north of the Sea of Galilee called Caesarea Philippi. The area lays in the shadow of Mt. Hermon, whose ice caps (when they melt) supply clean fresh springs for the waters of the Jordan River. This abundant water supply made the area fertile more

  • Growing Higher Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Jan 6, 2024
    based on 2 ratings

    The Bible forms the foundation of our faith, and if that foundation isn't sound, your faith could crumble. But why would that be true, and what happens if we don't accept that idea?

    ILLUS: A famous Christian writer told of doing a lectureship at Ohio State University. As he was being driven to the lecture, he passed the new Wexner Art Center and the driver said, “This is a new art building for the university. It is a fascinating building designed in the post-modernist view more

  • To Boldly Go Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Dec 30, 2023
    based on 3 ratings

    Our God doesn't believe in "No-Win Scenarios"... and neither should we. How do we avoid getting caught in the trap of believing God can't win the day?

    Back in the 1960s, there was a ground-breaking show that premiered on NBC, and the opening monologue was spoken by Captain James T. Kirk every week: “Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds; to seek out new more

  • The Journey He Made Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Dec 24, 2023
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    John helps us see that the Word is God, creator, light, man. The journey Jesus made started before creation and will last for eternity. What does that mean for us? Consider these thoughts from our Family Minister, Scott Jewell.

    I’ve heard a lot of people talking about when is the right time to get into the Christmas spirit? How do you know you’re ready to celebrate this holiday? For some, it means putting the outdoor decorations up as early as the day after Halloween (after all, why not get that done before it’s freezing more

  • What Journey Shall We Make Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Dec 23, 2023
    based on 2 ratings

    This Christmas Eve Meditation focused on the example the Wisemen set for us in following the star to find Jesus. What can we learn from how they followed the star and worshipped Christ?

    PLAY: (a clip of the opening scenes from “Ben-Hur”, the 1959 movie starring Charleston Heston and focusing on the arrival of the Wisemen to see Jesus) Tonight, we’re going to take a journey to find Jesus - but we will not be following the star. more

  • The Sacrifices We Make Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Dec 16, 2023
    based on 2 ratings

    Joseph sacrificed a lot because Jesus was in his life, and he never complained. Are we called to make sacrifices when we follow Jesus, and what kind of sacrifices could we make?

    There was a Christmas play where a little boy desperately wanted to be Joseph. But when the parts were handed out, his biggest rival was given that part, and he was assigned to be the inn keeper instead. He was really bitter about this. So, during all the rehearsals he kept plotting in his mind more