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  • Covering God With Our Love Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Feb 11, 2019
    based on 2 ratings
     | 746 views

    I can worship God anywhere... but Psalm 100 talks about "going someplace" to worship. Where should I "go" to worship, and how and why should I worship?

    I read the story about a couple named Mary and Jim and their dog 'Lucky.' Lucky was an unusual dog. Whenever company come for a weekend visit Mary and Jim had to warn their friends to not leave their luggage open because Lucky would help himself to whatever struck his fancy. Inevitably, ...read more

  • God's Love Song Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Feb 3, 2019
    based on 2 ratings
     | 1,202 views

    C.S. Lewis called Psalm 19 “the greatest poem in the Bible.” It speaks of God's majesty and power and tells us HOW God has shown His love for us.

    OPEN: According to “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” the longest love letter ever was written by Marcel de Leclure in 1875. Marcel was an artist in Paris France and his letter contained the 3 word French phrase “je vous aime” (pronounced “shavou same”) which means “I Love You.” This wasn’t just written ...read more

  • Getting Ready For Heaven Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Jan 27, 2019
    based on 2 ratings
     | 1,196 views

    Be ready! It's a repeated theme in Scripture. But what should I do to get ready for heaven?

    (I opened by singing 2 verses of an old hymn "There's A Great Day Coming") “There’s a great day coming, a great day coming. There’s a great day coming by and by. When the saints and the sinners will be parted right and left, Are you ready for that day to come?” CHORUS: Are you ready? ...read more

  • How Do I Get To Heaven? Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Jan 20, 2019
    based on 4 ratings
     | 1,791 views

    Jesus tells us that "Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven." So what do I need to DO to make it to heaven?

    OPEN: A Sunday School teacher had spent the time teaching her young class that you couldn’t work your way into heaven. Then she asked the kids in her Sunday School class, "If I sold my house and my car, had a big garage sale and gave all my money to the church, would I get into Heaven?" ...read more

  • The Deadliest Fire In History Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Jan 13, 2019
    based on 2 ratings
     | 2,068 views

    No one seems to be excited about the topic of Hell. Even God's not keen on it. But it's crucial to our message of hope for the lost. What is it about Hell we need to know and that we need to tell others?

    Does anyone know what the worst fire in American History was? Most people would say it was the great Chicago Fire in 1871. That fire started on Sunday, October 8 and ended on Tuesday, October 10, 1871, killing up to 300 people and destroyed a little over 3 square miles of Chicago, leaving over ...read more

  • What Will Heaven Be Like? Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Jan 6, 2019
    based on 2 ratings
     | 2,590 views

    Compared to other world religions, Christianity has very little to say about what heaven will be like. Why would that be and what can we learn from what the Bible DOES say about our eternal home?

    A little boy got on the elevator with his father at the Empire State Building. They were going to the observation deck at the top and view the city. As the elevator ascended the boy watched the signs flash as they went by the floors: 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70. The farther up they went, the more ...read more

  • The Day Isaiah Saw Jesus Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Dec 30, 2018
    based on 2 ratings
     | 2,300 views

    The Gospel of John tells us Isaiah saw Jesus' "glory." When did that happen, and what can it mean to us?

    A preacher was showing his young daughter pictures from a book on famous art. They got to one of the famous paintings of Christ and, not wanting to mislead his child, the preacher gently explained "It's not really Jesus. It’s just an artist's conception of him." The girl looked a ...read more

  • Sweet Little Jesus Boy

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Dec 24, 2018
    based on 1 rating
     | 187 views

    A devotion for our communion time at the Candle light service.

    (This devotion was given in preparation for the communion service at our Candle-light worship. I sat in front of a crude manger holding my guitar and alternately speaking and singing verses from the song). Christmas Eve 1932, Robert McGimsey attended midnight church service in New York City and ...read more

  • Born To Be A King Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Dec 23, 2018
    based on 2 ratings
     | 873 views

    Jesus was born in a stable, but He was born to be the King of Kings. Unfortunately there are many people who prefer He stay a baby in a manger and are upset when He is presented as a King.

    OPEN: In New York City there is a 15,000 square foot mansion that you can rent for a mere $35,000 a month. (purchase price: $13.5 million). It sits on 2.3 acres of land in the Bronx and it’s a fit for a King. In fact, it was built for a King… the King of Kings. Back in 1928 a religious order ...read more

  • The Funeral Of A Good Woman

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Dec 22, 2018
    based on 1 rating
     | 705 views

    Barb loved many things, but she loved two things above all else: her husband and her savior. She was a "good" woman" but she realized that being enough would not be good enough to go to heaven

    I once heard the story of a young girl who walked thru a cemetery every night because it was the shortest route to her house. When asked WHY she HAD NO FEAR of passing thru the graveyard she responded "The reason I’m not afraid…my home is just on the other side.” This morning we have ...read more

  • Isaiah Saw The Cross Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Dec 16, 2018
    based on 2 ratings
     | 1,406 views

    A Christmas Sermon that points to the cross. The cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but it the main focus of God's message of salvation. But the cross is not a comforting symbol, so why would God use it as the symbol of our faith?

    OPEN: I once read about an evening chapel service at Christian summer camp. The preacher was forcefully telling the 4th & 5th graders how Jesus had been betrayed, arrested, beaten and ultimately died on the cross. His message was so powerful, that a hushed silence fell across the young ...read more

  • Isaiah Saw The Cradle Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Dec 9, 2018
    based on 4 ratings
     | 2,418 views

    Isaiah tells us this newborn Messiah would bring light to a dark world. In what ways is our world "dark" and how does Jesus change that in our lives?

    OPENING: Video – Christmas, The Nativity (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pu6A9fMLnsY) (The video was all dramatic music and words on a screen. After the video was done, I spoke the words to open the sermon) “His birth… foretold in ancient writings a miracle that would threaten an empire. His ...read more

  • Congratulations - It's A God! Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Dec 2, 2018
    based on 4 ratings
     | 3,180 views

    Isaiah said the virgin birth was a "sign." Matthew picked up on that, as did the angels. But why was this "sign" so important to us?

    OPEN: A Sunday School put on their own impromptu Christmas pageant. The teachers read the story and provided some props; then they stood back and let the kids dramatize the story on own. One girl grabbed the doll and said, “I’ll be Mary.” A boy shouted, “I’ll be Joseph,” Some of them put on ...read more

  • How Much Is It Worth? Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Nov 25, 2018
    based on 4 ratings
     | 2,428 views

    Freud once noted that people (with a few exceptions) were worthless. God said that we were worth the price of His Son. How much you think people are worth will determine who you agree with.

    Several years ago this advertisement was placed in a New England are newspaper: "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) Sometimes it’s hard to decide what something is worth. My ...read more

  • Measure Up

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Nov 18, 2018
    based on 3 ratings
     | 1,586 views

    God asks us to help build His ONE church - and how we measure things can make all the difference in how the local church turns out. What measuring stick does God want us to use in making the right measurements?

    (This sermon was preached at our annual “Unity” service, where we bring our English, Spanish, and Burmese churches together for one big worship service. On this occasion, we ordained one Hispanic man to the preaching ministry and another as an Elder for the Hispanic church). OPEN: Years ago I ...read more