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  • Forgiveness Is Difficult

    Contributed by Jeffrey Dillinger on Mar 2, 2021

    The calling for "forgive, just as Jesus has forgiven you," and the quote from Jesus in the Model Prayer, "Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors," makes forgiveness a command, not a good thought or request.

    Forgiveness Is Difficult (Col. 3:12-14) Intro: A. He was betrayed by Judas and openly denied by Peter. At his trial no one stood beside him to defend him. He was accused based upon lies and misrepresentation of his words. Pilate knew he was innocent, but as a politician his position in more

  • Lessons From A Dad

    Contributed by Jeffrey Dillinger on Jun 22, 2020

    How do you parent adult children? Jesus tells us about a father who had 2 sons (we often talk about the prodigal son), but in the story we learn how our Father In Heaven parents us adult kids.

    Lessons From A Dad (Luke 15:11-32) Intro: A. Next year Joshua plans to get married. Our youngest child will join the ranks of his siblings and be married. Our nest will officially be empty. But does that mean I stop being a dad to our four kids or a good father-in-law to more

  • Easter People

    Contributed by Jeffrey Dillinger on Apr 13, 2020

    We are more than just Easter proclaimers, we are Easter people. Yes, it's important to share Jesus on social media, but it is more important to be people who live out the Easter story every day of our lives.

    Easter People (Rom. 6:1-4) Intro: A. There was a truth that was known, yet not believed. Jesus had been very clear to many that he would rise up from the dead on the third day. This truth was known to the religious leaders who hated Jesus so they went to Pilate with a request. Listen to more

  • A Crown Of Righteousness

    Contributed by Jeffrey Dillinger on Apr 3, 2020

    Jesus came into Jerusalem as Christ, the King. He would face death because they did not know what type of King Jesus was. But they placed a crown on his head and mocked him. Paul faced death and looked forward to a crown of righteousness. It's time for us wear our crown.

    A Crown Of Righteousness (2 Tim. 4:6-8) Intro: A. It was different. Jesus had never publicly allowed what was happening. The hype, the gossip, the sneers and the praise were all mixed together. It was Sunday morning and Jesus was coming into Jerusalem, but not like he had more

  • When Faith Falters

    Contributed by Jeffrey Dillinger on Mar 28, 2020
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    Sometimes “maybe” is all I have. Finding faith when I am in pain, when my world is crumbling, when I don’t understand is difficult. Lord, I believe, help me overcome my unbelief.”

    When Faith Falters (Mark 9:14-29) Intro: A. For Peter, James and John life was incredible. They had witness Jesus radiating like the sun; they had seen two great heroes (Moses and Elijah) who were dead, but obviously living talking to Jesus; they had heard the voice of God more

  • Spiritual Isolation

    Contributed by Jeffrey Dillinger on Mar 28, 2020

    COVID-19 has kept church building doors closed. Are you feeling spiritually isolated? Let God’s words speak to your heart and mind. You are loved, missed and desired. The church is still strong and united.

    Spiritual Isolation (2 Kings 5:15-17) Intro: A. I absolutely love the story of Philip and the Ethiopian in Acts 8. I love how God connected this Ethiopian to a Christian to help him in his spiritual journey. Just walk back through that story for a moment. This Secretary of the more

  • Love Them?

    Contributed by Jeffrey Dillinger on Feb 24, 2020

    Loving God. I can do. Loving your neighbor. I will try, especially if they are fellow Christians. Loving your enemy. I don't if I can do that. How does a person love their enemy?

    Love Them? (Matt. 5:43-48) Intro: A. I want to start this lesson with a word found at the end of our reading. It’s the word “perfect.” “You therefore must be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.” That calling seems to be impossible, so how could Jesus call upon us to be at the level more

  • Christian Love

    Contributed by Jeffrey Dillinger on Feb 15, 2020

    How is a church a family? How do we practically show love to one another? Jesus gave us an example and Paul challenges us to live it.

    Christian Love (Rom. 12:9-13) Intro: A. There is a verse that many Christians know, have heard or been preached from the pulpit so frequently, it the meaning has lost its wonder and awe. To put the verse in the context I take you to the night commonly called the Last Supper. But instead of more

  • Love And Respect

    Contributed by Jeffrey Dillinger on Feb 7, 2020

    What makes a godly marriage godly? Why do some marriages stay together and some don't? If I want to be a better husband or wife, what should my role model be?

    Love and Respect (Eph. 5:31-33) Intro: A. It is often quoted that 50 percent of all US marriages end in divorce. The problem is, that is not a correct statistic. In fact, it is reported that the divorce rate has been in decline since 1980. No matter what the number is, the marriage that more

  • The Importance Of Love

    Contributed by Jeffrey Dillinger on Jan 31, 2020

    Why is love greater than Faith or Hope? As Christians the faith is the reason we are who we are. Hope is the assurance of where we are going. So what makes Love greater than these?

    The Importance of Love (1 Cor. 13:1-3) Intro: A. For many people, the 23rd Psalm is written in such a way that it not only expresses the heart of David as he reflects upon God, but it express your heart also. It is why is so beloved. Those opening words speak of our union with more

  • A Call To Prayer

    Contributed by Jeffrey Dillinger on Feb 13, 2011
    based on 4 ratings

    This sermon is about the need to believe that prayer has purpose and expectation. It uses Elijah as the illustration of our own prayers.

    A Call To Prayer (James 5:13-18) Introduction: A. There are stories in the OT that cause me lift up God' power and in humility thank him for letting me see it. One of the great stories is that of Elijah on Mt. Carmel. B. Elijah was a great prophet. He saw his people in sin and called more

  • To The Rich People

    Contributed by Jeffrey Dillinger on Jan 29, 2011

    Wealth won't last. Wealth will testify. So who are the rich that James talks to? In part, it is us. We are the rich and how we use our wealth is a statement about our spirituality.

    A Sermon To the Rich (James 5:1-6) Introduction: A. There has been some political debating over how much taxes individuals who make over $200,000 should pay. That group of people make up 3% of the American population or approximately 3.4 million households. For many, that is what we call more

  • The Anointed Ones

    Contributed by Jeffrey Dillinger on Jan 16, 2011

    The antichrists have come, even come out from among us. But we are anointed by the Holy One. What does that anointing mean?

    The Anointed Ones (1 John2:18-27) Introduction: A. The Bible gives us several warnings about troubles that are coming. Peter talks about scoffers in the last days. Paul tells Timothy that a time is coming when people will turn aside from sound doctrine and turn to teachers who tell them more

  • Is There Room In Your Inn

    Contributed by Jeffrey Dillinger on Dec 20, 2010
    based on 6 ratings

    This lesson talks about how Jesus was laid in a manger because there was no room for him in the inn. Then compares that thought with our hearts as an inn and if we have room for Jesus in us.

    Is There Room In Your Inn? (Luke 2:1-7) Introduction: A. I heard on the radio that a GPS company had given several very small GPS transmitters to non-profits, especially churches. There had been a rash of people steeling Jesus from nativity scenes outside churches. With the GPS more

  • Stairway To Heaven

    Contributed by Jeffrey Dillinger on Apr 22, 2007
    based on 17 ratings

    Jacob saw a stairway (ladder) to heaven. What was that dream all about? What, or who is the ladder leading to heaven? This sermon is based on a lesson by Patrick Mead of Rochester Hills, MI.

    NOTE: This lesson is based upon a sermon I heard Patrick Mead preach. Patrick preaches in Rochester Hills, MI. Stairway To Heaven (Gen. 28:12-22) Introduction: A. Have you ever seen the Indiana Jones movies? I just watched the “making of” each of those movies and decided I wanted to more