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  • Isaiah Saw The Cradle Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Dec 9, 2018
    based on 2 ratings
     | 899 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
     | 1,960 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 3 ratings
     | 1,108 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
     | 771 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

  • Bumper Crop Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Nov 11, 2018
    based on 3 ratings
     | 1,526 views

    Why does God put such an emphasis on giving? He makes you promises of what He'll do if you give cheerfully and generously... but why would He do that?

    OPEN: A preacher told his church this story about an airplane trip he’d recently taken from Chicago to California: "I was on the plane when they ran into some very severe turbulence. The plane began to shake terribly and the passengers were getting alarmed. Even the flight attendants were looking ...read more

  • The Rich Fool Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Nov 4, 2018
    based on 2 ratings
     | 1,812 views

    Why was God angry at the "rich farmer?" What had this farmer done wrong and what can we learn from his story about the need to being rich toward God?

    OPEN: The year was 1347. The Black Plague was raging across Europe and people by the 100s and by the 1000s in field and cities all across that part of the world. Some began to suspect the deaths were brought about because of the wrath of God and in one of the cities of Germany (Lubeck, Germany) ...read more

  • From Death To Life Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Oct 28, 2018
    based on 2 ratings
     | 1,198 views

    There's a repetitive theme in Scripture: heroes and heroines of the Bible seemingly all go through the process of being given a vision by God, followed by the death of that vision, and ultimately the rebirth of that vision. How did that pattern apply to Jesus and how does it apply to us?

    OPEN: (We showed the image of a fallen tree (https://imgur.com/iP32qff) I saw this picture on the internet about a month ago and it took me a while to realize what I was looking at. Obviously the tree has been uprooted and it’s lying on the ground with its dead limbs extending along the ground. But ...read more

  • The Man Who Tried To Control Jesus Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Oct 22, 2018
    based on 3 ratings
     | 2,117 views

    How did Peter go from being the guy who declared "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God" to being the guy who said "Nope! I don't know the man?"

    OPEN: There's a famous poem named “Footprints” that you can find on posters, paintings and even small cards that people will put in the Bibles. It has a powerful message of hope and comfort, and it goes like this: “One night I dreamed a dream. As I was walking along the beach with my Lord, across ...read more

  • A Man After God's Own Heart? Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Oct 14, 2018
    based on 4 ratings
     | 2,397 views

    David committed adultery, and murder by proxie. And God brought a terrible but just judgment upon him that was rightly deserved. But then in Acts 13 we read that David was a man after God's own heart. How can that be?

    This sermon series is what I call “Comeback Kings.” It describes the lives of people in Scripture who had had potential for greatness, but whose lives were shattered because of something they or others had done. Ultimately, though they achieved victory from lives of defeat and became “comeback ...read more

  • God Can Make You A "Could-Be" Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Oct 7, 2018
    based on 4 ratings
     | 2,949 views

    A poem once declared "I'd rather be a could-be if I cannot be an are, because a could-be is a maybe who is reaching for a star." The story of Joseph tells of God's desire to make "could-be" of all His followers.

    OPEN: Milton Berle was a comedian a few decades back and he wrote a poem that went like this: “I'd rather be a could-be if I cannot be an are; because a could-be is a maybe who is reaching for a star. I'd rather be a has-been than a might-have-been, by far; for a might-have-been has never been, ...read more

  • Casting Your Cares On Him Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Sep 30, 2018
    based on 3 ratings
     | 2,150 views

    Life can be troubling and even scary sometimes. There will be times that we just don't believe anybody is going to be there for us... or that anybody cares. But the Bible says there IS someone who is there and cares. Do you know why that matters?

    OPEN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltaFMO3BaNQ (a video clip from the TV series: “This Is Us”) It’s a dark and stormy night. It’s scary and Kevin is all by himself. His brother and sister are nowhere to be found and so he does what any little boy would do in that case… he goes to his parents ...read more

  • Sibling Rivalry Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Sep 23, 2018
    based on 2 ratings
     | 1,344 views

    Sibling rivalry starts with one person feeling they've been slighted. They deserved to be treated better. And expect this kind of rivalry in children - it's when we become adults that this desire to "be the star" can destroy families, churches and relationships.

    OPEN: Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVI2fX-1uPU That clip was from a popular TV series called “This Is Us” where a couple of the main actors (brothers Kevin and Randall) get into a fight. The scene is an excellent example of a common conflict most families experience called ...read more

  • The Father Who Wouldn't Stop Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Sep 16, 2018
    based on 3 ratings
     | 2,197 views

    Over a 100 times in the Gospels Jesus spoke of our God as a Father. What does this idea of God being our Father mean to us, and what difference would that make for our lives?

    OPENING: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_r7AJ8-coTk (time stamp: 0.0 to 2:42) In this sermon series we’ve been using the popular TV series “This Is Us” as the foundation of the sermons we’re preaching this month. Beginning its 3rd season, “This Is Us” has been nominated for 7 Emmys and has won ...read more

  • Won't You Be My Friend Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Sep 9, 2018
    based on 3 ratings
     | 1,948 views

    God said it was not good for the man to be alone, and yet too many people are more isolated than ever. Using a clip from the popular TV series "This is Us" we address the question of "How can we witness to others?"

    OPEN: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qn9aSZ7uPXI – video clip from “This Is Us” of conversation between Katie and a woman she’s helped. See Footnote) APPLY: That clip came from a scene in a popular TV series called “THIS IS US”. Katie (one of the main characters in the show) is helping a girl ...read more

  • This Is Us Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Sep 2, 2018
    based on 2 ratings
     | 2,344 views

    We have 2 advantages over non-Christians. Because of God's blessings in our lives, we are better off than many in this world, but we must be careful not to see ourselves as being "better" than others.

    For the next few weeks we’re going to be focusing on what can we learn from Scripture as it applies to a popular new TV series (now entering its 3rd season) called “This Is Us”. It’s been nominated for 8 Emmys because of the power of its writing and its acting, and it has literally brought many of ...read more