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  • Three Of The Toughest Challenges Of Our Walk Of Faith: - What We’re Going

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Jun 5, 2012
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    Three tough things God asks of us just as much as He did of Abram.

    Three Of The Toughest Challenges Of Our Walk Of Faith: - What we’re going to see here is that Abram’s physical journey is a picture of our spiritual journey. - Most of us will not have to move physically to be obedient to Christ (though some will), but we all have to move more

  • What's Ahead For The Christian

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Feb 16, 2012
    based on 2 ratings

    A look at four of the great things we can anticipate being in our future.

    The Big Idea: For the Christian, what’s ahead is better than what’s behind. - The specific context here is that things are going to be better for Israel. - In Romans 11 (see vv. 11-12, 28-29), Paul makes it clear that God is not done with Israel. - Those passages speak of how more

  • What Does God Expect Of His Pastors?

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Jan 26, 2012
    based on 6 ratings

    A look at God's complaints about Israel's shepherds and what that means for pastors today.

    OUTLINE: The Pastor Is God’s Representative, Right? There are a lot of Biblical references where God is displeased with pastors. - Jeremiah 3:15; Jeremiah 23:1-4; Ezekiel 34:1-31; Matthew 23:1-39. What A Good Shepherd Looks Like: 1. The focus is on the sheep, not the pastor. - more

  • Why Is Repentance Essential To Living Fully For God?

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Jan 19, 2012
    based on 2 ratings

    A look at what repentace is and why it's so necessary.

    Basic outline: “It’s His Job, Right?”: We expect God to be merciful, but we forget that repentance is required. - Jeremiah 3:12b (merciful/angry forever). What’s It Look Like? Repentance is less a charge of emotion and more a change of direction. - Jeremiah 3:13b more

  • “what Subject Is Important Enough To Be In 45 Of Jeremiah’s 52 Chapters?”

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Dec 16, 2011
    based on 3 ratings

    This sermon looks at the biggest subject in Jeremiah: idolatry.

    Talking About It Again And Again And Again: The biggest subject in Jeremiah is that God’s people had wandered off after idols. - Jeremiah 2:5, 11, 13. - v. 5, 11 – Following worthless idols. - Back in Israel’s day the idols were usually literal idols. Figures of wood or more

  • What Can God Do Through Me?

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Dec 6, 2011
    based on 3 ratings

    A look at the calling God places on each of us as well as some of the excuses we use to try to avoid that calling.

    GOD ONLY CALLS PREACHERS, RIGHT? We all have a calling from God. - Jeremiah 1:5. - NT references to call/jobs: Matthew 21:28; Mark 13:34; 1 Corinthians 15:58; 1 Corinthians 16:15-16; Philippians 4:3. - Does God call only preachers? - There can be a call for someone to be a preacher, but more

  • Answers To Five Big, Basic Spiritual Questions

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Jul 8, 2011
    based on 4 ratings

    Jesus shares the answers to some of life's biggest questions

    Sermon Outline: Can We Know What’s Going On? After last week’s emphasis on mystery and humility, Jesus lays out some clear answers to some of life’s biggest spiritual questions. - John 3:3, 5-8. Answers To Five Big, Basic Spiritual Questions: 1. What is our starting more

  • How God Saves The Best Till Last

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on May 5, 2011
    based on 4 ratings

    A look at what an incredible Kingdom Jesus is offering.

    Outline: WHAT’S THE POINT? What Jesus does here is a sign, which is initially fulfilled in the disciples’ amazed response to the miracle. - John 2:11. DAWNING AWARENESS: Beyond the initial “wow” factor, there is a lot here to show that God has “saved the best more

  • The Problem With Doing What Feels Right

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Mar 14, 2011
    based on 2 ratings

    This sermon looks at the difference between doing what feels right and what is right.

    Listen To Your Heart: In determining what to do, for many the key question is “what do you feel like you should do?” - We are encouraged to “follow our heart” by listening to our emotions and doing what they’re telling us to do. - This presumes that whatever our more

  • Avoiding Spiritual Near-Sightedness That Leads Us To Do Evil In God's Name

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Mar 4, 2011
    based on 1 rating

    The chief priests were meticulous in making sure the "blood money" didn't go into the treasury while they were actively working on a murder. What are ways we see the small things while missing the big picture?

    Diagnosing Spiritual Near-Sightedness: There is a “spiritual eye condition” that allows people to see small things clearly while being blind to big things. - Matthew 27:6. - References in Matthew to clear “eyes”: Matthew 6:22-23, 7:3-5, 13:15-16. - We are going to more

  • Would Jesus Really Condemn Someone To Hell?

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Feb 10, 2011
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    A look at some of the basics of why there has to be a hell.

    - Hell is a subject that most Christians (and preachers) would just as soon avoid. - Hell is one of the most difficult subjects in the Bible. What do you do with the mocking “God is love and if you don’t love Him He’ll send you to hell!”? - We’re going to more

  • What Are The Consequences Of Me Doing Nothing?

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Jan 28, 2011
    based on 6 ratings

    A look at the third servant's complaint that the master is a harsh man.

    A Tense Moment: Standing before the master with empty hands. - Luke 19:20 - After handing back to his master what he was given, the servant stands with empty hands. He has nothing more to give. He has done nothing productive with the mina entrusted to him. It is a tense moment, worthy of more

  • The Danger Of A "Good Enough" Faith

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Jan 28, 2011
    based on 3 ratings

    This message focuses on the abundance that Christ wants to do through His servants and the "good enough" mentality of many people claiming faith. It focuses on the verse speaking of "everyone who has will be given more."

    What This Is NOT Saying: “Jesus is a reverse Robin Hood” – because this is not about our money, but our responsibilities. - Luke 19:13, 16, 18, 24. - v. 24 makes the master (i.e. Jesus) sound like a reverse Robin Hood, taking from the poor and giving to the rich. - vv. more

  • The Problem With Asking Jesus To "Just Fix My Problem"

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Oct 28, 2010
    based on 4 ratings

    This message looks at the two of Jesus's parables on the danger of half-heartedness.

    I Just Need A Little Help: Will Jesus just fix my problem. . . and leave the rest of my life alone? - Often when people call on God, they’re not looking to make a big change. They just need a little help with a problem. - They’re not looking to put God first in everything; they more

  • How Can I Live A Life That Makes God Smile?

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Sep 1, 2010
    based on 1 rating

    This passage not only lets us know that it's possible to live a life that pleases God, it then goes on to share four things present in that kind of life.

    MOVING PAST "I HOPE SO. . .": God has given us the opportunity and means to live a life that makes Him smile. - Colossians 1:10 – “may please Him in every way” - An interesting idea: living to make God smile. - When you ask many people whether they’re going to more