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  • Jim Heidebrecht

    Contributing sermons since Jun 21, 2007
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Jim Heidebrecht Bible Teacher
Garden City, Missouri 64747
417-309-0810

About Jim
  • Experience: Pastor of Hopewell Baptist in Quincy MO from August 2006 - Jan 2008. Also pastored Osage Ridge Baptist in Deepwater MO for about 6 months in 2008. I have preached in more than 20 local churches in my role as pulpit supply preacher.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: You will notice a big change in my sermon notes starting in August of 2007. At that time, I stopped using full manuscripts to preach from. I felt that I relied too heavily on my notes while preaching. My notes were like a security blanket. I was well prepared for my sermons, but I still would read the manuscript too often. I began experimenting with more shortened, visual notes with keywords, phrases, and a lot of drawings and color to separate the thoughts. The drawings help a great deal in memory recall. Whatever simple drawing came to mind to symobolize a thought regarding a particular point in the sermon, seeing that drawing immediately brings to mind the thought. It is a great memory tool. Then I remembered using "mind maps" for studying bible verses, and I began to experiment with mind maps as sermon notes. Now, instead of a 8-10 page manuscript, I use a one page mind map with key words and phrases, and often some simple drawings. This has given me much more freedom while preaching, and I have never gotten "stuck". It was the best move I have made in sermon prep and delivery. I plan to put some examples of my mind map notes on our website. If you want more info on using mind maps, a good place to start is the wikpedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mind_Mapping. At the bottom of that page is a link to a mind mapping software page. I use freemind, a free java based program. There is also free web-based mindmapping software. I have used mindomo, at http://www.mindomo.com. Currently, I create my mindmaps using freemind, then import it into mindomo, because I can then export the map as a text outline, which is what I then upload to sermon central.
  • Family: I’ve been married for over 17 years to my wife Sally. We have 2 awesome children: Alex and Kate.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Always challenge people to do and become something great. Anything less than truly great is cheating the listener. By great of course I mean Christ-like. Always Always include Jesus’ saving work on the cross in every message.
  • What I want on my tombstone: "Well done my faithful servant"
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  • The Early Church: In Awe

    Contributed on Oct 13, 2009
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    Part 3 of our 6 part series on the early church. The early church was in awe of God and his amazing power. Why don’t we see miracles today (or do we?).

    The Early Church: In Awe Acts 2:43 INTRODUCTION BEING IN AWE - E.G. AWESOME - WORD USED A LOT MAY HAVE LOST SOME OF ITS IMPACT BIG CONCEPT NOT A HOME RUN IN THE BOTTOM OF THE 9TH, THATS NOT AWE WERE TALKING STANDING IN YOUR YARD AND WATCHING A TORNADO PICK UP YOUR HOUSE AND ...read more

  • Heroes (Do You Have What It Takes?)

    Contributed on Oct 10, 2009
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    What makes a Hero? Jesus is our Biblical example of hero and calls each one of us to become a hero. Traits of Hero - Selfless, Servants heart, Sacrifice. This is a reworking of my highly rated "Greater Love" memorial day message from May 2007

    HEROES Jn 15: 12-13 INTRO WHAT MAKES A HERO WE NEED THEM, LOVE THEM, DO WE UNDERSTAND THEM? LOOKED UP TO, BUT MORE - WHO WERE YOUR HEROES GROWING UP? WHY? BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY DID / ACCOMPLISHED OR WHO THEY ARE - THEIR CHARACTER HOW THEY TREATED YOU WHAT MAKES A ...read more

  • The Early Church: Devoted

    Contributed on Oct 10, 2009
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    Part 2 of 6 in our Early Church series. The early Christians were devoted meaning continuing steadfastly. Devoted to Apostles Teaching, Fellowship, The Breaking of bread, and Prayer.

    The Early Church: Devoted Acts 2: 42 INTRO SERIES - EARLY CHURCH Part 2 ILL.: STUCK IN AIRPORT SUDDENLY - ALL IN THE AIR FLIGHT CANCELLED, PLANS CHANGED NOT SURE WHAT TO DO, NO CLEAN CLOTHES, NO MONEY LAST WEEK - PETER GAVE A POWERFUL MESSAGE FULL OF HOLY SPIRIT 3000 ...read more

  • The Early Church: Forgiven

    Contributed on Oct 10, 2009
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    Sermon 1 of 6 in our Early Church series. Given at Osage Ridge Baptist Church. The beginning of the Christian Church at Pentecost was very powerful. The power of the church comes from the Holy Spirit.

    The Early Church: Forgiven Acts 2: 37-41 INTRO: NEW SERIES - THE EARLY CHURCH CHURCHES TODAY: WRONG FOCUS LAKEWOOD / OSTEEN: "YOUR BEST LIFE NOW: 7 STEPS TO LIVING AT YOUR FULL POTENTIAL 1. ENLARGE VISION 2. HEALTHY SELF-IMAGE 3. POWER OF THOUGHTS AND WORDS 4. LET GO OF ...read more

  • The Crucified World

    Contributed on Sep 10, 2007
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    Sermon #23 in Galatians. Final paragraph, written by Paul’s hand. Sums up spirit of the letter, Way of the world vs. Way of the Cross

    THE CRUCIFIED WORLD GAL 6: 11-18 INTRO CONFORMITY – (what do you think of when I say the word) SCHOOL, PEER PRESSURE INCREDIBLE PRESSURE TO CONFORM LOOK A CERTAIN WAY ACT A CERTAIN WAY BE IN CERTAIN GROUPS SHUN CERTAIN PEOPLE (CRUEL) KID ON BASEBALL TEAM IN SHERWOOD, ...read more

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  • In Order To Give Something, You Must Let Go!

    Contributed on Oct 10, 2009
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    IN ORDER TO GIVE SOMETHING, YOU MUST LET GO! VISUAL ILLUSTRATION: (I had a church member come to the front and pretended to give him my Bible, but wouldn’t let go of it, so I never really gave it to him. You have to let go of something in order ...read more

  • A Squirrel In The Road

    Contributed on Jul 2, 2007
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    A Squirrel in the road: This week as I was thinking about roads and signposts and choices, I was on our road right out here and as I turned the corner, I saw a squirrel He was halfway across when he noticed me I didn’t have room to stop He froze in the middle, he started across, ...read more

  • Movie Usher

    Contributed on Jun 21, 2007
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    MOVIE USHER: Use their flashlight to show you the way in a dark place. If something goes wrong, everyone looks to the guy who has been identified as knowing the way – by his jacket, his name tag, his silly hat, and his light There was a young man working as an usher, and his manager ...read more

  • I Want To Tell You About A Man By The Name Of ...

    Contributed on Jun 21, 2007
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    I want to tell you about a man by the name of Rick Rescorla He was the Vice President of Security for Morgan Stanley He predicted the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center Worked 12 hours helping rescue workers looking for survivors Then he predicted that the Terrorists would try ...read more