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  • Indescribable

    Contributed by Joel W. Lohr on Mar 2, 2002
    based on 54 ratings
     | 2,791 views

    Trying to re-capture the wonder of our first love of Christ and to understand his indescribable love for us.

    Have you ever been speechless? Have you ever been so overcome with emotion that words failed you? I can think of times in my life when I have been hard pressed to put words to my emotions and those times are more than memorable. Sometimes those moments that defy description are moments of ...read more

  • Every Day Is The Same

    Contributed by Joel W. Lohr on Feb 28, 2002
    based on 99 ratings
     | 3,790 views

    Even when we don’t recognize it, Even when our days are not going according to plan, God is still on his throne.

    The worried housewife sprang to the telephone when it rang and listened with relief to the kindly voice in her ear. “How is your day going Dear?” Asked the voice on the phone. "Oh, Mother," said the housewife, breaking into bitter tears, "I’ve had such a bad day. The baby won’t eat, the ...read more

  • The Sacrifices We Make

    Contributed by Joel W. Lohr on Feb 28, 2002
    based on 94 ratings
     | 2,905 views

    Lenten thoughts as we contemplate the sacrifices we make for Christ and compare those to the sacrifices he has made for us.

    In the lesson that we have read there were huge crowds of people following Jesus. They were listening to his sermon, hanging on his every word. Some of them were listening intently betting their souls on him and still others were listening to him and waiting for him to talk himself right into ...read more

  • Who's Calling The Plays

    Contributed by Joel W. Lohr on Feb 28, 2002
    based on 68 ratings
     | 1,964 views

    Giving up control of our lives to God who is the only one ultimately capable of settingus on the proper course for living a life of meaning.

    Our scripture for today seems to me to stand against everything that our culture seems to tell us as many other scriptures do as well. There are many ways that people in our culture seek to understand us and we all are searching for something in life that really matters. Throughout our ...read more

  • Living In The Furnace

    Contributed by Joel W. Lohr on Feb 28, 2002
    based on 117 ratings
     | 9,523 views

    When the pressures of life close in upon us, Where can we draw stregth?

    Our text for today allows us to see God working in the lives of his people bringing salvation to them in the midst of the "heat" and pressures of life. And while we would all agree that this is the purpose of our faith and could draw a pretty good lesson from this fact for our lives, I don’t want ...read more

  • Approaching The Altar

    Contributed by Joel W. Lohr on Feb 28, 2002
    based on 94 ratings
     | 6,225 views

    Giving our all for God even when it seems unrealistic or possible.

    In our text for today Abraham is called by God to sacrifice his son Isaac on the altar that they would build on the mountain. Shocking really when you think about it at all! But, Abraham’s faith was such that he did not question God’s wisdom, but rather followed in obedience regardell of how ...read more

  • Back To The Garden

    Contributed by Joel W. Lohr on Jan 12, 2002
    based on 66 ratings
     | 3,619 views

    How can we return to God’s intention for his creation and for each of us as his CHildren?

    Here we go back to the very beginning of the story of God in relationship with the people that He created. I am particularly impressed as I look at the things that we see and hear on the evening news and I realize that no longer do we live in a perfect world. Yet, God clearly created the world ...read more

  • Children Of Love

    Contributed by Joel W. Lohr on Jan 2, 2002
    based on 60 ratings
     | 2,513 views

    Since God is love, we ought to be loving to the world on his behalf. A call to be the instruments of Love to our world in the new year.

    As I have reflected this week as to what I think might well be the most important thing for us to know about the faith that we are planning to grow in during the year to come, I have come to the following conclusion: We must realize that we are in fact children of God. Not that we have earned ...read more

  • Clinging To Christmas

    Contributed by Joel W. Lohr on Dec 28, 2001
    based on 66 ratings
     | 3,628 views

    A New Year’s sermon encourageing people to cling to the new life that is our’s through a relationship with Christ.

    Now that Christmas has passed us by, there are many people who are prepared to go back to the way that things were a few weeks ago before the Holiday season forced its way into our lives making our schedules very very hectic. But, the encouragement for us comes from scripture today to each of us ...read more

  • Love Draws Near

    Contributed by Joel W. Lohr on Dec 23, 2001
    based on 51 ratings
     | 1,652 views

    Final sermon in the Advent Series focusing on the Shepherds and their role in the Christmas Event.

    In just under two days we celebrate the arrival of Christ in our world. It is certainly more than merely the birth of a great man. Certainly more than the beginning of the Christian faith... What we celebrate on Christmas is the fact that Love has drawn near to us... Love was made flesh and ...read more

  • What Makes A Wise Man Wise?

    Contributed by Joel W. Lohr on Dec 17, 2001
    based on 58 ratings
     | 3,166 views

    Next sermon in the advent series dealing with the Wise Men and how we can and should relate to them with regard to seeking and approaching Christ.

    A visitor in a small Southern town comes across a beautiful Nativity scene. It was obvious that great skill and talent had gone into creating it. One small feature bothers the man - the three wise men are wearing firefighters helmets. Unable to come up with a reason or an explanation, the ...read more

  • Let It Be...

    Contributed by Joel W. Lohr on Dec 1, 2001
    based on 70 ratings
     | 2,546 views

    First Sermon in an Advent Series. Focussing on Mary’s encouter with the Angel Gabriel when she first learned of her role in God’s plan for the incarnation.

    Welcome to the beginning of the church year. For two thousand years, this has been recognized as the beginning of the calendar... we begin the season of Advent with a season of waiting or anticipation of a great thing which is to come. Remember the Heinz Ketchup commercial with the Carly Simon ...read more

  • Shirley Maclaine Was Wrong; How To Really Dance In The Light

    Contributed by Joel W. Lohr on Nov 25, 2001
    based on 73 ratings
     | 2,689 views

    Helping people to understand what it means to see the Light of Christ in their lives and to live with that knowledge.

    Some of you may remember Shirley MacLaine’s book from the mid 1980’s. “Dancing in the Light”. Shirley MacLaine was wrong in her premise at least when viewed through the lens of scripture. Shirley believed that Light could be defined by the collective knowledge of all of our various ...read more

  • Thanksgiving In A Land Of Plenty

    Contributed by Joel W. Lohr on Nov 18, 2001
    based on 1,071 ratings
     | 83,344 views

    How can we approach a spirit of thanksgiving when we already have everything?

    The story is told of two old friends bumped into one another on the street one day. One of them looked forlorn, almost on the verge of tears. His friend asked, "What has the world done to you, my old friend?" The sad fellow said, "Let me tell you. Three weeks ago, an uncle died and left me forty ...read more

  • My Final Answer

    Contributed by Joel W. Lohr on Nov 10, 2001
    based on 94 ratings
     | 1,805 views

    Encouraging people to witness to the treasure of the message of Christ rather than burying our faith like burying treasure in our backyard.

    Imagine getting an invitation to be on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” Imagine winning the Million Dollars without using a single lifeline. Imagine taking your prize money home (less the large chunk that your silent partner Uncle Sam would claim). Imagine taking that money and burying it in the ...read more