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  • He Knows The Way I Take

    Contributed by John Gaston on Aug 15, 2018

    When you're in a terrible trial, these words of Job are like a balm of healing to a wounded soul. It reminds us of God's intimate knowledge of us, His love and His infinite care over our lives.

    HE KNOWS THE WAY I TAKE Job 23:8-10 INTRODUCTION A. HUMOR: When It Looks Bad 1. Teacher: "John, what's the matter? Why are you looking so upset?" John: "My dad is in police station and my mom is in hospital!" Teacher: "Oh you poor kid! Please go home!" 2. The principal happened to see more

  • The Church As A Hospital

    Contributed by John Gaston on Aug 12, 2018

    Many churches are no more than museums or Country-Clubs, unable to help those in need. Jesus wants the church to be like a hospital, not to judge, but to bring healing and positive direction. Do what Jesus did!

    THE CHURCH AS A HOSPITAL Mark 2:13-17 INTRODUCTION A. HUMOR: Giving to God 1. The Junior Sunday School Teacher asked her eight eager 10 year-olds if they would give a $1,000,000 to the missionaries. “Yes!” they all screamed! 2. “Would you give $1,000?” Again, they shouted “YES!” How more

  • If All Goes Wrong, I Still Will Praise Him!

    Contributed by John Gaston on Aug 8, 2018

    We’re going to look at the Terrible Vision, Reasons to praise God in Trials, and 3 surprising results of praising God.

    IF ALL GOES WRONG, I STILL WILL PRAISE HIM! Hab. 3:17-19 INTRODUCTION A. HUMOR: THE SOUR INTERVIEW 1. Some people have a knack for picking things. Hannah went to a citrus Farm and asked Henry, the manager, if there are any jobs available at the farm. 2. He told her that the only job more

  • Profitable For The Ministry

    Contributed by John Gaston on Aug 5, 2018

    All God’s servants are entrusted with gifts and talents by God. God expects us to produce a spiritual profit. At His return He will reward those who increase His investment and punish those who fail to. John Mark was profitable.

    PROFITABLE FOR THE MINISTRY 2 Tim. 4:11 INTRODUCTION A. HUMOR (Pastor’s humor about inconsistent members) 1. In Minnesota three pastors got together. They discovered that all three of their churches had infestations of bats. They decided to compare notes of how they had dealt with the more

  • Why Is Complaining Such A Big Deal To God?

    Contributed by John Gaston on Aug 2, 2018

    Many think complaining doesn't matter, but God knows it stops growth, cultivates the flesh, and will alter our permanent nature. Paul offers a remedy - a healthy mind, and steps to new thought patterns.

    WHY IS COMPLAINING SUCH A BIG DEAL TO GOD? Phip. 4:8 INTRODUCTION A. HUMOR: WHO DO I SHOOT? 1. A new soldier was on sentry duty at the main gate. His orders were clear. No car was to enter unless it had a special sticker on the windshield. 2. A big Army car came up with a general seated more

  • Nigeria Outreach Account

    Contributed by John Gaston on Aug 2, 2018

    God opened the door for Angela and I to go to Benin City, Nigeria from July 16-24, 2018. During that time, I preached in 5 services, including a youth service and a service dedicated to area ministers.

    NIGERIA OUTREACH ACCOUNT INTRODUCTION A. HUMOR B. GENESIS OF THIS STORY 1. God opened the door for Angela and I to go to Benin City, Nigeria from July 16-24, 2018. During that time, I preached in 5 services, including a youth service and a service dedicated to area ministers. 2. We also more

  • Jehoshaphat’s Powerful Prayers

    Contributed by John Gaston on Jul 28, 2018

    Jehoshaphat prayed a prayer which moved the heart of God and had the equivalent effect of a nuclear bomb on an invading army. Let's learn from him!

    JEHOSHAPHAT’S POWERFUL PRAYERS 2 Chron. 20:1-25 INTRODUCTION A. HUMOR 1. It's always curious to hear kids pray. They say what we’d like to say -- but never would! 2. Listen to these prayers: "DEAR GOD... a. "Could you please give my brother some brains? So far he doesn't have any." more

  • The Faithfulness Of God

    Contributed by John Gaston on Jul 25, 2018

    God is faithful, not only in providing and protecting, but to reveal Himself, to keep His promises, to forgive, to establish us, and to keep us during trials and temptations.

    THE FAITHFULNESS OF GOD INTRODUCTION A. HUMOR: The Dead Church 1. A new pastor in a small Midwestern town spent the first four days making personal visits to each of the members, inviting them to come to his first service. The following Sunday, the church was all but empty. 2. more

  • Scars

    Contributed by John Gaston on Jul 5, 2018

    Often our scars serve as mile-markers in our lives. Other scars are hidden from human view. Scars from verbal or physical abuse, divorce, traumatic losses, betrayals by those you loved. They don't escape the Master's gaze. He wants to heal them.

    SCARS INTRODUCTION A. HUMOR 1. In a lot of ways, adults are like kids; we make mistakes and sometimes get hurt. 2. A young boy, Jayden, came into the house covered with mud after finishing a rough day of play. "Mom," he shouted at the top of his voice, "if I fell out of a tree, would you more

  • This Is No Time To Sleep!

    Contributed by John Gaston on Jun 25, 2018

    Today we’re going to look at the danger of sleeping spiritually. The scriptures indicate three reasons THIS IS NO TIME TO SLEEP: we're in a storm, we're in the presence of the enemy, and Jesus needs us now!

    THIS IS NO TIME TO SLEEP! INTRODUCTION A. HUMOR 1. God has a funny sense of humor. He made US didn't he? I heard a story of how God made a young minister’s sermon come alive. 2. While a student at Bucknell University, he was invited to speak at a church in New Columbia, Pennsylvania. more

  • We Will Serve The Lord

    Contributed by John Gaston on Jun 23, 2018

    When you join the military, your life no longer belongs to you, but to the US government! You don't decide what time you'll get up or where you'll go, the military does that. It's the same committing to Jesus; He now calls the shots!

    WE WILL SERVE THE LORD Josh. 24:15 INTRODUCTION A. HUMOR 1. A Father of five came home with a toy. "Which of you should be given the present? Who is the most obedient, never talks back to Mom, and does everything he or she is told to do?" 2. There was a silence for a moment, then a chorus of more

  • 180 Gallons Of Grace

    Contributed by John Gaston on Jun 6, 2018

    The Wedding of Cana is a picture of God's ability to take the common and earthy and transform it into something rare and precious. That's exactly what He wants to do with your life!

    180 GALLONS OF GRACE John 2:1-11 INTRODUCTION A. HUMOR 1. RUNNING THE SHOW -- Michael McPherson “I am a deputy sheriff assigned to courthouse security. As part of my job, I explain court procedures to visitors. One day I was showing a group of ninth-graders around. Court was in recess and more

  • The Healing Of Aeneas

    Contributed by John Gaston on Jun 6, 2018

    In the account of the healing of Aeneas, we see the Mistake of Nature, The Ease of Healing, the Directive, and the Point of Contact of Aeneas.

    THE HEALING OF AENEAS Acts 9:32-35 INTRODUCTION A. HUMOR 1. We've all heard about Napa Auto Parts, but did you know there is a restaurant called Napa 29? 2. The maître d' answered the phone and said, "How can I help you?... I'm sorry, Sir, this is a restaurant, not an auto parts store... more

  • Just Around The Corner – Is Victory!

    Contributed by John Gaston on May 28, 2018
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    You’re PREDESTINED TO GLORY! You have a future so bright, so awesome, so wonderful that your mind can’t even conceive it! God has put his overcoming nature within us; we are going to win!

    JUST AROUND THE CORNER – IS VICTORY! 1 John 5:4-5 INTRODUCTION A. HUMOR 1. One day a big Hulk of a guy got onto a bus. Standing 6'8" tall and built like a wrestler, with arms hanging down to the ground, he glared at the driver and said, "Big John doesn’t pay!" 2. Naturally, the bus more

  • Secret Power 0f Prayer

    Contributed by John Gaston on May 21, 2018

    God wanted Daniel in the lion's den and rewarded him for his faithfulness. Daniel believed prayer was more important than his work. He cared more about what God thought than what people did.

    SECRET POWER 0F PRAYER Dan. 6:1-10 INTRODUCTION A. HUMOR: During a recent ecumenical gathering (meeting of many different denominations), a secretary rushed into the meeting shouting, “The building is on fire!" 1. The Methodists discussed sprinkling it out. 2. The Baptists said a river more