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  • Your Highest Priority: To Seek After God

    Contributed by John Gaston on Sep 17, 2018

    An awesome message about the power of prayer, with many new insights from Scripture and great illustrations. It will preach.

    YOUR HIGHEST PRIORITY: TO SEEK AFTER GOD INTRODUCTION A. HUMOR: Church Growth 1. Johnny’s mother looked out the window and noticed him “playing church” with their cat. The cat was sitting quietly and he was preaching to it. She smiled and went about her work. 2. A while later she heard loud more

  • Shut Up Devil, God’s Just Not Shown Up Yet

    Contributed by John Gaston on Sep 12, 2018

    The devil always taunts God's people when troubles come, but faith reminds us that God is faithful, and that victory is on the way! We look at the dilemma of unanswered prayer, why God doesn’t answer, and what to do until He does answer.

    SHUT UP DEVIL, GOD’S JUST NOT SHOWN UP YET! INTRODUCTION A. HUMOR: $500 loan 1. An old Native American wanted a loan for $500. The banker asked, "What are you going to do with the money?" he asks the Indian. "Buy Silver, make jewelry, and sell it," was the response. 2. "What have you got for more

  • The Gospel According To Your Check Book

    Contributed by John Gaston on Sep 9, 2018

    Our money really belongs to God and is only a test of our character, in preparation for greater responsibilites during the 1,000 Reign and in Eternity.

    THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO YOUR CHECK BOOK INTRODUCTION A. HUMOR: PRAY BEFORE EATING 1. Everyone was seated around the table as the food was being served. When little Logan received his plate, he started eating right away. 2. "Logan, wait until we say our prayer," his mother reminded him. "I don't more

  • Jacob’s Deception Of Isaac

    Contributed by John Gaston on Sep 5, 2018

    Rebekah disguised Jacob to deceive Isaac and seize the family fortune. 4 things caused the deception to work. These 4 are keys to deception, even today!

    JACOB’S DECEPTION OF ISAAC Gen. 27:14-30 INTRODUCTION A. HUMOR: When God Rocks Your Boat 1. In the late ’50s I was ­working construction, leveling the corner of a house that we had jacked about 4 inches above the ground. One of the jacks slipped and the house came down with a loud bang. 2. more

  • They Could Have Had Jesus

    Contributed by John Gaston on Aug 29, 2018

    Frequently we settle for less, missing out on God's best. Nazareth could have had Jesus, but they rejected Him and missed the healing and deliverance they could have had.

    THEY COULD HAVE HAD JESUS Mark 6:1-13 INTRODUCTION A. HUMOR 1. I heard about a man who asked his pastor, “My grandmother dips snuff. Can she go to heaven if she dips snuff?” 2. The pastor replied, “Yes, your grandmother can go to heaven if she dips snuff. But, she’ll have to go to hell if she more

  • If God Be For Us…

    Contributed by John Gaston on Aug 26, 2018

    An awesome revelation that should shape our worldview, our view of God, and how we speak and conduct ourselves in life.

    IF GOD BE FOR US… Rom. 8:31 INTRODUCTION OFFERING HUMOR 1. Father Michael, of St. Mary’s Church said, “I was on a plane last week from Edinburgh to London, when we ran into some very severe weather which resulted in turbulence. As it got worse, the passengers became more and more alarmed, and more

  • The Devil’s Last Throw

    Contributed by John Gaston on Aug 19, 2018
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    Just before people are delivered or have break-through salvation, the enemy usually puts up one final fight to keep them from being saved. Fear not; Jesus is the Conqueror. Hold fast to Him and you'll get victory!

    THE DEVIL’S LAST THROW Mk. 9:14-29 INTRODUCTION A. HUMOR 1. Two men met at a bus stop and struck up a conversation. One of them kept complaining of family problems. Finally the other said, 2. "You think you have family problems? Listen to my situation. A few years ago I met a young widow more

  • 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