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  • Seven Sundays To Easter: "sir, We Would See Jesus" Series

    Contributed by Jonathan Spurlock on Feb 25, 2021

    Passover was near and Jews from all over the world were coming to Jerusalem. Some of them came in contact with Philip, one of our Lord's disciples, and asked for his assistance.

    (Note: this message is based on a sermon preached at First Baptist Church of Sigourney, Iowa in March 2019 and is not an exact reproduction.) Introduction: The Lord Jesus Christ was on His way to Jerusalem, where in just a few days He would be crucified and would die for the sins of the world. more

  • Isaac--Fool Me Once, Shame On Me!

    Contributed by Jonathan Spurlock on Feb 16, 2021

    Isaac asked his son Esau to prepare a special dinner. Several things happened, though, that changed the family dynamic forever.

    Introduction: At the time of this incident, Isaac was considered an old man, and he was afraid he was going to die soon. He asked Esau, his oldest son, to prepare him some food from game Esau would hunt in the fields. The rest of this story is a classic of deceit, in that a family was torn apart more

  • Isaac : When He Lied, Just Like His Dad

    Contributed by Jonathan Spurlock on Feb 10, 2021

    Isaac was a man of faith, but there was one time when he did the same thing as his father, Abraham, had done years earlier. They both did it for the same reasons, but were they right to do it?

    Introduction: Like father, like son. How many of us have heard that saying? Perhaps we should ask this: how many of us have made the same mistakes as our dads? We may never know how closely Isaac copied his father’s mannerisms or way of managing a household but we do know he followed Abraham’s more

  • Isaac, Son Of Abraham

    Contributed by Jonathan Spurlock on Feb 8, 2021

    Isaac seems to have lived in the shadows of his father (Abraham) and his sons (Esau and Jacob). He is mentioned less than either of these, but he stayed faithful to the God of his father, Abraham. So can we!

    Introduction: Isaac does not have as much coverage in the Bible as his father, Abraham, or his sons, Esau and Jacob. He still lived for the True and the Living God, serving Him much as Abraham had done and Jacob would do later on. Isaac outlived both father and son, finally dying at the age of 180. more

  • Abraham: A Final Look Series

    Contributed by Jonathan Spurlock on Feb 3, 2021

    The last years of Abraham's life have less coverage than his middle years, between leaving Ur and settling in Beersheba. Even so, several events happened, so let's take a last look at Abraham's live

    Introduction: Abraham, like most Bible characters, had his high and low points. The highest point, arguably, would be the episode where he was commanded to offer Isaac as a burnt offering but was stopped before he actually did so (Genesis 22). The last years of Abraham’s life don’t have much more

  • Abraham: The Offering He Didn't Want To Make Series

    Contributed by Jonathan Spurlock on Jan 29, 2021

    Abraham was told to make a special offering. He didn't want to do it, but he didn't want to disobey the LORD, either. What could he do? What did he do?

    Introduction: Several years have come and gone since Isaac was weaned (Genesis 21) and this encounter. Abraham had made a number of altars and had offered several sacrifices since he had come to Canaan, but this was an offering he didn’t want to make. Even so, he obeyed God and received a reward more

  • Abraham: When It Was Time For Some To Leave Series

    Contributed by Jonathan Spurlock on Jan 27, 2021

    Isaac, the son of Abraham and Sarah in their old age, was finally born! Sometime later, Abraham prepared a great feast to celebrate a milestone in Isaac's life. Something happened, and some found they had to leave. For good.

    Introduction: Abraham must have dearly loved Ishmael, his first-born son. Abraham had watched Ishmael grow to young manhood, even making sure he was circumcised along with Abraham and every male in the household. But now, something was about to happen, and Ishmael along with Hagar, his mother, were more

  • Abraham: Same Lie, Different Country Series

    Contributed by Jonathan Spurlock on Jan 22, 2021

    Abraham and his household moved to another area. What happened when they met this new king looks very similar to something they had tried many years before. It didn't work in this new location, either.

    Introduction: After the events of Genesis 19, Abraham left Mamre/Hebron and journeyed southwest towards the Mediterranean Sea. He entered the land of the Philistines and settled at Gerar, between Kadesh and Shur. While there, he told the same lie about Sarah; only to a different king (compare this more

  • Abraham: Good News And Good Laughs? Series

    Contributed by Jonathan Spurlock on Jan 18, 2021

    Abraham saw three Visitors near his tent. How he, Sarah, and the Visitors interacted makes for a very interesting story. One of these Visitors had a special message for Abraham and for Sarah.

    Introduction: Genesis 17 describes two events in Abram’s life which took place after Ishamel was born. First, God appeared to him and revealed another of His Names as “the Almighty God” or “El Shaddai”. Then, God established a covenant (firm and binding contract) with Abram, God changed Abram’s more

  • Abraham- No Child, No Problem--Or So They Thought Series

    Contributed by Jonathan Spurlock on Jan 13, 2021

    The LORD had promised Abram and Sarai a child. After ten additional years, and no child, they decided to help God out. The results weren't exactly what they expected.

    Introduction: Genesis 15 has the story where Abram asked God a question after God had told him, “I am your shield and your exceedingly great reward (Gen. 15:1, paraphrased). Abram’s question was “What will You give me? I’m childless, and the only heir I have is Eliezer of Damascus (Gen 15:2, more

  • Abraham: When He Rescued His Nephew, Lot Series

    Contributed by Jonathan Spurlock on Jan 6, 2021

    Lot and Abram, plus their respective households, separated from one another. Lot and his group chose to settle near Sodom. War broke out and Lot was captured. Abram came and rescued him!

    Introduction: After Abram and his household were ordered to leave Egypt, they returned to Canaan. Genesis 13 describes how Abram and Lot both realized there wasn’t enough room (and probably food) for both of them to live together. Abram gave Lot the first choice and said that he would go in the more

  • Abraham-The First Test Of His Faith Series

    Contributed by Jonathan Spurlock on Jan 4, 2021

    Abram had obeyed God and moved his household to the land of Canaan. While there, he experienced the first severe test of his new faith. How did he respond to this challenge?

    Introduction: Abram had left Ur of the Chaldees and was now living in the land of Canaan. He had settled, at least for the time being, south of Bethel and Ai. The exact location is not given in the text. When a real problem came, Abram experienced his first significant test of faith. How would he more

  • Abraham—the Journey Begins Series

    Contributed by Jonathan Spurlock on Jan 1, 2021

    Abraham' first appears in Scripture as Abram, son of Terah, born in Ur of the Chaldees. He received a message from the LORD and obeyed Him. His journey from Ur to Canaan wasn't the end of the journey!

    Introduction: One of the most important human figures in the entire Bible is Abraham. We know more of his later years than his early years, but even so, his story is fascinating. He had no written copies of the Scriptures, as far as we know, but he had faith and for him that was enough. These more

  • People Of The First Christmas-The Magi Or Wise Men Series

    Contributed by Jonathan Spurlock on Dec 29, 2020

    Even though the Magi or "wise men" have had a Christmas carol or two (or more) written about them, they're only mentioned in one paragraph of Matthew's Gospel. They came from a far distance, worshiped the Christ Child, and then went back home, never to be heard from again.

    Introduction: the shepherds of Bethlehem were the only recorded visitors to go see Joseph, Mary, and Baby Jesus on the night He was born. Sometime later, Matthew recorded that “wise men (KJV)” or magi (several other translations) came to Jerusalem. The purpose of their visit was to worship the One more

  • People Of The First Christmas-Joseph Series

    Contributed by Jonathan Spurlock on Dec 23, 2020

    Joseph is really the unsung hero of the Christmas story. He did have a crucial role to play, and best of all, he obeyed God when he was told to do something. Joseph, we salute you!

    Introduction: Joseph, the husband of Mary, could be called the unsung hero of the Christmas story. He was a just or righteous man, he obeyed the instructions he received from God, and he also obeyed the command or decree from the Roman emperor when he was told he had to go to Bethlehem, home of more