• Joshua Bowers

    Contributing sermons since Jan 1, 2000
Joshua's church

First Church of God
Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

About Joshua
  • Education: I have completed my B.S. in Pastoral Ministry from Mid-America Christian University. I am looking to do my Master work through Masters School of Divinity in Christian counseling
  • Experience: I interned as a youth pastor in Beaumont, TX and then moved on to spend two years as a children’s pastor. I had one of those really tough pastoral experiences in NW OK. I am currently serving as the Senior pastor for East Park Church og God.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: Always read with humor.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: I have found that being true to life and preaching things that are easily applicable to life is the best way to go.
  • One of my favorite illustrations: Using my skydiving to show what you can feel safe doing with a life insurance policy in God.
  • Family: I have been happily married since July of O1 to Jonda. She is a school teacher
  • What my parents think of my sermons: Mom said I was certainly not boring. I am new enough so they haven’t heard me enough to get bored with me.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: She is gracious.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Preach to the third graders and everybody will understand you.
  • Books that have had an impact: Small Strong Congregations by Callahan.
  • Hobbies: I like to hunt, fly, skydive, hike, and anything that has to do with airplanes.
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: My only desire is to see a world after God’s own heart.
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: Sucked a bug down my throat just as I was making one of those big, important, serious and weighted points.
  • What I want on my tombstone: Lets do it.
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  • Stress

    Contributed on May 7, 2006
    based on 5 ratings

    The answer to the question of "How do I deal with Stress?"

    I am sure that I am the only one here who ever slips up and allows stress to get to me. I know I am probably the only one who ever works hard to cover it all up and show one person on the outside while inside there is something completely different going on. To describe what I mean let’s more

  • Leaving The Boat To Get Aboard

    Contributed on Dec 18, 2005
    based on 5 ratings

    So often we either sit like a knot on a log and refuse to seek God’s purpose for our lives or we do seek God’s purpose and realize just how difficult it can be to fulfill it.

    Leaving the boat to get on board. A. John the Baptist had just been beheaded by King Herod. Because of the rat race that was going on Jesus got his disciples in a boat and headed away for a little R and R. The crowds noticed Jesus and his disciples heading away from town, across the lake, so more

  • Help, I See Fat People

    Contributed on Nov 20, 2005
    based on 8 ratings

    I think God wants us to be FAT. Faithful, Available, Teachable.

    I see FAT people. 2 Corinthians 5:1-10 6Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7We live by faith, not by sight. 8We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9So we make more

  • The Truth About Anger

    Contributed on Aug 30, 2005
    based on 6 ratings

    So what is Anger? More importantly, what isn’t anger?

    INTRO: Define anger and its effects Anger is 1. Proper use of anger. Illus: My gun has proper use 25Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26"In your anger do not sin"[a]: Do not let the sun go down more

  • Flares Are Going Off...will You Still Crash

    Contributed on Oct 15, 2004
    based on 6 ratings

    As we go through life we can avoid a lot of pain if we will just be a little quieter and listen to the warnings God gives us

    Flares are going off. Will you still crash? I don’t know if you have noticed or not but we live in a society who ignores warning. Men, how many of you have ignored that little sticker on your step ladder and stood above that crucial step like you weren’t supposed to? Ladies, how many of you more