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  • Loving Sincerely Series

    Contributed by Mark Opperman on Jun 19, 2012
    based on 4 ratings
     | 4,010 views

    This is the other "love chapter" of the NT (1 Cor. 13 being the main one). Paul’s commands or exhortations in these verses are really ways of expressing love to God and to fellow human beings.

    Loving Sincerely Romans 12:9-21 9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, ...read more

  • The Reset Of Your Mindset Series

    Contributed by Mark Opperman on Sep 26, 2011
    based on 11 ratings
     | 23,890 views

    God wants to change the way we think and the way we live! Our primary focus is on the mind today, since that is where our actions originate. Let’s take a look at our mindset and ask God to help us change where we need to change.

    The Reset of Your Mindset Romans 8:5-11 I. Evaluate your Mindset – search me, O God II. Surrender your Mindset – you are controlled by the Spirit III. Redirect your Mindset – things above, transform, capture, God-thoughts IV. Encourage your Mindset – The Spirit can help you change! ...read more

  • The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Series

    Contributed by Mark Opperman on Aug 29, 2011
    based on 4 ratings
     | 3,660 views

    God's law is good because He is good; Sin is bad and deceives us into rebelling against God; The effects of sin are ugly, but God wants to forgive and restore us to Himself!

    The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Romans 7:7-13 7 What shall we say, then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! Indeed I would not have known what sin was except through the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, "Do not covet." 8 But sin, seizing the ...read more

  • People Of Praise Series

    Contributed by Mark Opperman on Mar 7, 2011
    based on 1 rating
     | 2,145 views

    God's people are those who trust Him for their righteousness and receive their praise from Him, not from man. The true Jew (from Judah- Praise) is one who is experiencing transformation from the inside out.

    People of Praise Romans 2:17-29 Intro: One of the lessons I’m beginning to learn in my life and ministry is that less can often be more. Less exercise can become more health problems. Less food can become more quality of life. Less is also more when life becomes too complicated and we try ...read more

  • Payday Is Coming! Series

    Contributed by Mark Opperman on Feb 28, 2011
    based on 3 ratings
     | 8,634 views

    God will examine our hearts as well as our actions, and will judge us fairly based on how we lived this life. So let’s look at these verses in Romans 2 and see if we’re ready for Payday.

    Payday Is Coming! Romans 2:6-16 Intro: A pastor of a small church once received the following letter signed by “A Faithful Member”: Dear Pastor: You often stress attendance at worship as being very important for a Christian, but I think a person has a right to miss Sunday ...read more

  • Attitudinal Influence Series

    Contributed by Mark Opperman on Feb 8, 2011
    based on 4 ratings
     | 1,862 views

    Our attitude determines our altitude as we seek to follow Jesus. Let’s look at Paul’s example so we can learn to respond in love to fellow believers, to those who don’t yet believe, and so we can evaluate our own attitude towards the gospel - the message

    Attitudinal Influence Romans 1:8-17 Intro: Sometimes it’s easy to get so caught up in our own concerns and defending our own ideas sometimes that we don’t see the bigger picture of how our attitudes and actions might be affecting those around us. That could have been going on in ...read more

  • Reasons To Rejoice!

    Contributed by Mark Opperman on Dec 15, 2010
    based on 2 ratings
     | 3,729 views

    If we will learn to focus on the Lord instead of our circumstances, we will find many reasons to rejoice! Mary recognized the character and faithfulness of God which prompted her praise.

    Reasons to Rejoice! [Background to Mary’s Praise] Luke 1:26-45 26 In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and ...read more

  • Let It Snow!

    Contributed by Mark Opperman on Dec 6, 2010
    based on 4 ratings
     | 3,643 views

    Snow reminds us of God's provision (James 1:17), purposes (Isa.55:10-11), and purity (Isa. 1:18).

    Let It Snow! Intro: Snow Humor Name of Snow Couple...Willy Melt & Betty Will Snow kids are a chip off the old block. A Snowman is a perfect man...well-rounded, and even has his own broom. How are snowmen and real men alike...they are all a little flaky! Know what the snowman said as the ...read more

  • Overcoming Unthankful Thinking

    Contributed by Mark Opperman on Dec 6, 2010
    based on 3 ratings
     | 2,700 views

    Fixing our “thanking” errors can help us fix many of our “thinking” errors.

    Overcoming Unthankful Thinking 1 Thessalonians 5:18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. Intro: Life’s circumstances are often unpleasant, unfair, and may not automatically invoke a sense of gratitude. Sometimes when we face trying ...read more

  • Hope Overflows

    Contributed by Mark Opperman on Dec 6, 2010
    based on 4 ratings
     | 2,106 views

    In this Christmas/Advent sermon I focus on the hope that we have in Jesus today and pray that your life will overflow with hope as you do life with Him!

    Hope Overflows Romans 15:4-13 4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. 5 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you ...read more

  • One Thing

    Contributed by Mark Opperman on Nov 8, 2010
    based on 3 ratings
     | 2,335 views

    Getting to know God must become our single greatest pursuit if we truly want to honor Him with our lives. Mary chose connecting with Jesus above serving. Both are important but one flows out of the other.

    One Thing Luke 10:38 - 42 38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that ...read more

  • A New Way

    Contributed by Mark Opperman on Nov 8, 2010
    based on 3 ratings
     | 3,575 views

    Helps close the distance between the Passover and Communion. Communion reminds us that God provided a new Exodus in Jesus - a way to get us out of Egypt and to get Egypt out of us!

    A New Way Matthew 26:26-28 26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, "Take and eat; this is my body." 27 Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the ...read more

  • Going The Distance

    Contributed by Mark Opperman on Oct 5, 2010
    based on 3 ratings
     | 4,968 views

    We can go the distance and finish well, if we will prepare ourselves and keep the right focus throughout the race.

    GOING THE DISTANCE Hebrews 12:1-3 1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and ...read more

  • The Best Rest For The Stressed

    Contributed by Mark Opperman on Sep 27, 2010
    based on 6 ratings
     | 4,057 views

    Those who come to Jesus and do life with Him will find rest for their souls. How to RSVP to Jesus' invitation to come to Him!

    The Best Rest for the Stressed Matthew 11:28-30 28 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is ...read more

  • Overcoming Marginal Living

    Contributed by Mark Opperman on Sep 21, 2010
    based on 4 ratings
     | 2,600 views

    God wants to help us move away from the margins (edges) of His love and continue to grow as close to Jesus as possible.

    Overcoming Marginal Living -Several months ago Robin and I were sitting in the living room one night and all of a sudden there was a big thump! We went into Zoe’s room to check it out and she had fallen out of bed. She was fine. We helped her back in and she didn’t even remember it ...read more