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  • Are You Good Ground Series

    Contributed by Mark Schaeufele on Jan 11, 2007
    based on 34 ratings

    We need to ask ourselves if we have the kind of heart that in which God can produce fruit.

    Are You Good Ground? Text: Mark 4:13-20 Introduction 1. Illustration: In the movies "Gettysburg," there is a scene the night before the main battle. The commanding General of the Union Army, George Meade, comes to the house where their headquarters have been established. He looks at more

  • The Surprise Of Christmas Series

    Contributed by Mark Schaeufele on Dec 16, 2006
    based on 5 ratings

    The surprise of Christmas is that God loved us enough to send us His Son to die for our sins.

    The Surprise of Christmas Text: Luke 2:1-7 Introduction 1. Illustration: Every year at Christmas, my Mother and I would play this little game of cat and mouse. She would try to keep me from knowing what I was getting for Christmas, and I would do all in my power to find out before more

  • The Nature Of Chistmas Series

    Contributed by Mark Schaeufele on Dec 1, 2006
    based on 4 ratings

    Christmas doesn’t come from a store it comes from God.

    The Nature of Christmas Text: Matt. 1:18-25 Introduction 1. Illustration: "Fa-who-for-ay; da-who-dor-ay; welcome, Christmas, come this way; Fa-who-for-ay; da-who-dor-ay; welcome, Christmas, Christmas day." They continue, singing, "Christmas day is in our grasp so long as we have more

  • The Thanksgiving Of Grace Series

    Contributed by Mark Schaeufele on Nov 17, 2006
    based on 7 ratings

    Even if we think we have nothing else to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, we can be thankful for God’s grace.

    The Thanksgiving of Grace Text: Lk. 17:11-19 Introduction 1. Illustration: It’s Thanksgiving Day & the aroma of roast turkey fills Charlie Brown’s house. Snoopy, outside, lying on top of his doghouse, smells that aroma, & he is thinking, “It’s Thanksgiving Day. Everybody eats turkey on more

  • Always Enough Series

    Contributed by Mark Schaeufele on Nov 11, 2006
    based on 20 ratings

    God’s grace is always enough no matter what the circumstances may be.

    Always Enough Text: 2 Cor. 12:7-10 Introduction 1. Illustration: A man returns from a foreign holiday and is feeling very ill. He goes to see his doctor, and is immediately rushed to the hospital to undergo tests. The man wakes up after the tests in a private room at the hospital, more

  • In The Presence Of The Lord Series

    Contributed by Mark Schaeufele on Oct 11, 2006
    based on 16 ratings

    If we will seek after it with all of our hearts, we can experience the transforming presence of Christ.

    In The Presence of the Lord Text: Gen. 35:1-15 Introduction 1. Read Gen. 35:1-15 2. Illustration: If I could ask the Lord for just one thing, One request from my heart, the favor would be To dwell in his house forever, in his house forever, I want to see his face all my days. In more

  • How Is Your View From The Bridge? Series

    Contributed by Mark Schaeufele on Oct 4, 2006
    based on 19 ratings

    God has called us to take the initiative in bringing reconciliation.

    How Is Your View From the Bridge? Text: Gen. 33:1-20 Introduction 1. Read Gen. 33:1-20 2. Illustration: God’s love is like a bridge that makes reconciliation possible. If you take away the bridge, the separation remains. George Herbert said, “He who cannot forgive others breaks the more

  • God's Help In Times Of Crisis Series

    Contributed by Mark Schaeufele on Sep 10, 2006
    based on 31 ratings

    We can let our crisis handle us or we can let God handle our crisis.

    God’s Help in Times of Crisis Text: Gen. 32:1-21 Introduction 1. Read Gen. 32:1-21 2. Illustration: A “lame duck” President met with his successor in the Oval Office. Near the end of the orientation, he presented the incoming leader three numbered envelopes, with specific instructions more

  • Another Promise Kept Series

    Contributed by Mark Schaeufele on Sep 2, 2006
    based on 16 ratings

    God has promised to prosper His people, but we must appropriate it by keeping His word

    Another Promise Kept Text: Gen. 30:25-43 Introduction 1. Read Gen. 30:25-43 2. Jack was out jogging one day and as he passed a cliff, he got too close and fell. Grabbing hold of a branch he was stranded. No way up and certainly no way down. He began to scream, “Hello up there can anyone more

  • Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning Series

    Contributed by Mark Schaeufele on Aug 28, 2006
    based on 25 ratings

    The most important thing that Jesus tells us about His second coming is to be ready.

    Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning Text: Matt. 25:1-13 Introduction 1. Read Matthew 25:1-13 2. Illustration: Three athletes are about to be executed. One is a short dark haired hockey player; one is a bald headed tennis player, and the third is a tall blond haired soccer more

  • More Good News For The Worry Wart Series

    Contributed by Mark Schaeufele on Aug 1, 2006
    based on 43 ratings

    Jesus wants us to take our eyes off of our problems and put them on Him.

    More Good News for the Worry Wart Text: Jn. 14:1-6 Introduction 1. Read Jn. 14:1-6 2. Illustration: Rick Warren says, "Worry is the warning light that God is really not first in my life at this particular moment." Because worry says that God is not big enough to handle my troubles. more

  • Taking The First Step Series

    Contributed by Mark Schaeufele on Jul 21, 2006
    based on 27 ratings

    If we want to walk on water, we have to get out of the boat.

    Taking The First Step Text: Matthew 14:22-33 Introduction 1. Read Matt. 14:22-33 2. Illustration: The physics professor had just finished his lecture about the pendulum, wherein he had shown the mathematical proof that an untouched pendulum will always swing in ever-decreasing more

  • Our Purppse: Ministry Series

    Contributed by Mark Schaeufele on Jul 13, 2006
    based on 22 ratings

    As the body of Christ, we are to minister to one another’s needs.

    Our Purpose: Ministry Text: Jn. 13:3-17 Introduction 1. Read John 13:3-17 2. Illustration: The great violinist, Niccolo Paganini willed his marvelous violin to city of Genoa on condition that it must never be played. The wood of such an instrument, while used and handled, wears only more

  • Twin Struggle Series

    Contributed by Mark Schaeufele on Jul 13, 2006
    based on 24 ratings

    God’s promises never change.

    Twin Struggle Text: Gen. 25:19-26 Introduction 1. Read Genesis 25:19-26 2. Illustration: Three men waiting in the room for expectant fathers waited for word on the arrival of their infants. Some while later a nurse comes in and announces to one of the men that his wife had just given more

  • Are You Willing To Pay The Cost? Series

    Contributed by Mark Schaeufele on Jun 28, 2006
    based on 45 ratings

    If we want to be Christ’s disciple, we must be willing to count the cost.

    Are You Willing to Pay the Cost? Text: Lk. 9:57-62 Introduction 1. Read Lk. 9:57-62 2. Illustration: In his book "The Cost of Discipleship," Dietrich Bonehoffer wrote "When Christ calls a man he bids him come and die." Bonehoffer was a Christian leader and pastor in Nazi Germany during more