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  • Catch The Vision

    Contributed by Martin Wiles on Mar 15, 2016
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    When God’s people are following his vision for them personally and collectively, we won’t be able to contain the excitement that will follow.

    J. Wallace Hamilton said, “Roads to nowhere are hard to build.” Studies have shown that depression rates are higher among today’s generation than in past generations. One has concluded, “The more we focus on ourselves, the more depressed we become.” Without them, more

  • Secure In Your Skin

    Contributed by Martin Wiles on Feb 29, 2016

    As believers, we don't have to live with insecurities.

    A. Reasons People Feel Insecure 1. Rejection 2. Relationships gone sour 3. Abuse, physical and emotional 4. Enemy behavior 5. Financial setbacks 6. Appearance 7. Job status 8. Education 9. Social standing 10. Continual sinful slip-ups B. My Secure Walk Donned in my walking attire, I more

  • Condemned? Condoned? Forgiven!

    Contributed by Martin Wiles on Jul 8, 2014

    We can’t overlook or diminish the reality of sin and its consequences, but we can rest in God’s forgiveness of all our sins.

    Introduction A. A huge thanks to my Sunday School class for the lively discussion last week which made the preparation of this sermon extremely easy and hopefully timely. B. Dr. Chris Thurman, in his book The Lies We Believe, tells the story of Jill. 1. Jill had been a Christian for a long more

  • Living With A Clear Conscience

    Contributed by Martin Wiles on Feb 18, 2013
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    The conscience is that element in our makeup through which God’s Holy Spirit works to let us know we’re on track or off track. Living with a clear conscience is God’s desire and plan for us and is the key to a happy existence and successful Christian walk

    “My conscience is bothering me.” I’ve said it and heard others say it, but what exactly does it mean? I believe God has created within us…programmed us…a sense of right and wrong. When we’re doing right, our conscience makes us feel good, but when we’re more

  • Answering Why

    Contributed by Martin Wiles on Jan 27, 2013

    In tragic times, we are tempted to ask why. The question itself is not wrong-after all Jesus asked it of his Father while on the cross, but it may not be the most appropriate question or lead to the best end.

    Introduction: A. When tragedy strikes, we either grow bitter toward God or draw closer to him. B. Can God prevent tragedy? Yes. Why doesn’t he always? We can’t answer that. C. God is imminent and transcendent, but he’s not always imminent when we want him to be. D. As the more

  • The Side Effects Of Suffering

    Contributed by Martin Wiles on Dec 27, 2012

    Redeem your suffering by searching for understanding, asking the right questions, comforting others, developing a teachable spirit, identifying with Christ, and by becoming sensitized to other’s suffering.

    The psalmist asked; Did I keep my heart pure for nothing? Did I keep myself innocent for no reason? I get nothing but trouble all day long; every morning brings me pain (Psalm 73:13-14 NLT). After shooting his mother in the head four times while she lay asleep, Adam Lanza dressed himself in more

  • Conquering The Past

    Contributed by Martin Wiles on Nov 12, 2012
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    Only as we deal with our past can we move ahead into God’s bright future.

    No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead (Philippians 3:13-14 NLT). I have a past. My journey back to God began with a pack of cigarettes and an offer to teach a Sunday School class. I was saved more

  • Three Cures For Troubled Hearts

    Contributed by Martin Wiles on Apr 30, 2012
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    Peace comes through Christ in spite of our circumstances.

    INTRODUCTION All around are signs people have troubled hearts. In the United States of America, it’s common for Congress and the president to disagree on the country’s budget. Occasionally it reaches the point where there is the threat of the federal government shutting down. more

  • Communion Revisited

    Contributed by Martin Wiles on Apr 13, 2012

    A doctrinal examination of the Lord's Supper.

    A. It is said Jesus and some of his followers must have been Southern since they used the word Supper instead of Dinner when referring to the Lord’s Supper. B. There has been a great deal of misunderstanding about the Lord’s Supper or Communion throughout church history with several more

  • The Greatest Giver

    Contributed by Martin Wiles on Mar 22, 2012

    In spite of all the ways we give, we can never be the greatest giver. That place is held by God alone.

    She was born in 1910 and was one of the most highly respected women in the world. Her home was Macedonia, and she was of Albanian ancestry. In 1928, she went to Ireland to join the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Some six weeks later, she was on her way to India as a teacher. She studied more

  • Living Above The Lies

    Contributed by Martin Wiles on Mar 8, 2012
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    Religious lies keep us spiritually defeated; God's truth sets us free.

    Introduction: A. Diane was an average Christian who grew up in a Christian home, was taken to church every time the doors opened and was taught all the do’s and don’ts of the Christian faith. 1. As she got older, church became less exciting and sometimes she even wondered if she was more

  • A Picture Perfect Church

    Contributed by Martin Wiles on Feb 29, 2012

    Christians should love others, and the way we show it is through relationships. We cannot keep God’s love hemmed by the church’s four walls but must let it flow freely to all people.

    Picture Perfect was a 1995 movie about two teenagers from neighboring families who joined their families in hopes of winning a soda company’s grand prize for the perfect family. What they didn’t know was the company CEO had to live with the family for a week before making a decision. The two teens more

  • Giving That Transforms

    Contributed by Martin Wiles on Feb 13, 2012
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    Giving that transforms is encouraged by the example of others, initiated by the example of Christ and our love for him, necessary because of human need, and promotes good will.

    INTRODUCTION One tells the story of a man reared in the hills of West Virginia. He had never seen a large city, modern inventions, or neon lights. He marries a girl just like himself, and they spend all their time in the back woods. In time they have a son and name him Junior. When Junior reaches more

  • Transformed Lives Transformed Churches

    Contributed by Martin Wiles on Feb 6, 2012

    Abundant living is an exciting existence because it places us in the center of God’s will. We give him our all and hold nothing back.

    Transformed Lives; Transformed Churches Matthew 19:16-22 A. What does commitment to God look like? 1. Attending church-once, twice or three times a week? 2. Teaching a class, serving on a committee, being morally good? 3. Nor cursing, smoking, drinking or doing drugs? 4. Making good more

  • When There’s Vision

    Contributed by Martin Wiles on Jan 9, 2012
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    When there is no individual or collective vision, we flounder about accomplishing little in God's Kingdom work.

    A. My experience of getting glasses. 1. Young boy still in elementary school. 2. Loved to sit in the back of the class like normal boys. 3. Couldn’t see what the teacher wrote on the blackboard. 4. I’d leave my seat, slip up through the aisle, write down the material, then return to more