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  • The Parable Of The Net Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Jul 2, 2011
    based on 34 ratings
     | 20,782 views

    Jesus gives 1) A vivid picture of judgment (Matthew 13:47–48), 2) A brief explanation of the principle of judgment (Matthew 13:49), and 3) A sobering warning about the peril of judgment (Matthew 13:50).

    Francis Chan’s new book, Erasing Hell, will be on the shelves from July 5 countering Rob Bell’s recent work, Love Wins. Bell acknowledges hell’s existence on earth but finds it difficult to believe that it is forever and that God can punish non-Christians for all eternity. Chan, on the other hand, ...read more

  • The Road Less Traveled Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Aug 14, 2010
    based on 7 ratings
     | 5,819 views

    1) The Disciple’s Confession (Mark 8:27-33) and 2) The Disciple’s Lifestyle (Mark 8:34-38)

    The merchant vessel, the Sun Sea slowly made its way south along the outer edge of Vancouver Island on Thursday night. It’s a small freighter packed with almost 500 smuggled migrants who had crossed the Pacific Ocean to the West Coast of Canada. Whether it is by covert border crossings, human ...read more

  • The Wisdom Of God Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Jun 25, 2010
    based on 6 ratings
     | 13,761 views

    1) The Preeminence of God’s Wisdom 2) The Permanence of God’s Wisdom 3) The Power of God’s Wisdom 4) The Paradox of God’s Wisdom & 5) The Purpose of God’s Wisdom

    Stephen Hawking, the world’s most famous scientist, was welcomed last Sunday to a new research position in Waterloo by the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. "You could say he is drawing a picture of god," said Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty in his introduction of Prof. Hawking. He ...read more

  • Solitude Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Mar 21, 2010
    based on 4 ratings
     | 3,760 views

    1) The Straining from a lack of Solitude (1 Kings 19:1-4), 2) The Strengthening from Solitude (1 Kings 19:5-8), 3) The Searching from Solitude (1 Kings 19:9-14), &, 4) The Sending from Solitude (1 Kings 19:15-18)

    With the conclusion of the Olympics and Paralympics, one of the most trying adjustments that athletes and spectators alike claim is an emptiness after the games. With such preparation and excitement, it really means a change of gears for people. Likewise, the prophet Elijah in 1 Kings 19 was ...read more

  • Amazing Grace Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Jul 6, 2009
    based on 4 ratings
     | 5,772 views

    Boaz 1) Took the Initiative, 2) Encouraged Ruth 3) Protected & Provided

    On Tuesday, Bahia Bakari was left as the only known survivor among the 153 people on the Yemenia Airbus A310 jet which crashed off the Comoros. The obstacles she faced to survive were staggering. She had to overcome: A plane disintegrating at hundreds of kilometres an hour as it hit the water; ...read more

  • You Can’t Run Away From Problems Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on May 31, 2009
    based on 8 ratings
     | 5,344 views

    In Ruth 1 1-5 we see the danger of trying to run away from our problems illustrated

    It is an undeniable fact that many of the life’s problems we grapple with in the present are the result of what has happened to us in the past, whether as a result of our own deliberate choices or because of circumstances which were quite beyond our control. The person we are today is a product ...read more

  • A Mother’s Great Faith Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on May 10, 2009
    based on 7 ratings
     | 26,564 views

    We see through this Mother: 1) The Setting for Great Faith, 2) The Qualities of Great Faith and 3) The Lord’s Response to Great Faith.

    If you look throughout history to those who had the greatest influences, you most often find that they possessed mother’s of great faith. They had mothers who prayed for them and did whatever possible regardless of the obstacles. Jesus told of only two people that had “great faith”. He said that ...read more

  • Bear With One Another Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Mar 29, 2009
    based on 6 ratings
     | 4,443 views

    We are called to 1) Restore the Broken 2) Relieve the Burdened 3) Repent of Bragging & 4) Respect your Boundary

    This week on the Fox network show Red Eye, comedian Greg Gutfield mocked reports from Canadian military generals, that the Canadian army has been so overstretched, that after the Afghanistan deployment, they would require an operational pause to repair and refit the military. What made the comedy ...read more

  • The Fruit Of The Spirit Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Mar 15, 2009
    based on 36 ratings
     | 16,783 views

    In Galatians 5:22–23 Paul lists nine representative characteristics of the godly fruit produced by the Holy Spirit in a believer’s life.

    What qualifies someone for a task? There is a story of the testing of a candidate for missions work: One snowy morning at 5:00 a.m., a missionary candidate rang the bell at a missionary examiner’s home. Ushered into the office, he sat three hours past his appointment time waiting for his ...read more

  • The Awfulness Of Sin-Sexuality & Idolatry Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Mar 2, 2009
    based on 6 ratings
     | 4,032 views

    The first two works/deeds of the flesh here in Galatians 5, fall generally into the two pitfalls of: 1) Sexuality (Galatians 5:19), and 2) Religion, (Galatians 20a)

    People mark off times and celebrations in different ways. In Belgium (since 1394, in Binche), Brazil (a four-day celebration in Rio de Janeiro), Italy (in Venice, six months of celebrating in the 18th cent., now 12 days), Trinidad and Tobago (featuring a daylong competition among calypso bands), ...read more

  • Spiritual Warfare: The Flesh Vs. The Spirit Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Feb 15, 2009
    based on 13 ratings
     | 23,930 views

    1) The Warfare Command (Galatians 5:16), 2) The Warfare Parties (Galatians 5:17), and 3) The Warfare Warning (Galatians 5:18).

    One of the most tragic elements of warfare is the event of collateral damage. Often in military operations, civilians are caught in the crossfire. Whether it is in Palestine or Iraq, civilians often get hurt between two fighting forces. Sometimes, one side, usually the weaker one, deliberately puts ...read more

  • The Coming Of The Messiah Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Dec 21, 2008
    based on 4 ratings
     | 4,440 views

    1) The Elements, 2) Reason and 3) Benefits of Christ’s Coming.

    When was Jesus born? No, not on December 25. Though Christians had adopted that date by A.D. 336, Christ was born “when shepherds watched their flocks by night.” In other words, most likely in the spring. And no, He wasn’t born in the year 1 A.D. The Bible tells us that Herod the Great ruled ...read more

  • God Is Eternal Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Jul 27, 2008
    based on 4 ratings
     | 5,349 views

    1) The Wonder of the Eternal God Declared (Isaiah 40:27)2) The Renown of the Eternal God Delineated (Isaiah 40:28) 3) The Blessings of the Eternal God Displayed (Isaiah 40:29-31)

    Let me introduce you to a person called Michael Rae. In his own words, he is on a path to immortality which involves a near-abstinence level of food, the dedication of an accountant to approve every calorie, and an obsession with death. The youthful, 38-year-old research assistant studying ...read more

  • God Is Omnipotent Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Jul 20, 2008
    based on 4 ratings
     | 5,796 views

    God: 1) Creates and arranges our bodies within the womb (139:13–15) 2) He schedules each day of our lives before we are born (139:16). And 3) He thinks wonderful and innumerable thoughts about us constantly (139:17–18).

    Since the death of Comedian George Carlin who died of a heart attack at age 71 recently, several commentators have mentioned his impact. "Carlin’s worldview took a toll on him, as drug-use reportedly started the heart-problems that eventually killed him. Five years before his death, the ...read more

  • God Is Omnipresent Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Jul 12, 2008
    based on 10 ratings
     | 9,742 views

    God is always with us 1)In heaven (139:7–8). 2)In the place of the dead (139:8). 3) He can be found by the farthest oceans (139:9–10) and 4)He shines forth in the darkness (139:11–12)

    What’s your favorite place to go in the summer? A place perhaps with blue sky, a calm lake, the wind blowing and the sun shining. For some it is fishing, sunning or golf. For others it’s mountain biking, hiking or swimming. Often during these times we reflect on things and our thoughts seem ...read more