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  • Plainness Is Not Painless Series

    Contributed by Michael Hollinger on Oct 28, 2007

    You can’t handle the Truth! But God can make you so that you can.

    SERMON NOTES: THE POINT OF PARABLES Why isn’t God doesn’t God speak more “directly?” 1. Because hearing implies doing [Deuteronomy 5:1 – 29; 1 Cor 10:13; Jude 24] 2. Because Coercion isn’t Conviction [2 Sam 23:15 – 16 / 1 Chronicles 11:16-19] 3. Because He already has [Luke 16:19 – 31] more

  • Raising The Mis-Steak

    Contributed by Michael Hollinger on Oct 14, 2007
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    Good behavior is in one sense like good manners - we practice it because we love others in the same way that God loved us.

    SERMON NOTES: RAISING THE MIS-STEAK The fifty-cent word: aidiaphoria Why was meat controversial? 1. Knowledge P_uffs_____ up a. Good Manners as a weapon b. Pharisees & other Know-It-Alls 2. Love B_uilds____ up a. Love doesn’t enable sin, it defeats it b. If you love me, _you will keep more

  • A Word From Our Sponsor

    Contributed by Michael Hollinger on Oct 7, 2007
    based on 1 rating

    Don’t Settle - don’t settle for sin over true pleasure, don’t settle for desserts when you can dig into the word on your own

    Title: A few words from our sponsor Text: 1 Cor 6:12 – 13a MP: Don’t use your liberty to settle for anything less than the fullness of God’s glory. We think that 30 second spots are unique to our generation 1. Everything is permitted, but not everything is beneficial a. Christian Liberty more

  • A Mere Man

    Contributed by Michael Hollinger on Sep 30, 2007
    based on 3 ratings

    In God’s eyes, there is no such thing as a mere man.

    Title: A Mere Man? Text: 1 Cor 3:1 – 9 MP: In God’s eyes, there is no such thing as a mere man As summer begins to wind down, I don’t know about you, but I find it so hard to concentrate – to keep my focus. I can tell you that in my other job right now, work that is usually overflowing more

  • The Temple Of God

    Contributed by Michael Hollinger on Sep 30, 2007
    based on 3 ratings

    You are God’s Temple, designed to give glory to him.

    Title: The Temple of God Text: 1 Corinthians 3: 10 – 17 MP: You are the legacy of Jesus Christ. Be worthy of that. FCF: Christ is the foundation and His Word the materials that are the building blocks of our life. Outline: April 18, 1906 – San Francisco Earthquake / Valencia Hotel / more

  • Who's The Boss

    Contributed by Michael Hollinger on Sep 30, 2007
    based on 2 ratings

    We all judge, the question is, do we judge using God’s criteria? (Learning God’s discernment)

    SERMON NOTES: “WHO’S THE BOSS?” Objections to judgment: 1. What about the Woman at the Well? 2. Who gave me the right? 3. ἀνακρίνω (discernment) vs. κρίνω (final legal) Criteria for right judgment: 1. Right T_ime________: more

  • The Limits Of Tolerance

    Contributed by Michael Hollinger on Sep 30, 2007
    based on 2 ratings

    A Church Discipline sermon - (The Purpose of God’s Discipline is for our own good) - Don’t Tolerate Evil.

    SERMON NOTES: “THE LIMITS OF TOLERANCE” Do not tolerate evil: 1. For T_heir_____ sake a. Handed over to Satan i. How long (Is it final)? ii. What happens next? iii. Who falls into this category? b. If we refuse to exercise discipline, we are refusing to exercise love. c. Enabling vs. more

  • The Point Of Pleasure

    Contributed by Michael Hollinger on Sep 30, 2007
    based on 1 rating

    The point of pleasure is to point us towards heaven - a Good God always makes good things - Sex, Drink, Food, etc. Satan wants to twist them - But if we would have joy, we must learn to choose God.

    Title: The Point of Pleasure Text: Nehemiah 8:10 MP: God has nothing against pleasure – he’d just rather give you joy. SERMON NOTES: “THE POINT OF PLEASURE” 1. Pleasure p_oints__ us towards h_eaven_ Gen 1:26 – We were designed for relationship Intimacy is a foretaste, Sex is a more

  • The Joy Of The Lord Is My Strength

    Contributed by Michael Hollinger on Sep 30, 2007
    based on 14 ratings

    A Revival Sermon for a congregation that needs to hear God cares about their joy. (And in the context of Israel’s first revival even!)

    Title: The Joy of the Lord Is My Strength Text: Neh 8:9 – 12 Joy is P_ermissable___________ - Is Self-Control religious? - 1 John 1.4 Joy is D_esirable_____________ - 2 Cor 1.24 Joy is E_ssential_____________ - Heb 11.6 Question: Is joy a “nice-to-have,” or is it something more

  • Father Knows Best

    Contributed by Michael Hollinger on Aug 26, 2007
    based on 1 rating

    There are two spirits in opposition to one another. The Spirit of God is better.

    Outline: Introduction - Rachel teaching Jonathan - We are “mature”; our instinct is to “do God one better.” But as children redeemed by the spirit, we really should know better. Our Father created us, knows what we are created for, and desires to grow us in conformity to him. Our challenge is more

  • How Not To Love God

    Contributed by Michael Hollinger on Aug 19, 2007
    based on 1 rating

    Don’t let the mystery and the power of the cross ever be substituted for anything less. Not the law, not wisdom - just the power of the cross.

    Title: How to not love God Text: 1 Cor 1:17 – 31 MP: As unreasonable as it is, the cross is still more powerful than any sign or logic It’s always dangerous to use a Monty Python sketch to bring out the truth of a Scripture, but in this case, you’ll see, the shoe fits. But, seeing as this more

  • Keeping Score

    Contributed by Michael Hollinger on Jul 15, 2007
    based on 6 ratings

    Jesus Kingdom plays by the rules of love, not money

    Title: Keeping Score Text: Luke 12:13 – 21 MP: Self-sufficiency is an insufficient legacy. FCF: Through Christ and his Word, we can be sure that we have won the only game worth playing. <NOTE: During the reading, when Jesus asks “Who made me an arbiter and a judge among you – The answer is more

  • Prayer And The Real Patriot's Act

    Contributed by Michael Hollinger on Jul 8, 2007
    based on 2 ratings

    We can only love our government as much as we love God. Our most patriotic duty would be to pray that the two never conflict.

    Title: Payer and the Patriot’s Act Text: Romans 12:18 – 13:7 FCF: Because Governments derive their authority from God, we ought to pray that they don’t set up themselves up in opposition to him SO: We cannot love our country more than we love God, because God is the means by which our country is more

  • A Supreme Gamble

    Contributed by Michael Hollinger on Jul 1, 2007

    There is no resurrection before there is death

    Long Branch Baptist Church Halfway, Virginia; est. 1786 Sunday, July 1st, 2007 Enter to Worship Prelude David Witt Meditation 1 Cor 15:51 – 57 Invocation Michael Hollinger *Hymn #553 “Nearer My God to Thee” Welcome & Announcements Morning Prayer [See more

  • Use It Or Lose It

    Contributed by Michael Hollinger on Jun 24, 2007
    based on 11 ratings

    Sitting on God’s gift reveals a lack of faith in the Master

    Title: Use it or Lose It Text: Matthew 25:14-30 MP: FCF: Outline: In the eternal scheme of things, we turn out not to be very good at assess the value of things. Fortunately, God doesn’t call us to be appraisers – he just wants us to be faithful with whatever he, who appraises us, more