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  • A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

    Contributed by Michael Stover on Jul 11, 2002
    based on 42 ratings

    Jesus did not just talk about servant-ministry: He modeled it for us. And as they say... a picture IS worth a thousand words.

    I. A Picture of Renunciation (4a) A. Renounced His prerogatives as Deity 1. Picture of His taking the form of a man 2. Philippians 2:7 (HCSB), “Instead He emptied Himself by assuming the form of a slave, taking on the likeness of men.” B. Renounced His Position as their Master 1. Removed more

  • What's Wrong With Gambling?

    Contributed by Michael Stover on Jun 18, 2002
    based on 104 ratings

    How should a Christian respond to the gambling craze of our day? The Scripture provides insight into how we should stand.

    Definition of Gambling: Desiring the possession of another (the prize) the gambler creates a risk (losing his own) in an attempt, through, chance, to gain the other person’s possession with nothing to give in exchange. To justify gambling, many people say things like “Life is a gamble… A farmer more

  • Final Briefing

    Contributed by Michael Stover on May 30, 2002
    based on 54 ratings

    Jesus’ last recorded words were important for His disciples, and they are important for us today.

    I. Assurance that he was Real (39-43) A. They ‘still did not believe for joy’ B. They thought it was too good to be true II. Power to Perceive the Truth (45) A. He ‘opened their understanding’ B. He gave them a new Bible – a new understanding of the OT III. Gave Principles to more

  • Kingdom Business

    Contributed by Michael Stover on May 30, 2002
    based on 72 ratings

    Kingdom Business is what we are to be about.

    Jesus said to seek first the kingdom of God. Everything else comes in second, and it comes in a far second. I. See the Reality of the Kingdom A. Tangible Evidence B. Walk by faith and not by sight II. Seek the Rule of the Kingdom A. ‘Kingdom’ means rule, authority B. Your heart is a more

  • Roadblocks On The Way To Revival

    Contributed by Michael Stover on May 30, 2002
    based on 46 ratings

    Some things common to most churches are standing in the way of real revival.

    I. We want Stirrings without Change A. Emotionalism B. Shouting & singing with joybells ringing but no personal involvement C. Reservoir without being a river (Dead Sea) II. We want Sound Doctrine without Compliance A. Want it told like it is, but live like it isn’t B. Intellectualism – more

  • Biblical Faith

    Contributed by Michael Stover on May 27, 2002
    based on 44 ratings

    What elements are necessary for a Biblical Faith?

    Biblical faith involves 3 things: our minds, our emotions, and our wills I. Our Minds A. Biblical faith is first of all belief based on evidence 1. Christianity is firmly set in history 2. A reasonable and honest inquiry with our minds leads us to believe that the Bible is too accurate to more

  • How Much Do You Weigh? Series

    Contributed by Michael Stover on Jan 13, 2002
    based on 61 ratings

    The Handwriting on the Wall.

    I. Weighing In A. 5:1-4; 18-23 B. Common concept 1. Job 31:6, “Let me be weighed on honest scales, That God may know my integrity” 2. Proverbs 16:2, “All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, But the LORD weighs the spirits” C. The sin of Belshazzar had reached its limit D. How do you more

  • The Mission Of Satan

    Contributed by Michael Stover on Jan 11, 2002
    based on 91 ratings

    Satan is on a mission of his on making. His main strategies have not changed. What are they?

    I. Distraction (verse 1) A. Used something out of the ordinary 1. ‘Look! A talking serpent!’ 2. Events 3. Pursuits 4. Gossip 5. Troubles 6. Samson & Delilah 7. David & Bathsheba 8. Solomon & wives 9. Achan & treasure B. Questioned God’s Word 1. ‘Is that really what God said?’ 2. ‘Is more

  • Guard Your Heart

    Contributed by Michael Stover on Nov 2, 2001
    based on 157 ratings

    This is a new variation on the old saying "Mind over Matter": What;s on your mind changes everything that matters!

    New variation on ‘MIND OVER MATTER’ “What’s on your mind changes everything that matters” ‘Heart’ is the mind, will, intellect ‘Issues of life’ – source, boundary, deliverance of life It controls: I. What We Say (vs. 24) A. Matthew 12:34, “for out of the abundance of more

  • The Praise Of Answered Prayer Series

    Contributed by Michael Stover on Nov 2, 2001
    based on 88 ratings

    Daniel gives a beautiful illustration of thanksgiving for answered prayer. Do you pause to give God thanks?

    Ten lepers Luke 17:17-18, “So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” We should be careful to give thanks to God; He is powerful to answer prayer! I. Intellectual more

  • A Man Of Tranquility Series

    Contributed by Michael Stover on Oct 25, 2001
    based on 85 ratings

    Obedience and confidence in God will rid us of fear.

    Obedience & Confidence in God will rid us or Fear The Hebrew boys dared to do a: I. Courageous Act A. Their refusal could have been taken as an insult 1. King Neb was dangerous 2. Put out Zedekiah’s eyes (2 Kings 25:7) 3. Wise men to be slain (2:5) 4. Fiery Furnace (chapter 3) B. Peer more

  • The World Program Of Re-Education Series

    Contributed by Michael Stover on Oct 22, 2001
    based on 115 ratings

    King Nebuchadnezzar’s program for re-education of the captives from Judah looks remarkably like what we see in our society today.

    King Neb’s re-education program aimed at causing the captives to: I. Compromise Their Ideals A. For Them 1. Education 2. Diet B. For Us 1. Education 2. Media 3. Send messages like: a. Bible is not true/relevant b. Christians are the minority c. Christianity is not relevant II. Lose more

  • Sovereignty Of God Series

    Contributed by Michael Stover on Oct 9, 2001
    based on 94 ratings

    God rules in the affairs of men and nations.....but how does this affect us? And what should be our response?

    I. The Plight of Israel’s Captivity A. Prophecy 1. Isaiah 39:1-7 2. Jeremiah 25:9-12 3. Habakkuk 1:5-11 B. Purpose 1. Israel had become idolatrous 2. Israel had neglected to keep the Sabbath years a. Lev. 25,26 b. 2 Chronicles 36:21, “to fulfill more

  • Surviving In A World Of Pain

    Contributed by Michael Stover on Sep 14, 2001
    based on 99 ratings

    After the tragedy of terrorism we have suffered, our citizens will be struggling with how to cope. Three concerns will be why bad things happen, how do I keep my heart holy, and what can I do to help?

    Face up to: I. Stark Reality (vs. 2-3, 5) A. Bad things DO happen to good people 1. The Psalmist expected them 2. John 16:33, “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” 3. Matthew 5:45, “He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and more

  • Living Above The Crowd Series

    Contributed by Michael Stover on Sep 5, 2001
    based on 94 ratings

    Dare to be a Daniel.....How?

    I. Man of Purpose A. Holiness (chapter 1) B. Glorify God (chapter 2) C. Serve God alone (chapter 3; Daniel’s friends) D. Preach Repentance (chapter 4) E. Warn of Judgment (chapter 5) F. Consistency (chapter 6) II. Man of Prayer A. Bad times - 2:18; King Neb’s dream B. Good times - 9; more