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Contributed on Mar 5, 2019
Too often we give to God the least instead of the best. We give what costs us little instead of making sacrifices for Him.
1. The story is told of a very wealthy man who, on the occasion of his daughter’s marriage, sent a check for $5,000 to the bridegroom as a wedding present. He sent it by the hand of the bride’s sister and when she returned, the man eagerly asked: “What did your new brother-in-law say when you gave ...read more
Contributed on Feb 12, 2019
God has given us substance in His blessings to us. This lesson explores our responsibilities to be conduits of blessings, especially in regard to our finances.
1. Today we are thinking of the Substance that God has given us, that is, His blessings to us, especially our financial ones. 2. Former US Congressman Bob McEwen from Ohio (1981-93) told a story about his brother taking his son to McDonald’s. The dad bought the son a large order of fries. While ...read more
Contributed on Feb 12, 2019
Will we choose to be Willing Contributors or Wanting Consumers?
1. John Ortberg tells about a carpenter in San Francisco who is a disciple of Jesus. For years he felt inferior as a disciple because he was “just” a blue collar worker. He had not fancy degrees. He had not special gifts of teaching. Then one day it dawned on him that if Jesus could be a carpenter ...read more
Contributed on Feb 6, 2019
The RYR approached Jesus with some expectations. Jesus also had expectations of him. The application for us is that we have expectations from God (some realistic and some unrealistic) and He has expectations of us which he will not alter.
1. Obsession There was a preacher who was an avid golfer. Every chance he got, he could be found on the golf course swinging away. It was his obsession. One Sunday was a picture-perfect day for golf. The preacher was in a quandary as to what to do. The urge to play golf overcame him. He called his ...read more
Contributed on Jan 27, 2019
This is the first of the On Point series. Each sermon topic begins with the letters of the compass. This is What is Your Nature? for the N of North on the compass. This lesson looks at the good Samaritan story and addresses three Natures - Taking; Keeping; and Sharing.
1. Today we begin our “On Point” campaign. a. We are going to explore some very basic teachings b. We are going to provide opportunities to serve and to give financially c. We are going to use the compass as out logo and the NSEW points for our lessons 2. We will begin with the “N” for our Nature ...read more
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Contributed on Jun 6, 2017
An old farmer plowed hard for many days with an ox and mule yoked together. The ox told the mule that they should play sick and rest. The mule declined saying, “No, we must get the work done for the season is short. But the ox played sick and the farmer brought him hay and corn and made him ...read more
Contributed on Aug 18, 2014
Below is a wonderful poem Audrey Hepburn wrote when asked to share her ’beauty tips.’ It was read at her funeral years later. For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For ...read more
Contributed on Dec 10, 2013
PUSHING THE OUTHOUSE A young boy lived in the country. His family had to use an outhouse, which the young boy hated. It was hot in the summer, cold in the winter, and always smelly. The outhouse was located near the creek so the boy decided that he would push it into the water. After a spring ...read more
Contributed on Dec 2, 2013
"A part of me loved war. Now, please understand, I am a peaceful man, fond of children and animals. And I believe that war should have no place in the affairs of men. But, the comradeship our platoon experienced in that war provides a moving and enduring memory in me. A comrade in war is ...read more
Contributed on Sep 17, 2013
STANDING UP ON THE INSIDE A five year old girl was having one of those trouble-filled days with her mother. It seemed they spent the day arguing back and forth. Finally the mom had enough. "Jenny, go sit in the corner, right now! Don’t get up until I tell you to!" Jenny went to the corner and ...read more