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  • His Rules Or House Rules?

    Contributed by Rich Cook on Aug 6, 2012
    based on 1 rating
     | 2,701 views

    Using the backdrop of board games, we look at God's sovereignty and our temptation to take his original plan and insert our own "house rules."

    God’s game. His rules or House rules? 1. Games. (Scrolled through slides of several games: Life, Monopoly, Uno, etc.) 2. Sorry: Object of the game is to get your four pieces from the start into your home, different cards different instructions, slides (but not your own color), safe ...read more

  • Samson: A Life Wasted

    Contributed by Rich Cook on Jul 2, 2012
    based on 4 ratings
     | 7,510 views

    A study of waste and wasted potential. Samson had such potential to be a great man of God. Instead of treasuring the gifts he'd been given, he wasted his strength on his own desires.

    What a Waste Seeds: some background notes from a Steve Malone message/outline. 1. I’m aggravated by waste. 2. Waste: wasted time (waiting in line, or at the doctor, or to get your driver’s license), wasted food (seeing food thrown away, or left on the plate), wasted money (government ...read more

  • Lessons From The Titanic

    Contributed by Rich Cook on Apr 25, 2012
    based on 2 ratings
     | 5,133 views

    Lessons and warnings that led to the sinking of Titanic, and challenges for Christians and the church.

    Titanic Much of this sermon is original. However I’ve picked up thoughts, points, illustrations and quotes from many sources. 1. (Slides 1-5) Always been fascinated with the Titanic, elementary school library book, Titanic was found when I was in high school, the movie (James Cameron ...read more

  • Jesus At The Temple

    Contributed by Rich Cook on Apr 25, 2012
    based on 3 ratings
     | 2,398 views

    A short outline about what Jesus did in the Temple during Holy Week, and also what he does in our hearts today.

    Jesus and the Temple Seeds: Bible app study note 1. Matthew 21:12-17. 2. I love when the bad guys get what’s coming to them. In the movies or on a TV show, it’s almost “therapeutic” to see the bad guys get theirs. 3. That’s what we feel most often when we read ...read more

  • Just A Happy Meal

    Contributed by Rich Cook on Jun 28, 2005
    based on 14 ratings
     | 2,646 views

    To illustrate how Jesus can do so much with our little. God doesn’t ask how much we have. Instead, like He asked of Moses, He asks "What do you have I can use?"

    Just a Happy Meal Purpose: To illustrate how Jesus can do the impossible with our little. 1. Read John 6:1-5. Why did Jesus ask Philip? Of all the disciples, why Philip? Philip was from Bethsaida, a town just nine miles away. If anyone would know a human solution to this problem, it would ...read more

  • The Bible - A Light And A Map Series

    Contributed by Rich Cook on Jun 28, 2005
    based on 48 ratings
     | 7,062 views

    The first of a three-part series on the Bible. Without God’s Word we’re lost in the world. Using the illustration of a little boy who gets lost in Mammoth Cave, this message shows the importance of having a light and a map. (General Sermon, but used on

    Bible - A light and a map Purpose: To illustrate the importance of the Bible 1. Max, the lost Boy Scout in Mammoth Cave. Max’s Boy Scout troop took an end-of-the-summer trip to Mammoth Cave. They didn’t take the lame 90-minute family tour. They took the 6-hour "Wild Cave" tour. In this tour, ...read more

  • The Bible - Is It True? Can We Trust It? Series

    Contributed by Rich Cook on Jun 28, 2005
    based on 19 ratings
     | 2,357 views

    The second in a series on the Bible. Every Christian must answer the question: Is the Bible true? When we accept its truth, we must obey its instruction.

    Bible - Is it true? Can we trust it? Purpose: Showcasing the absolute truth of the Bible. 1. There is a great push in today’s world for tolerance. Tolerance used to mean, "Everyone has a right to an opinion." · Some people like the Red Sox, some like the Yankees. · Some people like Mexican ...read more

  • No Rules! Just Right! (Life Without The Rulebook) Series

    Contributed by Rich Cook on Jun 28, 2005
    based on 5 ratings
     | 4,093 views

    Third in a series on the Bible. This message looks at life without the guidelines found in the Bible. We might think we want a life of complete freedom, but without boundaries we creep into danger.

    No rules. Just right. (Life without the rulebook) Purpose: To illustrate life with no rules (living outside the truth presented in God’s Word) 1. Ever play Monopoly? (hold up Monopoly board) What if you had never played Monopoly before, you had never even seen it, and somebody gave you a ...read more

  • Where's God?

    Contributed by Rich Cook on Jun 28, 2005
    based on 11 ratings
     | 3,058 views

    There will always be times where we’d like to know where God is and why isn’t He paying attention. We have to believe, however, and have faith that he is always watching and always in control.

    Where’s God? Purpose: To encourage us that God is there 1. I would ask if you’d ever asked the question, "Where’s God?" But anyone who has a few years of adulthood under his belt has asked that question. So I’ll challenge you, this morning, to think of a time in your life when you asked, ...read more

  • Can You Walk The Walk?

    Contributed by Rich Cook on Jun 28, 2005
    based on 11 ratings
     | 2,801 views

    A sermon used before communion. Like the disciples at the Last Supper, we can talk the talk about the Christian life. But Jesus wants to know who will walk the walk with him.

    Can you walk the walk? Purpose: To challenge those who call themselves Christians to obey God’s commands. 1. You’ve heard the phrase, "You can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk." · NCAA Basketball Tournament (this sermon was preached during the tournament): I can talk a pretty good ...read more

  • Never Again Without The Presence Of Jesus

    Contributed by Rich Cook on Jun 28, 2005
    based on 5 ratings
     | 1,917 views

    A simple Easter sermon used in at sunrise. What must it have been like between Jesus’ death and resurrection? To be without the presence of Jesus must have been utter emptiness. To be with him again must have been utter joy.

    Never again without the presence of Jesus Purpose: To reflect on Jesus’ presence and challenge the people to be the presence of Jesus to a world that needs Him. 1. Read John 20:1-21 2. Do you ever wonder what it would have been like to actually be in the presence of Jesus? What would it have ...read more

  • The Attitude Of Giving Series

    Contributed by Rich Cook on Jun 28, 2005
    based on 27 ratings
     | 10,877 views

    A challenge for the church not just to tithe, but to tithe with glad hearts. When we put in our offering, does God get the idea that we’re obeying because of love, or that we’re dragging our feet?

    Stewardship IV - The attitude in giving Purpose: To challenge our people to tithe, but to tithe with glad hearts. 1. Our attitude says a lot about our actions. A husband might go to a "chick" movie with his wife, but he might go with a negative attitude, making lots of comments and huffing his ...read more

  • Lose The Weight Of Complacency Series

    Contributed by Rich Cook on Jun 28, 2005
    based on 46 ratings
     | 7,397 views

    The first in a series used at New Year’s. We Christians can get used to a routine of "being good." We need to break free from complacency and push ourselves to spiritual excellence.

    Lose the weight of complacency Purpose: To challenge us to break free from status quo personal Christianity. 1. These are a few of my favorite things: · Chocolate Ice Cream sprinkled with dry coffee grounds, anything that begins with the words Little Debbie, any restaurant that ends with the ...read more

  • Lose The Weight Of Fear Series

    Contributed by Rich Cook on Jun 28, 2005
    based on 4 ratings
     | 1,794 views

    We move in this world according to what we can see. And sometimes what we can see give us cause to fear. But God doesn’t want that in our lives. He’s in control. Because he’s in control, we can live without fear.

    Lose the weight of fear Purpose: To challenge people to move away from fear and toward faith. 1. This month we’re trying to lose the weight. Hebrews 12:1 says, "let us take off every weight that slows us down." 2. This morning we’re going to talk about fear. Fear can weigh us down day in and ...read more

  • Lose The Weight Of Debt Series

    Contributed by Rich Cook on Jun 28, 2005
    based on 13 ratings
     | 2,117 views

    A sermon in the "Lose the weight of ..." series. This message challenges the church to live lives of financial contentment. We shouldn’t bind ourselves in debt, trying to live a life we can’t afford. Debt cripples the church.

    Lose the weight of debt Purpose: To challenge our people to live contented lives financially with the money got has entrusted to us. 1. Why even talk about debt? Hebrews 12:1. · Debt isn’t a salvation issue. But the way we view money is a spiritual issue. 2. Banker illustration (from radio ...read more