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  • The Cross Dynamic Of Discipelship Development

    Contributed by Richard Burkey on Jul 7, 2005
    based on 7 ratings

    The cross is not a call to passive acceptance, it is a call to salvation as a gift and faithful obedience in loving response.

    The Cross Dynamic of Discipleship Development John 15:16-27 (16) ¡§You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit--fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. (17) This is my command: Love each other. (18) ¡§If the world more

  • The Cross Proclaims A Grace-Driven Purpose

    Contributed by Richard Burkey on Jul 6, 2005
    based on 4 ratings

    The truths Paul shares and the grace-driven purpose of the cross effect not only our salvation, but how we live out the Christian faith and how we minister in the name of Jesus Christ.

    The Cross Proclaims a Grace-Driven Purpose 1 Corinthians 15:3-8 (3) For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, (4) that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, (5) and that he more

  • The Business Of The Cross

    Contributed by Richard Burkey on Jul 5, 2005
    based on 4 ratings

    Typically we see the cross from the viewpoint of the suffering of Jesus, this message invites the hearer to see that mission is a key part of the business of the cross.

    “The Business of the Cross” (Special thanks to Dr. Kent R. Hunter with David L. Bahn, Confessions of a Church Growth Enthusiast, (Corunna, IN: Church Growth Center, 1997 for many of the insights of this message) Romans 3:21-25a 3:21 But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has more

  • Finding God's Way In Life's Wilderness

    Contributed by Richard Burkey on Jun 23, 2005
    based on 115 ratings

    David discovers that even amidst life’s pressure, confusion, failure and daily living, God provides a way through life’s wilderness.

    Finding God’s Way in Life’s Wilderness Psalm 25:1-9 (New International Version) 1To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul; 2in you I trust, O my God. Do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. 3No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame, but they will be put to shame more

  • Finding Joy Amidst Life's Surprises

    Contributed by Richard Burkey on Jun 22, 2005
    based on 13 ratings

    Christmas is meant to be joy time, and in the stories of Christmas from the Biblical to the secular there is a theme of joy amidst surprises that runs through them.

    Finding Joy Amidst Life’s Surprises Luke 1:39-55 (New International Version) 39At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and more

  • Treasure Hunters

    Contributed by Richard Burkey on Jun 21, 2005
    based on 11 ratings

    Jesus warns us in this parable of the danger of pursuing the wrong treasure all our life, even finding it, and then discovering we have missed discovering life’s eternal treasure. Such eternal treasure is found in our relationship with Him.

    Treasure Hunters July 14-15, 2001 Luke 12:13-21 (New International Version) 13Someone in the crowd said to him, ¡§Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.¡¨ 14Jesus replied, ¡§Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter more

  • Freedom

    Contributed by Richard Burkey on Jun 16, 2005
    based on 274 ratings

    As we celebrate our nation’s freedom (USA), let us remember what God has made our freedom for.

    Freedom Galatians 5:1 (New International Version) It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. INTRODUCTION: Freedom Lady. Atop the hill in Washington, D.C. more

  • Keeping It Together When Your World Is Falling Apart

    Contributed by Richard Burkey on Jun 15, 2005
    based on 17 ratings

    Faith in action is a life of prayer, not just any old kind of prayer, but the prayer that can keep you together when your world is falling apart.

    Keeping It Together When Your World is Falling Apart Luke 18:1-8 (1) Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. (2) He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. (3) And more

  • Humble Pride

    Contributed by Richard Burkey on Jun 15, 2005
    based on 31 ratings

    Humility recognizes that what I am and what I can ultimately be is by the grace of God. The result is humble pride leads to eternal confidence.

    Humble Pride Luke 18:9-14 (New International Version) 9To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: 10¡§Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11The more

  • Reviving The Soul

    Contributed by Richard Burkey on Jun 15, 2005
    based on 14 ratings

    David shares 5 ways to revive your soul in Psalm 19.

    Reviving the Soul Psalm 19 (NIV) 1The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. 3There is no speech or language where their voice is more

  • Move Spiritual Gifts From Stress To Strengths

    Contributed by Richard Burkey on Jun 8, 2005
    based on 6 ratings

    Every day offers an opportunity to serve and to make a difference for God when I move my spiritual gifts from stress to strengths.

    Move Spiritual Gifts from Stress to Strengths 1 Peter 4:10-11 (New International Version) 10Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. 11If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the more

  • Move Life From Whatever To Wherever

    Contributed by Richard Burkey on Jun 7, 2005
    based on 6 ratings

    1 Peter is written to Christians who suffer for their faith, yet have discovered a living hope that overcomes the whatEver attitude of our day to the I will go wherever God takes me.

    Move Life from Whatever to Wherever 1 Peter 1:3-9 (New International Version) 3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4and into an more

  • Involved Or Committed?

    Contributed by Richard Burkey on Jun 6, 2005
    based on 37 ratings

    In the family of God, the heart of commitment follows the footsteps of Jesus.

    Involved or Committed? Romans 15:4-13 (New International Version) 4For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. 5May the God who gives endurance and more

  • Wise Men Consultants: Directions For A New Year

    Contributed by Richard Burkey on Jun 2, 2005
    based on 28 ratings

    In their searching and finding of Jesus, the Wise men provide 3 clear directions for staying connected to Jesus in a New Year.

    Wise Men Consultants: Directions for a New Year Matthew 2:1-12 (New International Version) 1After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his more

  • Worship Without Walls

    Contributed by Richard Burkey on Jun 1, 2005
    based on 104 ratings

    We’re called to worship not only inside the walls of a church, but to worship without walls. How? To act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God.

    Worship without Walls Micah 6:6-8 (New International Version) 6With what shall I come before the LORD and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? 7Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, more