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  • His Rules Or House Rules?

    Contributed by Rich Cook on Aug 6, 2012

    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 more

  • Samson: A Life Wasted

    Contributed by Rich Cook on Jul 3, 2012
    based on 3 ratings

    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 more

  • Lessons From The Titanic

    Contributed by Rich Cook on Apr 25, 2012
    based on 2 ratings

    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 more

  • Jesus At The Temple

    Contributed by Rich Cook on Apr 25, 2012
    based on 2 ratings

    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 more

  • Ownership And Obedience Series

    Contributed by Rich Cook on Jun 30, 2005
    based on 11 ratings

    The first in a month-long stewardship series. Financial giving boils down to obedience. Who owns your stuff?

    Stewardship I - Ownership and Obedience Purpose: 1. Read I Kings 17:7-16 2. (This story is an adaptation from an illustration from Leonard Sweet) Let me tell you about a trip Grant and I made to McDonald’s last spring. Dana and Jackson were on a field trip to Hendersonville … and it was more

  • Lose The Weight Of Fear Series

    Contributed by Rich Cook on Jun 30, 2005
    based on 4 ratings

    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 more

  • Just A Happy Meal

    Contributed by Rich Cook on Jun 30, 2005
    based on 14 ratings

    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 more

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

    Contributed by Rich Cook on Jun 30, 2005
    based on 5 ratings

    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 more

  • Where's God?

    Contributed by Rich Cook on Jun 30, 2005
    based on 11 ratings

    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, more

  • Can You Walk The Walk?

    Contributed by Rich Cook on Jun 30, 2005
    based on 11 ratings

    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 more

  • Never Again Without The Presence Of Jesus

    Contributed by Rich Cook on Jun 30, 2005
    based on 5 ratings

    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 more

  • You Don't Have To Go (To Hell)!

    Contributed by Rich Cook on Jun 30, 2005
    based on 13 ratings

    Easter Sunday. A strange place to end up on Easter Sunday, but where God led. The Gospel message: You don’t have to go to Hell. Close with invitation.

    You don’t have to go (to Hell) Purpose: Evangelistic invitation. 1. Struggled this week to find the perfect thing to share with you this morning. Unlike Christmas, which enjoys worldwide attention most of November, all of December and even parts of January, Easter kind of comes and goes without more

  • Money: Servant Or Master? Series

    Contributed by Rich Cook on Jun 30, 2005
    based on 12 ratings

    Second sermon in a series on stewardship. What is it that owns you? You might not say many, but does your life show otherwise?

    Stewardship II - Money: Servant of Master? 1. Sometimes a good test of love is finding out what you’d be willing to give up to possess it. 2. The entire NHL season is in jeopardy and today is the deadline. (Do a brief history of the hockey labor dispute leading to the cancellation of the 04-05 more

  • The Attitude Of Giving Series

    Contributed by Rich Cook on Jun 30, 2005
    based on 27 ratings

    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 more

  • Lose The Weight Of Debt Series

    Contributed by Rich Cook on Jun 30, 2005
    based on 13 ratings

    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 more