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  • His Rules Or House Rules?

    Contributed by Rich Cook on Aug 6, 2012
     | 1,687 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 3, 2012
    based on 2 ratings
     | 5,315 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
     | 3,197 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 2 ratings
     | 1,580 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 30, 2005
    based on 13 ratings
     | 1,687 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 30, 2005
    based on 48 ratings
     | 4,781 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 30, 2005
    based on 19 ratings
     | 1,271 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 30, 2005
    based on 5 ratings
     | 2,683 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 30, 2005
    based on 11 ratings
     | 2,181 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 30, 2005
    based on 11 ratings
     | 1,581 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 30, 2005
    based on 5 ratings
     | 941 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

  • You Don't Have To Go (To Hell)!

    Contributed by Rich Cook on Jun 30, 2005
    based on 13 ratings
     | 1,599 views

    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 ...read more

  • Ownership And Obedience Series

    Contributed by Rich Cook on Jun 30, 2005
    based on 11 ratings
     | 1,523 views

    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 ...read more

  • Money: Servant Or Master? Series

    Contributed by Rich Cook on Jun 30, 2005
    based on 12 ratings
     | 1,505 views

    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 ...read more

  • The Attitude Of Giving Series

    Contributed by Rich Cook on Jun 30, 2005
    based on 26 ratings
     | 6,619 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