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  • Ministering In This Age

    Contributed by Rita Sims on Feb 17, 2022
     | 321 views

    This sermon was preached for McMahan Chapel Day in San Augustine, Texas on October 11, 1997. It includes historical information about the first, still in operation, Methodist Church in Texas based on Hebrews 12.

    To which generation would I like to live and minister? Would it be during the early to mid-1800s, my great-great-great granddad Col. Sameul Doak McMahan's time? At that time Protestants began moving into Texas, which belonged to Mexico with the approved religion being Catholicism. In the ...read more

  • The Precious Name Of The Lord Series

    Contributed by Rita Sims on Oct 8, 2014
    based on 1 rating
     | 3,450 views

    This sermon covers the Second Commandment from Exodus 20:7 to not take the name of the Lord in vain.

  • One True God Series

    Contributed by Rita Sims on Sep 10, 2014
    based on 1 rating
     | 3,544 views

    This sermon explores the commandments, "You shall have no other gods before me," and "You shall not make for yourself an idol."

  • Mary's Experience

    Contributed by Rita Sims on Apr 11, 2004
    based on 34 ratings
     | 3,117 views

    This is a first person perspective coming from Mary Magdalene on Easter morning.

    MARY’S EXPERIENCE All scriptures related to Mary Magdalene Jn. 20:1-18 It was a day much like today, when it happened so long ago. It was such a great day, I’ll never forget it! After I met Jesus my whole life was changed. My name is Mary and I am from Magdala. Magdala was a ...read more

  • Listening For God's Word

    Contributed by Rita Sims on Oct 20, 2003
    based on 54 ratings
     | 3,332 views

    God’s Living Word comes to us every day.

    I’ve read in the Scpriptures in Jeremiah 31:3 "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness," at a time when I really needed to be reminded of God’s love. It became for me the Word of God-- living and active. I’ve heard Jesus’ words: "O Jerusalem, ...read more

  • The Potter And The Clay

    Contributed by Rita Sims on Sep 9, 2001
    based on 257 ratings
     | 33,619 views

    God wants to mold our lives, if we will let Him, and make us into beautiful creations.

  • Releasing The Shackles

    Contributed by Rita Sims on Aug 22, 2001
    based on 147 ratings
     | 13,647 views

    Jesus wants us to be free from the shackles that may be binding us.

    Each person in this scripture from Acts is imprisoned in one way or another. The slave girl is imprisoned in her insanity and by her owners. Even though she says something good, she is enslaved to it. Paul and Silas go to pray and she begins following them. She says something positive and ...read more

  • Jealousy's Harm To The Spirit Series

    Contributed by Rita Sims on Aug 5, 2001
    based on 107 ratings
     | 6,176 views

    Instead of having jealousy, let us have gratitude and contentment for what God has given us.

    Those of us who have e-mail usually get little stories or sayings from our friends. Sometimes I really read them, other times I don’t. The other day one of my high school friends sent me one I want to share with you. We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a ...read more

  • Anger's Harm To The Spirit

    Contributed by Rita Sims on Aug 4, 2001
    based on 63 ratings
     | 3,291 views

    With God’s help, we can control our anger and not let it control us.

    Is anger something everyone has? Is anger something that can be controlled? Or does it control us? Is it wrong to be angry? What does anger do to our spirits, relationships, bodies, minds? Anger is something everyone has. Sometimes we like to pretend as Christian that we’re always happy, ...read more

  • River Of Life

    Contributed by Rita Sims on May 21, 2001
    based on 164 ratings
     | 7,016 views

    We can draw from the River of Life now and forevermore.

    When I lived in Tyler, I got a call with an unusual request from the man on the other end of the line. He wanted me to pray at the State Water Convention. Well, I had never prayed at a Water Convention before. Evidently, it was a pretty big deal and sure enough it was. When I got to Harvey ...read more

  • 180 Degrees

    Contributed by Rita Sims on May 2, 2001
    based on 148 ratings
     | 5,321 views

    God still can and does change people just like God changed Saul.

    We learn in geometry that 360 degrees makes a full circle. That is, we start at one point and go all the way around and end up at the same point. 180 degrees is a half circle. We start at one point and end up at the opposite end. Well, Saul is heading down the road to Damascus from Jerusalem, ...read more

  • The Alpha And Omega

    Contributed by Rita Sims on Apr 7, 2001
    based on 144 ratings
     | 6,550 views

    We all have to serve somebody or something. Do we serve ourselves or things or others or do we serve the Lord?

    I have chosen this sermon, because when I told my 9-year old daughter I was submitting sermons, she remembered this one best. "You may be an ambassador to England or France, You may like to gamble, you might like to dance. You may be the heavyweight champion of the world, You might be a ...read more

  • The Responsible, The Rebel And The Remarkable

    Contributed by Rita Sims on Mar 25, 2001
    based on 157 ratings
     | 3,740 views

    In many ways, we have been the youngest son, the father and the eldest son as depicted in the parable of the Prodigal Son.

    Today, we celebrate the well-loved parabled called the Prodigal Son. I want us to think of it from perhaps a little different perspective. I want us to think about how each one of us, in many ways, has been the youngest son, the father, and the eldest son. Especially as we are in the season of ...read more

  • People Need The Lord And Each Other!

    Contributed by Rita Sims on Mar 11, 2001
    based on 147 ratings
     | 5,536 views

    God is here to bring healing through relationships with God and each other.

    Retell the story of the man who was paralyzed. I wonder: What conversation did they have that day? Did they get up that morning planning to see this Jesus they’d heard about? Was it a spontaneous action? Had he and his friends tried other ways for him to be healed that had failed? Had his ...read more

  • Staying In The Care Of Jesus Series

    Contributed by Rita Sims on Mar 10, 2001
    based on 118 ratings
     | 5,279 views

    We’ve got a decision to make--the fox with a sure and violent death or hovering under the wings of Jesus.

    Parents love to give advice to their children. As they are young, parents say, "Don’t run out in the street. Don’t touch the hot stove. Don’t play with fire." As children get older, parents continue, "Don’t use drugs. Don’t have pre-marital sex." Parents hope that the children will follow ...read more