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  • Three Portraits Of Christ

    Contributed by Roger Thomas on Feb 22, 2007
    based on 29 ratings
     | 2,992 views

    We don’t have any photographs of Jesus. That’s good and bad. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have any pictures. In fact, I would suggest that we have three portraits of Christ in the book of Revelations.

    Dr. Roger W. Thomas, Preaching Minister First Christian Church, Vandalia, MO Three Portraits of Christ Revelation 1, 5, 19 Introduction: We don’t have any photographs of Jesus. That’s good. If we did, we would probably turn them in to idols. Superstitious folk have enough trouble ...read more

  • Revelation: Who Owns This Church?

    Contributed by Roger Thomas on Feb 21, 2007
    based on 8 ratings
     | 1,866 views

    Who owns this church is a spiritual question not a legal or financial one. Revelation offers God’s answer.

    Dr. Roger W. Thomas, Preaching Minister First Christian Church, Vandalia, MO Who Owns This Church? Revelation 2-3 Introduction: Struggles of major denominations right now—Episcopal, Presbyterian and others---about who owns the church property if the congregations wants to leave the ...read more

  • Last Words

    Contributed by Roger Thomas on Feb 21, 2007
    based on 5 ratings
     | 2,866 views

    The closing benediction of Jude is the Bible’s last words before the grand finale. These are the Coach’s finaly rallying cry before the Ultimate Contest.

    Dr. Roger W. Thomas, Preaching Minister First Christian Church, Vandalia, MO Last Words Before The Big Game Jude 24-25 To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—to the only God our Savior be glory, ...read more

  • Jesus Weeps Series

    Contributed by Roger Thomas on Feb 21, 2007
    based on 49 ratings
     | 9,413 views

    This picture, much less this statement, surprises a lot of people. Some people think a deity ought to behave differently. Gods, so the popular image goes, sit far off, throw lightning bolts, or send angels. What kind of god would get so close to his su

    Dr. Roger W. Thomas, Preaching Minister First Christian Church, Vandalia, MO Jesus Wept John 11:25-27; 33-36 Just two little words. In fact it’s the shortest verse in the Bible. That alone gets our attention. Just two little words. But it’s not just the brevity of the statement ...read more

  • Revelation: How Long, O Lord

    Contributed by Roger Thomas on Feb 21, 2007
    based on 15 ratings
     | 3,493 views

    Revelation is God’s answer to the question asked of the martyred saints in chapter 6, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?" It is heaven’s answer to the age old question, “What on ea

    Dr. Roger W. Thomas, Preaching Minister First Christian Church, Vandalia, MO How Long, O Lord? Overview of Revelation—Revelation 1:1-8 A woman went to the doctor’s office, where she was seen by one of the new doctors, but after about 4 minutes in the examination room, she burst out, ...read more

  • Jesus Eyes: People Eyes

    Contributed by Roger Thomas on Feb 19, 2007
    based on 2 ratings
     | 1,395 views

    Others saw misfits and trouble makers. Jesus saw sheep without a shepherd. How we see the people around us

    Dr. Roger W. Thomas, Preaching Minister First Christian Church, Vandalia, MO Jesus Eyes--People Eyes Mt 9:9-11; 9:35-38 Introduction: Look around right now? What do you see? We all know that it is possible to hear and not listen. We can all see but not see. We have looked for ...read more

  • Why So Many Translations

    Contributed by Roger Thomas on Feb 19, 2007
    based on 1 rating
     | 1,053 views

    We have lots of bible translations to choose from. That’s good and bad. It is good that the Bible is available. But so many translations creates lots of confusion. Let’s try to make sense out of this.

    Dr. Roger W. Thomas, Preaching Minister First Christian Church, Vandalia, MO Why So Many Bible Translations? Scripture Reading: Neh 8:1-11 Introduction: 1. The Problem So many choices: At least twenty-five different English translations of the entire Bible and ...read more

  • The Goal Of Discipleship

    Contributed by Roger Thomas on Feb 19, 2007
     | 1,851 views

    The question on the table when you first came to Christ was: Do you want the Lord to come into your life and begin the life-long process of making you more and more like Jesus so that you will be ready for heaven when the time comes?” How do we as a chur

    Dr. Roger W. Thomas, Preaching Minister First Christian Church, Vandalia, MO The Goal of Discipleship: Know-Grow-Show Introduction: 1. Sometimes we get the wrong answers because we ask the wrong questions. The main question of the Gospel is not “Do you want to go to heaven?” “Do you ...read more

  • The Big Question

    Contributed by Roger Thomas on Feb 19, 2007
    based on 5 ratings
     | 1,411 views

    If the Lord were standing right here today and were to ask you the question, what would you say? This is the watershed question. What you think of Jesus is also a watershed in our lives. The Bible says which side of this question we land on determines

    Dr. Roger W. Thomas, Preaching Minister First Christian Church, Vandalia, MO The Big Question Matthew 16:13-20 Introduction: Did you hear the one about the chauffer whose job it had been to drive a famous scientist to a series of presentations about a new discovery. After several ...read more

  • Your New Home Series

    Contributed by Roger Thomas on Feb 19, 2007
    based on 11 ratings
     | 7,706 views

    Through a marvelous word picture, our text describes the heavenly home the Lord has waiting for those whose names are written in the Book of Life. What’s that home like? Revelation 21 describes it.

    Dr. Roger W. Thomas, Preaching Minister First Christian Church, Vandalia, MO Your New Home’s Waiting! John 14:2; Revelation 20:1-4, 10-27; 22:1-5 Introduction: What would your dream house be like? If money were no object, what would your dream house include? Perhaps, it would be ...read more

  • How To Get The Most Out Of Your Bible

    Contributed by Roger Thomas on Feb 19, 2007
    based on 9 ratings
     | 1,629 views

    Most people have a Bible. Far less read it. Even fewer benefit from the Bible as much as they could. Let’s do something about that.

    Dr. Roger W. Thomas, Preaching Minister First Christian Church, Vandalia, MO How to Get the Most Out of Your Bible In Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith, Kathleen Norris recounts the story of a South Dakota rancher and his bride who received an expensive Bible as a wedding gift from his ...read more

  • The Invitation

    Contributed by Roger Thomas on Feb 19, 2007
    based on 22 ratings
     | 3,304 views

    Some call this the greatest invitation ever made. Like every invitation is contains three parts: the invited, the inviter, and the invitation itself. Let’s break our text down and consider it from three directions.

    Dr. Roger W. Thomas, Preaching Minister First Christian Church, Vandalia, MO The Invitation Mt 11:28-30 Introduction: Robert Kirkpatrick had some good news and some bad news. The good news: he had been extended a written invitation to a dinner with President Bush in Washington, DC. The ...read more

  • Extravagant Love

    Contributed by Roger Thomas on Feb 19, 2007
    based on 6 ratings
     | 10,127 views

    What this woman does stands in stark contrast to all of the other players. When we read of her deed side by side with Jesus’ hate-filled adversaries, the treacherous Judas, and the confused and misguided disciples, we can’t help but ask ourselves, where

    Dr. Roger W. Thomas, Preaching Minister First Christian Church, Vandalia, MO Extravagant Love Matthew 26:6-13 According to businesses, Valentine’s Day is the third biggest day of the year for buying gifts. Christmas is first. Mother’s Day is second. I am not sure Father’s Day made ...read more

  • A Cure For Troubled Hearts Series

    Contributed by Roger Thomas on Feb 19, 2007
    based on 37 ratings
     | 11,950 views

    This place (funeral home) has witnessed many a troubled heart! Jesus words offer a prescription for a troubled heart! This is the same cure for a troubled heart that can make a huge difference in our lives.

    Dr. Roger W. Thomas, Preaching Minister First Christian Church, Vandalia, MO The Cure for Troubled Hearts John 14:1-6 Jesus’ Words from John 14:1-6: "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have ...read more

  • Here We Raise Our Ebeneezer Series

    Contributed by Roger Thomas on Feb 19, 2007
    based on 68 ratings
     | 28,935 views

    Today we could use a memorial like Samuel’s. It wasn’t a memorial of their hard times or of their more recent victories. It was a memorial to God’s faithfulness. Here we raise our Ebenezer because “Thus far has the Lord helped us.” That’s a reminder w

    Dr. Roger W. Thomas, Preaching Minister First Christian Church, Vandalia, MO Here We Raise Our Ebenezer 1 Samuel 7:12 Introduction: I recently saw a production of Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol.” The play reminded me how much of an impression the classic Christmas tale has ...read more