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  • Three Portraits Of Christ

    Contributed by Roger Thomas on Feb 22, 2007
    based on 29 ratings
     | 3,043 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

  • Jesus Weeps Series

    Contributed by Roger Thomas on Feb 21, 2007
    based on 49 ratings
     | 9,610 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

  • The Invitation

    Contributed by Roger Thomas on Feb 17, 2007
    based on 22 ratings
     | 3,471 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 17, 2007
    based on 6 ratings
     | 10,333 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 17, 2007
    based on 37 ratings
     | 12,305 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 17, 2007
    based on 68 ratings
     | 29,246 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

  • Precious Is The Death Series

    Contributed by Roger Thomas on Feb 17, 2007
    based on 53 ratings
     | 16,568 views

    This verse is at once both beautiful and startling. It provides a measure of comfort and assurance. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” That’s good to hear at times like this.

    Dr. Roger W. Thomas, Preaching Minister First Christian Church, Vandalia, MO Precious Is the Death Psalm 116:15 Introduction: This verse is at once both beautiful and startling. It provides a measure of comfort and assurance. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his ...read more

  • Fear Not Series

    Contributed by Roger Thomas on Feb 17, 2007
    based on 46 ratings
     | 15,336 views

    In the midst of your storm, don’t be afraid! He is here. “Lo, I am with you always,” he promised his followers (Mt. 28:20). The night before the cross he told his men, "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you,” (John 14:18)."

    Dr. Roger W. Thomas, Preaching Minister First Christian Church, Vandalia, MO Fear Not! John 6:16-21 Two storms raged that night. The Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias, was actually a fairly small, deep fresh water lake, thirteen miles long by about seven miles wide. ...read more

  • Blessed Is The Death Series

    Contributed by Roger Thomas on Feb 17, 2007
    based on 65 ratings
     | 19,356 views

    Moments like this make us, like it or not, think about life and death, the future, our loved ones and our own. We ponder whether life is really worth all of the struggles and hardships that can come our way. This verse is God’s Word about all that. I t

    Dr. Roger W. Thomas, Preaching Minister First Christian Church, Vandalia, MO The Blessing--Revelation 14:13 I offer you one single verse of Scripture to think about today. “Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says ...read more

  • Four Lies About Death Series

    Contributed by Roger Thomas on Feb 16, 2007
    based on 32 ratings
     | 4,835 views

    A biblical response to common myths about life after death.

    Dr. Roger W. Thomas, Preaching Minister First Christian Church, Vandalia, MO What Happens When a Person Dies Series Four Lies About Death Hebrews 9:27-28 A book of children’s letters to God contains this entry: Dear God, what is it like when a person dies? Nobody will tell me. I just ...read more

  • Four Certainties About The Future Series

    Contributed by Roger Thomas on Feb 16, 2007
    based on 47 ratings
     | 4,272 views

    The story of the Rich Man and Lazarus illustrates some much needed insight into what the future holds for everyone who dies before Jesus comes.

    Dr. Roger W. Thomas, Preaching Minister First Christian Church, Vandalia, MO What Happens When A Person Dies? Four Certainties About the Future Luke 16:19-31 I’ve conducted lots of funerals through years. Most have been quite normal. A few have been a little different. But I never ...read more

  • Seven Wonders Of Heaven Series

    Contributed by Roger Thomas on Feb 16, 2007
    based on 89 ratings
     | 10,896 views

    The reality of heaven will be far greater than our expectations. The expectation is worth living for.

    Dr. Roger W. Thomas, Preaching Minister First Christian Church, Vandalia, MO What Happens When A Person Dies? Seven Wonders of Heaven Revelation 21:1-7 The Sunday School teacher was telling the class of second grade boys about the wonders of heaven. They listened with rapped attention ...read more

  • Honoring Mom Series

    Contributed by Roger Thomas on Feb 16, 2007
    based on 14 ratings
     | 4,336 views

    The Fifth Commandment is important for all of those reasons and more. It is at the heart of God’s plan for man. It is about family relationships. Those relationships are the keystone of our social and spiritual wellbeing. We can all benefit from a gre

    Dr. Roger W. Thomas, Preaching Minister First Christian Church, Vandalia, MO Family Classics Series Honoring Mom Exodus 20:12; Ephesians 6:1-3 The Fifth Commandment is different from the rest of the Ten Commandments. The call to honor one’s parents is positive. The other nine are ...read more

  • The Blessings Of A Long Life Series

    Contributed by Roger Thomas on Feb 16, 2007
    based on 11 ratings
     | 11,581 views

    The 23rd Psalm is one of the most beloved in all of Scriptures, especially of those with a few miles on the odometer of life. I suspect that the older a person gets the more he falls in love with the psalm. I think I know why!

    Dr. Roger W. Thomas, Preaching Minister First Christian Church, Vandalia, MO Family Classics Series The Blessings of A Long Life Psalm 23 Introduction: The 23rd Psalm is one of the most beloved in all of Scriptures, especially of those with a few miles on the odometer of life. I ...read more

  • Growing Kids God's Way Series

    Contributed by Roger Thomas on Feb 16, 2007
    based on 11 ratings
     | 5,115 views

    Parents have an awesome task. I am confident that every parent here felt the weight of that responsibility the first time they held their child. Everyone mother and father—and grandmother and grandfather—knows what I am talking about. If we feel over

    Dr. Roger W. Thomas, Preaching Minister First Christian Church, Vandalia, MO Family Classics Series 2006 Growing Kids God’s Way Luke 2:21, 39-42, 51-52 Introduction: The most powerful job in the world is not the president of the United States, the Secretary General of the United ...read more