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  • Response To A Sign

    Contributed by Ron Murphy on Dec 19, 2007
    based on 2 ratings

    Signs are given to motivate a response, so what response comes from the sign of Christ?

    Introduction: I. Signs of the Season!! II. A Salvation Army women was doing what Salvation Army people do this time of year, she was ringing her bell and collecting money for the needy. A. Shortly she was informed by a policeman that a local ordinance prevented her from ringing her ...read more

  • God's Gift To Us

    Contributed by Ron Murphy on Dec 12, 2007

    (Thanks be to another contributor for the outline) How do you measure God’s Gift to us? Here are three ways.

    Introduction I. It is almost here; that special time of year called Christmas, A. That time of year when some family members travel great distances, just to be together. B. That time of year when life gets extremely busy, what with all the shopping, wrapping of gifts, extra church ...read more

  • Dealing With Opposition

    Contributed by Ron Murphy on Nov 25, 2007
    based on 1 rating

    All change, even good change, even godly inspired change will receive opposition. How will you deal with it?

    Introduction I. I would like to commend every person in this room this morning. A. For the past few years, and especially the last few months we have been 1. Praying for 2. Planning for 3. And implementing changes in our church, that B. We believe will better allow God to make ...read more

  • Can I Be Sure

    Contributed by Ron Murphy on Oct 6, 2007
    based on 4 ratings

    A basic Romans Road message, as our church begins a concentrated outreach into our community.

    Introduction I. Over the past two weeks, I have had three conversations that have caused me a degree of concern. II. All three conversations involved people that had been either raised in the church, or involved in a church that I know was a good, solid, bible teaching, salvation believing ...read more

  • A Strategy For Offering God's Salvation

    Contributed by Ron Murphy on Sep 22, 2007

    Second of a two part message that introduces a new purpose and direction for an existing church.

    Video - We Are Marshall (Coach meets the three living members) Introduction I. The world had become exceedingly wicked. A. Men and women did not obey God, but rather did as they wished. B. Men and women did not love their neighbors, but rather looked out for only number one, namely ...read more

  • The Importance Of Core Values

    Contributed by Ron Murphy on Sep 18, 2007
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    This message was given as an introduction to a major ministry review for our church.

    Introduction I. This morning we are going to take a break from the series dealing with “God’s Amazing Grace.” II. The reason we are taking a break is because it is only a matter of weeks before we have our first preview service of “The Connection.” A. I want to present the purpose, core ...read more

  • God's Amazing Grace Series

    Contributed by Ron Murphy on Sep 10, 2007
    based on 1 rating

    Salvation set us free. Then why do we try to prove our worth.

    Introduction: I. Are you a perfectionist? A. This is what my dictionary says the definition of Perfectionism is - 1. “The refusal to accept any standard short of perfection” and or 2. “The philosophy or doctrine that religious, moral, social, or political perfection is ...read more

  • Healing Grace Series

    Contributed by Ron Murphy on Sep 3, 2007
    based on 10 ratings

    We often live with a distorted view of who we are, even after coming to Christ. But who does God say we are?

    Introduction I. Did you ever notice those words that are written on the outside mirror of your car? A. On many of those mirrors are the words to the effect, “Objects may be closer than they appear.” B. What those words are saying is that 1. “This mirror gives a distorted view of ...read more

  • Sustaining Grace Series

    Contributed by Ron Murphy on Aug 28, 2007
    based on 8 ratings

    We are all subject to stumble. The good news of God is that He has provided several means for us to stand up and stand back up.

    Introduction: I. I’ve got to tell you, I am really ticked off at myself right now. A. You may recall about a year ago, I made a commitment to lose weight. B. In fact, I made a commitment to myself to lose 100 pounds. C. I started out pretty well. 1. In a rather short period of ...read more

  • Guilt And Grace Series

    Contributed by Ron Murphy on Aug 20, 2007
    based on 3 ratings

    We all experience guilt. If left unchecked, guilt can cripple our lives. So what steps can we take to deal with guilt.

    Introduction: I. Our base text for this morning is found in James, chapter 2, verse 10 - A. In the New American Standard it reads like this - For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all B. In the New International Version is reads like this ...read more

  • Saving Grace Series

    Contributed by Ron Murphy on Aug 13, 2007
    based on 1 rating

    God’s grace begins with salvation.

    Introduction I. Complete these common American phrases for me: A. If it sounds too good to be true... it is. B. We make money the old fashion way, we ... earn it. C. There’s no such thing as a free ... lunch. D. There is no gain without ... pain. E. God helps those who ... ...read more

  • Learning To Hear God's Voice Series

    Contributed by Ron Murphy on Aug 3, 2007
    based on 8 ratings

    Answer’s to our prayers are not always what we expect. What do we do when God speaks, but His answer is "Not Yet."

    Introduction: I. We have been looking these past weeks at listening to the voice of God. A. The first week, we looked at what it takes to be prepared to hear from God. B. In the second week, we looked at a few ways that God speaks to us. 1. The ...read more

  • Seven Tests To Distinguish God's Voice Series

    Contributed by Ron Murphy on Jul 30, 2007
    based on 1 rating

    God speaks in dreams, visions, impressions and thoughts, or so writes the writer of Proverbs. But how can you tell if the voice is really Gods. Use these seven steps to test the Spirits. (Portions from a published sermon by Rick Warren)

    Introduction I. We are working through a series on how to hear God’s voice. A. Hearing the voice of God is something that every believer wants to do, at least that’s what we say. B. Hearing the voice God, at least in this lifetime is not always easy though. II. When we read the Bible, ...read more

  • "Answer The Call" Series

    Contributed by Ron Murphy on Jul 21, 2007
    based on 1 rating

    (Outline is from a message by Rick Warren) While God uses many means to speak His will to us, this message examines four primary ways to hear God.

    Introduction: I. Last Sunday we spoke of the need to “Cultivate a Heart to Hear God” A. If, and we believe God does speak; as His sheep, we should be able to hear Him. B. If, and we believe God does speak; we should be able to discern what He has said. II. The premise of last Sunday’s ...read more

  • Cultivate A Heart To Hear God Series

    Contributed by Ron Murphy on Jul 14, 2007
    based on 1 rating

    (Parts of this message were condensed from a sermon by Rick Warren) How do we hear the voice of God, above the din of a noisy world?

    Introduction: I. Have you noticed; A. We live in a noisy world. B. By noisy, I mean 1. Lots of competing ideas 2. Lots of competing ideologies 3. Lots of competing standards of living, and ideas of what is right and wrong, C. And all of these different noises seem to be ...read more