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Contributed on Mar 17, 2020
Sometimes, even faithful people can experience heartache to the point of losing hope. God knows what we're going through and He has a plan for us all.
Opening and Introduction In our text today, Paul has a summary of one of his travels, and how it affected him. There was a time when things were so bad, that he lost all hope, and despaired of life itself. Despair is one of those words we don’t use every day. We talk about feeling down, sad, or ...read more
Contributed on Mar 6, 2020
The story of Noah's flood is a familiar one to many of us. It's the story of a big boat and a whole lot of water. But, it's also a story of the character of God and how much He loves us.
Opening and Introduction Our text today, is the start of a story that many of us have heard from our Sunday School days. It’s the beginning of the Noah’s Ark story. Sin had grown so great, that God decided to start over, erase the world, and begin again. It’s a story of the tragedy of sin. ...read more
Contributed on Feb 3, 2020
The church in Corinth had a problem communicating with outsiders and visitors. The church still has that problem. This sermon looks at some of the difficulties that we have dealing with those who are unfamiliar with our faith.
Opening and Introduction Tonight, we continue our sermon series on sharing our faith. In our text today, we heard about Christians in Corinth that struggled talking to visitors. They were having a hard time communicating the way they wanted to be heard. The gift of tongues was practiced, but ...read more
Contributed on Jan 27, 2020
The world sees us as examples of Christianity. We have Jesus as our example of how we should act.
Opening and Introduction In our lesson tonight, we heard part of a longer passage that’s a discussion on how a wife and husband should treat each other. It’s a message about relationships. This text applies to all of us, married or not. We’re all in some form of relationship with each other… ...read more
Contributed on Jan 21, 2020
When Jesus called Matthew as a disciple, he followed without hesitation. But, we often bring a lot of baggage alongside our faith. How can we work towards dropping our baggage and following Jesus more freely?
Opening and Introduction In our text today, we heard of a tax collector named Levi, more commonly known as the disciple Matthew. Matthew was working in his toll booth and left everything behind to follow Jesus. He left without hesitation, without conditions, and without negotiating how he would ...read more
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Contributed on Mar 29, 2012
WHAT I WOULDN'T GIVE... When Oliver Wendell Holmes was still on the U.S. Supreme Court, he and Justice Louis Brandeis took walks every afternoon. On one of these occasions Holmes, then ninety-two, paused to gaze in frank admiration at a beautiful young girl who passed them. He even turned to ...read more
Contributed on Feb 5, 2012
WHAT'S THE DEMAND? The magazine, Christianity Today, reported in its April 4, 1986 issue of a tool company that manufactured drill bits. Faced with financial losses, company executives gathered to discuss the problem: a declining demand for drill bits. The CEO challenged his men: "How can we ...read more
Contributed on Feb 5, 2012
"ALL" I COULD DO WAS LISTEN AND TALK The author Stephen W. Sorenson wrote in Discipleship Journal: For two years, because of severe tendinitis in both wrists, I could not pick up my young daughter, carry a log, or even open a twist-off pop bottle. To make matters worse, my wife and I, with ...read more
Contributed on Mar 30, 2010
I want all of you to try something. Don’t speak. Just listen and observe. Look at the person next to you. Look into their eyes. What do you see? What do you feel? Do you see concern or confusion? Is it laughter or happiness? Is it pain, anger, or love? Can you see something about what the ...read more
Contributed on Jan 2, 2009
The Oakland police force recently unveiled its first lowrider police car. The vehicle has the standard logo, lights and siren, but also includes chrome wheels, hydraulic lift, and a 500-watt sound system. The car was put on the force to help officers build better relationship with inner-city ...read more