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  • 10 Principles For The Christian

    Contributed by Stephen Smarowsky on Apr 10, 2009
    based on 21 ratings
     | 5,677 views

    10 Principles a Christian must address.

    10 Principles for the Christian 1. Feeding on the Word -- DAILY Nutrition A healthy baby has a healthy appetite. If you have truly been "born" of the Spirit of God, you will have a healthy appetite. The Bible says, "As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby," ...read more

  • The Mark Of A Christian

    Contributed by Stephen Smarowsky on Apr 10, 2009
    based on 4 ratings
     | 4,711 views

    There are many marks of a believer. This message focuses on what I believe to be "The Mark of a Believer."

    The Mark of a Christian John 13:1-38 There are many marks of the Christian that I’m sure we could all name. I would like to focus on what I believe to be “The Mark of a Christian.” “By this all people will know you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John ...read more

  • By Faith

    Contributed by Stephen Smarowsky on Mar 9, 2009
    based on 6 ratings
     | 4,627 views

    Ask yourself the question, do you have faith? How do you know you have faith? What is faith, so you can know you have it? What hangs on whether you have faith or not?

    BY FAITH: Hebrews 11:1-12:2 (Verse 1) gives us a two-fold definition of faith: “Faith is… (1a) …the assurance of things hoped for. (1b) …the conviction of things not seen. It is important to understand that these two words, assurance (substance in KJV) and conviction are two very hard ...read more

  • Attributes To Strive For

    Contributed by Stephen Smarowsky on Mar 9, 2009
    based on 3 ratings
     | 1,235 views

    I would like to answer these questions: • What are the beatitudes? • Do they spell out conditions we must meet in order to inherit eternal life?

    Matthew 5:1-16 The Beatitudes (Sermon on the Mount) I would like to answer these questions: • What are the beatitudes? • Do they spell out conditions we must meet in order to inherit eternal life? (v.1-2) Who is Jesus preaching to? • His disciples • Crowds (7:28) - So it is ...read more

  • Paradigm Shift

    Contributed by Stephen Smarowsky on Mar 9, 2009
    based on 3 ratings
     | 2,502 views

    The Pharisees had added their own interpretations to the law. Tradition was also becoming law. Jesus teaches the original intended meaning of 7 major laws of the time.

    1. Jesus Fulfillment of the Law v.17-20 “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law…but to fulfill…” - The Pharisees thought that Jesus was trying to abolish the law because He freely disregarded the Pharisaic traditions. - Although they thought that Jesus was destroying the law, they were ...read more

  • Organizing Our Priorities

    Contributed by Stephen Smarowsky on Mar 9, 2009
    based on 3 ratings
     | 1,571 views

    The main thing is to keep the Main Thing the main thing.

    Organizing Our Priorities: Hebrews 3:1-4:11 Introduction: A good friend and mentor of mine has always said, “The main thing is to keep the Main Thing the main thing. The Main Thing being Jesus Christ. It is easy for us to get side tracked and focus on all types of things in life, such as ...read more

  • Great High Priest

    Contributed by Stephen Smarowsky on Mar 9, 2009
    based on 3 ratings
     | 1,886 views

    The O.T. sacrifices could only cover sins, whereas Jesus Christ’s ultimate sacrifice cleanses sin.

    Great High Priest Hebrews 4:12-5:10 Quickly review 4:1-11: God has always offered rest to His people and still does. Be diligent to enter that rest! Verse 11: is a plea for us to be diligent to enter that rest. Verses 12-13: is a reason or support for the call to diligence. “For the word ...read more

  • Joy In Hard Times

    Contributed by Stephen Smarowsky on Feb 10, 2009
    based on 15 ratings
     | 6,490 views

    “Christians are like teabags. You don’t know how strong they are until you put them in hot water.”

    Joy in Hard Times (James 1:2-8) (v2) “Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials…” - James is telling us to CONSIDER it joy when we encounter various trials. - CONSIDER is different then BE. - We are not going to be joyful when we are struggling in the midst of ...read more

  • God Is In Control

    Contributed by Stephen Smarowsky on Feb 10, 2009
    based on 10 ratings
     | 1,752 views

    Many people seem to think that God is randomly confronted with different trials and than randomly transforms them into something good in our lives.

    Matthew 4 God is in Control (4:1) 1. Jesus “was led up by the Spirit…” - God is in control here. - This was all apart of God’s plan. - God doesn’t transform trials into good. - Many people seem to think that God is randomly confronted with different trials and than randomly ...read more

  • Repentance Vs. Remorse

    Contributed by Stephen Smarowsky on Feb 10, 2009
    based on 9 ratings
     | 3,606 views

    Matthew gives the testimony of three witnesses to the person of Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God and King (John, the Spirit, & the Father).

    Matthew 3 Matthew gives the testimony of three witnesses to the person of Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God and King (John, the Spirit, & the Father). (v.1) Why was John in the “wilderness?” 3 Facts about John (3:1-15) 1. His Message – (3:1-2; 7-10) John’s message centered on ...read more

  • God's Providence

    Contributed by Stephen Smarowsky on Feb 10, 2009
    based on 3 ratings
     | 1,307 views

    Take a look into the Genealogy of Jesus Christ to see God’s grace for sinners, love for Jews and gentiles, and God’s providence.

    Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) - German scholars started to question the many similarities throughout the gospels and so assumed that there were different sources to which the gospel writers copied. They believe that either the writers copied from each other or copied from the same ...read more

  • Seeking The King

    Contributed by Stephen Smarowsky on Feb 10, 2009
    based on 2 ratings
     | 1,540 views

    How convenient does God have to be for you to Seek Him?

    Matthew 2 The Visit of the Magi (Wise men) (v.1-12) - (v.1-2) Magi (Wise men) were a group of scholars who studied the stars. - The text does not reveal to us how many there actually were. They would usually travel in caravans. - The Magi would most likely be robbed if they traveled in ...read more

  • Listen...jesus Is Praying

    Contributed by Stephen Smarowsky on Dec 22, 2008
    based on 15 ratings
     | 5,128 views

    This is an expositional study on the passage commonly known as the "High Priestly Prayer." If you tke the time to read through this it will truly touch you. I pray that God will use this study to change your heart in many different ways.

    The passage of chapter 17 verses 1-26 in the book of John is widely known as the “High Priestly Prayer.” Within these verses Jesus is praying to the Father. “Though this prayer, unlike the one found in Matthew, was not spoken deliberately for the purpose of giving instruction in this spiritual ...read more

  • Kingdom Of Heaven

    Contributed by Stephen Smarowsky on Dec 22, 2008
    based on 11 ratings
     | 2,210 views

    What does the "Kingdom of Heaven" refer to in the Bible? The phrase “Kingdom of Heaven” within the Gospel of Matthew has been a major concern for early Christians and even New Testament scholars today. Is the "Kingdom of Heaven" a place? Is it in your hea

    The phrase “Kingdom of Heaven” within the Gospel of Matthew has been a major concern for early Christians and even New Testament scholars today. “It has been observed that the phrases “the Kingdom,” “the Kingdom of God,” and “the Kingdom of Heaven” are used interchangeably throughout the ...read more

  • Abiding In Christ

    Contributed by Stephen Smarowsky on Oct 31, 2008
    based on 19 ratings
     | 4,638 views

    Perhaps the greatest need for Christians today is to develop a higher spiritual discipline of abiding in Christ and His word.

    Abiding in Christ: John 15:7 “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” – John 15:7 Perhaps the greatest need for Christians today is to develop a higher spiritual discipline of abiding in Christ and His word. Many studies show that only ...read more