Steven's church

Ferris Christian Church
Ferris, Illinois 62336
(217) 746-3401

About Steven
  • Education: Bachelors of Bibilical Literature, 1990; Ozark Christian College; Joplin, MO
  • One of my favorite illustrations: A New Orleans lawyer sought a FHA loan for a client. He was told the loan would be granted if he could prove satisfactory title to a parcel of property being offered as collateral. The title to the property dated back to 1803, which took the lawyer three months to track down. After sending the information to the FHA, he received the following reply: Upon review of your letter adjoining your client’s loan application, we note that the request is supported by an Abstract of Title. While we compliment the able manner in which you have prepared and presented the application, we must point out that you have only cleared title to the proposed collateral back to 1803. Before final approval can be accorded, it will be necessary to clear the title back to its origin. Annoyed, the lawyer responded as follows: As for conveyance, one of the most devastating replies to an inquisitive purchaser was made in response to persistent enquiries about the title prior to 1803 of certain land in Louisiana. Driven beyond the normal patience of conveyancers, the vendor’s lawyer is reputed ultimately to have answered thus: "Please be advised that in the year 1803 the United States of America acquired the territory of Louisiana from the Republic of France by purchase; the Republic of France had in turn acquired title from the Spanish Crown by conquest, the Spanish Crown having originally acquired title by virtue of the discoveries of one Christopher Columbus, a Genoese sailor, who had been duly authorised to embark upon his voyage of discovery by Isabella, Queen of Spain; Isabella, before granting such authority, had obtained the sanction of His Holiness the Pope; the Pope is the Vicar on earth of Jesus Christ; Jesus Christ is the son and heir apparent of God; God made Louisiana. NOW may we have our loan?" They got the loan.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Do your best to memorize your sermon and preach without notes as much as possible. Get out from behind the pulpit and communicate with the congregation.
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: God is Faithful!
  • What I want on my tombstone: A Far off date!!!
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  • Sin And The Savior

    Contributed on Nov 15, 2002
    based on 31 ratings

    4th of 4 in the series "One Hit Wonders" looking at the 4 NT books with One Chapter. The church that Jude wrote to was infiltrated by some "bad apples" who taught taugh grace as a "get out of jail free" card for sin.

    Take a trip back to High School history The time was the early 16th Century The country was Germany and Catholicism ruled supreme It was the state church It was the ONLY church Enter a 34 Year old priest Served as priest in the German town of Wittenberg, more

  • Please Pass The Salt

    Contributed on Nov 1, 2002
    based on 44 ratings

    2nd in series titled "One Hit Wonders" looking at the 4 one chapter books in the NT. John warns us that love and truth must coexist. One without the other is dangerous.

    Please Pass the Salt Read text - 2nd John Introduction: Have you ever lost something that you had worked hard for? Televangelists in the 80’s - Jim Baker, Gordon McDonald, Jimmy Swaggart Farmers - Flood of ’94, Many farmers planted, only to have the crops drowned out. Computer more

  • When Hurts Run Deep

    Contributed on Oct 29, 2002
    based on 75 ratings

    Sermon based upon the book of Philemon. Illustrates the plight of Philemon to forgive Onesimus and how Paul aided in the process.

    Read the Book of Philemon I Onesimus A. Name means "Useful" - But wasn’t very useful B. Slave of Philemon 1. Unlike slaves in America 2. Slaves were more like employees 3. Often were paid C. Caused Philemon to lose some money 1. Criminal intent more

  • Cub Or Cardinal - Which Fan Are You?

    Contributed on Oct 11, 2002
    based on 18 ratings

    A look at the differences between a St. Louis Cardinal Fan and a Chicago Cubs Fan. Yes it is biblical, yes it applies to our daily lives.

    Editors Note: This sermon was preached in Western Illinois about halfway between St. Louis and Chicago. Because of our location, we have a split in each fan base. Teams may be substituted to fit your location. Title: Faith of our Fathers Text Hebrews 11:17-22 October, 06, 2002 Heb more

  • Freedom Isn’t Free

    Contributed on Jun 7, 2002
    based on 50 ratings

    Memorial Day Sermon. It opens honoring those who gave their lives for our country, but ultimately honors those who gave their lives for our King. It closes with the ultimate Memorial Service for us as Christians, the Lord’s Supper.

    Freedom Isn’t Free October 12, 2000. To some people, this may be a loved ones birthday. To others, maybe the day they bought their first new car. October 12, 2000. Undoubtedly, mothers were busy making Halloween costumes or perhaps even a few were beginning to buy Christmas gifts more

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