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  • Weapons For Offense

    Contributed by Steve Smith on Mar 30, 2010
    based on 9 ratings
     | 8,243 views

    After encouraging believers with different defensive weapons for "spiritual warfare", Paul gives two weapons that together give the believer weapons for "hand to hand" combat. Both however, only work through the power and connection of the Spirit.

    A. Quote: Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote this about our spiritual battle: A man who does not understand the nature of the problem he is confronting is a man who is already doomed to failure. Christian people are like first-year college students—they think at first that every subject is quite ...read more

  • Spiritual Warfare

    Contributed by Steve Smith on Feb 22, 2010
    based on 1 rating
     | 2,940 views

    A reminder of 3 truths taken from Paul's letter to the Ephesians: 1- we are in a Battle, 2- It's Invisible, and 3- we must Make a Stand. We are reminded that God's Armor is available for the believer but it must be fitted - fitted by spiritual growth and

    INTRODUCTION Chip Ingram developed a new DVD Teaching series called “The Invisible War”. Many thoughts began to run over situations in MY LIFE & the LIVES OF OTHERS recently. - Questions asked recently (sickness, death, constant struggle, financial) - Battles Christians are ...read more

  • The Rest Of Your Life

    Contributed by Steve Smith on Feb 8, 2010
    based on 2 ratings
     | 1,250 views

    A reminder that when we try just a little harder proving our obedience and when we recognize our inability and His complete ability, then we will find the blessings from being involved in His work!

    Introduction Two Texans were trying to impress each other with the size of their ranches. One asked the other, “What’s the name of your ranch?” He replied, “The Rocking R, ABC, Flying W Circle C, Bar U, Staple Four, Box D, Rolling M, Rainbow’s End, Silver Spur ...read more

  • When Did We?

    Contributed by Steve Smith on Jan 31, 2010
    based on 3 ratings
     | 2,791 views

    This message helps the church ask why we do the acts of mercy we do? What is our motive? Last in a series of 4, we are reminded that all opportunities of service are to be done as though we are doing them for the Master Himself!

    Introduction Today, we end our study of preparation for the Vision of our church for the year 2010. We’ve talked about: 1. Recognizing the Open Doors (Rev. 3:7-8) 2. Effective Prayer (Col. 6:2-6) 3. Effective Giving (2 Cor 8:1-15) And now today the question, “When Did ...read more

  • Effective Giving

    Contributed by Steve Smith on Jan 24, 2010
    based on 5 ratings
     | 3,361 views

    The example of the Macedonian our Corinthian churches give us tremendous advice on the sensitive subject of tithing for NT believers today! Advice that is easy to understand requiring very little interpretation!

    So much is said about tithing and yet it is probably the most difficult subject for me to speak on. I think it would be actually easier if the church was wealthy. Why is this such a sensitive subject? Or maybe its me, but why is it so hard to preach on? What about to you? Think about it for a ...read more

  • God's Formula For Success Series

    Contributed by Steve Smith on Jan 19, 2010
    based on 1 rating
     | 2,229 views

    There is a common desire within every person to feel successful isn’t it? Nobody wants to fail whether it’s in life, their business/employment, or their church. And sadly, we often measure our worth on the basis of how successful we are. As we will be re

    There is a common desire within every person to feel successful isn’t it? Nobody wants to fail whether it’s in life, their business/employment, or their church. And sadly, we often measure our worth on the basis of how successful we are. By the world’s standard, success often ...read more

  • What Does God Require Of Me Series

    Contributed by Steve Smith on Jan 19, 2010
    based on 4 ratings
     | 3,622 views

    Some have gotten so wrapped up in religion that they have forgotten what is important (even having the right intent). Paul said it best in challenging us to be a “living sacrifice” to God. It’s a matter of the heart – WHY DO YOU DO WHAT YOU DO?

    INTRODUCTION 1. CHURCH PLAN For the last 4 weeks, we have been looking at many of the different parts of church ministry and relating it to the necessary ingredients of becoming not only successful in church but prepared and equipped to live a life outside the church that is available and ...read more

  • He Wants Me To Know Series

    Contributed by Steve Smith on Jan 19, 2010
    based on 1 rating
     | 1,318 views

    As believers, we are God's Masterpiece and as His Masterpiece, God desires that we know His desires for our life as well as the responsibility that goes with it.

    INTRODUCTION Have you ever wondered, - how do I know the will of God for my life? - Who do I marry? Direction of career? - Buy that house? Date that person? - ETC! How about you? Been There? NEXT 4 Weeks: “DISCOVERING & EXPERIENCING GOD’S WILL” Ephesians 2:10 ...read more

  • What Is Expected Of Me? Series

    Contributed by Steve Smith on Jan 19, 2010
    based on 1 rating
     | 1,687 views

    I’m sure that we all agree that God’s Will IS good, perfect, and pleasing as we will see in our text this morning. The question we need to ask, one that should always cause action, is 'What Does God Expect of Me?' What we are striving to discover duri

    INTRODUCTION We have begun a series to Discover & Experience God’s Will, and I’m sure that we all agree that God’s Will IS good, perfect, and pleasing as we will see in our text this morning. What we are striving to discover during our February study is what type of ...read more

  • The Church Purpose Series

    Contributed by Steve Smith on Jan 19, 2010
    based on 1 rating
     | 1,086 views

    A review of Paul's challenge to the church regarding its purpose and the importance of pressing forward to serve Christ by serving others.

    BACKGROUND TO PHILIPPIANS LOVE LETTER WRITTEN TO A CHURCH encouraging them of their purpose. Q: What is the Purpose of the Church? Q: What is Your Purpose to the Church? KEY VERSE: PHILIPPIANS 3:12 READ VERSE 12 1. ‘not that I have already obtained all this’ (3.12) ...read more

  • Church Plan And Purpose

    Contributed by Steve Smith on Jan 19, 2010
     | 824 views

    A review our the importance of using what God has given us for the purpose of growing and building up the church.

    I. REVIEW FROM TODAY Where is Paul? Prison What has happened? Judaisers adding circumcision & other requirements to grace 3.2 (we do the same) READ PHIL 3:12 1. What had Paul not obtained? (Vs. 10) 2. What were 4 parts of vs. 10 3. Describe Godly perfection (12) – Phil 1.6 & Eph ...read more

  • Can These Bones Live Series

    Contributed by Steve Smith on Jan 19, 2010
    based on 5 ratings
     | 2,244 views

    There’s encouragement for the church today; breath for those call on God and His Plan for His Church. Many have become a Hospice Center but it doesn’t mean they have to remain in the valley!

    INTRODUCTION - Ezekiel -- a Priest @ 30 who became a Prophet – A man who was “In Touch with God” - He was living in bondage with the Israelites in the land of Babylon. - All throughout Ezekiel, God communicated with him through “Visions.” - Here the Spirit of God ...read more

  • God's Open Doors

    Contributed by Steve Smith on Jan 19, 2010
    based on 5 ratings
     | 7,528 views

    As we begin a new year, one with many opportunities of ministry, we must be prepared spiritually to recognized the doors opened by God as He invites us to be a part of His work. Growth is His business - Service is ours!

    You have often heard me mention the name J. Vernon Mcgee. He began and developed the famous radio program “Thru the Bible” that is still broadcast today. Above their welcome desk was this verse. READ REVELATION 3.8 This verse is on the bottom of all of my church emails after ...read more

  • Pursuing Godly Living Series

    Contributed by Steve Smith on Feb 16, 2009
    based on 2 ratings
     | 2,155 views

    Paul gives 4 characteristics of Godly living while reminding us of why we should pursue His guidelines and precepts.

    INTRODUCTION A. Our Journey of Life -An infant begins an exciting journey to experience Life –(sights, sounds, touch, even dependency on parents) - In growing, He works to excel in this new Journey - As he grows into maturity & others notice - Responsibilities and Opportunities … to ...read more

  • Is Jesus Making A Difference In Your Life Series

    Contributed by Steve Smith on Feb 8, 2009
    based on 7 ratings
     | 2,605 views

    A reminder that our faith and love for others is not based on the circumstance of the day, but on the hope stored in heaven!

    INTRODUCTION 1. Background to Colossians Paul, while a prisoner in Rome, meets a runaway slave named “Onesimus”, who belonged to “Philemon”, one of the leaders of a church in the town of Colosse. Paul had led Philemon to Christ back when he started the church at Ephesus. Paul also leads ...read more