• Susan Blader

    Contributing sermons since Oct 23, 2006
Susan's church

First Christian Church
Winterset, Iowa 50273

About Susan
  • Education: MA Ashland Theological Seminary; BS University of MN
  • Experience: McNaughton Baptist Church, Akron, OH, 44305 (2002-2007) First Christian Church, Winterset Iowa (2007-Present)
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: Pastor Sue can be reached at:
  • Family: Rev. Kevin Blader, husband
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  • Who Needs Forgiveness?

    Contributed on Aug 25, 2008
    based on 14 ratings

    Sometimes the people we think need forgiveness are the ones who already have it.

    Tradition tells us that Abraham Lincoln once went to a slave auction. While he was there, he noticed a black woman who was about to be auctioned off, and entered the bidding. The bidding went back and forth until eventually Lincoln won, paid the price, and purchased her. When they more

  • Grasping At Straws

    Contributed on Jun 30, 2008
    based on 11 ratings

    When things aren’t going our way, we often look for help anyplace but God.

    Grasping at Straws A Sermon From 2 Chronicles 28 Three elderly ladies were discussing the trials of getting older. One said, “Sometimes I catch myself with a jar of mayonnaise in my hand, standing in front of the refrigerator, and I can’t remember if I need to put it away or start making a more

  • Have You Swallowed An Alligator Lately?

    Contributed on May 13, 2008
    based on 7 ratings

    Pride makes it difficult to listen to wisdom, but humility and a heart prepared to seek the Lord can give us a second chance.

    Have You Swallowed an Alligator Lately? A sermon on 2 Chronicles 10-12 Two men were riding a bicycle built for two when they came to a steep hill. It took a great deal of struggle for the men to complete what proved to be a very steep climb. When they got to the top the man in front said to more

  • Let Jesus Find You

    Contributed on Dec 22, 2007
    based on 7 ratings

    Jesus not only eats with sinners, He runs down the road and drags them in for the meal; they need only accept that they have been found.

    Let Jesus Find You A Sermon on Luke 15 You may have heard of Thomas Kinkade. He is often called the “Painter of Light.” You’ll recognize his paintings by their quaint cottages, horse drawn carriages, or cobblestone bridges, but above all, their fantastic use of color and light. And if more

  • Out On A Limb

    Contributed on Nov 8, 2007
    based on 6 ratings

    When you go out on a limb, Jesus won’t leave you hanging, but you have to let go.

    Out on a Limb A Sermon on Luke 19:1-10 As the story goes, a man had fallen between the rails in a subway station. The people were all crowding around trying to get him out before a train ran him over. “Give me your hand, give me your hand!” they shouted. But for all their effort, the man more

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  • Python Swallows ...

    Contributed on May 13, 2008

    Python Swallows Alligator I read a rather weird news story in October of 2005. A researcher named Michael Barron was traveling through the Everglades National Park when he stumbled upon a bizarre sight. Prior to his arrival, a 13-foot long Burmese python had apparently attacked and subdued more

  • The Coffee Pot At Cana

    Contributed on Aug 18, 2007

    The Coffee Pot at Cana Mae Fortson relays the story of her church coffee pot. Whoever drank the last cup would often fail to replenish the pot for the next person. The secretary wanted to motivate her staff to be more responsible, so she taped a neatly-typed plea to the pot. It read: “If more

  • Captain Jack's Compass

    Contributed on Jan 21, 2007
    based on 2 ratings

    Captain Jack’s Compass In the movie, “The Pirates of the Caribbean,” Captain Jack Sparrow has a compass. It is no ordinary compass. Rather than pointing north, it points toward whatever the person holding it wants most. It might be treasure, or a person, or a location. But it only works if more

  • Giving In Theory

    Contributed on Jan 21, 2007
    based on 3 ratings

    Giving in Theory The story is told of the missionary who asked a new convert, “Pablo, if you had a hundred sheep, would you give fifty of them to the Lord’s work?” “You know I would gladly give them,” he replied. “Pablo, if you had fifty cows, would you give twenty-five to the Lord’s more

  • Our Personal Rainbow

    Contributed on Nov 27, 2006
    based on 1 rating

    Our Personal Rainbow And did you know that God gives each of us our own personal rainbow? No two people will see the same rainbow. A rainbow is formed by a raindrop that acts like a prism, separating sunlight into its individual color components. If you stand looking at a rainbow, and someone more