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  • Why Celebrate Easter? Series

    Contributed by Wes Richard on Apr 17, 2006
    based on 66 ratings

    I Corinthians 15 provides three reasons to celebrate Easter.

    Last Monday, four couples in this church celebrated wedding anniversaries. Tom & Darlyn reached a special milestone - their 40th. Two weeks ago today, members of their family held a reception here at the church. Their whole family came from near and far for the celebration along with many of more

  • Flee From Secularism Series

    Contributed by Wes Richard on Mar 30, 2006
    based on 10 ratings

    Paul’s admonition to the Corinthian church to flee from idols is relevant to our temptations to secularism.

    Flee from Secularism I Cor. 10:1-14 Most of you probably saw the story in the news last week about a man in Afghanistan who could be sentenced to death because he converted from Islam to Christianity. Under the religious laws of that nation, converting to Christianity is a crime. The more

  • God, The Lord, My Strength Series

    Contributed by Wes Richard on Feb 27, 2006
    based on 24 ratings

    We can make it through tough times because we live by faith, joyfully in Him.

    Ray Charles was a pianist, singer, and composer featured in the award-winning biographical film Ray. The film reveals how Ray compensated for his blindness by learning to hear what others could not—a skill that would contribute to his musical talent. Scene: As a 10-year-old boy, Ray enters more

  • God's New Project Series

    Contributed by Wes Richard on Dec 19, 2005
    based on 25 ratings

    When God takes us off of the trash heap and makes something new, he has promises and expectations.

    Christmas is one time of the year when many people get creative. Some people make new things. Others take old things and make them like new. I remember reading about prisoners who took on the project of refurbishing old toys so some kids could have something special for Christmas. And Kay has more

  • Four Heavenly Voices Series

    Contributed by Wes Richard on Dec 13, 2005
    based on 37 ratings

    God speaks four words of comfort, instead of judgment, to his wounded children, and releases them, and us, from those things that hold us captive. And these are voices we all need to hear.

    Back in August, many people were glued to their televisions as the tragic events of hurricane Katrina’s onslaught unfolded in New Orleans. With mandatory evacuations ordered, over a million people left the area successfully, traveling to Houston, Dallas, and other cities. This was the more

  • Vision Series

    Contributed by Wes Richard on Nov 9, 2005
    based on 14 ratings

    Vision is a God thing. It has to do with finding out what God is up to in our world and then joining Him in doing it.

    This is our 4th and final message from Proverbs. Behind each of the sayings in this book is a vision of a community committed to living God’s way. This ideal community contradicts the foolish, immoral tendencies of the world, encouraging us to live productively and harmoniously to carry out the more

  • Reaching Out To The Poor Series

    Contributed by Wes Richard on Oct 10, 2005
    based on 24 ratings

    The Bible commands us to feed the hungry and look out for the poor.

    Reaching out to the Poor Proverbs 14:31 Two events in recent months have turned the attention of our nation to the issue of poverty. One was the conference of the Group of 8 nations in July, where world leaders decided to cancel the debts of the 38 poorest nations of the world to help more

  • Leading Lives Of Holiness & Godliness Series

    Contributed by Wes Richard on Oct 5, 2005
    based on 30 ratings

    God has called us to right living in a world that has a lot wrong with it

    Last Wednesday evening, a student from ONU joined our group to do an assignment he had for a class. He was supposed to visit a church and then write a report. He found our church through our website and called us to be sure we were meeting. I’d love to read his report. Every day I’m more

  • Making Every Effort Toward Godliness Series

    Contributed by Wes Richard on Oct 1, 2005
    based on 13 ratings

    God empowers us to live ethical, holy, upright lives in a corrupt world

    Making every effort toward godliness II Peter 1 Soon after Sue and I arrived here 20 years ago, we began to print a simple church directory each year, mostly so that we all had a way to connect with each other. Soon long-time members began to say they were having trouble putting names with more

  • When The Bottom Falls Out Series

    Contributed by Wes Richard on Aug 22, 2005
    based on 24 ratings

    Psalm 55 can serve as a prayer when you experience reversals in life

    When the bottom falls out Psalm 55 I read of a brick layer who ended up in the hospital with extensive injuries because of a work-related accident. His insurance company wanted information about his injuries, so he attached the following explanation: In your letter, you asked for more

  • Worship The Lord Series

    Contributed by Wes Richard on Aug 3, 2005
    based on 8 ratings

    God is Lord of creation, Lord of our lives, and the Lord, King of glory.

    These several Sundays, we are preaching from the Psalms. If you are acquainted with the Psalms you appreciate some of the tantalizing word pictures included there: • God’s commands are sweeter than honey and drippings of the honeycomb (19) • The river of God is full of water ( 65) • Under more

  • A Lifestyle Of Hope Series

    Contributed by Wes Richard on Feb 28, 2005
    based on 22 ratings

    Inner transformation results in outward changes.

    The other day a man told me what it is like to change from life as a long-time drug user to one who is drug free. It is not just a matter of quitting the drugs, but of replacing old friends with new ones, old activities with new ones, and old thought patterns with new ones. He said that people who more

  • Extreme Makeover: Pierced Tongue Series

    Contributed by Wes Richard on Sep 13, 2004
    based on 28 ratings

    God wants to give us a makeover with a pierced tongue, a tongue that God has changed so that it conforms to his pattern of beauty and purpose.

    Some of you probably grew up with beef tongue as a part of your menu. My mother sometimes served it boiled or stewed and sometimes pickled. I read about a certain master who ordered his servant to buy the best food he could get to provide for a meal for the entertainment of his friends. The more

  • Extreme Makeover: Big Ears

    Contributed by Wes Richard on Sep 6, 2004
    based on 24 ratings

    God wants us to have big ears so we can gain knowledge, build relationships, and understand what God says to us.

    One of the major television networks offers a series about people who are unhappy with their bodies and are willing to undergo surgery and all kinds of treatments to change. When they find someone willing to undergo a makeover, they bring in a team of plastic surgeons, eye surgeons, dentists, more

  • God Keeps His Promise Alive In Spite Of Human Failure Series

    Contributed by Wes Richard on Aug 3, 2004
    based on 21 ratings

    In spite of human failure, God keeps his promise alive through children, spiritual mentors and diligent workers.

    Some of you are old enough to remember Jimmy and Tammy Faye Bakker and their popular PTL Club television program. Lots of Christians supported their program and many purchased life-time partnerships to fund the construction of "Heritage USA", an inspirational theme park in South Carolina. In more