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  • What's Gratitude Got To Do With It?

    Contributed by Wesley Bishop on Aug 6, 2007
    based on 5 ratings
     | 2,109 views

    This is on gratitude. We followed up with communion. The asterisks in the text were related to click through PowerPoint slides.

    There were many things you didn’t want to be in Jesus’ time two of them were a leper or a Samaritan. Brief synopsis of leprosy (not meant to gross you out): loss of feeling/nerve endings that cause sores. Samaritans were considered half-breeds. A funny thing happened when a Samaritan ...read more

  • Sunrise Sermon

    Contributed by Wesley Bishop on Apr 8, 2007
    based on 13 ratings
     | 10,842 views

    This was for an Easter sunrise service.

    Let’s start with some statistics. In the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John there are 89 chapters. There are 4 chapters devoted to the first 30 years of Jesus’ life, and that only in Matthew and Luke. There are 28 chapters devoted to the last week of Jesus’ life (from Palm Sunday through ...read more

  • Good Luck With That Thing

    Contributed by Wesley Bishop on Jan 13, 2007
    based on 1 rating
     | 1,612 views

    This is about how Christians should be involved in compassionate ministries.

    You’ve probably heard of several Christian Charities. There’s Catholic Charities, Feed the Children, Christian Children’s Fund, Compassion International, Heart-to-Heart, International Orthodox Christian Charities, and others. Most denominations have some arm that is a charity, usually called ...read more

  • Little Know Bible Characters: The Son Of The Widow Of Zarepheth

    Contributed by Wesley Bishop on Jan 13, 2007
    based on 16 ratings
     | 7,588 views

    This is about a little known Bible character.

    Hello, my name really isn’t all that important. I’m one of the little known characters in the Bible. I appear and disappear in a matter of a few verses. I had an incredible encounter with one of the giant men of Bible history. His name was Elijah. He was a prophet from Israel. I’m sure ...read more

  • Excuses

    Contributed by Wesley Bishop on Jan 7, 2007
    based on 6 ratings
     | 5,841 views

    This is about making excuses.

    Have you ever noticed that everyone has an excuse? Take this story for example. Nine GI’s were late for morning roll call. The first didn’t arrive until 7 PM. The Commanding Officer confronted him and yelled, “Where have you been, soldier?” The soldier explained. He said, “Sir, I had a ...read more

  • Lost And Found

    Contributed by Wesley Bishop on Jun 23, 2006
    based on 8 ratings
     | 5,412 views

    Parable of the Lost Coin

    Have you ever lost your keys? What did you feel? Desperation? Panic? Fear? Stress? What did you do? If you’re like me, you probably tore the whole house apart. You may have stopped to think about the last place you laid them or saw them. You could interrogate the kids: “What have you done ...read more

  • A Little Story

    Contributed by Wesley Bishop on Jun 15, 2006
    based on 8 ratings
     | 11,443 views

    This is about the parable of the guys fighting over the good seats.

    Let me tell you a story… The governor’s daughter was getting married. The governor had planned an elaborate wedding and reception. The reception was more than cake and punch. It was a seven-course meal. The governor rented a massive hall in which they would have the reception. The ...read more

  • Easter Evening With Doubting Thomas

    Contributed by Wesley Bishop on Jun 14, 2006
    based on 10 ratings
     | 2,967 views

    Doubting Thomas says it all.

    Hello, my name is Thomas. I want to tell you about an amazing time in my life. It was nothing short of a wild emotional roller coaster ride. I was up and down, and back up again. It all started while I was with Jesus while he was on earth. I was one of his twelve disciples. At first his ...read more

  • The Unfairness Of God

    Contributed by Wesley Bishop on Jun 14, 2006
    based on 15 ratings
     | 4,597 views

    This is on the parable of the workers in the vineyard that were all paid the same.

    I want to tell you a story… There is a small rural farming community not far from here. It is not a wealthy place. In fact, it’s a very poor place. There are a lot of immigrants—legal and illegal—there. Jobs are scarce. The only work most of these immigrants can get is backbreaking work in ...read more

  • Salt And Light

    Contributed by Wesley Bishop on Sep 29, 2005
    based on 29 ratings
     | 5,726 views

    This is about being salt and light in our world.

    How would you change the world? How would you change your world, the one in which you live? Who is going to make the change? How are changes made in our world? Who makes changes? What is our role as a church in changing our world? Or, do we even have a role? Read Matthew ...read more

  • Passion Week Act V: Praying Series

    Contributed by Wesley Bishop on Mar 11, 2005
    based on 17 ratings
     | 1,612 views

    This is about Jesus praying in the Garden.

    Passion Week Act 5 Praying After the Last Supper, Jesus and 11 disciples left the Upper Room and headed to the Garden of Gethsemane. On the way, Jesus told them that they would abandon him, and Peter would even deny Jesus three times. Read Matthew 26:36-46. We have a vivid picture in this ...read more

  • Passion Week Act Iv Feasting Series

    Contributed by Wesley Bishop on Mar 5, 2005
    based on 16 ratings
     | 1,565 views

    This is on the Lord’s Supper.

    The action really kicks into gear now. The events move at an ever-increasing pace from this point. It’s a blur, a whirlwind. Chapter 26 starts with the religious elite plotting to kill Jesus. Jesus is then anointed. Judas agrees to hand Jesus over. Read Matthew 26:17-29. The first thing we ...read more

  • Passion Week Act Iii Teaching Series

    Contributed by Wesley Bishop on Feb 25, 2005
    based on 18 ratings
     | 1,671 views

    This is about the parable of the two sons.

    Passion Week Act 3 Teaching Jesus spent a great deal of time his last week on earth teaching. In this time we have the Great Commandment, the sheep and the goats, the signs of the end of the age, and many other famous teachings of Jesus. Read Matthew 21:28-32. We have here a clear simple ...read more

  • Passion Week Act Ii: Cleansing Series

    Contributed by Wesley Bishop on Feb 21, 2005
    based on 50 ratings
     | 5,095 views

    This is on the cleansing of the Temple.

    Last week recap: Palm Sunday and Triumphal Entry: donkey, crowds, cheering, etc. Mark places the temple cleansing on the next day, while in Matthew it appears to happen the same. It probably happened the next day. Read Matthew 21:12-17. This passage has often been misunderstood. At times ...read more

  • Passion Week Act I: Triumphing Series

    Contributed by Wesley Bishop on Feb 11, 2005
    based on 25 ratings
     | 2,111 views

    This is on the Triumphal Entry.

    Intro to Passion Week series. It is the most important week in history. All Gospels climax at this point. Matthew – 8 chs. Mark – 6 chs. Luke – 5½ chs. John – 9½ chs. 29 chs in all. Compare that with 4 on the first 30 years of Jesus’ life including his birth. Read Matthew 21:1-11. This ...read more