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  • William Hooper

    Contributing sermons since Jul 12, 2007
William's church

First Baptist - Bolivar
Bolivar Missouri , 65613
417 326-2431

About William
  • Education: AA - Southwest Baptist College BA - William Jewell College MA - University of Iowa PhD - Vanderbilt University Additional study: Westminster Pastoral Foundation, London
  • Experience: Pastor, Baptist Church in Denver, MO Professor, Southwest Baptist College, Bolivar, MO Min. of Music/Education, First Baptist, Old Hickory, TN Dean of Church Music, New Orleans [LA] Baptist Seminary Teacher, Newstead Wood School for Girls, England Pastor, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Gravesend, Kent, England Dean of Fine Arts, Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, MO Interim Pastor, Milnsbridge Baptist Church, Huddersfield, England Minister to Senior Adults, First Baptist Church, Bolivar, MO
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: I am not emotionally tied to any of them. Criticism is welcome.
  • Family: Married with two married children, seven grandchildren,m one great-granchild.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: Usually positive feedback.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Be yourself in the pulpit.
  • Hobbies: Music composition and reading detective stories
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Jesus is the only way to God.
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: In Zambia, a lady on the front row decided to breast-feed her baby in plain view in the middle of the sermon. I was so startled I lost my place momentarily. No one else noticed!
  • What I want on my tombstone: Just name and dates
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Newest Sermons

  • Can I Forgive?

    Contributed on May 3, 2011
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    Three conditions for forgiveness: I can forgive if I know what forgiveness is not; I can forgive if I know what forgiveness is; and I can forgive if I receive forgiveness myself.

    CAN I FORGIVE? Psalm 32:1-6 Matthew 18:21-35 William L. Hooper, PhD Minster to Senior Adults First Baptist Church, Bolivar, MO April 23, 2006 When I have been wronged, what response should I give? This is a universal question for all people. In our own time we have seen this question ...read more

  • The Gold Coins

    Contributed on Jun 12, 2010
     | 1,506 views

    An application of Jesus' parable.

    THE GOLD COINS Luke 19:11-27 I. THE SETTING While they were listening to this, he went on to tell them a parable, because he was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear at once. (Luke 19:11) A. Where does this take place? B. Where were Jesus ...read more

  • An American Idol

    Contributed on Jul 12, 2007
    based on 10 ratings
     | 4,451 views

    Challenges the congregation to look at their idols of success, greed and entertainment.

    An American Idol? Judges 17:7-18:25 I have deliberately chosen the name of a popular TV show for the sermon title. The winners on that show do go on to become idols for many young people. I don’t want us to think about rock stars tonight, but of idols in a deeper sense. The Roots of ...read more

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Newest Sermon Illustrations

  • Sibling Revenge

    Contributed on May 3, 2011
    based on 5 ratings
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    SIBLING REVENGE The desire to "get even" seems to be a part of the human psyche. It is like the story of a mother who heard her seven-year-old son screaming. She runs into the next room to see what is wrong, and discovers her two-year-old daughter is pulling the hair of her brother. The ...read more

  • The Mission: Tethered To Sin

    Contributed on May 3, 2011
     | 677 views

    THE MISSION: TETHERED TO SIN In the award winning film called "The Mission," Robert DeNiro plays a mercenary who has taken asylum in the local church after killing his brother in a fit of jealous rage. He eventually leaves the church and heads to a mission post located above the waterfalls in a ...read more

  • Archelaus, The Son Of Herod The Great, Went ...

    Contributed on Jun 12, 2010
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    Archelaus, the son of Herod the Great, went to Rome in 4 BC to have his father’s will confirmed, by which he was to be his successor. But a crowd of Jews followed close on his heels with a protest to the emperor: “We don’t want this man to be our king.” They had good reason for hating him: ...read more

  • What Are You Willing To Do For $10,000,000? In ...

    Contributed on Jul 12, 2007
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    What are you willing to do for $10,000,000? In 1991 James Patterson and Peter Kim, in their book The Day America Told the Truth, reported a survey where that question was asked. Two-thirds of Americans polled would agree to at least one, some to several of the following: Would abandon their ...read more

  • Success Is An Idol When Success Becomes An ...

    Contributed on Jul 12, 2007
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    Success is an idol when success becomes an obsession. You may get to the top of the ladder of success, only to discover you’re on the wrong ladder. Success is an idol that can consume you. Many business people are driven. They become workaholics. Doctors in Japan have found a significant ...read more