Contributed by Jeff Strite on May 5, 2013
POWER AND DISCIPLINE
Over here is a wall socket. There is power in that socket.
Because of that power, I can plug lamps, fans, microwaves and phone chargers into it and magically empower those devises. I can even plug a car charger into a wall socket and revive a dead car battery (like I’ve had
Contributed by Jeff Strite on Mar 24, 2013
THE BLOOD AND WATER
Before I became a minister I attended a secular college for a couple of years. While I was there I took several classes I thought would help me when I went to Bible college, and some of those classes were in Philosophy.
Now Philosophy and Christianity are somewhat at
Contributed by Jeff Strite on Mar 3, 2013
Why would Jesus need to be baptized by John? Well... Jesus' baptism by John was the beginning of Jesus' ministry. Mark 1:1 starts out: "The BEGINNING of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God" and then Mark starts telling us about Jesus' baptism by John.
In Luke 3:23
Contributed by Jeff Strite on Feb 11, 2013
THE DEADLY DISEASE OF SIN
The Bible is very blunt about sin – it doesn’t matter how YOU grade your sin, if you don’t accept that you’ve sinned… you can’t fix the problem.
It’s like a man having a deadly disease. He experiencing distressing physical problems but doesn’t KNOW he’s going to die
Contributed by Jeff Strite on Dec 30, 2012
About 27 years before Jesus was born Rome experienced something unique that history has called Pax Romana = the peace of Rome. Beginning with the reign of Augustine, Emperor of Rome and lasting till about 180 A.D. (a period of 200 years) Rome was at peace. They had few internal
Contributed by Jeff Strite on Dec 17, 2012
Jesus came to be our Savior. To be our substitute. To die FOR us. But while God would be the only one pure enough to die for us... Gods don't die. And while mortals CAN die, no mortal man could ever be the sinless sacrifice the law required to pay for our sins. No ordinary man would be pure and
Contributed by Jeff Strite on Dec 9, 2012
ILLUS: (I had 6 plastic see through pitchers on stage… one of which was full of water. Holding up an empty pitcher I said…) Imagine this empty pitcher represents that nation of Israel. (I began to pour water from the full pitcher into the empty one).
God poured out His will and wisdom into them.
Contributed by Jeff Strite on Dec 2, 2012
Have you ever gone to a doctor and got a prescription?
You take that prescription down to the pharmacy and they sell you the medicine.
Now, have you ever heard of a druggist getting the prescription wrong?
Of course you have.
Why would a pharmacist get it wrong? Well, not because they intended
Contributed by Jeff Strite on Nov 11, 2012
Back in 1988, a Polish railway worker named Jan Grzebski was hit by a train. He lived ... but only barely. For the next 19 years (until the year 2007), Grzebski was in a coma.
He awoke in 2007 to a whole new world. Nineteen years earlier, Poland was a communist state. Grzebski
Contributed by Jeff Strite on Nov 4, 2012
OUR SOLAR SYSTEM IS SPECIAL
Back in 2005, five secular planetary scientists met at the American Museum of Natural History and agreed that our solar system appears special. One commented, (Fritz Benedict of the University of Texas) "The older I get, the less likely it seems to me there'd be a
Contributed by Jeff Strite on Oct 14, 2012
Years ago, I spent a couple of years at Purdue University and some of the classes I took were in Philosophy. In one of those classes, the professor (who was an atheist) stood up in front of the class and said “Jesus didn’t die on the cross, and I can prove it.”
He said that when a
Contributed by Jeff Strite on Sep 9, 2012
I'D LIMP TOO
We did NOT inherit Adam's sin. But we did inherit something from Adam. His sin altered our DNA (if you will). His sin bent us toward limping in our righteousness.
The story's told of a doctor who was teaching a group of medical students. She points to an x-ray and says, "As you
Contributed by Jeff Strite on Aug 26, 2012
Galatians 4:4-5 says “But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.”
We’ve been redeemed from UNDER the Law.
Those UNDER the Mosaic law lived UNDER the strict rules and
Contributed by Jeff Strite on Aug 5, 2012
Too often, churchgoers can become “spiritual hitchhikers”.
Have you ever been driving along the road when suddenly you saw a hitchhiker ahead?
What’s the universal symbol of the hitchhiker? (his thumb)
His thumb signal is giving a message loud and clear,
"If you will furnish the car, the
Contributed by Jeff Strite on Jul 29, 2012
Jesus reached out to uncomfortable people… and that made others uncomfortable.
ILLUS: When I was a young boy, my home church had a church bell that they rang every Sunday at 9:00 in the morning.
It was a college town, and one of the local college students had apparently been up “partying” the
Contributed by Jeff Strite on Jul 1, 2012
FALSE TEACHING: SINLESSNESS
The Apostle John wrote:
"My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense-- Jesus Christ, the Righteous One."
Now I want to digress for a moment and address a false
Contributed by Jeff Strite on May 13, 2012
BAPTISM: THE GREAT EQUALIZER
Bob Russell once noted: "Baptism is the great equalizer. No matter who you are, how successful you are, or who you know... all have to go under the waters alike. There are those who come forward in expensive suits, dangling gold jewelry, and $100 hairdos. But the
Contributed by Jeff Strite on Apr 22, 2012
NOT ALLOWED TO DIE
Back in March of 2008, the mayor of a city in SW France had a problem. It seems his village was running out of space. Not in housing, nor in the retail district, nor even at City Hall. It seems they were running out of space... in the cemetery. There was no room for any more
Contributed by Jeff Strite on Apr 8, 2012
GOOD FRIDAY IN THE PHILIPPINES
Ever since the 1950s, the men of the Philippines have had unusual tradition around Easter. It has grown to the point where from 50,000 to 75,000 people attend every year. The ritual that has drawn all these tourists to the Philippines is an odd and gruesome Good
Contributed by Jeff Strite on Apr 1, 2012
BAPTISM: CLOTHED IN CHRIST
Just this last week we baptized a 9-year-old boy into Christ. His name is J.J. J.J. knew all the answers to the questions I posed to him, but his father was concerned that his young son viewed baptism as a "magic act" that would make all kinds of marvelous changes