Contributed on Jun 11, 2007
This is the beginning of our 24 series, 24 sermons on one day in the life of Christ.
It began like any other day, and like any other day it had twenty four hours, no more and no less. And yet before those twenty four hours were over their world was turned upside down. Who would have thought so much could happen in a mere twenty four hours, that things could change so much from ...read more
Contributed on Jun 18, 2007
Jesus thoughts on happiness were a little different then ours. This sermon is reworked from a previous message.
Happy Is If you were to take a survey of people in 38 different countries asking them this question “Taking all things together, would you say you are: a) not at all happy b) not very happy c) quite happy or very happy. I know that you are answering the question right now in your head, but ...read more
Contributed on Jun 24, 2007
Jesus continues in the sermon on the mount linking our happiness to our quest to know him.
24.3 Righteous Is . . . Have you discovered that words can’t be taken in isolation? They have to be looked at in their environment. My folks have a friend named Noreen who has red hair. One afternoon Dad was sitting at a red light in Saint John when he noticed Noreen standing back to ...read more
Contributed on Jul 8, 2007
In part four of 24 Jesus discusses the strange link between happiness and Persecution.
24.4 Peace Is The year was 1938, the date was October 6th the place was London England, the speaker was Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and this was the message “We should seek by all means in our power to avoid war, by analyzing possible causes, by trying to remove them, by discussion in a ...read more
Contributed on Jul 21, 2007
What did Jesus mean when he said that the law would not pass away?
The biggest cop out for spiritual failure and the most common excuse for deliberate sinfulness are these words "I’m not under law but under grace!" and with those seven words we seek to absolve ourselves of any spiritual responsibility we might have for our behaviour. And when we are confronted ...read more
Contributed on Aug 20, 2007
This is week eight of our day in the life of Christ, this week our teaching focuses on lust and divorce.
Adultery, what a nasty word. It’s no wonder people don’t call it that, they refer to it as an affair of the heart, a fling, illicit love even an extramarital relationship, anything but adultery. After all every one is doing it, aren’t they? Well I know of one person for sure who isn’t. On the ...read more
Contributed on Aug 20, 2007
Week seven of 24 focuses on Jesus teaching about Murder, Hatred and Loving our enemies.
Matthew 5:21 Jesus Said “You have heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’” This particular law comes from Exodus 20:13 and Deuteronomy 5:17. And we would think this one is a no brainer, after all one of the basic tenets of ...read more
Contributed on Aug 26, 2007
We continue in our look at a day in the life of Christ, looking at his comments on lying in the Sermon on the Mount
Jesus hasn’t even gotten to coffee break yet and already he has shaken people’s worlds in what their conception of happiness and righteousness are. He has talked about how not killing was part of the moral fabric of society, respecting life from conception to natural death kept society from ...read more
Contributed on Sep 2, 2007
This is the 10th part of our 24 series, this week we look at what the part the Reward Factor plays in the life of Christians.
So as Jesus was tying up his early morning session, after having spoken on topics as diverse as murder, adultery and lying. He had told people why and how they would be blessed and I’m sure there were some in the group who were thinking, “Sure but what’s in it for me?’ As we move ahead in Chapter ...read more
Contributed on Sep 9, 2007
Jesus said "When you Pray" but what does that mean for us in 2007? And how do we put it into practice?
And then Jesus looked over the crowd and said Matthew 6:5 And when you pray. Prayer, what is prayer? Roger Babson “Prayer is the greatest unused power in the world.” Charles Trumbell “Prayer is realising the energies of God.” Phillip Brooks “prayer is in it’s simplest definition, is merely a ...read more
Contributed on Sep 17, 2007
Jesus begins instructions on prayer only make sense when we have a proper understanding of who "Father" is.
A little boy comes home from Sunday School and tells his mother, “Guess what I learned today? God’s first name.” Intrigued she asked “What was it?” “Harold” came the reply “You know, Our Father who art in heaven, Harold be thy name” Now we all know that Harold isn’t God’s first name, but the ...read more
Contributed on Sep 23, 2007
The first part of the Lords prayer deals with our obedience and physical needs
How’s your prayer life? What I mean is how are your prayer habits? Do you pray much? After all Jesus said, when you pray. now he seemed pretty definite at this point, he didn’t say, if you pray, instead he said when you pray. He seemed pretty convinced that Christians would pray. And he said ...read more
Contributed on Oct 1, 2007
Forgiveness is like gravity, it’s not just a good idea it’s the law. This message looks at Christ’s words on forgiveness in the Lord’s Prayer
Her name was 66730, or at least that was the name she went by. Her father had died in a German Concentration camp as did her sister. Her freedom, her dignity, her humanity had been stripped away by those who imprisoned her and yet she survived. They had robbed her of everything she ever possessed ...read more
Contributed on Oct 8, 2007
As we continue with the 24 series we look at Jesus instructions on Worry.
Don’t Worry Be Happy Rev. Denn Guptill It is a great song. I remember when that song first came out we were living in Truro at the time. Now I have a confession to make I prefer two types of music either country music or stuff from the seventies. “Don’t Worry Be Happy” doesn’t fit into ...read more
Contributed on Oct 14, 2007
We’ve all been quoted Jesus’ words "Do not Judge" but what does that actually mean?
He was a Godly man. Even his critics acknowledge that, they may have disagreed with his techniques and thought he was a little flashy but he was definitely a man of God. His message from God was one of no compromise, and his moral standards were the highest around. And not only did he uphold the ...read more
Contributed on Oct 22, 2007
We are often told not to judge people but there is a danger is not judging as well
How many people here are fans of the Bugs Bunny show? Truly the cream of the intellectual crop aren’t we. Out of all my favourites the one cartoon I enjoy most is the one with the Ralph the wolf and Sam the sheep dog. You remember, they clock into work together each morning, morning Ralph, ...read more
Contributed on Oct 29, 2007
Jesus finishes the Sermon on the Mount by leaving his listeners with a responsibility for what they had heard.
That pretty well tied up the morning. Jesus has been teaching his disciples about a whole range of subjects involving the kingdom of God and now he ties it up with a pretty bow and hands it to those who were listening and basically tells them, “You are responsible for what you are going to do with ...read more
Contributed on Nov 12, 2007
This looks at Jesus healing the Centurion’s Servant and the lessons we can learn about people who need Jesus.
Jesus and his little band of followers had made their way down the hill and were arriving in Capernaum discussing some of the more radical concepts that Jesus had talked about earlier that morning. What had he meant when he said this? Did he really mean it when he said that? And Jesus just smiled ...read more
Contributed on Nov 21, 2007
Jesus healed 2000 years ago but does he still heal today?
It had been a full day. Jesus had spent the morning teaching the group that followed him to the hill overlooking the sea of Galilee then had healed a leper on his way back to town, then there was the entire incident with the Roman Centurion that we looked at last week, that ended with the healing ...read more
Contributed on Nov 21, 2007
Jesus healed a leper but the leper’s response isn’t recorded, do we exhibit the same type of thanksgiving?
He was without friends, family or future. He lived a life of tragedy without a home and without a hope. Have you ever heard someone say “They treated me like a leper” or “they acted like I had leprosy?” Back in the eighties when AIDS was just surfacing and society and science still didn’t have ...read more
Contributed on Nov 26, 2007
It’s easy to say we’ll follow him anywhere, Jesus tells us to be sure we know the terms and conditions
And so Jesus prepares to end his day and leave Capernaum. Following the morning of teaching Christ and his disciples began the walk back to the town of Capernaum. Remember that it was during that time that he was approached by the leper, whom he healed. And then as they came to the outskirts of ...read more
Contributed on Dec 2, 2007
Jesus proved himself to be master of the wind but he is much more than that.
Master of the wind It was a dark and stormy night. The wind howled blowing the top off the breakers before they crashed back into the troughs below. The darkness was broken by momentary streaks of light as the clouds raced across the face of the full moon. Could it be? Yes it was hard to believe ...read more
Contributed on Dec 9, 2007
This is our Season Finale of 24 and we look at the Demon Filled men and the pigs.
It is a great story to end the season on. A true season finale. It has all the elements that are needed to draw the viewers in. A cemetery, two violent men, the supernatural, outraged citizens and pigs. Well maybe pigs aren’t essential for a season finale but they can’t hurt. It had been a ...read more