Contributed on Jun 29, 2003
1. Faith must be specific. 2. Faith calls for surrender. 3. Faith must be adequate. 4. Faith must be personal.
Some time ago I read a bumper sticker which said, “Keep the Faith” printed in bold black letters. But underneath was another line in smaller print that said, “If you have any left.” We live in a very cynical and skeptical world, and many people are unsure of exactly what they are supposed to ...read more
Contributed on Jul 6, 2003
I believe in Jesus Christ because: 1. He makes life work. 2. He is the only way. 3. I have experienced him. 4. He is Lord.
It was a beautiful summer evening in Shadyside, Ohio, where I had taken the youth group down to the Ohio River for our meeting. It was an interesting time, not only because we had fun talking and eating by the fire, but also because we had unexpected visitors. From across the river, at ...read more
Contributed on Jul 13, 2003
1. Jesus Christ humbled himself. 2. Jesus Christ surrendered himself. 3. Jesus Christ gave himself to save us.
The Apostle’s Creed, which we are studying, is a creed of contrasts. Listen to the stark opposites to which we profess faith: “I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary.” From that great pronouncement of Christ’s uniqueness, ...read more
Contributed on Jul 20, 2003
1. The resurrection of Christ is more than a story. 2. It is the core doctrine of the Christian faith. 3. It is the distinguishing mark of Christianity.
In one of the great novels by George MacDonald, a Scottish writer from the 1800’s, an agnostic questions a young clergyman and asks, “Tell me honestly, do you really believe one word of all that? Did you ever notice how these Christian people, who profess to believe that their great man has ...read more
Contributed on Jul 27, 2003
1. The judgment means that justice will be done. 2. The judgment means that all sentences will be final 3. We can face the judgment with confidence.
Why doesn’t God do something about the evil in the world?” How many times have you heard that question asked? But when you respond to that question by saying, “God will do something about the evil in the world; there will be a judgment when God will reward righteousness and punish evil,” people ...read more
Contributed on Aug 3, 2003
1. The Holy Spirit is a Person. 2. The Holy Spirit is personal. 3. The Holy Spirit purifies us.
I Believe in the Holy Spirit John 14:16-20 The Apostle’s Creed is divided into three major parts. The first part expresses what we believe about God the Father, the second states what we believe about God the Son, and the third is what we believe about the Holy Spirit. It affirms our faith ...read more
Contributed on Sep 8, 2003
1. We were made for immortality. 2. What God is going to do cannot be duplicated. 3. God’s gift of immortality changes our life perspective.
A few year back, the newspapers carried the story a few years ago about a man who had been in a coma for several years, but suddenly and unexpectedly awoke. What happened was that the medical staff decided to work on his teeth while he was in the coma, and in preparation for the dental work gave ...read more
Contributed on Sep 12, 2003
1. We all stand in need of forgiveness. 2. We are all offered forgiveness. 3. We must individually receive God’s forgiveness.
Last week the news broke that Dr. Laura Schlessinger is no longer a practicing Jew. Dr. Laura, the psychologist whose radio talk show is second only to Rush Limbaugh, is heard on 300 radio stations with an estimated 12 million listeners. She comes from a home where her mother was Roman Catholic ...read more
Contributed on Jul 2, 2012
What is forgiveness and who is forgiven?
On September 8, 1974, President Gerald R. Ford granted a full pardon to former President Richard Nixon. From that point on Nixon was legally forgiven. All investigations and indictments were ended. Eight days later Ford granted amnesty to all those who had avoided the draft illegally, as well ...read more