Contributed on Sep 7, 2009
Why is Satan a liar? Why can’t he seem to handle the truth? And what does that tell us about the truth that’s in Christ?
(Enter wearing a military style outfit and address the audience as a drill sergeant might raw recruits. I even looked at one of our men and told him to “suck that stomach in soldier”) OPEN: You are gathered in this assembly hall this morning to begin your basic training as a soldier of Jesus ...read more
Contributed on Sep 13, 2009
What proofs did David believe proved God’s existence, and what can those proofs do for our faith?
TITLE: God Is Real – Really TEXT: Psalm 19 OPEN: There’s the story of a college philosophy professor asked one question on his final exam. He picked up a chair, put it on his desk, and wrote on the board, “Using everything we have learned this semester, prove that this chair does not exist.” ...read more
Contributed on Sep 21, 2009
Is the Bible really "truth"? Jesus said it was, but there are people who problems with that. How do we answer their objections?
The Bible is a unique book. Actually it’s a collection of 66 books written over a period of 1500 years by 40 authors who were from 13 countries on 3 separate continents (Asia, Europe, Africa). It claims to be the Word of God over 2700 times. And it has been translated into about 1500 ...read more
Contributed on Sep 27, 2009
God always makes powerful statements on top of mountains like this, but what was He trying to tell us at the Mount of Transfiguration and what should we do about it?
ILLUS: A crowded airliner was just about to take off when a five-year-old boy began to throw a temper tantrum. His embarrassed mother does to tried to calm him down, but the boy continued to kick and scream. Suddenly, from the rear of the plane, an Air Force General slowly walked up the aisle. ...read more
Contributed on Oct 4, 2009
The early church "gathered together to break bread." Why was this activity so critical to them and what can it mean to us?
OPEN: There’s an old saying: “An army marches on… (its stomach).” What that means is: if an army doesn’t feed its men it’s not going anywhere. Without food the troops eventually can’t march, they can’t maneuver, and they can’t fight. So one of the logistical problems for armies has always ...read more
Contributed on Oct 11, 2009
How do I "sign up" for God’s Army?
OPEN: Three military recruiters showed up to address high school seniors. Each recruiter - representing the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps - was to have fifteen minutes. But the Army and Navy recruiters got carried away, and so when it came time for the Marine to speak, he had just two minutes. ...read more
Contributed on Oct 19, 2009
What does it mean for us to "take up your cross" and deny ourselves. I signed up for the benefits! I didn’t sign up to die.
OPEN: I recently read the true story about a preacher who was standing at the door shaking hands as the congregation departed. He grabbed one man by the hand and pulled him aside. The preacher said to him, "You need to join the Army of the Lord!" The man replied, "I’m already in the Army of ...read more
Contributed on Oct 25, 2009
When Jesus comes again, it will be in power, and righteousness and judgment. But what does His 2nd coming mean to us, and what part (if any) do we play in it?
OPEN: Several years ago Johnny Carson had Billy Graham as a guest on his show. At one point there was a lull in the conversation and Johnny said, "You know what Billy, I bet if Jesus ever came back to earth, I bet we’d do him in again!" Billy Graham leaned forward in his seat, and said, "In ...read more