Contributed on May 30, 2004
The Holy Spirit was given to 1. enable us to experience God. 2. to empower us to live for God. 3. to make us a part of a kingdom.
The sign next to the expressionless face said: “The Motionless Man: Make Him Laugh. Win $100.” So several people gave it all they had. For hours they pulled their faces into strange contortions, told jokes, made fun of him, did stunts — but nothing worked. He was totally unmoved and his face ...read more
Contributed on Jun 6, 2004
1. Without the resurrection, the story of Christ would be just a beautiful story with a bad ending. 2. Without the resurrection, it would have meant that Evil had won. 3. The resurrection is the prelude to the second coming.
Former NFL player Pat Tillman’s name has been in the news a lot lately. He played football for Arizona State University and then the Arizona Cardinals. But he had voluntarily enlisted with the Army Rangers following the terrorist attacks on September 11; turning down a $3.6 million contract with ...read more
Contributed on Jul 4, 2004
Repentance: 1. involves a genuine sorrow for sin. 2. includes a genuine turning from sin. 3. results in a genuine love for God.
Recent research is confirming that the moral condition of the United States is in serious decline. An article released by the Barna Research Group, which surveyed people on what they considered morally acceptable behavior, states: “Of the ten moral behaviors evaluated, a majority of Americans ...read more
Contributed on Jul 11, 2004
The early Christians devoted themselves to: 1. The Apostle’s teaching - learning. 2. The Fellowship - worship. 3. Breaking Bread - friendship. 4. Prayer
This description of the early church is truly amazing. Something had happened to these otherwise ordinary people. The people who were a part of this church no longer thought of themselves — their own rights and possessions — their whole identity was a group identity. They found their meaning ...read more
Contributed on Jul 25, 2004
If we are going to pray expectantly, we must: 1. Pray passionate prayers. 2. Pray persistent prayers. 3. Pray believing prayers.
It was around 1870 when New York City had one of the most hotly contested mayor’s races in its history. The incumbent was Mayor John Tweed. Everybody called him “Boss Tweed,” and it was a name that suited him well. The time came when he ran for reelection, and Boss Tweed’s political machine ...read more
Contributed on Aug 1, 2004
We fall prey to the distorions of false prophets when: 1. We do not take evil seriously. 2. We do not take truth seriously. 3. We do not take doctrine seriously.
The Wichita Eagle newspaper recently ran an interesting story. There was a pond in the middle of a housing development that was kept stocked with fish. Evidently, a child had thrown a toy basketball and it rolled into the pond. One of the residents saw the ball bouncing around in a strange ...read more
Contributed on Sep 19, 2004
The Bereans show us that a quest becomes noble when: 1. We receive the Good News with eagerness. 2. We examine the Scriptures to see if it is true. 3. We are transformed by the truth.
My favorite part of Paul Harvey is the last segment of the newscast that he calls “For What It’s Worth.” One day he gave this interesting story: “Our For What It’s Worth Department hears from Hershey, Pennsylvania — where the woman in the Mercedes had been waiting patiently for a parking place to ...read more