Contributed on Jun 11, 2021
By Faith, Abel offered a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain did. But what does that mean? What made the sacrifice more acceptable? And what can that mean for us?
OPEN: I read from a Children’s book the story of Cain and Abel. You know, it’s odd - we ALL seem to know the story about Cain and Abel. But Cain gets more “PRESS” from Scripture than Abel does. Cain is mentioned in 18 verses but Abel ONLY gets 11 verses (about 1/3 less attention). But the PRESS ...read more
Contributed on Jun 18, 2021
Enoch walked with God... what did that mean, and what can it mean to us?
(Pretended to read from a Children’s Book from a stool onstage – this was for our “Children’s Stories” Series) You know your mommy and daddy love you very much and they try to teach you how to grow up to be a young man they can be proud of. Well, back in the Old Testament there was a daddy who ...read more
Contributed on Jun 24, 2021
Noah believed God, and he built an Ark to save his family. What can learn from Noah's faith, and what is there in the story of God's judgment that we need to share with the world?
(I opened by pretending to read a children story about Noah. Then I read Hebrews 11:7) “By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household.” PRAYER Now, the first part of Hebrews 11:7 tells us that God WARNED ...read more
Contributed on Jul 1, 2021
Why was Abraham called the Father of all who believe, and what can that mean to us?
There’s a children song I’d like you to sing with me this morning. It’s a fairly long drawn-out action song with quite a few body motions, so I’m only going to ask you to do a couple of the hand motions with me this morning. It’s called “Father Abraham” and it only has one verse. Sing it with ...read more
Contributed on Jul 11, 2021
I didn't want to preach this sermon about Sarah's faith... but read the sermon to find out what I learned.
Children’s story: Do you love your mommy? She loves you too. In fact, I don’t think she could imagine a life without you. Without you, she’d be very sad. Back in the Old Testament there’s the story of a woman who couldn’t have a little boy or girl. She didn’t think she’d EVER become a mommy. And ...read more
Contributed on Jul 17, 2021
If God hated human sacrifice, why would He ask Abraham to offer his only son as a burnt offering to Him? And what can this story mean to us?
CHILDREN'S STORY (I used a flannel graph display on the overhead) In the days of Abraham, one of the ways people showed their love for God by offering Him a sacrifice. A sacrifice is like a gift. It’s something you give to God to show Him you are willing to obey Him, even when it costs you ...read more
Contributed on Jul 23, 2021
God commended Joseph's faith for the strangest reason - because Joseph "gave directions concerning his bones." Seriously? Joseph's faith was praised because of his funeral arrangements? What's that all about, and what can it mean to us?
CHILDREN'S STORY: When we get done here I PROMISE you I’ll give you a sucker. Do you know what a promise is? A promise is when someone tells you they’re going to do something… and then they do it. Now a promise is about something that will happen LATER. You parents will say “I promise we’ll go ...read more
Contributed on Aug 2, 2021
David chose to invite Mephibosheth to the king's table and took care of all his needs. Why would he do this and what can we learn from his example? Check out these thoughts from Scott Jewell, our Family Minister.
We’ve been looking at a number of “children’s stories” from the Bible this summer. I finally get a turn to share what has become one of my favorite stories because of how it’s been connected to the week of church camp at the Ark, where Jeff and I have been faculty. I’ll talk more about that ...read more
Contributed on Aug 7, 2021
Moses had it all - power, prestige and position. He was the son of Pharaoh's daughter and was destined to be a man of prominence. But then he said no to all that. Why did he do that, and what can that mean to us?
CHILDREN’S STORY – Years ago, there was a very bad King in Egypt who hated the Israelites. In fact, he hated them so much that he commanded that all their baby boys should be thrown into the river and drowned. He was a bad king. But there was a mother who loved her baby very much and she hid him ...read more
Contributed on Aug 15, 2021
Did the walls of Jericho actually fall? (hint: yes they did) And if they did, what can that tell us about God's power and of our faith in Him?
Children’s moment – a short clip from Veggie Tales “Josh And The Big Wall” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDpM_j1MZG8&t=11s PRAYER/SCRIPTURE OPEN: I love reading Bible Stories to my grandson. Well I don’t actually “read” them to him, I kind of make them up as I go along. And I find that the ...read more
Contributed on Aug 22, 2021
It's obvious God forgave Rahab her sin... but if He forgave her, how come the Bible repeatedly refers to her as "Rahab The Harlot"?
CHILDREN’S STORY - The story of Rahab protecting the Spies. SCRIPTURE and PRAYER SERMON: Years ago, when Logansport was a major railroad hub, the trains would stop at what we now call “Little Turtle Waterway.” And if you’ve ever noticed, there’s still a depot down by the tracks. That’s where ...read more
Contributed on Aug 28, 2021
The Bible has always been honest with us about the potential dangers of discipleship. It speaks of the real possibilities of abuse, prison and even death. Is there ever a time when it's NOT worth it to be a Christian?
CHILDREN’S SERMON – Shadrach, Meshach, & Abednego OPEN: I read an interesting article this week in Christianity Today. The title was “Was It Worth It?” and it tried to address the tragedy that’s going on now in Afghanistan. Their opening comment was this: “(Christianity Today) surveyed 15 ...read more