Contributed on Jan 12, 2003
1st in the series "Conversations With Jesus." The invitation Jesus made to the first disciples is the same he extends to us today.
Army Recruiting Slogans (I used posters on powerpoint): I Want You Be all that you can be An Army of one The army’s recruiting pitch has been evolving over the years as the needs and desires of the target population has changed. But Jesus hasn’t changed his pitch, in ...read more
Contributed on Jan 19, 2003
2nd in the series "Conversations With Jesus." Jesus tells Nicodemus he must be born again. This sermon examines John 3:16 as the "Gospel in a Nutshell."
It was March 18. Leanne tried not to think about the fact that Melvin would have been 39 today. The face of the man driving the van flashed in her mind. She tried not to feel the anger. Once more the scream of brakes, the crash and then the silence replayed itself in her memory. She thought of the ...read more
Contributed on Jan 26, 2003
3rd in the series "Conversations with Jesus." Jesus offers unconditional love to the woman at the well.
Clip from final scene of "Shrek" Fiona: "I was supposed to be beautiful" Shrek: "But you are beautiful" Unconditional love. It’s the deepest longing of our hearts, because each of us harbors deep inside the fear that if others really knew us, that they would want nothing to do with us. In ...read more
Contributed on Feb 2, 2003
4th in the series "Conversations with Jesus." The royal official’s faith grows as a resuslt of his time with Jesus.
If I told you there’s a city called Paris and it has this thing called the Eiffel Tower would you believe me? Why? Because you believe the testimony of those who have been there, 5.5 million of whom have posted pictures of themselves in front of the thing on their personal web sites. Now, what ...read more
Contributed on Feb 16, 2003
5th in the series "Conversations with Jesus." Jesus asks us today just as he did the man at the pool, "Do you want to get well?"
When I was a chaplain for soldiers in Basic Training, I learned to use a counseling technique called "Soloution Focused Therapy. One of the main questions that the counselor asks with this technique is, "What are you going to do?" Almost always the first reply would be be "I need someone else ...read more
Contributed on Feb 25, 2003
6th in the series "Conversations With Jesus." The woman caught in adultery was shown mercy and empowering grace by Jesus.
Aaron Patterson, Sentenced to die for the 1986 murder of a Chicago couple. In one of his last official acts as the Governor of Illinois, George Ryan pardoned Aaron Patterson on 10 January, 2003. It’s the stuff of movies. The appeal goes before the governor. The prisoner waits on death row ...read more
Contributed on Mar 2, 2003
7th in the series "Conversations With Jesus." Jesus tells the Pharisees that they are not the Children of God because they lack a family resemblance
About 8 years ago I nearly swerved off the road in downtown St. Louis when I saw a Billboard with this message: A photo of a baby with the words "Who’s my Daddy" and the telephone number 1-800-DNA-1005. I guess it’s a sign of the times that the market for these services is great enough that the ...read more
Contributed on Mar 9, 2003
8th in the series "Coversations With Jesus." Jesus gives sight to one blind man, but the spiritually blind Pharisees fail to perceive the Light of the World.
Introduction: Clip from DVD "AT First Sight" where bandages are taken off of Virgil’s eyes. Medical experts have found that Virgil’s experience is typical of those who have either never had sight or who lost it at an early age. Even if a medical miracle is somehow able to restore the ...read more
Contributed on Mar 30, 2003
9th in the series "Conversations With Jesus." By washing the disciples feet Jesus demonstrated what’s important about servanthood.
During the American Revolution a man in civilian clothes rode past a group of soldiers repairing a small defensive barrier. their leader was shouting instructions, but making no attempt to help them. Asked why by the rider, he retorted with great dignity, "Sir, I am a corporal!" The stranger ...read more
Contributed on Apr 11, 2003
10th in the series "Conversations With Jesus." As Jesus predicts Peter’s denials, the contrasts point out what’s really important.
In my office I have a painting of a nightime scene (I showed a photo of the actual painting). What is striking about this painting is the contrast in values. It is the contrast that draws your attention to what’s important in the scene. Proposition: In today’s conversation with Jesus there are ...read more
Contributed on Apr 20, 2003
12th & final in the series "Conversations With Jesus." Easter Message. What do we need to overcome our doubts about the resurrection?
I don’t usually begin a sermon on a sad note like this, but sometimes we need to pause and remember what life is all about. There was a great loss recently in the entertainment world. Larry LaPrise, the Detroit native who wrote the song "The Hokey Pokey", died at age 83. I’m told he died ...read more