Contributed on Oct 24, 2011
This sermon introduces a series about having a heart like Jesus based on Max Lucado's book, "Just Like Jesus."
A. The story is told of a doctor who told his rich, old man that he was going to die if he didn't get a new heart soon. 1. The old man told the doctor to search the world for the best heart available, and money was no object. 2. A few days later the doctor called the old man and said he found ...read more
Contributed on Oct 31, 2011
"To err is human, to forgive is divine," Alexander Pope. Being divine, Jesus displayed His forgiving heart. He can enable us to have a forgiving heart, just like His.
A. The story is told of a man who stood watching an old farmer plowing with his mule. 1. After a while, the stranger said to the farmer, “I don’t like to tell you how to do your job, but you could save yourself a lot of work by saying, ‘Gee’ and ‘Haw’ to that ...read more
Contributed on Nov 6, 2011
Jesus had a compassionate heart, and so should we.
A. How many of you like Winnie the Pooh stories? 1. In one poignant story, we see Pooh Bear walking along a river bank. 2. Eeyore, his stuffed donkey friend, suddenly appears floating downstream, on his back of all things, and is obviously troubled about the possibility of drowning. 3. Pooh ...read more
Contributed on Nov 14, 2011
In this sermon, we learn how to have a connected heart like Jesus. We can do so through listening to God through His word, practicing God's presence in prayer, and seeking God's face in worship.
Introduction: A. Likely, many of you have wondered if global warming is true, and if so, what is causing it, right? 1. I know that this is a burning issue (forgive the pun). I know that it has caused you many a sleepless night. 2. Many disaster movies have made speculations about the future ...read more
Contributed on Nov 21, 2011
In this lesson, we explore what it means to have a rightly or wrongly focused heart. Jesus had a rightly focused heart, and we can have a heart like His.
Introduction: A. The story is told of a man who was out golfing with a few friends. 1. As they stood on the tee box looking toward the next green, the man said, “Sure seems like a long way off.” No one responded. a. As he teed up his ball, the man said, “Sure is a narrow ...read more
Contributed on Nov 27, 2011
Jesus had an honest heart and so must we, because we are his followers.
Introduction: A. Jim Harte sent me a story this week, and it is a perfect story to begin with. B. The story is told of a teacher who asked her elementary school students what their favorite animal was. 1. One little boy said, “Fried chicken.” a. The teacher said that he wasn't ...read more
Contributed on Dec 5, 2011
My series continues based on Max Lucado's book Just Like Jesus. In this sermon, we learn that having a pure heart begins with praying for one, and then continues with the necessary weeding and seeding.
Introduction: A. How many of you would consider yourselves to be a good gardener? Do you have a green thumb? B. Here’s a little piece I found called “Top 8 Things I Have Learned About Gardening.” #8. Nothing ever looks like it does on the seed packet. #7. Whichever garden ...read more
Contributed on Dec 15, 2011
In this sermon based on a chapter from Max Lucado's book Just Like Jesus, we learn how to have a hope-filled heart like Jesus.
Introduction: A. Peter Robinson, former speech writer for Ronald Reagan, wrote a book titled How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life. 1. Robinson relates a lunch meeting he held with Edwin Meese, who had served in many official capacities within the Reagan administration, including Attorney ...read more
Contributed on Dec 20, 2011
In this lesson, we learn that having a rejoicing heart comes from learning to rejoice over our salvation and the salvation of others. We should rejoice that our name is written in heaven!
A. How many of you like surprise parties? 1. Here’s a funny cartoon about a surprise party gone wrong. 2. Ed’s co-workers surprised him on his birthday. 3. “Well one thing’s for sure…He was definitely surprised.” B. Max Lucado tells an interesting ...read more
Contributed on Jan 27, 2012
This is the last sermon in the series and focuses on Jesus' ability to endure to the end and finish the race by focusing on the prize.
Introduction: A. Last Sunday was New Year’s Day, and I was on vacation. 1. I really appreciate everyone allowing me to take a vacation, and especially Alan and Mike, and the other elders for picking up the slack. 2. Since we did a “stay-cation,” I took the opportunity to visit ...read more