Contributed on Oct 10, 2006
Egypt served as an incubator to develop a new, special nation with its own identity that would replace the evil nation of Canaan and become the center of God’s program for the universe.
The Egyptian Incubator (Genesis 37-50) Begin sermon by showing video segment chapter1 (0-3:44) from the DVD, "The Exodus Revealed" Note: I downloaded photos of the Pharaoh’s mentioned below via the internet (for projection)... Main Idea: Egypt served as an incubator to develop a ...read more
Contributed on Oct 16, 2006
Joseph was a key figure in Egyptian history, but was he Imhotep?
Joseph the Grand Vizier (Genesis 41) 1. The sermons and presentations in this series will be, by nature, uneven. Some weeks, more Bible less Egyptology. Other weeks vice-versa. I could solve this by speaking for two hours at a shot, thus giving us a balanced mixture. Some instinct in me ...read more
Contributed on Oct 23, 2006
It seems God allow history to run its course. But His unusual interventions demonstrate that He was never absent in the first place.
The Basket that Changed History (Exodus 1:1-2:10) (note: I used Chapter 3 of DVD "The Exodus Revelaed" (about 4 mintues) as an introduction to the sermon. Then I found internet images of Tutmose I (Thutmosis I) and Hatshepsut; words in CAPS are for power point). INTRODUCTION 1. ...read more
Contributed on Oct 30, 2006
God prepares men and women to serve Him in ways we cannot comprehend – at the time.
Moses First Forty Years: Certainties and Theories (Exodus 2:11-15, Acts 7:20-29, Hebrews 11:24-26) 1. Sometimes people try to explain the miracles in the Bible as mere natural occurrences: "It may never rain cats and dogs, but fish, shells, and frogs have indeed fallen from the sky on rare ...read more
Contributed on Nov 10, 2006
Happenings on earth are not unknown to God in heaven; God intervenes in His own good time.
Meet Jethro (Exodus 2:15b-25) 1. It can be irritating when someone who is not "in the know" interferes just because he has a title. 2. I have done this more than once over the years, and I try to guard myself. I like to interfere. It is my anti-spiritual gift. 3. One man learned his ...read more
Contributed on Nov 13, 2006
All of God’s servants are human beings with quirks and hidden agendas. God often uses us not because of who we are, but in spite of who we are.
Take Your Shoes Off! (Exodus 3:1-4:16) 1. This article surfaced in the news this week: LONDON, Nov 9 (Reuters Life) - Looking for safe excitement? November is fig month at the Dull Men’s Club, a place in cyberspace for men who feel "born to be mild" and enjoy watching grass grow and ...read more
Contributed on Nov 19, 2006
The same strategies that fail outside of God’s timing can work wonderfully within God’s timing. The patterns we see before Moses left Egypt are repeated as Moses left Midian, but they now produce success because God’s time is right.
The Return Ticket (Exodus 4:18-31) 1. I do not like many movies, especially newer ones. Although Christian convictions would limit what and how much I watch, if I was lost I still would rarely watch movies. It is who I am. I am, for the most part, a movie dud. 2. I will watch Charlie ...read more
Contributed on Nov 29, 2006
Sometimes it must get worse before it gets better; short-term failures can be steps to long term and greater successes. We must aim toward a long term vision, not merely achieving short-term goals.
When Failure is A Step Toward Success (Exodus 5:1-7:13) 1. Misunderstanding can lead to creativity. "Bell was inspired to start development of the telephone when he read an account, written in German, describing an invention which he thought had the function of a telephone. After demonstrating ...read more
Contributed on Dec 5, 2006
False religion is often an attempt to control the fears and uncertainties of life. But, whether we approve of the way He runs the universe or not, only Yahweh is Sovereign.
Yahweh Takes On the Gods of Egypt (Exodus 7:14-8:32) (note: to project photos of the various Egyptian gods, do a search on the itnernet; go to the site for a better resolution picture) 1. A pastor named Joe McKeever wrote: Recently, while the residents of Charlotte, N.C., were trying to ...read more
Contributed on Jan 2, 2007
If God does not soften ones heart, one may dabble with religion, but one will never find a saving relationship with the true God.
The Religious But Hard-Hearted (Exodus 8:20-9:12) 1. What if God was politically correct? Imagine this: Moses was sitting in the Egyptian ghetto. Things were terrible. Pharaoh wouldn’t even speak to him. The rest of the Israelites were mad at him and making the overseers even more irritable ...read more
Contributed on Jan 11, 2007
God glorifies Himself by discrediting His detractors and vindicating His character by what He does.
God’s Purpose in the Plagues: To Glorify Himself (Exodus 9:8-35) view video clip from The Exodus Revealed 1. Since our video-clips contain a number of related segments, we have to view some of these before we get to the texts that address them. 2. Eventually, we will get the children of ...read more
Contributed on Jan 15, 2007
Respect and relationships deteriorate when people are not trustworthy.
When Relationships Turn Nasty Exodus 10 1.The good and bad of protocol a. Some people are simply rude and do not know it: DEAR MISS MANNERS -- Trying to keep the conversation going at a family dinner, I decided to look at people’s hands. I remarked that one grandson and also his wife had ...read more
Contributed on Jan 24, 2007
We learn about God from His dealings, and in our text we learn that God makes offers He knows will be refused and He frequently stacks the deck.
When God Goes Through the Motions (Exodus 11:1-10) Main idea: We learn about God from His dealings, and in our text we learn that God makes offers He knows will be refused and He frequently stacks the deck. I. The Announcement of the LAST Plague (Exodus 11:1-8) A. Plague of the FIRSTBORN ...read more
Contributed on Jan 29, 2007
Studying the details and the meaning of Passover is quite an undertaking, but three facts seem obvious. Let’s note these facts.
Don’t Pass on the Passover Exodus 12:1-13 1. One traditional question Jewish children ask their father as part of the Passover dinner is "Ma Nishtana ha lei la haze," "Why is this NIGHT different than any other NIGHT." Dad then recounts the story of the Exodus. 2. Comedian George Burns, ...read more
Contributed on Feb 5, 2007
God’s method for developing His Kingdom often runs contrary to society’s views; He loves to exalt the humble and humble the proud, as in the case of Israel’s formation.
The Midnight Death (Exodus 12:29-50) 1. A lot of people think they are self-acclaimed experts. Take this health food advice: Q: I’ve heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life; is this true? A: Your heart is only good for so many beats, and that’s it... don’t waste them on ...read more
Contributed on Feb 12, 2007
We can be among God’s serious servants. Some of the most important principles for serving the Lord effectively are showcased for us in Exodus 13.
Getting It Right (Exodus 13:1-21) 1. Life has its serious moments. 2. SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP)- A 66-year-old Brazilian saved his grandson from the grip of a 16-foot-long anaconda by beating the snake with rocks and a knife for half an hour, police said Thursday. "When I saw the snake ...read more
Contributed on Feb 19, 2007
God has a track record of working in impossible situations.
God Makes A Way (Exodus 14:1-31) 1. One of the most interesting phenomenon of our day is the coversion of Muslims through dreams. 2. "A Californian magazine ran a survey of over 600 ex-Muslims who now follow Jesus, and concludes: "Although dreams appear to play a minor role in the conversion ...read more
Contributed on Mar 5, 2007
Celebrating Who God is and What He has done is the heart of group worship.
Worship Our Triumphant God (Exodus 15) 1. This was a monumental week when it comes to modern attacks upon Christianity with the release that a new documentary on the “Jesus Family Tomb” was soon to be presented on the Discovery Channel. 2. What is the Jesus Family Tomb? Has the lost tomb of ...read more
Contributed on Mar 13, 2007
If the goal of your life is to avoid as many problems as possible, then don’t take a journey with God!
When God is Your Travel Agent (Exodus 15:22-27) 1. All of our lives are filled with uncertainty; Some of us accept that reality and adjust to the unforeseen as best we can. 2. Others frantically create rules or routines to give ourselves the sense that we have reduced life’s uncertainties -- ...read more
Contributed on Apr 16, 2007
The manna which fell from heaven teaches us much about the workings of our Father Who is in heaven!
Manna: The Heavenly Bread (Exodus 16:1-36, John 6:32-35, 58) 1. GREEN BAY, Wis. - Brown County Sheriff Dennis Kocken didn’t have to write himself a ticket. But he says it was the right thing to do. "As sheriff, I’m held to the highest standard in law enforcement. How can I hold officers ...read more
Contributed on Apr 23, 2007
Life is a series of challenges and battles, and its main issue is "Who gets the glory?"
Rock and Pray Exodus 17:1-16 1. The Virginia Tech Massacre is on our minds. You may not know this, but Matt and Janet Dawson graduated frome there -- and met at Virginia Tech. ICR founder Henry Morris was at one time a faculty member there. 2. Marylu and I have literally dozens of friends ...read more
Contributed on Apr 30, 2007
If we are secure in our walk with God, we are free to consider potentially positive changes.
The Great Teacher Learns (Exodus 18) 1. This coming week is teacher’s appreciation week. 2. The number of all teachers in the United States is 6.2 million, and that does not include home-schooling parents! About 71% are female. 3. One of the greatest legends in teaching was a 17th ...read more
Contributed on May 7, 2007
The bond between God and His people is intense.
Eagles’ Wings (Exodus 19:1-8) 1. We now approach the part in our series when God is preparing to give the Children of Israel the 10 Commandments, the heart of the 613 Mitzvot /Commandments of the Torah. 2. There is an old joke about why God gave Israel the 10 Commandments. The Lord goes to ...read more
Contributed on May 29, 2007
We experience God in many ways, for He our God has many facets.
God’s Impressive Presence (Exodus 19:10-25) Whenever we "camp out" on certain verses or pick an emphasis of Scripture to the exclusion of the rest of the Word, we are in trouble. 2 Tim. 3:16-17 tell us that all Scriptures are inspired; they also tell us that all Scriptures are profitable for ...read more