Contributed on Jan 13, 2014
This sermon begins a series called Extreme Makeover - God Edition. This sermon begins by using the story of the Prodigal Son and points out what helped him decide to change.
Introduction: A. Eight years ago, back in January of 2006, I preached a series called “Extreme Makeover – God Edition.” 1. At the time, the Extreme Makeover television shows were very popular. 2. You might recall that the Extreme Makeover show took ordinary people and put them ...read more
Contributed on Mar 24, 2014
In this sermon, we explore how to "jump-start" your marriage.
Introduction: A. Let’s start with a question: Do you know which are the most difficult years of marriage? 1. Answer: The ones following the wedding! 2. I want to speak realistically today – marriage isn’t easy. 3. Even the very best marriages take a lot of ...read more
Contributed on Mar 17, 2014
In this sermon, we explore six principles that lead to financial freedom.
Introduction: A. How many of you have enjoyed playing the game of MONOPOLY? 1. You know how the game works. Players accumulate property, build houses and hotels, and then wait for the other players to land on their property so they have to pay up. 2. Eventually you hope to bankrupt everyone ...read more
Contributed on Mar 12, 2014
God doesn't want us to live with a burden of guilt and so God has given us a way to have a guilt makeover.
Introduction: A. A man was sitting in the living room and wondered what time it was, so he called to his young son in the kitchen and asked, “Bobby, what is the little hand on?” 1. After a short pause, little Bobby replied, “A chocolate chip cookie.” 2. Little Bobby got ...read more
Contributed on Jan 20, 2014
In this sermon, we explore the truth that God cannot help anyone who doesn't want help. But where there is a will, God is the way.
A. A father and son went fishing one summer day. 1. While they were out in the boat, the boy became curious about the world around him and began asking questions. 2. “Dad,” the boy asked, “how does this boat float?” His father replied, “Don’t rightly know ...read more
Contributed on Apr 14, 2014
This is the concluding sermon in the Extreme Makeover Series.
Introduction: A. I heard a story about 3 co-workers, who were out of town for a convention and they were sharing a suite at a hotel. Their room was on the 75th floor. 1. So, you can imagine their discouragement when, after a long day of meetings, they returned to the hotel and found that the ...read more
Contributed on Jan 27, 2014
In this sermon, we explore the truth that for change to take place in our lives, we must think for a change. We have to change how we think, before we can change how we live.
Introduction: A. As you know, we are in a series that I am calling Extreme Makeover – God Edition, and we are addressing the question: is real, profound life-change is possible? 1. Can we stop being the way we have always been, and become people of more noble character? 2. Can we be freed ...read more
Contributed on Feb 3, 2014
Three things that will bring a bitterness makeover are: stop nursing the injury, focus on the forgiveness of God, and dispel the hurt by returning grace.
A. Let’s start with a question: do we really want an extreme makeover of our lives and hearts? 1. That’s what we have been taking about for the last month in our sermons. 2. We have been learning that the Bible promises that God can help us change. 3. We don’t have to stay the ...read more
Contributed on Feb 12, 2014
In this sermon, we explore anger myths, anger truths, and anger management.
Introduction: A. If I were to ask you, of all the human emotions you are capable of experiencing, which one seems to be the most difficult for you to cope with, my guess is that many of us would report that anger is the one that gives us the most trouble. 1. Anger is such a complex and ...read more
Contributed on Apr 7, 2014
What keeps us from doing the things we should be doing? How can we overcome the tendency to procrastinate? These are some of the questions we address in this sermon.
Introduction: A. If my memory is correct, this is the first time I have ever preached a sermon on the subject of procrastination! I just don’t know why I put if off for so long? B. Let’s start with a few cartoons to get us thinking about our subject. 1. In the 1st cartoon, a man ...read more
Contributed on Feb 18, 2014
In this sermon, we explore three important questions about anxiety: what is worry, what causes us to worry, and what is the solution for worry.
Introduction: A. The story is told of a man who said to his friend, “I’m really in trouble. I have a mountain of credit card debt, I lost my job, my car is being repossessed and my house is in foreclosure, but I’m not worried about it!” 1. “How can you not be ...read more
Contributed on Feb 24, 2014
In this sermon, we explore the three steps needed to overcome our addictions.
Introduction: A. A man stood at a podium and said four short and simple words, “Don’t be like me.” 1. His name was Mickey Mantle. 2. When he graduated from a high school in Oklahoma, he signed with the Yankees. 3. This began a rapid assent to super stardom. 4. Mantle was on ...read more
Contributed on Mar 31, 2014
God gives us the answer to the question we all wrestle with: What is the purpose of life?
A. If there is one question that every person who has ever lived wrestles with is this: What is the purpose of life? What is my purpose for living? 1. One day a nursery school teacher was working with her students when a fire truck zoomed past. 2. Sitting in the front seat of the fire truck was ...read more
Contributed on Mar 3, 2014
After exploring what pornography is and why it is spiritually damaging, this sermon explores strategies for a lust makeover.
Introduction: A. The story is told of a man who was driving from Miami to Ft Lauderdale. 1. He needed to use the restroom, so he pulled into one of those rest areas on the side of the road. 2. He went into the bathroom and took the second stall, since the first one was taken. 3. Suddenly, he ...read more