Sermon Series
  • 1. The Voice

    Contributed on Oct 9, 2002
    based on 138 ratings

    Four ways Jesus speaks with authority to break through into our lives.

    One of my favorite movies is the Indiana Jones movie The Last Crusade. It’s the story of Indiana Jones and his father’s quest for the holy grail, the legendary chalice that Jesus used in his Last Supper with his disciples. In one of the final scenes, the ancient temple they’ve found the chalice in more

  • 2. How It All Begins

    Contributed on Oct 9, 2002
    based on 70 ratings

    The topic, prelude, context, and focus of Mark’s story about Jesus.

    (Note: This sermon was introduced with scenes 1 and 2 of "Traveling Light," a full length play based on the Gospel of Mark from Lillenas). When you start something new, it’s always good to start at the beginning. Have you ever gone someplace and felt like you walked in on the middle of something more

  • 3. The Master's Touch

    Contributed on Oct 9, 2002
    based on 115 ratings

    Three touches of Jesus that we need in our lives.

    Note: This sermon was introduced with the Michael Card song "The Gentle Healer." Think about the words to the song we just sang: "Your touch is all I need, and when your hands are on this child, your healing I receive." Today we’re going to talk about the touch of Jesus. We’ve been in a series more

  • 4. Pursuing The Good Of Others

    Contributed on Oct 31, 2002
    based on 60 ratings

    consequences of what happens when we model ourselves after Jesus in seeking the good of others.

    Note: This sermon was introduced with scenes 12 & 13 of "Traveling Light" Jesus pursued the good of other people. He did it in his healings; he did it in his teachings. Jesus poured his life into the lives of others. Ultimately Jesus pursued our good by dying in our place, taking upon himself more

  • 5. Understanding People's Unresponsiveness

    Contributed on Jan 16, 2003
    based on 82 ratings

    A surprise, a realization, an encouragement and a reality check for understanding why more people don’t respond to the Christian message.

    After I became a Christian, I wanted to find a way to share the good news of Christ with my non-Christian friends and family members. I was convinced that if I could find just the right approach, just the right technique, all of my unbelieving friends would come to faith in Christ. At first I more

  • 6. The Paradox Of God's Kingdom

    Contributed on Jan 16, 2003
    based on 168 ratings

    Four paradoxes of God’s kingdom from the parables of Jesus.

    Life is filled with paradoxes. Now a paradox is simply a statement or idea that appears to be contradictory. One of the most famous ancient paradoxes was described by a Greek author named Epimenides. Epimenides tells us of a Cretan who utters the words, "All Cretans are liars." Can you see the more

  • 7. Occupied Territory

    Contributed on Jan 16, 2003
    based on 76 ratings

    Principles about demonic activity drawn from Jesus’ encounter with the man possessed with a legion of demons.

    Note: This sermon was introduced with the drama "The Price of Pigs" Today we’re going to look at a story that’s likely to make us uncomfortable. It’s the story described in the drama, the story of a man who was delivered from demonic possession. It’s a story of demons being sent into a heard of more

  • 8. Running On Empty

    Contributed on Jan 16, 2003
    based on 64 ratings

    Following Jesus will cause us to feel overwhemled because we will want to meet other people’s needs, but when we give Jesus what we have, God multiplies its effect far beyond our expectations.

    I know what some of you are thinking today. Some of you are thinking, "Only 17 shopping days left before Christmas." Others of you are wondering just how you’re going to get that Christmas letter out in time. You’re thinking, "Perhaps it should be a New Year’s letter instead." Let’s face it: more

  • 9. The Heart Of The Matter

    Contributed on Jan 16, 2003
    based on 307 ratings

    The heart of our problems are deeper than superficial behaviors. Before we can change, we need our hearts to be changed.

    Why do people treat each other so badly? Why do spouses break their wedding vows? Why do people act out in violence and hatred toward others? Why do racism and hate crimes still exist in our world? Why are people filled with greed? Why do we act with treachery and deception toward each more

  • 10. The Outer Limits

    Contributed on Jan 16, 2003
    based on 135 ratings

    When we follow Jesus, he will lead us beyond our comfort zone with people, especially people we are not naturally drawn to.

    Note: This sermon was introduced with a scene from "Traveling Light" All of us have limits and boundaries that make us uncomfortable if we go beyond them. I was reminded of this back in November when my oldest son and I went to the Promise Keepers "Passage" event at the Anaheim Pond. At one more

  • 11. Giving To Caesar, Giving To God

    Contributed on Aug 5, 2003
    based on 55 ratings

    We owe our nation our support, but we owe God our wholehearted devotion.

    As you all know, our nation is at war. We’ve been expecting it to come for several weeks, but this week it finally came. And whenever war comes, it comes as a tragedy for all involved. And the dilemma for me as a pastor is what to preach about today. I’m sure many pastors will be interrupting more

  • 12. Living In The Now

    Contributed on Aug 5, 2003
    based on 169 ratings

    Instead of living in the future, God wants us to live in the now in light of the future.

    During the first Gulf War in 1990 and 1991 I noticed that many pastors in our communities changed their preaching during the conflict. No matter what they’d been preaching about prior to the conflict, it seemed like pastors throughout our nation decided that the conflict in Iraq would be a great more