Contributed on Aug 1, 2010
Peter doubted Jesus when he was asked to put his nets into the deep water. It made no sense. It shouldn’t have worked. But in spite of his doubt, Jesus rewarded Peter. Why?
INTRO: As I was preparing for this month’s sermons on “Free Refills” I remembered an old Gospel hymn. If you know it, sing along if you want to: “Fill my cup Lord, I lift it up Lord Come and quench the thirsting of my soul Bread of heaven fill me til I want no more Fill my cup, fill it up and ...read more
Contributed on Aug 16, 2010
Mary & Martha said that Lazarus was the one whom Jesus loved. But how could Jesus treat a friend like He did? Why would He callously stay away while this close friend died... and He could have prevented it?
OPEN: “How many of you know the name of the brother of Mary and Martha who Jesus raised from the dead?” (most of the audience raised their hand). Who was it? Lazarus. Read text: John 11:1-47 followed by prayer. ILLUS: A few years back I read a story about a may village in ...read more
Contributed on Aug 22, 2010
Why did John focus on Mary Magdalene’s viist to the tomb in his gospel? What was there about what she saw and what she believed that made her story so important to his story?
OPEN: I’m going to name 4 characters in a famous TV show and then I’m going to ask you to name that show. Ready? Bert and Ernie The Cookie Monster Big Bird Name that show! (Sesame Street). Now, how many of you remember a character from that show named “Mr. Hooper”? (a few hands were ...read more
Contributed on Aug 29, 2010
Some people fear the end of the world. Others (even preachers) don’t believe Jesus is coming back. Why do some "Christians" think like this? And how should we feel when we think about Jesus’ 2nd coming?
There are days that can be scary. The sky gets dark, the wind whips through the trees and there is a feel of danger in the atmosphere around you. Have you ever seen a day like that? Back in the Spring of 1780 the Connecticut House of Representatives was in session when suddenly the sky overhead ...read more