Contributed on Oct 2, 2006
Why did God find it necessary to test Abraham’s faith? What purpose did it serve?
OPEN: Three military recruiters were on hand to address a gathering of high school seniors. The recruiters represented different branches of the military: Army, Navy, and Marines and each of was given fifteen minutes to speak. The Army and Navy recruiters got a little carried away with their ...read more
Contributed on Oct 9, 2006
We often think of heroes as those who run to the fight... but often heroes are those who engage in "organized retreats".
OPEN: One of my favorite stories from Revolutionary war involves the "Battle of the Cowpens". Toward the end of the Revolutionary war, the British General Cornwallis had captured Savannah, Charleston and Camden in South Carolina - and in the process he had defeated and imprisoned much of the ...read more
Contributed on Oct 15, 2006
There were two obstacles to the dream home Caleb claimed. One was the giants that already lived there... and the other was his age. What was it that allowed him to overcome the obstacles and claim God’s promise?
OPEN: (A poem by Edgar A. Guest) "Somebody said that it couldn’t be done, But he with a chuckle replied "maybe it couldn’t", but he would be one who wouldn’t say so till he tried. So he buckled right in with a trace of a grin on his face. If he worried he hid it. He started to sing as he ...read more
Contributed on Oct 22, 2006
When the Israelites reject Samuel and cry out for a King, God essentially tells Samuel: it’s not about you. This simple piece of advice made a powerful difference for Samuel, and can do the same for us. Find out why.
OPEN: Years ago, when a person would use the telephone operator to help make phone calls, a small boy dialed "O" asked the operator to call a number for him. He didn’t speak clearly, so she had trouble understanding him and asked him to repeat the number several times. After about the fourth time ...read more
Contributed on Oct 29, 2006
Esther had good reason to be afraid of her husband. But she overcame her fear based on the sound advise of her uncle Mordecai... and so can we.
As you’re turning to Esther 4 this morning, I want to give you a little background to the story we’ll be reading. Nearly 500 years before Christ, and about 50 years after Ezra had led the Jews back to Jerusalem from their captivity in Babylon (they’d been sent into captivity due their sinful ...read more