Contributed on Apr 6, 2020
This is the first sermon in a series on hope, which is our anchor in times of trouble. God's promises are the anchor that helps us in the storms of life. God is a promise making and promise keeping God.
A. The story is told of a time when a storm was raging on the open sea, and a sea captain realized his ship was sinking fast. 1. He called out to his crew, “Does anyone here know how to pray?” 2. One crewman stepped forward, saying, “Aye, Captain, I know how to pray.” 3. “Good,” said the captain, ...read more
Contributed on Apr 13, 2020
One of God's promises that brings us hope is that death is not the end of life, but is just the beginning of something far better for the believer in Jesus. Jesus' resurrection is that proof that life does not end with death.
A. Happy Easter, Everyone! 1. This has to be one of the most unusual Easters in the last 100 years. 2. Most countries around the world are practicing social distancing because of the virus pandemic, and so churches are empty on this Resurrection Sunday in order to protect physical lives. 3. But ...read more
Contributed on Apr 20, 2020
An important anchor for our souls is God's promise that we are somebody important to Him. Every person has supreme value to God because we are made in God's image.
A. In the 1957 comedy film, called “The Delicate Delinquent,” Jerry Lewis played the typical inept young man that he always played. 1. In this silly film, he tried but failed to be a juvenile delinquent. 2. In the film, there is a powerful scene where Lewis is talking to his best friend, whom he ...read more
Contributed on Apr 27, 2020
If you are a child of God, then you have a priceless and limitless inheritance. As children of God we are heirs of God and coheirs with Christ. We are trust-fund kids! Let's live like it!
A. One day, two friends happened upon each other walking down the street. 1. One of them looked sad and was almost on the verge of tears. 2. The other man said, “Hey my friend, what is making you so sad today? 3. The sad fellow said, “Let me tell you - three weeks ago, an uncle died and left me ...read more
Contributed on May 4, 2020
God has promised us that we can win the spiritual war against our enemy. We can win because God is greater and more powerful, and because Satan is a defeated foe.
A. One day down at the Veteran’s hospital, a trio of old timers ran out of tales of their own heroic exploits and started bragging about their ancestors. 1. One old timer said, “My great grandfather, at age 13, was a drummer boy at Shiloh.” 2. “Mine,” boasted another, “went down with Custer at the ...read more
Contributed on May 11, 2020
Because Jesus became human and lived among us, He can understand us. And because Jesus was fully divine, He has the power to help us. When we approach God looking for help, we can know that He understands us and will patiently help us.
A. One afternoon, a man came home from work to find two young girls from the neighborhood on the steps of his building. 1. Both girls were crying very loudly, and were shedding big tears. 2. Thinking they might be hurt, the man put down his briefcase and quickly went over to them, asking, “Are you ...read more
Contributed on May 18, 2020
One of the reasons we can win the spiritual battle and get through the storms of life, is the fact that we have a Savior in heaven who is praying for us.
A. Over the years, I have enjoyed reading Readers’ Digest and especially the humor sections. 1. One of the humor sections is called “All in a Day’s Work” where people write in humorous things that happen at work. 2. Here’s a good one someone submitted: Confiding in a co-worker, I told her about a ...read more
Contributed on May 26, 2020
After Jesus returned to heaven to the Father's right side, He sent the Holy Spirit to be with us and live in us to empower, transform, guide, and comfort us.
A. The Apostles’ Creed is an early statement of Christian belief that has been embraced by many Christians over the years. 1. I like the story told about a children’s catechism class that was learning the Apostles Creed. 2. Each child in the class had been assigned a sentence from the creed to ...read more
Contributed on Jun 2, 2020
One of God's promises that gives us great hope is that our prayers have power. Our God promises to hear and answer our prayers.
A. One day three preachers sat discussing the best positions for prayer while a telephone repairman worked nearby. 1. One of the preachers said, “Kneeling is definitely best and most effective position for prayer.” 2. “Not so,” another preacher contended, “I get the best results in prayer by ...read more
Contributed on Jun 29, 2020
Life can be hard and unfair. We cry out for justice and wait for it. We may never experience justice in this world, but God promises us that He is a just God and that justice will prevail in the next world.
A. Have you noticed in life that justice can be hard to come by? 1. One day a defendant stood before the judge and the judge announced, “Tell me, sir, do you have anything to offer this court before it passes sentence?” a. The defendant replied, “No, your honor, I have nothing to offer this court, ...read more
Contributed on Jul 6, 2020
God doesn't promise a sorrow-free life, but God does promise that joy will come. Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.
A. I’m sure that many of us are familiar with the musical Annie, about the optimistic red-headed orphaned girl named Annie, who is eventually adopted by a billionaire. 1. Before the happy ending comes, Annie and the other girls at the orphanage endure the abuse of Miss Hannigan, the drunken owner ...read more
Contributed on Jul 13, 2020
God hates pride, but loves humility. God's promise is that if we humble ourselves before God, He will give us His grace. This truth is clearly displayed in the story of Nebuchadnezzar, and in the story of the Pharisee and the tax collector.
A. One day a certain preacher began to pride-fully muse about what a fine preacher he had become. 1. So he said to his wife, “How many really great preachers do you think there are?” 2. His wife thought for a minute and said, “Well, I don’t know how many really great preachers there are, but ...read more
Contributed on Jul 20, 2020
The promise of God that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus is based on the fact that we are saved by grace through faith, because of the righteousness of Christ is credited to us when we believe and are baptized.
A. A comedian was joking about life in the U.S.A. and said, “Believe it or not, America is still the land of opportunity. An immigrant who comes to this country with absolutely nothing, and becomes a citizen, immediately owes $80,387.” 1. Yup, that is the share per citizen of the U.S.A. national ...read more
Contributed on Aug 3, 2020
Our faith in the promises of God are the anchor that holds us secure no matter what storm we are facing. The lifeline of God's promises anchors us to the very throne of God. Our job is to trust and hold on!
A. One day a young mother was feeling rather down and hopeless when she heard the phone ring. 1. The young mother picked up the phone and said, “Hello.” 2. A woman’s voice immediately said, “Honey, it’s mom. I called because I know that you’re overwhelmed with the three children, and I want to ...read more