Contributed on Aug 18, 2014
Jesus provoked faith in different people in different ways, but he was consistently the object of faith, and faith meant taking him at his Word.
Jesus, the Faith Provoker (Mark 7:24-37) 1. A Catholic priest, a Baptist evangelist, and an Assembly of God minister were in a row boat in the middle of a pond fishing. None of them had caught anything all day. The evangelist stands up, says he needs to go to the bathroom climbs out of the ...read more
Contributed on Aug 25, 2014
God has an agenda for believers to grow in their trust of him.
A Contrast in Twelves (Mark 5: 21-43) 1. There are quite a few number jokes out there. • What did the zero say to the 8? Nice belt! • Why is the number six so scared? Because seven eight nine! • What has 6 wheels and flies? A garbage truck. • 6 out of 5 people ...read more
Contributed on Jun 9, 2014
God wants us to understand the implications of demonization and the battle in which we are engaged.
The Ultimate Deviled Ham (Mark 5:1-20) 1. Our new current series, “Jesus’ Amazing Ministry Up North” covers Mark 5-9, and focuses on Jesus’ ministry in the region of Galilee, the northern province of Israel. 2. Today’s sermon is about thousands of demons ...read more
Contributed on Sep 29, 2014
What a friend we have in Jesus, a friend who is competent and capable when the challenges of life seem more than we can bear.
Weakening the Adversary’s Hold Through Prayer (Mark 9:14-29) 1. A Barna poll in 2009 of people who professed to be some sort of Christian — not necessarily evangelical — states the following: “Four out of ten Christians (40%) strongly agreed that Satan “is not a ...read more
Contributed on Jun 30, 2014
Jesus did what others rabbis did, only in more powerful ways; yet ministry is only effective when people have receptive hearts.
Jesus, the Rabbi (Mark 6:1-13) 1. Jewish Rabbis often play the role of settling disputes. A poor Jewish man finds a wallet with $700 in it. At his synagogue, he reads a notice stating that a wealthy member has lost his wallet and is offering a $50 reward to anyone who returns it. Quickly he ...read more
Contributed on Jul 23, 2014
The wicked and fence-sitters have their moments but are worse off in the long term.
The Fox Turned Weasel (Mark 6:14-29) 1. TAMPA, Fla., July 1 (UPI) --A Florida artist claims he spotted a two-headed alligator when he was out walking his dog in Tampa but Florida wildlife officials are skeptical. Justin Alan Arnold uploaded the image on Facebook and it has been shared across ...read more
Contributed on Jul 28, 2014
The tension between our quest for tranquility and the pressures of responsibility and loving others is an inexact science, but we must do our best to seek the balance, which may be different for each one of us.
The Quest for Tranquility (Mark 6:45-55) 1. We had a great time in Virginia — suburban Washington DC — at Hannah’s wedding. 2. We love our new son-in-law and got to live next door to Luke and Sarah at hotel. 3. Family came from Chicago, and friends came from Kokomo. It was ...read more
Contributed on Oct 13, 2014
We all want to feel like we matter in some way, and sometimes that can take the form of “other people do not matter.” Jesus taught that everyone matters. Success in his eyes is very different from the world’s view of success.
Jesus’ Surprising Teachings About Service (Mark 9:33-50) 1. Sometimes it DOES take a Rocket Scientist Scientists at NASA have developed a gun built specifically to launch dead chickens at the windshields of airliners, military jets and the space shuttle, all traveling at maximum ...read more
Contributed on Sep 22, 2014
The substitution of John for Elijah teaches us much about God’s ways and his dealings with mankind.
The Elijah Factor (Mark 9:9-13, Malachi 4:5-6) 1. The world has been going through a chaotic time. Islamic terrorists have been cruelly killing anyone unlike them. 2. Scotland almost voted for independence but decided to stay with the UK. 3. Vladamir Putin talks about starting World War ...read more
Contributed on Aug 4, 2014
Because we want others to approve of us, we feel a pressure to displace some of God’s commands with peer group rules or trends.
The Danger of Displacement (Mark 7:1-13) 1. One of my favorite Jewish jokes (I have told before) is the following: 2. A Jewish congregation was arguing over whether one should stand or sit during the Shema Yisrael. Half of the congregation said one should sit, the other half insisted one ...read more
Contributed on Aug 11, 2014
If you have a physical heart problem, you can ignore it and take the consequences or adjust to the problem and make the best of it; the same is true when it comes to our invisible, inner being.We are going to discuss this inner heart problem.
Diagnosis: You Have A Heart Problem! (Mark 7:14-23) 1. Joke: Man in church inherited 1 million dollars; afraid the shock would kill him… Asked pastor to break news. Pastor asked, “Charlie, if you inherited 1 million dollars, what would you do?” Charline: “Give ½ to ...read more
Contributed on Sep 15, 2014
The Transfiguration was a deep, amazingly meaningful event that tells us more than we can contain. In it, we catch of glimpse of Jesus unlike any other and weave together an entire tapestry of spiritual truths.
Kingdom Preview: The Monumental Transfiguration (Mark 9:1-8) 1. Christianity is not primarily about a philosophy of life, a code of ethics, a religious institution, a series of rituals, or a cultural identification. It is those things, but not primarily. Christianity is centered upon Jesus, ...read more
Contributed on Aug 25, 2014
In the Bible, we see two kinds of blindness: physical blindness and spiritual blindness. How is your eyesight?
How is Your Eyesight? (Mark 8:11-25) 1. Almost one hundred years ago — 99 to be exact, one of the greatest Gospel song writers of all time, Fanny Crosby, went home to be with the Lord. Crosby — who wrote Blessed Assurance and hundreds of other songs — was blind. 2. ...read more
Contributed on Oct 6, 2014
Millions of people understand that Jesus died on the cross and rose again, but do they really understand? Do we?
Oblivious to Jesus' Death (Mark 9:30-32) 1. Some people just don’t get it. This is a true story, and it happened in a produce department. The customer walked up to the assistant: Assistant: “Hello, can I help you with anything?” Customer: “Yes, do you have any ...read more
Contributed on Sep 8, 2014
When we walk with Jesus, our lives are filled with meaning and rich. But the Christian life is not an easy life, forcing us to first count the cost as we evaluate the following facts.
The Realities of Discipleship (Mark 8: 34-38, Psalm 49 and Daniel 7:13-14) 1. The Sunday School teacher taught her class, “The wicked kings and queens of the Bible thought no one or nothing was more powerful than they were. Who can tell me who or what is more powerful than a king or ...read more
Contributed on Sep 2, 2014
In order to be a true Christian, one must embrace both the Person of Jesus and the Work of Jesus on the cross and in his resurrection.
Bi-Polar Peter (Mark 8:27-33) 1. The term “Bi-Polar” often brings to mind a condition many suffer with, previously known as being “manic-depressive.” 2. But the term Bi-Polar often refers to a set of two extremes. Two sets of bi-polar tastes make up the foundation of ...read more