Contributed on Aug 6, 2015
Regardless of all of our plans and actions, if our hearts are not right, there is little accomplished.
1. Future Plans Approaching eighty-five years of age, Mrs. Wells finally decided it was time to give up her home in North Carolina and move to Miami. She was given the name of a Florida realtor, who enthusiastically drove her all over Miami, extolling the virtues of every apartment they looked ...read more
Contributed on Aug 15, 2015
The bible speaks often about the heart. It is more than the blood-pump in our chests, it is all-encompassing to our lives. This lesson looks at some if the ways "heart" is used in scripture.
1. Last week we spoke of the relationship of our actions and our hearts -- our actions show our hearts 2. The Bible has much to say about the heart a. Can be deceitful (Jeremiah 17.9) b. To be used fully for God -- Deuteronomy 6.4-9 c. Impacts our appearance A merry heart makes a cheerful ...read more
Contributed on Aug 18, 2015
The stone heart is resistant to God, the heart of flesh, created by God is open to and led by him. We need a change of heart from hard, resistant stone to soft, Spirit-pliable flesh.
1. Dinosaur Heart It was 103°F in Hell Creek, South Dakota, one day in September 1993. Dinosaur hunter Michael Hammer was amazed at what he saw. Sticking out of the ground were the remains of a Thescelosaurus, a plant-eating dinosaur. The skeleton was almost complete. Hammer says he knew right ...read more
Contributed on Aug 26, 2015
Not only can God remove our hard hearts of stone and give us new ones, he can construct pure hearts within us.
1. Johnny and the Duck (1) A young boy who had just rec'd a slingshot for his birthday. He'd spend hours shooting rocks at various target/but he never seemed to be able to hit his target. One day he was in his Grandmother's house and he watched as her pet duck waddled by. On impulse he took aim ...read more
Contributed on Sep 1, 2015
The idea of the sermon is the see the contrast between our tendencies to be self-serving or self-promoting versus having the humble spirit that promotes God. The Pharisee and Tax Collector in the parable of Luke 18.9-14 are the examples we will consider.
1. Self Esteem and Funeral Director A mild mannered young man came into a counselor's office ready for a divorce. He complained that his wife was so bossy that she was driving him off the wall. He wanted things to change, immediately. The counselor gave him a book on assertiveness. He was so ...read more
Contributed on Sep 10, 2015
In the cross, Jesus illustrates the relationship that we have with God (the vertical) and others (the horizontal). It appears that God places a much higher emphasis on the horizontal than we may realize.
1. [Angry Toddler https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_UVgmPDMRY 2. Matthew 5.21-24 a. Remember WE have offended someone in this Scenario b. "Coping with difficult people is always a problem; especially if the difficult person happens to be you." -John Maxwell 3. Anger is one thing that Jesus ...read more