Contributed on Oct 5, 2008
To some people, the world is a dark and difficult experience. But in the midst of their frustration, there is the hint of eternity that makes them hope that there is something more than they are presently experiencing.
(Twenty years ago I heard a preacher give a sermon with the same kinds of opening and closing illustrations. It left such an impression on me that I have waited all this time to preach this specific sermon.) OPEN: Nine men lay trapped more than 200 feet beneath the ground in a coal mine in ...read more
Contributed on Oct 13, 2008
God did more than start a "religion" with Abraham. He started a "relationship" - a relationship that models what God desires to do in our lives.
OPEN: A third grader once wrote a homework assignment where he was supposed to "Explain God." "One of God’s main jobs is making people. He makes them to replace the ones that die so there will be enough people to take care of things on earth. He doesn’t make grown-ups, just babies. I think ...read more
Contributed on Oct 19, 2008
Hebrews 1 tells us that God had a very special message to give us. What was that message, and why do people continually reject it?
OPEN: A preacher and a member of his congregation stood by the side of the road. They were taking turns holding up a sign that said, "The End is Near! Turn around before it’s too late!" It wasn’t too long until a car drove up, the driver saw the sign, rolled down his window and yelled out: "I ...read more
Contributed on Oct 27, 2008
Paul was plunged into darkness and given sight when Ananias placed hands upon him. Every Christian has the ability to bring people out darkness... but how do we do it?
OPEN: A mother was busy making supper in the kitchen, and needing a can of tomato soup, she asked her 5 year old son to go into the pantry and get one for her. But the light in the pantry was out and he didn’t really want to go in there. "It’s dark in there and I’m scared" he said. She asked ...read more