Contributed on Jan 2, 2005
Pagans doubt God because they try to put Him in a box. But Christians sometimes doubt because they forget that He was in the box to begin with.
OPEN: (I had brought a large cardboard box on stage that my children had turned into a house) I suppose some of you have wondered what this is. Does anybody know what I have on stage with me? That’s right - it’s a box. But, it’s not just any box. This is a marvelous box. This is the creation ...read more
Contributed on Jan 10, 2005
You just can’t get by on borrowed faith. In order to please God we need a personal faith... but how do we attain that? The story of Naaman has some interesting insights.
OPEN: Two engineers applied for one job at a computer company. They had identical qualifications, so to determine which one to hire, the firm gave them a test. Each did well, except they both missed the same question. The manager called the first candidate, explained the results of the test and ...read more
Contributed on Jan 17, 2005
Many times it’s difficult to stand up for God... especially when it comes to the matter of our giving. (Offering was taken after sermon and the offering increased significantly over the Sunday before)
OPEN: The minister was preoccupied with thoughts of how he was going to, after the worship service, ask the congregation to come up with more money than they were expecting for repairs to the church building. Therefore, he was annoyed to find that the regular organist was sick and a substitute had ...read more
Contributed on Jan 24, 2005
Many churches function on a "survival mode" mentality, rather than a faith based plan. How can you tell the difference?
OPEN: About 100 years ago, Edgar Guest wrote the following poem: "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 ...read more