Contributed on May 4, 2008
At times it is hard not to get impatient with God. It’s hard to wait for Him to move. But such impatience can cause us to act rashly and our rashness can cost us dearly.
OPEN: Caitlin was a 4 year old and an only child. She really wanted to have a baby sister and kept pestering her mother asking when she could have one. One morning Caitlin told her mother, "Maybe if we both prayed out loud, God would hear us." So they prayed together. As soon as they finished, ...read more
Contributed on May 12, 2008
Moses became the kind of man he did because God supplied him with 2 mothers. But one of those mothers supplied him with something the other could not. Do you know what that was?
OPEN: Real Mothers are special people. Real mothers would like to be able to eat a whole candy bar (all by themselves) and drink a Coke without any "floaters" in it. Real Mothers know that their kitchen utensils are probably going to end up in the sandbox. Real Mothers often have sticky floors, ...read more
Contributed on May 18, 2008
Miriam was a very Godly woman who had a special ministry of song in Israel. That didn’t make her perfect, but it did serve to help her even when she stumbled.
OPEN: (I had the people stand as we sang the "Star Spangled Banner") O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro’ the perilous fight, O’er the ramparts we watch’d, were so gallantly streaming? ...read more
Contributed on May 25, 2008
Aaron was a man who lifted up Moses as his brother and lifted up the people of Israel as their High Priest. But that there was a day when Aaron failed to do that. Do you know what happened?
We opened with the congregation singing the first verse of “My Country Tis of Thee” What is this weekend? It’s Memorial Day Weekend. It’s a time that we’ve set aside to honor those who have given their lives in service of this country to protect us and secure our freedoms. Memorial Day has ...read more
Contributed on Jun 1, 2008
Why would God seek to kill Moses? And why does Zipporah have to circumcize her boy to stop God from doing it?
OPEN: Jeffrey Sackett once observed: Think of how often in scripture it is the woman who is the vehicle for ministry. · Who prompted Jesus to perform His first miracle? A Woman! (His mother) · Who ministered to Christ during His public ministry? The women! · Who anointed Jesus’ feet? The ...read more
Contributed on Jun 9, 2008
Who could the Pharaohs (mentioned in Exodus) have been, and what can we learn from the curse associated with their reign?
OPEN: A few months ago I was reading an article about King Tut (his full name was Tutankhamun). The ancient Egyptian pharaoh, and artifacts from his tomb, were making a tour and would be stopping in at Chicago to be displayed at one of the museums there. As I read the article I became intrigued ...read more
Contributed on Jun 15, 2008
First Person presentation of Joshua describing his relationship with Moses. This was a powerful message that spoke of the lessons Joshua may have learned from his father figure - Moses.
(I entered stage left, dressed as Joshua, the son of Nun, and carrying a Ram’s horn – or Shofar. There are several websites that will allow you to hear the sound of the Shofar, but I found that I was able to make a reasonable sound from the horn with very little effort. I used the musical ...read more
Contributed on Jun 22, 2008
Churches should be a place filled with gentle and loving people who wouldn’t be a place of anger and conflict. But too often, churches are known as places of conflict and pain. How should a Christian leader deal with this issue?
OPEN: In Winchester, Ohio there’s a church called the Bethlehem Church of Christ. It’s been in existence for over 150 years, and over the years different events have been recorded in their “history” book. One of their recent ministers was reading back over the different entries in this book when he ...read more
Contributed on Jun 30, 2008
Jethro’s advise wasn’t just good for Moses in his day, it’s also good for Christians today. What lesson can we learn from this ancient man of God.
OPEN: Back in the 90’s there was a president of was a president of Harvard University named Neil Rudenstine. Now, one of the major roles of college president is to raise money for the institution so they can pay the salaries and other financial responsibilities of the organization. And Neil ...read more