Contributed on Apr 15, 2016
Jacob put conditions on God and made unnecessary vows when faith was all that was needed.
Let me start today with a story about C.S.Lewis. During his army training, Lewis shared a room with another cadet named"Paddy" Moore. The two made a mutual pact that if either died during the war, the survivor would take care of both their families. Paddy was killed in action in 1918 and Lewis ...read more
Contributed on Apr 2, 2016
This sermon looks at the lesson of prayer and patience.
If we took the time this morning to ask how each of us met our spouse I bet there would be some interesting stories. Some may have met at school or the work place. Some may have met through friends. Debbie and I met at Hardees where she was the store manager and I was her bread delivery guy. I ...read more
Contributed on May 21, 2016
Caleb had a different attitude than the others. This opened the door for him to enter the Promised Land
One of my favorite stories is about a scrawny kid from West Texas who attended a small high school. They didn't have a wrestling program, but he read a book on wrestling and asked one of the assistant football coaches if he would enter him in some of the wrestling matches in that region. The ...read more
Contributed on Jun 25, 2016
It takes ability, motivation, and attitude to kill a giant. David had all three.
Little Billy, a Jewish boy, was failing his math lessons. His parents tried everything they could to get him to do better in this subject, but he continued to fail. At last, they took him down to the Catholic School, and enrolled him. After the first day, Billy came home and went up to his room, ...read more
Contributed on Feb 25, 2016
Abram's nephew Lot tested Abram's heart when Lot found himself in trouble.
Late one summer evening in Broken Bow, Nebraska, a weary truck driver pulled his rig into an all-night truck stop. The waitress had just served him when three tough looking, leather jacketed motorcyclists - of the Hell’s Angels type - decided to give him a hard time. Not only did they ...read more
Contributed on Mar 5, 2016
This sermon fills in the gap between Lot's rescue and the promised son to Abraham.
A lot can change in 25 years. Twenty-five years ago, I was 40 years old. Crystal was seven. Shane was five. We had been in Denver 2 years. Denver was all farmland. There were three service stations and a Red & White grocery store. There were no fast food restaurants. If you wanted a more modern ...read more
Contributed on Jul 9, 2016
When David became complacent his heart for God turned to a heart for self.
I want to start today with a story entitled “Kierkegaard's Complacent Duck.” According to his parable, one spring, a duck was flying north with a flock. In the Danish countryside that particular duck spotted a barnyard where tame ducks lived. The duck dropped down and he discovered ...read more
Contributed on Apr 20, 2016
Jacob was about to have three reunions. In the midst of then he gave us a model prayer.
When I was in the work force I was in middle management for my employer. An employee of mine was named Eric. Eric was a bad boy. He had the much deserved reputation of being a partier and a womanizer. Some of his stories would even make me uncomfortable. He often got himself in binds at work but I ...read more
Contributed on Jun 3, 2016
Ruth found it necessary to rest at the feet of Boaz to be redeemed. We should do the same at the feet of Jesus.
There is a story about a student at Cambridge University in England who entered the classroom on exam day and asked the proctor to bring him cakes and ale. The proctor refused, expressing astonishment at the young student’s audacity. At this point the student read from the ...read more
Contributed on Aug 5, 2016
God had to reprimand his people for not building his house. Their eyes were on their own selfish desire. This message is for a church in decline.
Last week we examined the life of Solomon. We discovered that he asked God for wisdom to govern his people but chose not to use it. So we read these sad words concerning the nation of Israel. 1 Kings 11:9-13 “The Lord was very angry with Solomon, for his heart had turned away from the ...read more
Contributed on Jan 16, 2016
Enoch walked with God and disappeared. For those around him, he was nowhere to be found. This teaching discovers how he became the "nowhere" man.
A boat docked in a tiny New England village. An American businessman complimented the fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them. "Not very long," answered the fisherman. "Well, then, why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?" asked the ...read more
Contributed on May 14, 2016
When Joseph got the chance to make his brothers sweat, he took it.
There is a story of the rich executive who announced to his church one morning that he was going to give up all he owned so that he had to depend on his faith in God for everything he needed. He sold everything, gave it to the poor, and moved into a rented home down on the bad side of town. That ...read more
Contributed on May 28, 2016
Rahad received a guarantee that was irrevocable.
Guarantees. We all like guarantees. They give us a sense of security. We can rest knowing that if events work against us we have a card to play that will fix our problem. Everywhere you go you are faced with the options on buying a warranty on an item. This is your guarantee that you will be ...read more
Contributed on Mar 12, 2016
God would take Abraham to the limit of obedience when He asked for Isaac as a sacrifice
Native hunters in the jungles of Africa have a clever way of trapping monkeys. They slice a coconut in two, hollow it out, and in one half of the shell cut a hole just big enough for a monkey’s hand to pass through. Then they place an orange in the other coconut half before fastening ...read more
Contributed on Jan 22, 2016
Noah lived in a wicked world but he was favored by God. This sermon centers on how to be an influence on others.
Hillary and Bill Clinton decided to go for a drive one weekend to see the beautiful countryside and take a break from politics. After a while, they needed to stop for gas. They pulled into a tiny gas station, and out walked a man to help them. Hillary looked up and screamed at the top of her ...read more
Contributed on Jan 8, 2016
99% of human DNA is shared by everyone. It is the 1% that makes us unique. Having 99% of the same DNA stongly suggests a common ancestor. That one common ancestor is Adam.
There seems to be a great interest in genealogy these days. People wonder where their roots began. It is said that THE LONGEST FAMILY TREE IN THE WORLD IS THAT OF THE CHINESE PHILOSOPHER AND EDUCATOR CONFUCIUS. THE TREE SPANS MORE THAN 80 GENERATIONS, AND INCLUDES MORE THAN 2 MILLION MEMBERS. ...read more
Contributed on Jul 28, 2016
Solomon was given more wisdom than anyone who has lived yet he chose not to use it.
There are all kinds of warnings in life. Most products we purchase have labels warning about improper use. Here are a few that I found. - A label on a snow sled which says: "Beware: sled may develop high speed under certain snow conditions." - A fishing lure, with a warning that reads: ...read more
Contributed on Feb 6, 2016
Noah was a man known to do exactly as God told him to do. His obedience saved all of man and the living creatures.
Today we will continue to discuss Noah. We will be looking at the call on his life, God’s provision for this call, and how we benefit from it. However, as I was proceeding with my studies I pondered how it would have been if Noah had been called to build the ark today. It may have gone ...read more
Contributed on Apr 9, 2016
From jealousy to deceitfulness, Isaac's life was in urmoil.
In 1840 Nathanael Hawthorne wrote a story titled “The Bosom Serpent.” The story is about a man, once happy in marriage, which had been separated from his wife because of jealous suspicions. He would sometimes hold his hand to his bosom and lowly chant, “It gnaws! It gnaws!” ...read more
Contributed on Apr 29, 2016
Judah made two really bad choices with his brother and his daughter-in-law.
I allowed my sons and grandson to convince me to play golf this past Wednesday. I have only played once in my entire life and did not enjoy it at all. But I couldn’t say “No” to a chance of spending time with my boys. I knew I had made a mistake when it took us one hour to ...read more
Contributed on Jul 1, 2016
David's heart for God was extended to a man with crippled feet. A picture of the love of Jesus for us.
Last week we talked about David. We have learned that he is only 15 but has been chosen by God to become the next king of Israel. The reason being that he has a heart for God. That meant his very being, innermost person desired to please God above everything else. This same 15-year-old boy ...read more
Contributed on Jun 15, 2016
God looked at Saul and got right to the heart of the matter.
The last time we were together, I told the story of Ruth and Boaz. We learned of how Boaz was her redeemer and mirrored what Jesus would do for us one day. The nation of Israel had taken possession of the land promised to them but they disobeyed God by not driving out all the nations that were in ...read more
Contributed on Feb 12, 2016
There is evidence that Abram delayed God's plan, resulting in disobedience. However, God prompted him to get moving toward the ultimate goal for his life.
A couple from north Oklahoma decided to go to Florida for a long weekend to thaw out during one particularly icy winter. Because they both had jobs, they had difficulty coordinating their travel schedules. It was decided that the husband would fly to Florida on Thursday, and his wife would follow ...read more
Contributed on Feb 18, 2016
When the famine hit Canaan, Abram looked to Egypt rather than to God. This sermon examines the problems we encounter when we turn to the world in our troubles rather than to God.
Do you have a worry box? It’s a mental box that we can place our worries in. This box can only hold so many worries, so as soon as one disappears, we fill it with another. If a bigger worry comes along, we discard the smaller worries to make room for it. These worry don’t vanish. They ...read more