Contributed on May 14, 2018
Many of our conflicts arise because we have different personalities, and thus different perspectives. When an issue comes up — especially one that is neither black or white — we tend to latch onto the response dictated by our personality.
God Uses Our Personality! (Acts 15:36-41) 1. Happy Mother’s Day to our moms! We appreciate you. 2. Moms have a variety of personalities. Here is a true account: My mother is always trying to understand what motivates people, especially those in her family. One day she and my sister were ...read more
Contributed on May 25, 2018
It takes more than leadership to built up the Kingdom of God, but good leaders can make a significant difference.
Timothy Joins the Team! (Acts 16:1-5) 1. Joke: A not-too-bright lady was stuck in a snowstorm when she remembered her dad's advice: "If you ever get stuck in a snowstorm, wait until a snowplow drives by and then follow it." Eventually she saw a snowplow so she followed it along in her car. ...read more
Contributed on May 30, 2018
To serve God well, we need to do many things; the most basic things are simple concepts: being led by God and reaching out to others.
The Change of Plans That Changed History (Acts 16:6-15) 1. A guy goes in for a job interview and sits down with the boss. The boss asks him, “What do you think is your worst quality?” The man says “I’m probably too honest.” The boss says, “That’s not a bad thing, I think being honest is a ...read more
Contributed on Jun 11, 2018
Just as God prevails despite opposition, so does the Gospel.
Jailhouse Rock (Acts 16:16-34) [note: this title is not original -- have seen several sermons on this text with this title] 1. Late one night, a burglar broke into a house he thought was empty. He tiptoed through the living room but suddenly he froze in his tracks when he heard a loud ...read more
Contributed on Jun 18, 2018
Sometimes God calls us to surrender our rights for the benefit of his kingdom.
Shrewd Surrender (Acts 16:35-40) 1. Three violin manufactures have all done business for years on the same block in the small town of Cremona, Italy. After years of peaceful co-existence, the Amati family decided to put a sign in their shop window saying: “We make the best violins in Italy.” ...read more
Contributed on Jun 25, 2018
Dealing with people means adjusting to a variety of responses. Some are just nasty, bitter, agitators; others more open-minded/gracious. Some are open to the Gospel, others become adversaries, while others do not embrace the Gospel but are not hostile.
A Contrast in Heart Attitudes (Acts 17:1-15) 1. “On a highway in Indiana, about 20 cars were trailing behind a slow driver in the passing lane who wouldn’t change lanes. When Indiana State Trooper Sgt. Stephen Wheeles noticed the line of traffic, he decided to do something about it. “Wheeles, ...read more
Contributed on Jul 2, 2018
When it comes to sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ, it helps if we understand the approach Paul took. Let’s look at 3 principles that will help us become more frequent sharers.
The Gospel Happens in Athens (Acts 17:16-34) 1. Philosophers can be interesting and sometimes deep. Joke about 2 Greek philosophers arguing: Euclid tells the other: You've been a very good pupil this past year, Eubulides, but now it's time for you to pay the 50 drachma you owe me for all ...read more
Contributed on Jul 10, 2018
The Kingdom is about people, friends, foes, and most who are neither. When we lose our focus on people, we lose our focus on the kingdom.
Paul in Corinth (Acts 18:1-17) 1. One young blogger writes, Today, my mom tells my sister that she is worried about her because she has a headache and feels like she might be getting a slight cold. I have had the flu for two weeks and have a 103 degree fever. I ask, "What about me?" Her ...read more
Contributed on Jul 31, 2018
Does your Christian faith and practice have some missing parts? Are there important gaps in your knowledge or practice of the Christian life? If so, you are not alone!
Missing Parts (Acts 18:18-28) 1. Instead of a sandbox for our grandson, we bought a wrapping paper storage container. The idea is that it is portable and we can clamp on the lid to keep out cats or rain. Only one problem: one latch was missing. 2. We, too, can have missing parts. But ...read more