Contributed on Oct 27, 2003
A look at the book of Levitiucs and the role rules play in our lives.
Rules, anyone here into rules? You know laws, decrees, regulations, whatever it is that you want to call them. If you are here’s the good news the book of Leviticus is full of rules, aren’t you lucky? As a matter of fact rules is just about all Leviticus is about. There is really no story to it, ...read more
Contributed on May 31, 2004
Have you ever wondered whether what you do is really worth doing?
What do people really get for all their hard work? In 2013 that is a line of thought we’d expect to hear. What do people really get for all their hard work? What do I get out of it? What do you get out of it? But it isn’t necessarily a question we’d expect to find in the ...read more
Contributed on Nov 3, 2003
This is a vision casting message based on the report that Joshua and Caleb brought back from the Promised Land
A very familiar video clip. (Used clip from first Star Wars movie, a New Hope, at the beginning of the movie from just before Darth Vader comes aboard Ship until R2D2 and C3PO escape in pod) Most of you are the right age to have seen the original Star Wars in the theatre; I saw it five times when ...read more
Contributed on Nov 27, 2003
This message looks at Achan’s sin and examines the costs of our sins
Joshua 6:12-19 Leave it! So far it had been a cakewalk. After wandering in the desert for forty years the people of Israel have finally been allowed to enter into the Promised Land and their entrance has been accompanied by miracle after miracle. And I don’t mean little piddling little ...read more
Contributed on Jan 5, 2004
The people of Israel weren’t the only people to do what seemed right in their own eyes, it’s still happening.
“Who Says it’s right?” Judges 17:6 Begin with reading from “Through the Looking Glass” “What a beautiful belt you’ve got on!” Alice suddenly remarked. (They had had quite enough of the subject of age, she thought: and if they really were to take turns in choosing subjects, it was her turn ...read more
Contributed on Jan 19, 2004
This message looks at the integrity of Naomi, Ruth and Boaz
They moved for the same reasons that families all over the world all through history have moved. Economic reasons. Karen read the story earlier how a man name Elimelech moved from Bethlehem to the country of Moab because of a famine that spread across Israel. There was a scarcity of luxury items ...read more
Contributed on Jan 28, 2004
This sermon looks at Hannan’s faith in believing Eli for Samuel’s birth
She was heartbroken, all she had ever wanted to be was a mother and it seemed as if that was the one thing she’d never be. She lived in a society where children were considered to be a blessing from God and the greatest honour that could be bestowed upon a woman was motherhood. She had a loving ...read more
Contributed on Jan 31, 2004
This message looks at David’s affair with Bathsheba and what it cost him.
The Cost of Cheating! Let me tell you a story. It all started with a man; figures doesn¡¦t it? He wasn¡¦t just any man he was the most powerful man in the nation, top political dog. He was it, he had arrived, he had it made and he was on the top of the heap. But he hadn¡¦t done it by ...read more
Contributed on Feb 9, 2004
A look at Elijah and how his obedience wasn’t determined by his feelings.
What type of person does God choose to confront politicians with His word? If you were to picture in your mind that type of person who would it be? Billy Graham? Perhaps he’s held audiences with every American President for forty years. Tony Campola? Maybe, he’s one of the three pastors who ...read more
Contributed on Feb 17, 2004
The story of the widow and Elisha and the never ending oil.
You have to love stories like this. It was one of those great stories that make you feel good all over. It starts on a bit of a sad note; a widow lady comes to the prophet Elisha and proceeds to tell him her problems. First of all this was not Elijah this was Elisha and Elisha is no more ...read more
Contributed on Mar 15, 2004
I take a look at the gifts that were given to construct the temple.
There was a sense of excitement in the air. For hundreds of years the people of Israel had worshipped their God in a tent. But that was going to change, they were at the beginning of a process that would culminate in a house of worship that would be known throughout the world and throughout ...read more
Contributed on Mar 31, 2004
A look at what it took for Solomon to build the temple.
He walked across the dusty stony ground, kicked a rock and bent and drew in the dirt. He looked around at the desolate land scape and down at the city below and wondered if his dream would ever be a reality. Would it really happen, someday would the people of God worship on this ground? Would ...read more
Contributed on Mar 31, 2004
What happens when your personal altar is in ruins how do you stop it from happening or how do you fix it onces it’s happened.
They couldn’t believe their eyes. The altar had been torn down! The altar, the very core of their spiritual life and spiritual heritage and now it was just rubble. They had never actually seen the Temple and the Altar it housed themselves, but they had heard the stories and their parents and ...read more
Contributed on Apr 5, 2004
Looks at some of the various people who impacted Nehemiah as he rebuilt the walls.
Hanging with Who? He was a little confused. There were some people who loved him and others who hated him. He thought he was doing a good thing, a necessary thing, even a God thing, but obviously there were those who disagreed. Nehemiah was one of the Jews living in exile and was in the ...read more
Contributed on Apr 19, 2004
We all know how heroic Esther was but we forget about the stand Vashti took
He was half in the bag when it all began. His name was Xerxes and he was the King of Persia. If we pull up a map here we discover that Persia is located in this area making it modern day Iran. However we are told that when this story happened Xerxes kingdom stretched from India, which is up here ...read more
Contributed on Apr 26, 2004
What lessons do we learn from the book of Job?
I began by playing the “Bricklayers Song” by Ray Stevens. Maybe his name was Job Murphy, cause it seemed that anything that could go wrong did go wrong. You might recall the story from the Old Testament book that bears the name of Job. If you have your bible with you then you can find it by ...read more
Contributed on May 3, 2004
A look at the 23rd Psalm and how the Shepherd cares for us and what the condition is.
It is probably the best known psalm in the western world and possibly the best known scripture period. It has been quoted and misquoted, it’s on plaques and mugs and posters, T-shirts and tomb stones.. It’s featured in the sacred and the profane. Most of us can quote at least a portion of it from ...read more
Contributed on May 16, 2004
What can we learn from ants, locust, rock badgers and lizards when it comes to the church?
Well here we are. If Psalm 117 is indeed the middle chapter of the bible, and it is, then we are in a physical sense half way through the book. However that being said there are a lot more book in this half then there was in that half. Proverbs is the 20th book of the Bible out of 66, so it’s 20 ...read more
Contributed on Jun 14, 2004
A look at what Holiness isn’t and what Holiness is.
You ever feel like you’ve just received an impossible mission? A goal that is just too great, a target that’s just too far away. I would suspect that when the people of Israel heard the prophet Isaiah make the proclamation that Mike read this morning that is how they felt. It’s one thing to be ...read more
Contributed on Jun 21, 2004
We’ve all been at the bottom of the Pit, here are lessons we can learn while we are there.
He looked up and all he could see was a circle of blue. He looked down and watched the mud squish between his toes. And he wondered how he had ended up at the bottom of a pit hated by the very people he wanted to save. His name was Jeremiah and he was not a bullfrog, no, he was a prophet. Not a ...read more
Contributed on Jul 26, 2004
This message looks at the faith that Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego had in order to stand up to the King.
They had always wondered what it would like to stare into the face of imminent death. Well actually they had never wondered what it would be like to stare into the face of imminent death, but here they were anyway. Three young men who were only doing what they thought was right and now they were ...read more
Contributed on Aug 16, 2004
Looks at Gomer and how we are like her.
It seemed like a life time ago and when he thought about it it was a different life. She had been so beautiful on their wedding day. She was a radiant young bride and he was an aspiring man of God. They had their entire lives ahead of them and they had such great dreams and hopes for their ...read more
Contributed on Aug 23, 2004
A look at the reality and timing of the Day of the Lord
The Day of the Lord. That phrase is mentioned 19 times in the bible and of those 19 four of them are in the book of Joel. Not bad for a book that only has three chapters. That may be indicative of the importance that Joel placed on that particular occurrence. But who was Joel and what do we ...read more
Contributed on Aug 30, 2004
What steps do we have to take to prepare to meet our God.
If you are like me, you like to make a good first impression. Many years ago a boss I had stressed over and over the truth of the statement, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” And so you try to put your best foot forward. Just think back to the last time you prepared ...read more
Contributed on Sep 15, 2004
Obadiah addressed his prophecy to the people of Edom because of what they wouldn’t do. What were those things?
It was a tragedy; the city of God was attacked and destroyed. The holy things were profaned the sacred things were destroyed and the people were imprisoned. It shouldn’t have come as a surprise for over a hundred years the prophets had been warning the people that if they continued in their evil ...read more
Contributed on Sep 20, 2004
This is the story of Jonah told from the perspective of a sailor on the boat he sailed on.
September 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, honest it really is www.talklikeapirateday.com. And seeing I was preaching on Jonah it seemed like too good an opportunity to pass up. This is the first sermon that I’ve preached in the first person and I wore a pirates costume. Arrr mattes, ...read more
Contributed on Sep 27, 2004
What does it mean to succeed spiritually? Micah gives us three suggestions.
When I was in High School I wasn’t sure what I wanted to be when I grew up, sometimes even today I’m not sure what I want to be when I grow up. However I had plenty of dreams and aspiration, and when ever I visualized myself doing any of those particular things that I dreamed of doing I was always ...read more
Contributed on Oct 3, 2004
We know what happened after Jonah preached in Nineveh but what happened to Nineveh after that?
He arrived looking like a character out of a Wes Craven movie. He definitely wasn’t dressed for success and pretty wasn’t a word that would be used in describing him. His skin was bleached a pasty white, his hair was matted and there was a slightly fishy smell about him. If you were to describe ...read more
Contributed on Oct 12, 2004
It’s easy to praise God when things go our way, but what happens when they don’t.
You ever argue with God? Or complain to God? Wanting to know why He did what He did and why He didn’t do what He Didn’t do? Perhaps you were simply offering him advice on how to run the world. Not necessarily the entire universe but the world, or at least your little corner of the world. Do you ...read more
Contributed on Nov 15, 2004
Those who returned from the exile were excited about rebuilding temple, so why did they take a 15 year break?
House of the Lord Haggai 1:1-9 Everyone was excited. The talk had been of building a house of worship and everyone wanted to be a part of it. They talked about what it would like when they had a permanent place to worship, a place to call the House of God. Everyone seemed to be talking about ...read more