Contributed on Jun 14, 2009
On the surface the Parable of the Good Samaritan appears to be a simple story about being kind. It’s actually much deeper than that. This story is designed to show each of us how sinful and selfish we really are and that our only hope of going to heaven
Knowing Our Neighbors Luke 10:25-37 Rev. Brian Bill 6/14/09 The story of the Good Samaritan is one of the most well-known parables of Jesus. There are hospitals named after him and his name has become an idiom for unusual kindness and extraordinary care for the hurting. The “Good Sam RV ...read more
Contributed on Jun 21, 2009
What we do is more important than what we say.
Immediate Obedience Matthew 21:28-32 Rev. Brian Bill 6/21/09 A father wrote about what happened when his son David was about five-years-old. They attended a church where it was common for the preacher to invite children to the front for a special sermon. On one particular morning, he ...read more
Contributed on Jun 28, 2009
God helps those who are helpless.
A Prayer God Will Answer Luke 18:9-14 Rev. Brian Bill 6/28/09 This has been quite a week in our world. It started with the uneasy situation in Iran to the news about “Jon minus Kate,” and then on to the deaths of Ed McMahon, Farah Fawcett and Michael Jackson. Commentators and pundits are ...read more
Contributed on Jul 12, 2009
The different soils in the Parable of the Sower reveal four different "soul" types.
Sowing the Seed Matthew 13:1-23 Rev. Brian Bill 7/12/09 An 80-year-old grandfather went to his daughter’s house for Sunday dinner. When the meal was over, he announced that he was going to take a walk through the neighborhood. “I’ll be back in twenty minutes,” he said. But two hours had ...read more
Contributed on Jul 19, 2009
When the seed takes root, there will be fruit.
God Brings Growth Mark 4:26-29 Rev. Brian Bill 7/19/09 Probably because I’m not real handy, I often have no clue how certain things work. I have some visuals up on the stage to show what I’m stumped about. I was going to bring a video of the moon walk from Apollo 11 but apparently it’s been ...read more
Contributed on Jul 26, 2009
True treasure is found only in Christ.
Not Holding Back Matthew 13:44-46 Rev. Brian Bill 7/26/09 [Demonstrate use of metal detector] Because people have always been fascinated with the idea of finding hidden treasure, NBC has produced a reality-based TV show called “Treasure Hunters.” While I’ve not seen the show, here’s the ...read more
Contributed on Aug 23, 2009
The issue is not whether we will serve but where we will serve.
Serving Without Thanks Luke 17:7-10 Rev. Brian Bill 8/22/09 A couple weeks ago our daughter Lydia and I visited the campus of Olivet University. We arrived early so we decided to just walk around on our own. After a few minutes we spotted a guy who was riding a bike. He looked older than a ...read more
Contributed on Aug 30, 2009
Prepare for a delay, but be ready today.
Being Ready Matthew 25:1-13 Rev. Brian Bill 8/30/09 When I provide premarital counseling for couples I always tell them that it’s much easier to plan a wedding than it is to have a good marriage. Over the years I’ve had the privilege of officiating at many weddings and at most of them ...read more