Contributed on Nov 5, 2006
A store must clean its premises before setting up its Christmas displays, so must we.
Intro.: We are approaching the winter months. 1.I want you to imagine, just for a minute, that everyone who owns a car in the parking lot chooses to never wash their car this winter. 2.We let the salt, dirt, and grime build up on the cars. 3.Now it is six months in the future. And we go ...read more
Contributed on Nov 12, 2006
After cleaning the store, it is time to add new merchandise to the shelves. Today we look at two decisions that we can make that will offer us a new or a renewed Christian life.
Intro.: When it is time to get the store ready for Christmas, we begin by cleaning it up. 1. Then we move on and beginning to put new merchandise on the shelves. 2. “New” is nothing new for us a believers. - We have experienced a new birth (I Pet 1:3) - In Christ, we are ...read more
Contributed on Nov 19, 2006
For weeks, stores have been preparing for Christmas. As Christians we, too, need to go through the steps which are similar to a store in preparing for the Christmas season. Part of that is marketing our product.
Intro.: I remember when the movie Mr. Holland’s Opus first came out. 1.I was serving as the chaplain of a major hospital in downtown Sioux City, IA. It was a Tuesday night and it was my night to be on-call – but because I lived 45 minutes away, I had to spend the night in the vicinity of the ...read more
Contributed on Nov 29, 2006
For the last three weeks we have compared the church to a store - a store getting ready for Christmas. But the church is not a store - it is a unique institution designed by God to share His grace with a broken world.
Intro.: I need to apologize to you - I lied to you. 1.I told you that we would spend time looking how we might restock the store. 2.But it dawned on me during the week that if I did that, I was leaving he wrong impression. 3.It might sound as if the church were just another store – with a ...read more