Contributed on Apr 9, 2017
Why would Jesus show up 4 days late for the funeral of one of His best friends? What was Jesus trying to teach and what can we learn from this miracle/"sign"?
OPEN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3lp0z981iM (Mark Lowry time stamp: 15:32-16:47) When the dead sit up… the funeral’s over. (That’s the last sentence in Mark Lowry’s segment on YouTube) In Jesus’ ministry He raised only 3 people from the dead. 1. The son of the widow from Nain. 2. The ...read more
Contributed on Apr 2, 2017
The blind saw Jesus, but the Pharisees couldn't. What were the differences in their blindnesses and what can we learn from the man born blind?
(Before reading the text and opening with prayer, we sang the following chorus: “I saw the light, I saw the light No more darkness, no more night Now I’m so happy, no sorrow in sight For praise the Lord… I saw the light.”) OPEN: When I’m preparing for a sermon, a lot of times I’ll take ...read more
Contributed on Mar 26, 2017
The disciples weren't afraid of the storm. And they weren't really afraid of Jesus. What was it that they were afraid of that day? And what did Jesus do to deal with their fear?
I once read the story of a man who was hitch hiking on a very dark night in the middle of a storm. It was late at night and no cars were passing. The storm was fierce and the winds strong he could hardly see a few feet ahead. Suddenly, he saw a car coming towards him and stop. Without further ...read more
Contributed on Mar 20, 2017
Jesus did many miracles but only 2 are told about in all four Gospels. One is the miracle of Jesus' resurrection... and the other is the miracle of the feeding of the 5000. The question is "Why are these 2 the only miracles listed that in all 4?"
(Note: I put a large piece of Matzah bread on the communion table for a physical illustration later in the sermon) OPEN: (We put a “McDonald’s sign” – without the word McDonalds – up on the screen) Does anybody recognize this? That’s right, it’s the symbol for McDonalds. The first McDonalds ...read more
Contributed on Feb 27, 2017
What was the purpose of "signs" in Jesus ministry? And what did this particular sign have to say to us?
OPEN: The Chicago suburb of Oak Lawn had a problem - motorists weren't coming to a complete stop at stop signs. So in 2007 the Mayor came up with a creative solution. He added a second, smaller octagonal sign the town's 50 or so stop signs that read: “STOP And smell the roses” "STOP No ...read more
Contributed on Mar 5, 2017
A grieving father comes to Jesus to ask him to heal his dying son, and yet Jesus rebukes him. Why? What possible reason could Jesus have to be so harsh with this man?
OPEN: An instructor was conducting a seminar for executives and focusing on the topic of decision making. So he started out telling the story of 5 frogs sitting on a log. “Four of the frogs decide to jump into the water. How many frogs are there left on the log?” The class almost unanimously ...read more
Contributed on Mar 12, 2017
Why would Jesus heal a man on the Sabbath and then tell the man (in violation of the Sabbath rules of the Pharisees) to pick up his mat and walk?
OPEN: There’s a story I read once of 3 umpires who were talking about the feeling of power they had on the baseball field. As they talked about what gave them this sense of empowerment, the 1st umpire said – “I call ‘em as I see ‘em.” The 2nd smiled and said, “That ain’t nothing. I call ‘em as ...read more