Contributed on Mar 7, 2011
What’s wrong with being godless? If you can answer that question, you can avoid the tragedy that took Esau’s future away from him.
OPEN: A man filled his car with gas at a self-service gas station. After he had paid and driven away, he realized that he had left the gas cap on top of his car. He stopped and looked and, sure enough, it was gone. He thought for a second and realized that other people must have done the same ...read more
Contributed on Mar 14, 2011
Nadab and Abihu were destroyed by God because they offered an "authorized" fire before God. What had they done wrong and what can we learn from their mistake?
OPEN: Every year, someone hands out “Darwin Awards” which are bestowed to honor the least evolved among us. Previous news stories that have received their attention have been: · The chef at a hotel in Switzerland lost a finger in a meat cutting machine. Shortly afterward he submitted a ...read more
Contributed on Mar 21, 2011
Achan stole from God... but all of Israel was guilty? How did that happen? And what can it tell us about our responsibility before God?
A man told this story at his first AA meeting: He’d gone to a party and had too much to drink. His friends pled with him to let them drive him home but he said no, he only lived a mile away. About 5 blocks from the party, the police pulled him over for weaving and asked him to get out of the ...read more
Contributed on Mar 28, 2011
The Bible tells us to seek advice. But not all advice is good advice. It pays to pay attention to whom you pay attention to. But how do I know the difference between good advice and bad?
OPEN: In my files I have the following pieces of advice that you may want to consider: · Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them. · Never buy a car you can't push. · When everything's coming your way, you're probably in the wrong lane. · Find out what you don't ...read more
Contributed on Apr 4, 2011
What's wrong with a little pride? Apparently quite a bit. Learn the effect pride had on King Uzziah, on you... and perhaps the influence it had one of the great prophets of the Old Testament.
OPEN: A man by the name of Keith Miller told of the time when his daughters were very young. They’d drop them off at the church's children's chapel on Sundays before the 11 am service. But one day Keith chanced to be in the class when the preacher was telling the story for the day to the ...read more
Contributed on Apr 11, 2011
Does Hell exist? And, if so, why did the Rich man end up there? What had he done that was so terrible that he deserved that type of punishment?
POEM: An old man sat by an open fire and dreamed the years away, While, outside in the battle of life, many perished in the toils of day. He never did any good, nor did he ever do any wrong. He just sat by the open fire and dreamed the whole day long. Now he’s left a vacant chair and ...read more
Contributed on Apr 18, 2011
Both thieves on the cross insulted Jesus... to begin with. Why did the 2nd thief refuse to accept the love and promises of Christ? What drove him to curse Jesus even as he was dying?
When the police arrest a suspect – what’s the first thing they are required by law to do? That’s right - “read him his rights”. "You have a right to remain silent ..." etc. What’s the official name for that process? The Miranda Warning. When a suspect has been read his rights they often ...read more
Contributed on Apr 25, 2011
Why would Peter repeatedly tell his audiences that they were guilty of the death of Jesus? Why didn’t he just preach a more comforting and positive message?
For the past couple of months we’ve been preaching our own version of the “Biggest Loser. Unlike the popular TV show, the losers we’ve dealt with 8 different Bible characters who made poor decisions and lost BIG. But today we’re looking at the biggest losers in Scripture who ever became ...read more