Contributed on Oct 1, 2007
Self-Denial, Cross-bearing and Obedience are the central elements of being a disciple of Jesus Christ.
At this time of year, most people have completed their holidays and are back focusing on work. Were your holiday’s what you expected? The following are actual responses from comment cards given to the staff members at Bridger Wilderness Area in NW Wyoming. -Trails need to be reconstructed. ...read more
Contributed on Oct 13, 2007
Idolatry is preferring something above God. God doesn’t just want to be added to your list of preferences and activities. He demands that He is your love, your greatest desire, the one who occupies your thoughts and the one you seek to please above all.
Politics is a blood sport. Some go on principle and naively believe that others will see the logic and fairness of their position while other politicians spin their opponents position and prognosticate to vilify their opponent and scare the electorate that their opponent’s position will result in ...read more
Contributed on Oct 20, 2007
True worship begins as 1) A Response to Contact with the Living God 2) Not limited to a Specific Location 3) Only as Valuable as Who it is Based on and 4) Is all About the Attitude of the Heart.
Rico Tice makes an interesting observation in his book, Christianity Explored: “I didn’t have a particularly religious upbringing myself. In fact, my experience of Christianity was limited to a few dull sermons, slightly spooky people in strange garments, hanging about in dank halls and religious ...read more
Contributed on Nov 3, 2007
This parable is a teaching from God himself to Always Pray and Do Not Lose Heart. We can see this in the: 1) Exhortation to Pray 2) Example of Prayer and 3) Encouragement for Prayer
There are certain things that you expect in turning up for worship, and others you do not. Everything turned upside down for the membership of Grace Church in San Diego California. Their Church building was totally destroyed by the fires. No doubt you have heard of the trauma of the massive fires ...read more
Contributed on Nov 24, 2007
Four reasons why worry, being anxious, is wrong: it is 1) Unfaithful because of our Master; 2) Unnecessary because of our Father; 3) Unreasonable because of our faith; and it is 4) Unwise because of our future.
Format Note: The Basic format for this sermon came from:(MacArthur, J. F. (1985). The MacArthur New Testament Commentary. The MacArthur New Testament Commentary (Matthew). Winona Lake, IN: BMH Books.) During a Funeral this week in GLIWICE, Poland, large photographs of Robert Dziekanski’s final ...read more
Contributed on Dec 1, 2007
1) A Disciple Emulates His Master and 2) Does not Fear the World but have confidence in a) Vindication by God b) Veneration of God c) Valuation by God
If you haven’t noticed, we are in the swing of the “Holiday” season. That’s right: not Advent or Christmas but the Holiday Season. Retailers and cultural planners are so desperate for increased sales and attendance that the day after Halloween, began with the “Holiday” advertising. The word ...read more
Contributed on Dec 8, 2007
The key to Humility is 1) Childlikeness 2) Servanthood & 3) Brokenhearted Boldness
One of the greatest joys of the Christmas season is experiencing it with Children. Children have an awe and expectation that goes above any distraction. Many of us adults get bogged down in so many plans and engagements this time of year that it is often the children who remind us of the joy and ...read more
Contributed on Jan 13, 2008
Jesus gives us very clear instruction on the way to God directing us to seek the 1) Right Door 2) at the Right Time 3) by the Right Way
In Jerusalem this week, President Bush and Prime Minister Olmert met as well as other mid-east officials to work on yet another middle-east peace process. As one commentator said, there is a lot of process and very little peace. This process is important for Mr. Bush, for in many ways he sees this ...read more
Contributed on Jan 19, 2008
1) THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE SCRIBES AND PHARISEES 2) THE RIGHTEOUSNESS GOD REQUIRES, 3) THE RIGHTEOUSNESS GOD GIVES
There are many differences between Americans and Canadians. One prominent public one is the moral expectations that Americans require of the political leaders. Republican candidate Mitt Romney, has been striving expensively and perhaps successfully for the Republican Party nomination for President ...read more
Contributed on Jan 26, 2008
Hypocrisy is 1) CURSED FOR ITS EXCLUSION, ITS 2) SUBVERSION 3)PERVERSION 4)INVERSION 5)EXTORTION AND SELF-INDULGENCE 6)CONTAMINATION AND 7)PRETENSION
A majority of adults who don’t attend church say they believe in God, but they have other feelings about the institution of church. A recent survey of 1 402 adults who don’t attend church, not even on holidays, found that 72 percent thought the church ‘is full of hypocrites,’ In Canada over the ...read more
Contributed on Feb 2, 2008
Three primary tests we can apply in order to recognize a false prophet: 1) Character, 2) Creed, and 3) Converts.
Some high-profile leaders who have professed to be Christians, have come under fire recently for alleged misdeeds, with their stories played out prominently in the media. Richard Roberts, son of evangelist Oral Roberts, resigned recently as president of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa amid ...read more
Contributed on Feb 16, 2008
Jesus shows the Christian’s High calling in 1) The New Love Ethic Declared and 2) The New Love Ethic Explained
The Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has triggered a storm of controversy this week by suggesting that Britain should adopt some aspects of Islam’s tough Shariah law into its legal system. He called the establishment of some kind of Islamic Sharia law in Britain inevitable. He sees ...read more
Contributed on Feb 23, 2008
The 1) Inquiry about forgiveness and then Jesus’ teaching about 2) The extent of God’s forgiveness of believers.
Kevin Davis says he will spend the next 25 years in prison because anything less would be a "horrible injustice" to Jennifer Teague, the young woman whom he admits to killing. Ms. Teague vanished as she walked home from visiting with friends on Sept. 8, 2005. Her body was found 10 days later in a ...read more
Contributed on Mar 1, 2008
Jesus calls us to:1) RECOGNIZE YOUR SONSHIP 2)EXCEED THEIR SONSHIP 3)MANIFEST PERFECT SONSHIP
Celebrity Adoption is all the rage — the more exotic the setting the better. Angelina Jolie became the poster child for international adoption, traveling the world to rescue babies from tough places. Mohawked son Maddox was first, adopted from Cambodia in 2002. After Brad Pitt signed on as dad, the ...read more
Contributed on Mar 8, 2008
Jesus outlines the nature of discipleship in terms of three main elements 1) A New Commandment 2) A New Example and 3) A New Witness.
Very few people like to travel extensively. There is something about being away from family and resources that we have when we are around home. There are those like Alan, Andrea and in April Sue and Wilma, who leave familiar surrounding to travel to a people in another country. Anyone that has a ...read more
Contributed on Mar 29, 2008
In Matthew 6:19-21, Jesus looks at materialism-particularly in regard to luxuries-from the three perspectives of 1) Treasure, 2) Vision, and 3) Master.
There is a new problem reported this week that you may not be familiar with. In one situation, farmer Lawrence Penner. Mr. Penner ran short of storage space and loaded his canary seed, due to be delivered to a buyer the following week, into his truck ahead of time. He and his partners left it there ...read more
Contributed on Apr 5, 2008
In these five verses Jesus sets forth 1) the original Mosaic teaching, 2) the traditional perversion of that teaching, and 3) His own reemphasis of what God’s standard for truth has always been.
Whether you are a child or an adult, Truth is so scarce that nearly everyone is suspect. Business people, advertisers, commentators, clerks, salesmen, lawyers, doctors, tradesmen, teachers, writers, politicians, and even many, if not most, preachers are suspect. Our whole society is largely built ...read more
Contributed on Apr 12, 2008
Jesus points to seven features & characteristics of the church that He builds. He speaks of its 1) Foundation, its 2) Certainty, its 3) Intimacy, its 4) Identity and Continuity, its 5) Invincibility, its 6) Authority, & its 7) Spirituality.
Two Anglican parishes and the Diocese of Niagara have been in court recently to try to sort out the messy business of who ultimately owns church property. The two Niagara churches, along with eight more across the country, have recently voted to leave the Anglican Church of Canada and put ...read more
Contributed on Apr 26, 2008
Peter showed how prophecy was fulfilled and how Christ is building His church. In this sermon we see 1) The Conviction, 2) The Commands, 3) The Challenge, 4) The Conversions, and 5) The Communion.
You can tell certain things about a person from what you see. One thing that we do to identify that we are married is to put a ring on the second last finger of a left hand. For a woman an engagement ring is given during an engagement period and on the wedding day, couples exchange rings during the ...read more
Contributed on May 3, 2008
Have an impact on society through the 1) Presupposition of the world’s corruption and darkness, the 2) Plan for believers’ godly dominion in the world, the 3) Problem of the danger of failure, and the 4) Purpose of glorifying God.
Chuck Colson recently gave an interesting scenario: “Imagine the following social experiment: You divide up (people) into two groups. Those who agreed to live by traditional moral values live in certain (locations). Those who reject traditional values take up residence in other (locations) that ...read more
Contributed on May 18, 2008
To fulfill our supreme mission, there must be: 1) AVAILABILITY, 2)WORSHIP, 3)SUBMISSION, 4) OBEDIENCE, & 5)POWER:
One of the most important moments in a military officer’s life is their commission. It is the moment when they swear to defend their country against all enemies, foreign or domestic while upholding the rules governing their country. When officers finish their training they gather together in a ...read more