Contributed on Feb 7, 2009
If we follow the example of Jesus, God will reward us.
The Example of a Messiah Text: Matt. 3:13-17 Introduction 1. Illustration: A Sunday school teacher was trying to demonstrate the difference between right and wrong to her young teen class. She chose stealing for her example. The teacher said: "All right let’s use this example. If I were to ...read more
Contributed on Feb 15, 2009
Jesus shows us how to deal with Satan; face him head on.
A Messiah Who Fights Text: Matt. 4:1-11 Introduction 1. Illustration: "If we wish to be free...we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms, and to the God of hosts, is all that is left us...It is vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace--but ...read more
Contributed on Mar 6, 2009
Moving forward in our faith is a requirement for a healthy spiritual life.
A Messiah On the Move Text: Matt. 4:12-25 Introduction 1. Illustration: Living in Ohio during the cold winter months teaches us many things. However, one of the most important is the need to keep moving forward. When we drive on the ice and snow we do well as long as we keep moving ...read more
Contributed on Jun 3, 2009
By sacrificing our integrity, we dishonor God.
A Messiah Who Teaches Part 4: Living With Integrity Text: Matt. 5:33-37 Introduction 1. Illustration: The name of Admiral Dewey was being acclaimed throughout the country after his victory at Manila Bay in the war between the United States and Spain in the early 20th century. A newspaper ...read more
Contributed on Nov 10, 2011
At the Great Judgment, we will either be considered a sheep or a goat.
The Messiah and the Great Separation Text: Matt. 25:31-46 Introduction 1. Illustration: One of my all-time favorite movies is "My Big Fat Greek Wedding." In the movie the father in the story tells his daughter, "Tula, there are two kinds of people in the world; Greeks, and everyone that wish ...read more
Contributed on Feb 13, 2012
We need to deal with the enemy’s attacks the way Jesus did.
Dealing With Evil the Messiah's Way Text: Matt. 26:47-56 Introduction 1. Illustration: The attack [of Pearl Harbor] took place [December 7, 1941] on a sunny Sunday morning. A minimal contingent of soldiers was on duty at the time. Most offices on the base were closed and many servicemen were on ...read more
Contributed on Mar 30, 2012
Jesus suffered as much emotionally as he did physically.
Mocking the Messiah Text: Matt. 27:27-44 Introduction 1. Illustration: Nobody likes to have people make fun of them. Most of us know the old saying, "stick and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me." Well, I think most of us know that isn't true. Nothing hurts worse than to ...read more
Contributed on Mar 30, 2012
Jesus has won us the victory, and we need to start living in that victory.
The Victory of the Messiah Text: Matt. 27:45-61 Introduction 1. Illustration: John Stott is his book The Cross of Christ, wrote, "It is impossible to read the New Testament with being impressed by the atmosphere of joyful confidence which pervades it, and which stands out in relief against the ...read more