Contributed on Jun 5, 2012
In using the "I am" phrase/name, Jesus declared his deity. As a result, he dealt with many issues and conflicts from his contemporaries. WE may not be THE Son of God, but we are children of God and as a result must deal with the conflicts and issues of ou
1. Alexandra Flynn of Fremont, Nebraska, was looking forward to homecoming 2002. She left home in high spirits, but she did not have her high school ID with her. When the man at the door refused her admission without her ID, she went home to get it. Unable to find it, her mother went with her to ...read more
Contributed on Jun 20, 2012
Jesus came into the world to save and satisfy the needs of people. A primary need is hunger -- especially for the things of God. He is the bread for that hunger.
1. I’ve been told that there’s a health-food restaurant out in the northeast with a billboard that says, “Eat here and live a long life!” Not wanting to be outdone, the barbeque place next-door put up a sign that reads: “Eat here and die happy!” 2. Food is important to us – some more than ...read more
Contributed on Jul 2, 2012
Jesus calims to be God by declaring that he is the Resurrection and the Life (John 11.25).
1. Searching for Life There is a legend of a Fountain of Youth believed to be in Florida. The legend has different variations of regaining one's youth. Some say must you drink the water, while others suggest if you bathe in the water it will restore your youth. Some records date back to the 15th ...read more
Contributed on Jul 5, 2012
As Yeshua (Jesus) expresses his deity, one statement (John 14.6) ties to Jeremiah 6.16 in which he is the ancient way; and Isaiah 35.8 and 40.3 in which he is the High and Holy way to his Father.
1. Unique Here’s the history of Vernors: In 1862, James Vernor was called off to the American Civil War. According to legend, he left a mixture of ginger, vanilla and spices sitting in an oak cask in a pharmacy he had been working in. After returning from battle three years later, he ...read more
Contributed on Jul 12, 2012
There is truth that we must acknowledge. That truth is Jesus! He raises the bar to our lives by what he says and how he lives. We follow him in truth.
1. Scales: A husband stepped on one of those penny scales that tell a person’s fortune and weight. "Listen to this," he said to his wife, showing her a small, white card. "It says I’m energetic, bright, and resourceful." "Yeah," his wife nodded, "and it has your weight wrong, too." ...read more
Contributed on Jul 17, 2012
Jesus is the way, truth and LIFE. What is involved in that life and how we incorporate it are significant.
1. Benjamin Franklin’s List: In his autobiography, Benjamin Franklin listed the names of thirteen virtues to ultimately achieve a perfectly moral bearing in his life. He was obsessed with obtaining perfection at this time of his life. Virtues such as temperance, silence, order, frugality, ...read more
Contributed on Aug 2, 2012
As the Good Shepherd, Jesus is the ONE DOOR that brings protection and provisions for the sheep of his pasture.
1. Candid Camera and Shepherd Story The “Candid Camera” TV show went to an exclusive prep school where all of the students were well above average. The “Candid Camera” people posed as career consultants who were going to advise these brilliant young men concerning the ...read more
Contributed on Aug 8, 2012
As Good Shepherd, Jesus seeks our good. He does not act like the predators (Thieves and Robbers) who want to profit off of their followers. He leads us where we need to go.
1. The Camden, Maine, Herald ran 2 photos on the same page: one was a picture of Camden’s city council and city manager; the other was of a flock of sheep. Enter Murphy’s Law. As fate and humor would have it, the captions were accidentally reversed. So, under the picture of the sheep, ...read more
Contributed on Aug 13, 2012
Jesus is the light of God who leads us through the darkness of ignorance and sin into the bright relationship with God.
1. A company’s test for the ingenuity of potential employees included: (adapted from sermon, “Light of the World” by Martin Dale) You are in a plane flying over the desert and as you are sitting near the cockpit you hear the Captain giving his co-ordinates to the tower at 1500 ...read more
Contributed on Aug 21, 2012
We have life in our connection to Jesus. In that life we bear fruit that he produces in us for the benefit of others.
1. Harmonica Story: A young American engineer was sent to Ireland for a year. When he left, his fiancé gave him a harmonica. She said, "I want you to learn to play this: it will help to keep your mind off those Irish girls." He wrote to her often and told he her that he was practicing his ...read more