Contributed on Feb 28, 2014
Israel is at the crossroads again, they are in the same spot they stood just forty years earlier. Will they trust God this time? Are you ready to trust God? We pray you are!
INTRODUCTION • SLIDE #1 • Forty years prior to where we are today in the Story, the nation of Israel was on the cusp of going into the Promised Land. • SLIDE #2 • God was ready for them to enter, and God told them to send scouts into the land, they came back and 10 of ...read more
Contributed on Mar 7, 2014
God will use a few good but flawed men and a woman to deliver the nation from its cycle of sin, servitude, supplication, and salvation!
INTRODUCTION • SLIDE #1 • Have you ever done something that had repercussions in the future? Maybe what happened impacted even future generations of your family? • The nation of Israel when commanded to take the Promised Land made a couple of mistakes that impacted several ...read more
Contributed on Mar 14, 2014
God works is mysterious ways. In chapter 9 we will see that what looks like poor judgement from a lower story perspective is all a part of God's upper story!
INTRODUCTION • SLIDE #1 • God can use the most unlikely of people and situations for His glory, or to carry out His purpose. • Today as we come to chapter 9 in The Story, we come to the book of Ruth. I bet you do not hear a lot of sermons on the book of Ruth. • The book ...read more
Contributed on Mar 21, 2014
The Story takes us to 1 Samuel chapters 1-15! The rise of Samuel and the fall of a leader.
INTRODUCTION • SLIDE #1 • Today we as we continue on our journey through The Story, we are still see a nation that is not in good shape. • Chapter 10 of the Story covers the book of 1 Samuel 1 through the early part of chapter 15. These chapters cover Israel through the ...read more
Contributed on Apr 25, 2014
Of all people God should have had disdain for, David would seem like a good candidate, but once again God's mercy, love, and grace overcome man's sin!
INTRODUCTION • SLIDE #1 • STORY OF WHEN I WAS A BOY WITH THE MUD AND THE SHED AND TONY. • That mud was calling my NAME! • The allure, the draw, the desire. The attraction. Sin can really pull us in. You may not have mudded up the neighbors shed, but we can all identify ...read more
Contributed on May 23, 2014
The nation is divided, the end is near, but God is faithful!
INTRODUCTION • SLIDE #1 • The whole premise of The Story has been that since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden that God has been in pursuit of man. God has been pursuing us with His love! • Part of God’s pursuit of us was that He established a nation, a notion like no ...read more
Contributed on May 30, 2014
The fall of Judah looked like God had failed and would have to come up with plan "B", there is no plan "B", just the plan!
INTRODUCTION • SLIDE #1 • Last week we saw the fall of the Northern kingdom in 722 BC. It seems as though all is lost with God’s grand idea of creating a nation that would be like no other. • Things are not looking good and in South either, it seems to be going from bad ...read more
Contributed on Jun 6, 2014
Daniel shows us how we can live out our faith in the real world!
INTRODUCTION • SLIDE #1 • Welcome! • Today we as we explore chapter 18 of The Story we will being dealing with a chapter that hits us as close to where we live than any other thus far. • Living out our faith in a society that is getting increasingly more hostile to ...read more
Contributed on Jun 13, 2014
When we make what is important to God trivial, God will try to wake us up to get us back on track!
INTRODUCTION • SLIDE #1 • The return home! What an awesome event! Seventy years in captivity and now it is time for the Israelites to go home! • God turns the heart of Cyrus, the Persian king, toward the Jews and Cyrus releases the Jews to return to Jerusalem and build their ...read more
Contributed on Jun 20, 2014
Is life just a roll of the dice or is there someone bigger behind the scenes?
INTRODUCTION • SLIDE #1 • A saying in Vegas is “MY LIFE IS WRAPPED UP IN THE ROLL OF THE DICE.” • In Vegas you can beat the odds and win it all with a roll of the dice or you can lose it all in a roll of the dice. • It seems as (when no one is cheating) that ...read more
Contributed on Jul 3, 2014
The whole Old testament was pointing to one person! Jesus!
INTRODUCTION • SLIDE #1 • Now we are in the New Testament. I hope that you gained some insights from our study of The Story through the Old Testament! • Today we begin our New Testament journey through The Story with the birth of THE King! • The birth of Jesus was ...read more
Contributed on Jul 11, 2014
The ministry of Jesus begins!
INTRODUCTION • SLIDE #1 • We are in Chapter 23 of The Story, The Ministry of Jesus begins! • After the birth of Jesus and all the events surrounding that magnificent event, we find Jesus in the temple as a 12 year old, He was a source of amazement for those who were with ...read more
Contributed on Jul 18, 2014
Jesus no ordinary man and if we want to escape the ordinary life we need to plug into Jesus!
INTRODUCTION • SLIDE #1 • Ordinary- not remarkable or special in any way, and therefore uninteresting and unimpressive • Isn’t that what we all strive for in life? Ordinary? • When Jesus began His ministry it became obvious to all that He was ANYTHING but ...read more
Contributed on Jul 24, 2014
Who is Jesus?C.S. Lewis said is best, is Jesus Lord, Lunatic, or Liar?
INTRODUCTION • SLIDE #1 • SLIDE #2 • Mark 8:27–29 (NIV) Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still ...read more
Contributed on Aug 1, 2014
Why did Jesus HAVE to die on the cross and why didn't God just end the human race and start off fresh?
INTRODUCTION • SLIDE #1 • When I coached ASA Girls softball teams, the most difficult positon on the field to coach was the pitcher. I pitched in High School and I watched a lot of pitchers, but girls softball pitching was a totally different animal. • When my youngest ...read more
Contributed on Aug 8, 2014
Our lives can move from the Saturday despair to the Sunday delight!
INTRODUCTION • SLIDE #1 • As we enter into the 27th chapter of The Story, we are going to touch on chapter 26 also because I would like for us to look at three days of Jesus’ life. • Friday, which was the day of the crucifixion, Saturday which was a day in which Jesus ...read more
Contributed on Aug 15, 2014
Once Jesus ascended into heaven, how was the gospel going to be spread? THE CHURCH!
INTRODUCTION • SLIDE #1 • We are winding down the Story, we are in chapter 29 of 31. I hope that as we have going on our journey through the Story that you are starting understand God’s upper story. • I hope that you are seeing that God is not a God who is out to get ...read more
Contributed on Aug 29, 2014
In the 30th chapter of The Story, we will see the end of the great ministry of Paul. He finished strong!
INTRODUCTION • SLIDE #1 • As we are closing in on the end of our series, “The Story,” I pray that we are starting to be aware that as we live in the lower story, a story at times filled with chaos, confusion, struggles, sickness, and injustice, there is an UPPER ...read more
Contributed on Sep 5, 2014
INTRODUCTION • Video clip • SLIDE #1 • Robyn and I used to love to watch that show, the stories were heart-warming and the sacrifices people made to help others were self-less. People were willing to make sacrifices to help these families in need of a home. • The show ...read more