Contributed on Mar 8, 2010
Why would Jesus use an instrument of death to represent His kingdom and His power? And how do I "carry" my cross daily?
OPEN: The year was 1889 on the continent of Africa. Menelik II became emperor of Ethiopia and reigned for 20 years. He was a powerful ruler who transformed his country from a collection of semi-independent states into a united nation. As part of his efforts to modernize his country he ordered ...read more
Contributed on Mar 14, 2010
Jesus hated pride and used the Pharisees to highlight the evils of that sin. But why would God hate pride, and how would I know if I suffer from it?
Last Sunday we introduced the “Upside Down Teachings of Jesus”. The teaching of Jesus that just don’t make sense to most people. Today’s sermon will continue that theme by focusing on Jesus’ teaching: “the Last shall be First, and the First shall be Last”. OPEN: When my dad first married my mom, ...read more
Contributed on Mar 21, 2010
The world believes that if they can be free of God, they’ll be free to do as they wish? But the Bible teaches us that everyone is a slave to something, but does that really make sense?
OPEN: I’m not sure who wrote the following words, but this story says a lot about mankind: When my oldest son was about three years old, I was outside doing some yard work one afternoon. I took Kevin outside to play while I trimmed the hedges. Holding his hand, I knelt down beside him so that ...read more
Contributed on Mar 28, 2010
How could my weakness be a good thing? Why would this truth be necessary for me to understand God’s will for my life?
OPEN: A work crew had been working at a construction site for about a week when the company hired a new man to replace a man who’d been hurt the day before. He was a broad-shouldered, powerful young man and was a good worker… but he was also annoying. He was always bragging that he was stronger ...read more
Contributed on Apr 4, 2010
Modern day Sadducees still teach that a bodily resurrection is unbelievable. For what 3 reasons do they reject a teaching that is so obviously Biblical?
(This was the last in our series "The Upside Down Teachings of Jesus" and to emphasize that theme, we played the video "Blindness" found through sermoncentral. If you’ve not seen it it is worth the time to prevue it’s powerful message). OPEN: His name was Roger Williams and he was a famous 17th ...read more