Contributed on Jul 18, 2003
Why do we do what we do in worship services? This is expository and topical of why the Bible is useful for us today, with lots of stories and quotes.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 – What’s the Use? The US standard railroad gauge – that’s the distance between rails – is 4 feet, 8-1/2 inches. Why such an odd number? Because that’s the way they built them in England, and American railroads were built by British expatriates – that is, people who used to ...read more
Contributed on Jul 28, 2003
Using the testimony of Bill Bright, I looked topically at being a slave, and how that should affect our service to Him and to others.
Romans 12:11 – Being a Slave of Jesus Last Saturday a good man died. Oh, lots of people died that day, but this man was different. This man left behind him a legacy of faith and Christ-followers. He will be remembered for Campus Crusade for Christ, a Christian evangelism ministry with its ...read more
Contributed on Aug 4, 2003
Isaiah’s expereience of worship boiled down to 3 things: seeing, sanctifying and serving. No matter what else worship is, it should include these.
Isaiah 6:1-8 – Come Now is the Time to Worship I came across some definitions of things we use in the church. MAGI: The most famous trio to attend a baby shower. MANGER: 1. Where Mary gave birth to Jesus because Joseph didn’t have private health cover. 2. The Biblical proof that holiday ...read more
Contributed on Aug 12, 2003
The parable of the talents speaks to stewardship of treasure, talents and time. Expository.
Matthew 25:14-30 – Use It or Lose It In the January 15, 1989 issue of the Lexington Herald-Leader, an article told this story: A family living in a home in West Palm Beach, Florida, told a film crew it was okay to use the front lawn as a set for an episode of “B. L. Stryker”, a TV show ...read more
Contributed on Aug 26, 2003
Jesus said that we should be one, so that the world would know: 1) God’s harmony (unity within diversity) and 2) God’s heart (His love).
John 17:20-23 – That the World Would Know A book that has changed my life is What’s So Amazing About Grace? In it the author, Philip Yancey quotes Mark Twain. Apparently Twain used to say he put a dog and a cat in a cage together as an experiment, to see if they could get along. They did, so ...read more
Contributed on Sep 2, 2003
A communion message about remembering who we were and what Jesus did for us.
1 Corinthians 11:23-26 – Avoiding Amnesia An older couple had trouble remembering common, day-to-day things. They both decided that they would write down requests the other had, and so try to avoid forgetting. One evening the wife asked if the husband would like anything. He replied, “Yes. ...read more
Contributed on Sep 5, 2003
Jesus’ 4 thoughts on prayer: 1) we should pray constantly, persistently and fervently 2) but prayer is hard work 3) yet prayer taps into God’s power 4) so prayer is a reflection of our faith.
Luke 18:1-8 – If Something is Worth Doing… Dear God, So far today I’ve done all right. I haven’t gossiped, I haven’t lost my temper, I haven’t been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish or over-indulgent. I’m very thankful for that. But in a few minutes, God, I’m going to get out of bed, and from ...read more