This World Is Not My Home
Contributed by Jeff Strite on Jan 12, 2014 (message contributor)
1. Vacation In Paradise
Contributed on Jan 12, 2014
We are strangers in this world, on vacation in a foreign land, with advantages the natives of this world don't even begin to understand. But do we realize what those advantages are, and what difference those blessings can mean to our lives?
OPEN: (Video of MercyMe’s “Shake”) How many of you have ever been on a vacation? Me too. Going on Vacation can be a very pleasurable experience…as long as you know where you’re going and what to expect when you get there. But not everybody does. Travel agents have ...read more
2. Be Prepared For Motion Sickness
Contributed on Feb 2, 2014
Life isn't fair. Life isn't just. How can I avoid being defeated by the truth that "in this world I will experience trouble?"
OPEN: Tom had never gone deep-sea fishing before, and once he was out at sea he began to think it was the stupidest thing he'd ever done in his life. Who would ever have believed that seasickness could be this awful? With every pitch and roll, Tom wondered how he was going to survive the remaining ...read more
3. Looking Like Your Passport
Contributed on Jan 19, 2014
Unless we look like the picture God describes for us here in I Peter, the world will reject our witness. What does God say I need to look like and how can that help win the unsaved to Jesus?
OPEN: How many of you have ever had a passport? You realize that when you visit a foreign land, you MUST have a passport, because without that document you cannot move around inside their country. That passport says who you are, what nation you belong to… and it has a picture of you ...read more
4. Traveling 1st Class
Contributed on Jan 26, 2014
As Christians we may be traveling on the same "airplane" as the rest of the world. But we have advantages and blessings everyone else does not. We're literally traveling 1st class. But what does that mean and how does that change us?
OPEN: A plane was on its way to London when a blonde woman in economy class got up and moved into an open seat in the first class section. The flight attendant saw her do this, and politely informed her that she had to sit in economy because that's the ticket she paid for The blonde replied, ...read more
5. Be A Brave Adventurer
Contributed on Feb 9, 2014
God has called us to live our lives as Bold Adventurers. We are called to live a unique life, a bold life and life where we know who we are why we believe. How do we fulfill the adventure that God has set before us?
(We opened with a video by our children’s minister which integrated Stephen Curtis Chapman’s “The Great Adventure” with clips from the Indiana Jones movies - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ag4MXV8yqb4 till time stamp: 2:58) As Christians, God saved us to go on a great ...read more
6. Don't Forget To Take Your Spouse Along
Contributed on Feb 16, 2014
The world can't understand the concept of submission... and it's little wonder they don't. It makes no sense. Is submission really all that important in our marriages?
OPEN: A desperate woman wrote Tech Support: Dear Tech Support, Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 and I noticed a distinct slowdown in the overall system performance, particularly in the flower and jewelry applications. In addition, Husband 1.0 ...read more
7. Getting Through Customs
Contributed on Feb 23, 2014
The Bible tells me I can't get into Heaven if I have sin in my life. But how do get rid my sin? How can I make myself acceptable enough to God so that God will let my through Customs at the Pearly Gate?
How many of you have ever traveled to a foreign country? For those of you have not, there’s an arm of the government that you’ll encounter on the way back in to the states. Does anybody know what government agency we’re talking about? It’s called the U.S. Customs and ...read more
8. Avoiding The Ugly American Syndrome
Contributed on Mar 2, 2014
Too often Christian have suffered from this syndrome. They've been rough, rude, disrespectful of others. How can we avoid that
OPEN: Back in 1963 there was a movie starring Marlon Brando called “The Ugly American”. It was a fictional story, but it dealt with the very real perception of Americans overseas. We were seen by many as “Ugly Americans”. As I researched this sermon I read more than one ...read more
9. A Word From Your Pilot
Contributed on Mar 16, 2014
We're strangers in this world and we will encounter difficulty. What has God supplied to help us survive the struggles and sufferings and persecutions we may encounter here?
OPEN: On a Continental flight a pilot began his usual comments to the passengers: “Ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon and welcome on board Continental flight 428. This is your Captain speaking and I have some information about our flight. We've reached cruising altitude of 35,000 ft. ...read more
10. Dealing With Montezuma's Revenge
Contributed on Mar 9, 2014
God tells us to rejoice when the world persecutes us and makes people give us a hard time about our faith. Why on earth would I want to rejoice? What possible advantage could my being persecuted do for God?
OPEN: Next week Ryan and Trisha Seybold will be here to present their new ministry at Show Low, Arizona where they’ll be managing the American Indian Christian Mission (AICM). It’s a ministry to the Navajo and Apache tribes in that area and they’ve done a great job there for a ...read more