Contributed on Sep 8, 2008
This first sermon in my transforming truth series addresses the most fundamental of truths - God loves us. If we get that one on straight, then we will be well on our way.
A. Let me begin by sharing a few simple, practical truths: 1. “A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.” – unknown 2. “A bulldog can whip a skunk, but sometimes it’s not worth it.” - J. Nowell 3. “A closed mouth gathers no feet.” - Sam Horn 4. “An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but an ...read more
Contributed on Sep 15, 2008
In this lesson, we learn about the wonder of forgiveness, what it feels like to be forgiven, and witness the forgiveness of the sinful woman in Luke 7.
A. Once there was a man who carried a secret burden of a long-past sin in his heart. 1. No one knew what he had done, but he had repented and asked God for forgiveness. 2. In spite of this, he had lived with years of remorse over the incident without any sense of God’s forgiveness. 3. One day ...read more
Contributed on Sep 23, 2008
In addition to being loved and forgiven by God, it is important that we understand that we are not saved because of what we do, but because of what God has done for us. We are saved by grace.
Introduction: A. Did you hear the story about the Sunday School teacher who wanted to teach her class about being saved by grace? 1. She asked the class, “If I sold my house and my car and gave all my money to the church, would I get into Heaven?” 2. “NO!,” the children all answered. 3. Again ...read more
Contributed on Sep 29, 2008
Even though we are saved by grace, God will still hold us accountable for our actions.
Introduction: A. The story is told of a man who died and went to The Judgment. 1. St. Peter met him at the Gates of Heaven and said, “Before you meet with God, I thought I should tell you -- we’ve looked at your life, and your really didn’t do anything particularly good or bad. We’re not at ...read more
Contributed on Oct 7, 2008
We Christians know who we are and why we are here and where we are going. God has given us both general purposes and specific purposes to live for.
A. One of golf’s immortal moments came when a Scotsman demonstrated the new game of golf to President Ulysses Grant. 1. Carefully placing the ball on the tee, the Scotsman took a mighty swing. 2. The club hit the ground and scattered dirt all over the President’s beard, while the ball sat ...read more
Contributed on Oct 14, 2008
We need to discover our specific SHAPE so that we will know what kinds of service God has ordained for us.
A. The story is told of a little boy named Johnny who had trouble pronouncing the letter “R”. 1. To try to help him with the problem, his teacher gave him this sentence to practice at home: “Robert gave Richard a rap in the rib for roasting the rabbit so rare.” 2. A few days later the teacher ...read more
Contributed on Oct 20, 2008
The reality is that we will all be tempted. The good news is that we have remedies that can help us overcome temptation.
Introduction: A. How many of you have enjoyed reading the comic strip “Cathy” over the years? 1. “Cathy” is a comic strip drawn by Cathy Guisewite. 2. It features a woman who struggles through the "four basic guilt groups" of life — food, love, mom, and work — the strip gently pokes fun at the ...read more
Contributed on Oct 27, 2008
We can overcome our fears through our dependence on God.
A. The story is told about a General who was making an inspection the 82nd Airborne Rangers at Fort Bragg, N.C. 1. As the General reviewed the ranks of paratroop trainees, he carefully scrutinized one West Virginia recruit standing proudly at attention, jump wings and boots shined to perfection. ...read more
Contributed on Nov 11, 2008
In this lesson we explore this important truth and talk about how to draw others to Christ.
Introduction: A. Today we return to our series called “Transforming Truths.” 1. I pray that our attention to these simple, foundational truths has been a blessing to you. 2. So far in the series, we have been reminded of such important truths like the fact that we are loved by God, and forgiven ...read more
Contributed on Nov 17, 2008
I used this lesson for our Friend Day. God is God and our job is to submit ourselves to His will and His ways.
A. The story is told of a college senior who took his girlfriend to a football game. 1. They found seats in the crowded stadium and were watching the action. 2. The coach sent a substitute into the game and as he was running onto the field to take his position, the boy said to his girlfriend, ...read more
Contributed on Nov 24, 2008
God not only expects His people to be thankful, He enables them to do so.
A. This coming Thursday is Thanksgiving. So in advance, let me say, “Happy Thanksgiving everyone.” 1. It is certainly one of my favorite days of the year, and arguably is the most important holiday of the year. 2. I’m thankful that we are a nation that still pauses one day a year to give thanks ...read more
Contributed on Dec 1, 2008
Love is the guiding principle for followers of Jesus. Although we might try to complicate the issues, what God requires from us is not complicated - Love God and Love your Neighbor.
A. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and that each of us will strive to be thankful people all the time, not just on Thanksgiving Day. B. As you know, our lives are fraught with many questions, and many answers. 1. Some of the questions and answers are silly and frivolous, others are ...read more
Contributed on Dec 8, 2008
Last sermon in this series. What could be more positivie than "I can do all things through Christ"?
A. It’s with a touch of sadness on my part, maybe not yours, that I bring this series to an end. 1. All this Fall, we have been focusing on some fundamental, transforming truths. 2. We have tried to understand and appreciate transforming truths like: God loves us, God forgives us, and God ...read more
Contributed on Apr 3, 2017
We can trust that God will take care of our needs.
Introduction: A. Once there was a Christian woman who lived next door to an atheist man. 1. Every day, when the Christian woman prayed, the atheist man could hear her. 2. The atheist thought to himself, “She sure is crazy, praying all the time like that. Doesn’t she know there isn’t a ...read more