Contributed on Aug 15, 2005
The message out of Isaiah is "There is a right way and a wrong way to get what you want out of life." What had Judah done wrong... and what could they do to change their destiny?"
OPEN: (Show 5:30 minute clip from “Cool Runnings” – the section where bobsled team crashes in their final run... but they refuse to admit defeat. They pick up their damaged bobsled and carry it across the finish on their shoulders. Make sure to include the section where the team shouts their ...read more
Contributed on Aug 22, 2005
Judah had embraced wickedness in their lives... but why? Did they just wake up one morning and say "I’m going to be wicked?"
wOPEN: Why do people do “evil things?” About 7 years ago (8/31/98), Charles Colson wrote that “A generation of liberals in academia and government has accepted the view that if only the evils of society – such as poverty, unemployment and racism – were overcome, crime would disappear.” Former ...read more
Contributed on Aug 30, 2005
Many Christians don’t understand the prize they should be running for. Do you?
(synopsis: I Corinthians 9:19-27 tells us that Paul was running toward a prize. A goal that each of us should pursue) OPEN: Hall of Famer Bob Feller was a major league pitcher for the Cleveland Indians back in the 30s, 40s and 50s. He was signed up in 1935 when he was only 16 years old, and in his ...read more
Contributed on Sep 11, 2005
The demoniac RAN to Jesus... but could he worship Him? Could a man so defiled and controled by demonic possession truly worship?
OPEN: In our office file cabinet there is a chunk of cement. It’s not very large. It’s painted on one side with what appears to be approximately 3 or 4 colors of spray paint. For all intents and purposes it looks like a piece of rubble. And that’s what it is – it is rubble from what was once the ...read more
Contributed on Sep 19, 2005
Why did God send Philip witness to the Eunuch? This was an important official in Ethiopia. Why not send Peter, or John or one the other apostles?
OPEN: On our vacation last month we went to Philadelphia. We took the guided tour of the city in a double-decker bus and saw various statues and parks, Betsy Ross’s home, as well as Benjamin Franklin’s grave. Our guide told us that people throw approximately $3000 in pennies on Franklin’s grave ...read more
Contributed on Sep 26, 2005
The pharisees and the teachers of the law had a warped view of God... and many today have the same problem. What did Jesus mean to teach about the Father in this parable?
OPEN: (It is best to memorize the following illustration to allow for optimum delivery) “Feeling footloose and frisky, a featherbrained fellow forced his fond father to fork over the farthings and flew far to foreign fields and frittered his fortune, feasting fabulously with faithless friends. ...read more