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  • Ignorance Is Bliss -- Not!

    Contributed by Joseph Smith on Jun 14, 2009
    based on 3 ratings
     | 3,358 views

    First Baptist Church of Gaithersburg, MD: We avoid too much information because we know we will have to respond. Some escape into private piety; some escape from knowing themselves. But true bliss comes from knowing how to invest in Kingdom concerns.

    You can buy it anywhere in Pennsylvania Dutch country – a banner, an apron, a towel, anything really – and it proclaims, in pidgin German, “Ve get too soon oldt und too late schmart”. Your preacher this morning is a walking example of that ancient truth. Too soon oldt und too late schmart. The ...read more

  • Bliss Or Despair—which?

    Contributed by Ed Wood on Jun 25, 2008
    based on 5 ratings
     | 1,052 views

    A sermon about the choices we make. Based on life of Joshua.

    BLISS OR DESPAIR—WHICH? Joshua 24:15 INTRO: Joshua, the servant of God and leader of His people, is about to pass to his eternal reward. Before going, however, he gives to the nation he had so faithfully served his final command. Let us ...read more

  • Death: When Ignorance Is Not Bliss

    Contributed by Daniel Habben on Nov 16, 2009
     | 1,341 views

    What you don’t know about death will lead to unecessary grief, or even worse, unending pain.

    In her mind it had gone well. She had hit all the notes. She had expressed them with passion. And she felt certain that she had connected with her audience that night. But what did the critics think of her performance? She resolved not to buy the newspaper the next morning – ignorance is ...read more

  • Rejoicing In The Lord

    Contributed by Rodelio Mallari on Dec 31, 2010
    based on 13 ratings
     | 8,153 views

    May we thank God for the joy we could have even in a troubled world. May we rejoice in His promise of future joy with Jesus. May we indeed realize what Nehemiah said, “the joy of the Lord is our strength!” (Neh. 8:10). May we ever rejoice daily and consci

    Intro: Can you read the newspaper or listen to the news and rejoice? (Sample typical news) Discouraging isn’t it? Only a true Christian can rejoice due to his special joy in the Lord (Phil. 4:4). Even after reading and hearing of bad news, we can still “rejoice in the Lord” because we have also ...read more

  • The Dunce Seat-Be Not Ignorant

    Contributed by Danny Williams on Jun 22, 2007
    based on 3 ratings
     | 726 views

    God does no want us to live our lives in ignorance-ignorance is not bliss!

    Knowledge is power, and ignorance is not bliss! The Greek word for ignorant is "agnosis" which means without knowledge. Another similar word is "idiotes" or our English, idiot. A common concept from classrooms of the past is the dunce hat and dunce seat. The practice began in the 13th century by ...read more

  • It Is Well With My Soul Series

    Contributed by K. Edward Skidmore on Aug 21, 2008
    based on 4 ratings
     | 5,949 views

    Sermon #4 in the Hymn-writers series deals with Horatio Spafford and Phillip Bliss, the two men who wrote words and music to "It is well with my soul."

    It is well with my Soul: Bliss and Spafford So far we have looked at Hymn Writers like Martin Luther, Isaac Watts, Charles Wesley, John Newton, William Cowper, Fanny Crosby, and Ira Sankey. We have discovered, that these great hymn writers of the 1700’s and 1800’s changed the style of music ...read more

  • The Wise And Foolish Virgins Series

    Contributed by Owen Bourgaize on Apr 23, 2009
    based on 13 ratings
     | 20,861 views

    The parable illustrates the Second Coming of Jesus as being Certain, Joyful Delayed and Decisive with the Foolish virgins excluded from the Banquet with no oil of the Spirit but the Wise receiving eternal bliss in Christ.

    THE WISE AND FOOLISH VIRGINS The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins is one of the best known of the parables of Jesus. It’s one of series of stories that our Lord told as He neared the end of His ministry in connection with His Second Advent, the end of the Day of Grace, each of them a ...read more

  • From Dreadlock To Wedlock Series

    Contributed by Carl Allen on Jul 8, 2009
    based on 4 ratings
     | 1,981 views

    Marriage is suppose to be a great, blissful, time between husband and wife, yet all to often we allow for our wedlock to look more like a dreadlock. So what does God have to say about this.

    Keeping the Home Fire Burning Series FROM DREADLOCK TO WEDLOCK Eph. 5:22-33 Intro A marriage, especially a Christian one is supposed to be a thing of intense beauty, love and joy. However, too often, this is just not the case. Sadly, many marriages even those where both partners are believers ...read more

  • The Hypocritical Argument Series

    Contributed by Ron Henson on Jun 26, 2015
     | 1,692 views

    The most common argument against faith is the existence of suffering. If there was a God, there would be no suffering. This argument is hypocritical in that we choose suffering. God gave us the choice, and we chose suffering rather than bliss.

    Suffering Romans 1:28 Introduction: 1. Atheists love to play this card, it is their trump card • The Problem of Evil takes the following form: A God that is all powerful would be able to prevent evil and suffering. A God that is all knowing would know that evil and suffering happen. A ...read more

  • An Honest Word About A Horrific Place Series

    Contributed by Christopher Benfield on Feb 14, 2018
     | 2,100 views

    Most people believe in existence beyond the grave, with the majority assuming everyone will eventually wind up in heaven, or some place of euphoric bliss. Heaven is reserved for the saved, but hell will be a reality for those apart from Christ.

    An Honest Word about a Horrific Place Mark 9: 42-50 As I studied this passage, I was reminded of the common attitude that permeates modern society. We live in an age when most believe that truth is relative, rather than absolute. Most believe in existence beyond the grave, with the majority ...read more

  • God Has Given Our Hearts Desire

    Contributed by William R. Nabaza on Aug 4, 2015
    based on 1 rating
     | 1,986 views

    To show that GOD is the Giver of our heart's desire and He's not witholding anything good from us. Psalms 84:11 For the Lord God is a Sun and Shield; the Lord bestows [present] grace and favor and [future] glory (honor, splendor, and heavenly bliss)! No

    I. EXORDIUM: Is GOD the giver of your desires? Yes. Psalms 37:4 Psalms 37:4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart. II. AUDIENCE PROFILE: Believers III. OBJECTIVES: To show that GOD is the Giver of our heart's ...read more

  • Free Refills Of His Goodness Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Aug 16, 2010
    based on 66 ratings
     | 13,943 views

    Mary & Martha said that Lazarus was the one whom Jesus loved. But how could Jesus treat a friend like He did? Why would He callously stay away while this close friend died... and He could have prevented it?

    OPEN: “How many of you know the name of the brother of Mary and Martha who Jesus raised from the dead?” (most of the audience raised their hand). Who was it? Lazarus. Read text: John 11:1-47 followed by prayer. ILLUS: A few years back I read a story about a may village in ...read more

  • Lent A Time For Repentance

    Contributed by Dennis Bliss on Feb 15, 2005
    based on 12 ratings
     | 3,562 views

    A lenten homily on humility, and repentance

    Lent a season of Repentance. We disciples of Jesus are celebrating our communal Lenten pilgrimage, a 40 day spiritual journey that will hopefully enable us to better appreciate and celebrate the life giving death and eternal resurrection of our Lord and Savior, the very feast of ...read more

  • The Political Execution Of The Nazarine

    Contributed by Dennis Bliss on Mar 22, 2005
    based on 4 ratings
     | 808 views

    A reflection on the intensity of the suffereing of the Savior and the need to imitate the repentant sinner and accept Jesus today.

    Good Friday, new 2005 We who are parents know that there is nothing more excruciating; nothing that makes us feels so powerless as the cries of a child in pain. Many years ago when I was doing a pastoral residency in Cincinnati Ohio, I was visiting a patient on the pediatric unit. ...read more

  • This Holy Thursday

    Contributed by Dennis Bliss on Mar 23, 2005
    based on 15 ratings
     | 6,085 views

    A reflection of the sacred paschal meal and the significance of ordained ministry

    Holy Thursday During the next three days, the most sacred seventy- two hours the liturgical calendar, the church will celebrate the feast and source of our salvation, namely the paschal death and resurrection of our blessed Liberator, Jesus of Nazareth. Tonight we initiate this ...read more