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  • Worship: Why? Series

    Contributed by Joseph Smith on Jul 8, 2003
    based on 44 ratings
     | 2,734 views

    We worship because that is the way we can express our deepest fears and instabilities; we can be freed from ourselves; and we can gain motivation for the use of our lives.

    Few things are shared in by more human beings than worship. Worship is something nearly everybody does, in one way or another. Now I didn’t say that everybody goes to church. Obviously not. Not even half of the American population attends any kind of worship on a regular basis. The Gallup ...read more

  • Weeds In My Garden

    Contributed by Joseph Smith on Jul 8, 2003
    based on 44 ratings
     | 6,102 views

    The arrest of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane shows us what sin is like: it is ordinary, it is out of place, it is pervasive. Jesus is the master gardener who can eradicate our "weeds".

    No gardener wants weeds in his garden. But every gardener has them. Weeds are inevitable. Weeds cannot be avoided. So the question is, what will the gardener do to rid his garden of the weeds? I love to walk around other people’s gardens. In other people’s gardens I don’t feel guilty about ...read more

  • Sump'n Other Than Slump'n

    Contributed by Joseph Smith on Jul 8, 2003
    based on 68 ratings
     | 1,844 views

    Churches, like individuals, have "body language". If we seem to be slumping, let’s look at our victories; and let’s look at the body language for mission: bending the knees, touching power, expecting the Presence.

    Even if you cannot hear what someone is saying with his lips, you can often read his body language. The words may not be clear, but the body language may be eloquent. What is body language? Body language is posture, gesturing, facial expressions, the way you present yourself to others. And that ...read more

  • Healing - Check It Out Part 1 Series

    Contributed by Michael Raisbeck on Jul 8, 2003
    based on 7 ratings
     | 1,589 views

    I believe you may be healed by standing on God? s Word; check it out for yourself starting by analysing Isaiah 53 and 1 Peter 2: 24.

    A very important scripture in healing has to be Isaiah 53. These words were prophesied about 2,700 years ago. Verse 1 " Who hath believed our report and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? " According to a person I know who reads Hebrew and understands the same, he says Isaiah 53: 1 sets ...read more

  • Refuse To Give In To Legalistic Pressures

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Jul 8, 2003
    based on 63 ratings
     | 2,992 views

    What happens to people who prefer to live by the letter of the law rather than by the Spirit of grace? While the Bible urges us to perfection, you do not become holy through the keeping of the law. Do not give in to pressure.

    Avoid being blinded to the Spirit by relying on works of the flesh.(Gal 3:1-5) Question - What are the problems of living by the flesh and not by the Spirit? What happens to people who prefer to live by the letter of the law rather than by the Spirit of grace? While the Bible urges us to ...read more

  • Some Problems With Presumption

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Jul 8, 2003
    based on 34 ratings
     | 2,284 views

    People who presume to know what is best for them are often mistaken.

    The Problem with Presumption – Rom. 9:19-29 People who presume to know what is best for them are often mistaken. Illustration: Take for example the man who presumed that he knew which plane to board when he wanted a quick 50 minute flight from Los Angeles to Oakland, California. However, ...read more

  • Patriotism

    Contributed by Robert Leroe on Jul 8, 2003
    based on 75 ratings
     | 5,518 views

    Patriotism is more than flag-waving...it is preserving our nation’s values.

    Patriotism -Pastor Bob Leroe, Cliftondale Congregational Church, Saugus, Massachusetts “This is what the Lord says: ‘Let not the wise boast of their wisdom, or the strong boast of their strength, or the rich boast of their riches, but let all who boast, boast about this: that they understand ...read more

  • A Healthy Heart Series

    Contributed by Jeff Simms on Jul 8, 2003
    based on 35 ratings
     | 3,027 views

    To look at our attitudes and how God desires to change us to be more Christlike. Emphasizes getting into the word and being thankful

    A Healthy Heart Colossians 3:15-17 Primary Purpose: To discuss the attitudes of our heart and how we should develop it. Paul tells us that when we put on the new man in Christ that it should demonstrate itself in several ways. It should show itself it the attitudes and in the behavior I ...read more

  • Reconciliation To God

    Contributed by Jeff Simms on Jul 8, 2003
    based on 45 ratings
     | 2,605 views

    Christ is the one who reconciles man to God

    Reconciliation to God Ephesians 2:11-22 Purpose Statement: To encourage believer to understand that Christ is the one who reconciles us Christ isn’t partial to social status, race, nationality or culture. I. The former condition of the Gentiles (2:11,12) 1.) They had been treated with ...read more

  • God Answers Hezekiah

    Contributed by Jeff Simms on Jul 8, 2003
    based on 35 ratings
     | 2,599 views

    To contrast Hezekiah’s concept of death with that of the New Testament believer

    God Answers Hezekiah 2 Kings 20:1-6 Primary Purpose: To contrast Hezekiah’s concept of death with that of a New Testament believer. I. Isaiah’s Pronouncement- He had to deliver a unwelcomed message, that Hezekiah would not survive this illness. He tells him to get the affairs of the ...read more

  • The God Who Hears

    Contributed by Jeff Simms on Jul 8, 2003
    based on 39 ratings
     | 3,230 views

    We should always remember to pray that God’s will is done in all our prayers

    The God Who Hears 1 John 5:14-15 Primary Purpose: To encourage the congregation that their prayers are heard if they pray according to God’s will. Three Assurances Given 1. God hears His children. In Biblical days, a person could be killed for entering the king’s presence without ...read more

  • Jehoshaphat

    Contributed by Jeff Simms on Jul 8, 2003
    based on 19 ratings
     | 4,461 views

    To encourage people to make God the Lord of their lives and to seek the blessings that come from obedience

    Kings of Judah: Jehoshaphat 2 Chronicles 17:3-11 Primary Purpose: To be encouraged to seek the Lord and the blessings only He can provide. Today we are looking at the King of Judah named Jehoshaphat. He is mentioned in 1 Kings 22:41-50 and also in this passage in 2 Chronicles. We want ...read more

  • Adonai

    Contributed by Jeff Simms on Jul 8, 2003
    based on 35 ratings
     | 2,316 views

    To call on the congregation to make God the Lord of their lives. To discuss the meaning of God’s Name - Adonai

    Adonai Genesis 15:2 Purpose Statement: To call on the congregation to call God the Lord of their lives. Background In chapter 14, Abram has returned from battle and rescued Lot. Abram refers to God as Lord (Jehovah) God Most High (El Elyon). But, this is the first time he acknowledges ...read more

  • El-Shaddai

    Contributed by Jeff Simms on Jul 8, 2003
    based on 25 ratings
     | 2,283 views

    To emphasize the power of God in our lives

    Genesis 17:1 El-Shaddai Purpose Statement: To build up the faith of the congregation by emphasis of God as the Almighty Powerful God. Opening Statement: Sometimes the difficulties in this life can overwhelm us. We need to come to God and His Word. We need to remember the God who is above ...read more

  • Where Are You Going?

    Contributed by Carl Willis on Jul 8, 2003
    based on 80 ratings
     | 8,388 views

    What is God’s vision for your life? Do you know?

    How many of you know where you are going today? Some of you probably feel like you pass yourselves coming and going, don’t you? Today we are going to talk about having a vision for our life. Our background passage today comes from Proverbs 29:18: Where there is no vision, the people perish: ...read more