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  • What Do We Do When Control Is Taken Away?

    Contributed by Doug Koehler on May 3, 2009
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    We like to be in control, some of us need to be in control but, when that control is taken away by sinful man or others, we need to look to the one who is always in full control.

    Acts 4:23-33 I suspect that most all of the conflicts and battles of life boil down to issues of control. Republicans want control of the congress and Democrats don’t want to give it up. Israelis want to control Palestinians and Palestinians resist. Sunnis and Shiites fight for control of Iraq. more

  • Blessings In Hard Times

    Contributed by O. K. Neal on Feb 11, 2010
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    Can we survive the hard times?

    Blessings in Hard Times Phil 4:6-7 STORY about Chinese farmer and horse, son’s leg, army “Good luck, bad luck, Who knows?’ It is a hard thing to determine What works for our good and what works for our detriment? Many things happen that we cannot know will help more

  • Flesh And Spirit: Love And Self-Control Series

    Contributed by Joseph Smith on Aug 20, 2009
    based on 2 ratings

    Self-control is difficult for us because we are afraid of responsibility. But to have no form of control is to choose chaos. The answer is to build a relationship with Christ so close that His will becomes ours.

    Scene One: You are standing in front of your freezer. You opened the door just to explore, nothing particular in mind, just to see what’s there. In front of you is a container label1ed, "Gourmet Ice Cream: Cherry Almond Fudge". Lifting the lid, again just to explore, just to see what’s there, you more

  • Were You There? No, But We Are Here

    Contributed by Joseph Smith on Feb 22, 2009
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    To know real and lasting power means admitting that we fail at what we do (repentance), giving over the control of our lives to Christ (faith), and obedience.

    The speech choir has asked us a pointed question, "Were you there?" "Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Were you there when they nailed Him to the tree?" They went on, "Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb?" And finally, "Were you here when He rose up from the grave?" Were you more

  • Too Busy Not To Pray

    Contributed by Joseph Smith on Sep 13, 2009
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    When we think we are too busy to pray, we are succumbing to the issue of control: either we suppose we can manage everything or we want to abdicate. Prayer is the way to find priorities and strength.

    Let me throw some numbers at you. Imagine that you were in charge of an operation that involves, on the average, some ten thousand people a week, almost all of whom come together at one time. Of these ten thousand or so, not all will get there every time, but sometimes many more than that will show more

  • Struggling When Others Disappoint Us Series

    Contributed by Joseph Smith on Sep 18, 2009
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    July 1989. When others disappoint us, it is often because they do not meet our expectations, and anger is natural. God feels that about us. But God allows us to reap the consequences of our sin in Christ’s cross takes into Himself that burden and transf

    He was a fuzzy-faced young man with a twangy West Virginia accent and an angular chin as craggy as the hills from which he had come. You had to notice him, small though he was, because he carried a Bible as big as the side of a barn and painted in the same bright fiery color. It was obvious that he more

  • Living In Uncommon Grace Series

    Contributed by Carl Allen on Sep 23, 2009
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    Most Christians understand “grace” as it applies to salvation that is that Jesus did something for them that they could never do for themselves. We tend to get a little fuzzy when it comes to grace as it applies in the Christian life.

    Living in Uncommon Grace James 4:4-10 Intro Most Christians understand “grace” as it applies to salvation that is that Jesus did something for them that they could never do for themselves. By his death on the cross in our place, He paid our sin debt. He gives us a new standing before God more

  • Where Is Your Power?

    Contributed by William Lock on Oct 8, 2009
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    Do we truly trust God with our power or ourselves and other things? Concluding look at Philippians especially concentrating on Philippians 4:13

    Where and what is your power? Are you (living) empowered? By what means (en toi) Intro: 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (NRSV) 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (KJV) 13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength. (NIV) Whatever more

  • Who's In Control Series

    Contributed by Tom Fuller on Oct 26, 2009
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    We as humans have a hard time giving up control of anything, but in order to find the abundant life Jesus offers, we must cede authority of our lives to Him, even if that means going into choppy waters.

    We began last time by looking at Jesus as He came down from giving the Sermon on the Mount. He begins to demonstrate that it isn’t all talk—that He really is the coming King and controls His creation, both the visible and invisible. We see Him first approached by two people who really have no more

  • Revelation, And God’s Church Pt.2

    Contributed by Howard Strickland on Nov 3, 2011
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    Thyatira is between Pergamos and Sardis. Its been under Roman rule for over 3 centuries. Thyatira was destroyed several times because it had no way of natural defense. Remember Lydia, she came from Thyatira on business and was converted under Paul’s minis

    Revelation, and God’s Church Revelation 2:18-29, 3:1-6 18 “And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write, ‘These things says the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass: 19 “I know your works, love, service, faith, and your more

  • Christian Governance-&-Church-3

    Contributed by Byron Sherman on Jul 12, 2018

    3 of ? Peter pressed the importance of Christian submission as it related to the Church or Body of Christ. But How is that governance addressed thru the Church? Christian governance regarding the CHURCH(Body of Christ) addresses...

    ‘For The LORD’S SAKE’—1Peter 2:13—3:12 A. CHRISTIAN GOVERNANCE-&-Government—1Peter 2:13-17 B. CHRISTIAN GOVERNANCE-&-Work—1Peter 2:18-25 C. CHRISTIAN GOVERNANCE-&-Marriage—1Peter 3:1-7 Today we will continue our look at the role of CHRISTIAN GOVERNANCE within the Body of Christ or the more

  • When Jesus Comes: No Grasp Series

    Contributed by Joseph Smith on Apr 13, 2010

    We live in a status-seeking world. But when Jesus comes as a tiny infant in a humble set of circumstances, He shows us that the way to live is one of obedience and giving up control.

    This afternoon, if all goes as we would like – all of us, that is, with the possible exception of a few traitors and a few folks who for some strange reason do not care about pigskin prowess – this afternoon, if all goes as we would like, our beloved Redskins will do battle with the more

  • The Love That Controls And Compels Us

    Contributed by Daniel J. Little on Jan 30, 2012
    based on 2 ratings

    We Love God Only Becasue He First Loved Us

    01-29-2012 The Love That Control and Compels Us Pastor Dan Little - The Landmark Church Binghamton, NY Scripture Reading 1 John 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us. 2 Cor 5:14 “For the love of Christ controls and urges and impels us, AMP) Look more

  • What Is Providence?

    Contributed by Ian Du Pisanie on Mar 4, 2012
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    Most Christians believe that God is sovereign, however when it comes to the bad and ugly things we face in life we seem to think that God is not in control of those. A honest look at God

    PROVIDENCE Matthew 6:25-34; 10:29-30 It has been in the back of my mind for quite some time now that something is wrong with our general perception of God – generally speaking of course. You only need to open the newspapers, or read the comments of friends and acquaintances to realise more

  • God Causes It All Series

    Contributed by Ian Du Pisanie on Mar 10, 2012
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    God is incomplete control of His creation. The lies of a natural force or of 'mother nature' not only contradict Scripture but take away from God the fact that He, and He alone is sovereign.

    Psalm 139: 1-18 Last time we had a look at the idea that many have, in which the universe is run according to a mechanistic system, and that God is not in control over the things that happen in the world. There are many who believe that any ‘intrusion’ from outside, including that more