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  • The Cynical Series

    Contributed by John Lowe on Mar 31, 2019

    Gideon, as a valiant general, was pursuing the remaining Midianites, and bravely following up on his first blow which brought a very great slaughter to the enemy: dead were 120,000 men.

    Chapter 28 The Cynical [Judges 8.5-8.9] Scripture 5Then he said to the men of Succoth, “Please give loaves of bread to the people who follow me, for they are exhausted, and I am pursuing Zebah and Zalmunna, kings of Midian.” 6And the leaders of Succoth said, “Are the hands of Zebah and more

  • Mountain Of Cynicism Series

    Contributed by Grant Macdonald on Nov 15, 2011
    based on 4 ratings

    How cynical are you? How has it affected your faith?

    I want you to think back a few years ago to when you were three-years-old. If three is a stretch for you, how about thinking back to being five? What were you like at that age? Do you think you were more or less cynical than you are today? If you are anything like me, you don’t have to more

  • Prayer And The Cynical

    Contributed by Joseph Smith on Mar 25, 2010

    Prayer emphasis fall 1987: common wisdom is that we will never change, and the cynic believes that. Like Koheleth we can lose hope for everything. But the Christ who will come gives us hope, life, companionship, and is at work in all things for change a

    One of the rules you learn when you study the discipline of marriage counseling is that you must try to help young people preparing for marriage to know at least this much: that whatever he or she is now, they will be more of it in fifty years. Whatever he or she is now, they will be more of it in more

  • Skepticism Or Cynicism

    Contributed by Bob Hager on Apr 26, 2001
    based on 77 ratings

    Our doubts can lead us to faith or away from faith.

    If I were to mention the names of certain Biblical characters to you and asked you to write down the first word that comes into your mind, it is doubtful that many of you would come up with similar words. If I were to mention the name of Judas many of you would write down the word betray or more

  • Rollercoaster Cynicism Series

    Contributed by Steve Akins on Oct 5, 2006
    based on 4 ratings

    What is a cynic? Oxford English Dictionary describes a cynic as a person “disposed to rail or find fault” and as one who “shows a disposition to disbelieve in … sincerity… and is wont to express this by sneers and sarcasm.” In short, the cynic is “a s

    What is a cynic? Oxford English Dictionary describes a cynic as a person “disposed to rail or find fault” and as one who “shows a disposition to disbelieve in … sincerity… and is wont to express this by sneers and sarcasm.” In short, the cynic is “a sneering fault-finder.” An attitude of more

  • Practical Advice With A Cynical Flavor Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Mar 5, 2018

    This life is nothing like a fairy tale where we live happily ever after. Life is a constant challenge, and we fare better at it if we embrace some realistic realizations, some of which seem slightly cynical and ironic.

    Practical Advice with A Cynical Flavor (Ecclesiastes 10:1-20) 1. The dictionary defines a cynic as, “a person who believes that people are motivated purely by self-interest rather than acting for honorable or unselfish reasons.” 2. One definition of the word “irony” is “a state of affairs more

  • More Faith, Less Cynicism Series

    Contributed by Brad Bailey on Mar 10, 2013

    Cynicism is the loss of trust and support of goodness. Cynicism is the loss of faith in the possibility to change, improve or move forward. Cynicism is the loss of hope.

    Intro Today Super Bowl Sunday. There will be 22 players on the field who desperately need rest... being watched by about 100 million people who could use some exercise. It's okay that most of us aren't playing that game... we aren't fit for it. But the tragedy is that it can reflect the way we more

  • Cynic Sage Or Son Of God

    Contributed by Chris Surber on Aug 20, 2008
    based on 1 rating

    Was Jesus merely a cynic rebel as some claim? Was He merely a wise man or prophet? He was and is the Son of God!

    "Cynic, Sage, or Son of God" Matthew 16:13-20 Introduction An American missionary one day overtook one of his converts in the woods, and after some conversation asked him, ‘Tell me what your heart says of Jesus.’ The Native American stood still, paused awhile, and then replied, ‘Stop, and I more

  • Pleading Passenger/Purchased Pardon Series

    Contributed by Mack Armstrong on May 3, 2008
    based on 3 ratings

    Jonah makes a plea, Take me up....get me out of here, his solution to the terrible mess he made. This is true for today’s throwaway society. Yet, Jesus prayed similarly, "Take me up,", but He pled for our forgivness as He offered Himself.

    JONAH 1:12 PLEADING PASSENGER/PURCHASED PARDON I. PERSONAL PLEA: A. Perceptive. B. Pathetic. C. Plausible. II. PETULANT PLEA: A. Paradoxical. B. Perfidious. C. Polarizing. III. PROTOTYPICAL PLEA: A. Pliable. B. Purchased. C. Progressive. In answer to more

  • Problems And More Problems Series

    Contributed by Michael Luke on Jun 11, 2009
    based on 4 ratings

    Dealing with perplexing problems

    BE SATISFIED “PROBLEMS AND MORE PROBLEMS” ECCLESIASTES 5:8-20 OPEN A woman’s husband had been slipping in and out of a coma for several months, yet she stayed by his bedside every single day. When he finally came to, he motioned for her to come nearer. When she leaned closer more

  • Disrespect For God And His Son The Lord Jesus Christ

    Contributed by William D. Brown on Aug 2, 2008
    based on 1 rating

    “A certain king” is God the Father, and “his son” is the Lord Jesus.

    Disrespect for GOD and HIS SON THE LORD Jesus Christ MATTHEW 22:1-14 Chapter 21 closed with the religious rulers determined that Jesus would die. MATT. 22:45-46And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them. more

  • How To Deal With Critical Christians

    Contributed by David Scudder on Jun 21, 2010
    based on 4 ratings

    The problem with being critical is that is what other other people do. When we are being critical we often call it being discerning, or perceptive, or astute, or sensitive. This is a sin that almost all of us struggle with to one degree or another. After

    II Corinthians 6:1-10 Purpose: To show the proofs of a faithful follower of Christ. Aim: I want the listener to be slow to criticize in order to protect the Gospel. INTRODUCTION: Paul was no stranger to criticism. One of the reasons Paul wrote first and second Corinthians was to answer his more

  • "What Is Truth?” Series

    Contributed by Allen Hern on Apr 1, 2004
    based on 37 ratings

    In the midst of a cynical world; cynical about politics; cynical about moral values; cynical about religion; we need a foundation of truth to sustain us.

     200416.ser “What Is Truth?” CLBC March 28, 2004 a.m. Subject: Truth Theme: Living in Truth Passage: John 18:28 - 38 Text: John 18: 38 Do you hear the note of more

  • Who Are You Listening To?

    Contributed by Johnny Creasong on May 11, 2009
    based on 8 ratings

    Who are "THEY"? The “Right” THEY will keep us above the fray; The “Wrong” THEY will turn us into the fray!

    Who Are You Listening to? Nehemiah 4 Do you know someone who BELIEVES everything he is told? Some things are better heard after one has STUFFED his ears! All of us are prone to lean into the SWAY of THEY! Everyone needs a place where they can be ENCOURGAGED! You can get more

  • A Heart Divided

    Contributed by Davon Huss on Sep 3, 2012
    based on 7 ratings

    A sermon on Hosea 10:1-2 on the disease of a divided heart (Outline and material adapted from Charles Spurgeon's sermon, A Divided Heart:

    HoHum: A 4 year old was at the pediatrician for a check up. As the doctor looked down her ears with an otoscope, he asked, “Do you think I’ll find Big Bird in here?” The little girl said nothing. Next, the doctor took a tongue depressor and looked down her throat. He asked, more