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  • At The Bottom, Looking Up... Series

    Contributed by Charles Whitmire on Jun 1, 2008
    based on 8 ratings
     | 3,551 views

    Help for those of us who sometimes wonder whether God is listening at all...

    Do you ever have a days where it seems like nothing could go right? Ever have a bad day? What about a bad week? ...or a bad year? Well - if you haven’t, then this message isn’t for you. But if you, like me, occasionally wonder if things could get any worse... listen to what David says in Psalm ...read more

  • A Heart Divided

    Contributed by Davon Huss on Sep 3, 2012
    based on 6 ratings
     | 6,057 views

    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: http://www.spurgeon.org/sermons/0276.htm)

    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, ...read more

  • Skepticism Or Commitment? Series

    Contributed by Joseph Smith on Jun 30, 2003
    based on 24 ratings
     | 2,214 views

    You can read "What is truth?" as cynical skepticism, as playful intellectualism, as the plaintive cry of a battered soul, or as the hopeful sound of a hungry heart.

    It was our first Thanksgiving on our own; always before we had traveled to our parents, but now, with a baby in the house and with other responsibilities, we had elected to do it our own, complete with a full-fledged roasted turkey. Margaret had done a magnificent job. Brother turkey presented ...read more

  • Contrasting Defeatist And Overcoming Attitudes

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Oct 18, 2000
    based on 31 ratings
     | 1,869 views

    Too many people are succumbing to the cynicism of the postmodern mindset of defeatism. Paul writes, "Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good." (Rom. 12:21)

    Romans 12:21 - Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good. Illustration:One salesman came back from a remote part of the world informing his boss that he could not sell any shoes to the people. When the supervisor asked the salesman why the people were resistant to purchasing shoes ...read more

  • "Looking Up At Hell"

    Contributed by Kenneth Sauer on Mar 9, 2010
    based on 8 ratings
     | 9,045 views

    In Luke Chapter 15 Jesus paints us a vivid picture of the Love of God through the story of the Prodigal Son. How can we celebrate God’s party of love in such a way as to welcome not only the younger brothers who have come back from the dead, but also the

    Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 “Looking Up at Hell” By: Ken Sauer, Pastor of East Ridge United Methodist Church, Chattanooga, TN “There was a man who had two sons.” One—the youngest—comes to his father and demands his share of the inheritance. That may sound odd to our ears, but it’s not ...read more

  • Getting Better Or Bitter?

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Jun 14, 2003
    based on 84 ratings
     | 17,602 views

    Asaph started to regress toward bitterness because he struggled with over-reacting to the prosperity, pleasures and privileges of others. We all have to choose to become better or slip into bitterness, cynicism and negativity.

    Getting Better or Bitter? (Psa. 73:1-28) "See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many." (Heb. 12:15) Quote: " I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go" - ...read more

  • Can I Have Doubts And Still Be A Christian? Series

    Contributed by Rodney Buchanan on May 26, 2002
    based on 259 ratings
     | 29,706 views

    When it comes to doubt, we need to see that: 1. Doubts can build faith. 2. We will never have all the answers. 3. A cynical spirit leads us away from God.

    Philip Yancey in his book, Disappointment with God, tells of a letter he received from a woman who was struggling with life and her faith in God. He says, “A young mother wrote that her joy had turned to bitterness and grief when she delivered a daughter with spina bifida, a birth defect that ...read more

  • How Can The Lord Help You Overcome Any Tendency To Act As A Judge?

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Oct 18, 2000
    based on 38 ratings
     | 1,681 views

    Angry cynical people die young. Men who score high for hostility on standard tests are four times more likely to die prematurely than men whose scores are low.

    What are the problems with trying to play the role of a judge over others? Illustration:Angry cynical people die young. Men who score high for hostility on standard tests are four times more likely to die prematurely than men whose scores are low. Bottom Line, quoted in Homemade, February ...read more

  • Life Is Not Fair Series

    Contributed by Joseph Smith on May 29, 2003
    based on 124 ratings
     | 8,424 views

    Life seems unfair to the disappointed, the cheated, the cynical. It was unfair to compel Simon to carry the cross -- injustice piled on. But God uses injustice to stir His people to action, to help us get beyond mere survival, to give us to one another.

    Life is not fair. It just isn’t. The playwright MacLeish has his character “J.B.” scream out something we are all afraid to say, but it might be true: “If God is God, He is not good; if God is good, He is not God.” What an awesome thing to think, let alone speak! “If God is God, He is not ...read more

  • Three Great Words From God

    Contributed by Carl Allen on Dec 27, 2007
    based on 28 ratings
     | 10,653 views

    Often we hear people speak disparagingly of making New Year’s resolutions. They think these promises are worthless. This cynicism could indicate that they have no hope for the coming year being better than the last. It is certainly easy to give way to

    Three Great Words from God for the Coming Year Romans 15:7-13 Intro Often we hear people speak disparagingly of making New Year’s resolutions. They think these promises are worthless. This cynicism could indicate that they have no hope for the coming year being better than the last. It is ...read more

  • Know Your Enemy Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Aug 9, 2015
    based on 22 ratings
     | 21,373 views

    It almost sounds as if Paul - one of the greatest Christian who ever lived - is struggling against sin. It sounds like he slipped up now and again and fell short. Is that even possible?

    OPEN: In October of 1974 there was a heavy-weight boxing match held in Zaire, a country in Africa. It was called the “Rumble In The Jungle” and it featured two of the best heavy-weight boxers of the day. Does anybody know who those two boxers were? (George Foreman and Muhammad ...read more

  • The Scalpel And The Surgeon Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Sep 8, 2013
    based on 26 ratings
     | 30,437 views

    God's Word has the power to cut away dead skin from our hearts. But how can it do that in our lives... and why doesn't it work in everyone's life?

    Cosmetic surgery has become very popular in our present day society. In one of the books I read a year ago, I ran across some unique surgeries that people actually pay money to have done to their bodies: • Back in 2010 more than a million American women underwent lip augmentation ...read more

  • Be Prepared For Motion Sickness Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Feb 2, 2014
    based on 28 ratings
     | 32,843 views

    Life isn't fair. Life isn't just. How can I avoid being defeated by the truth that "in this world I will experience trouble?"

    OPEN: Tom had never gone deep-sea fishing before, and once he was out at sea he began to think it was the stupidest thing he'd ever done in his life. Who would ever have believed that seasickness could be this awful? With every pitch and roll, Tom wondered how he was going to survive the remaining ...read more

  • The Metamorphosis Of James Series

    Contributed by Daniel Colvin on Jan 6, 2004
    based on 9 ratings
     | 2,380 views

    A look at the changed life of James

    The Metamorphosis of James the Brother of Jesus James 1:1 Introduction James’ passion bleeds out over the words that he uses. He has the passion of a sincere Jewish Christian and may well be called the Amos (after the prophet) of the new covenant. It is thick with pastoral encouragement, and ...read more

  • Becoming Young Again

    Contributed by Rick Stacy on Mar 8, 2002
    based on 14 ratings
     | 1,610 views

    Christmas 2001

    12/16/01 - Becoming Young Again Text: Luke 2 & Matthew 18:1-5: What is it about children that endeared themselves to Jesus? Certainly they are cute. Certainly they are innocent in their understanding of life. What impressed Jesus always was faith… Maybe that’s why Jesus came as a babe in a ...read more