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  • Christmas - Joy Or Despair?

    Contributed by Melvin Newland on Nov 13, 2001
    based on 422 ratings
     | 15,242 views

    Herod issues an order that all little boys two years old & younger in Bethlehem are to be murdered. In horror, we wonder how anyone could have reacted that way to a baby’s birth. (PowerPoints available - #180)

    MELVIN M. NEWLAND, MINISTER RIDGE CHAPEL, KANSAS, OK (Revised: 2014) (PowerPoints used with this message are available for free. Just email me at mnewland@sstelco.com and request #180.) A. Please listen as I read these familiar words found in Matthew 2:1-12. “After Jesus was born ...read more

  • Our Response To The Discipline Of God Series

    Contributed by Paul Apple on Jun 25, 2001
    based on 41 ratings
     | 5,374 views

    HOW TO TRANSFORM SULLEN DESPAIR INTO SUBMISSIVE DESPERATION

    BIG IDEA: HOW TO TRANSFORM SULLEN DESPAIR INTO SUBMISSIVE DESPERATION INTRODUCTION: One test of a good father = How well do you discipline your children? By discipline I don’t just mean the actual spanking itself (the execution of the appropriate punishment for the given infraction)... I ...read more

  • The Valley Of Baca

    Contributed by Robert Massey on Mar 27, 2002
    based on 203 ratings
     | 33,254 views

    Christains all pass through valleys of despair and depression. Here are three truths that will aid the believer while he/she is in the valley.

    THE VALLEY OF BACA (Weeping) Psalms 84:1-8 Wouldn’t it be great if we never went through valleys in our Christian experience? If things were always on an even keel, or better yet, high up on the mountain slopes. While Brenda and I were in Montana, we used to drive up Beartooth Pass to a ...read more

  • Three Of The Greatest Emotions In Life

    Contributed by Elmer Towns on Apr 10, 2003
    based on 160 ratings
     | 11,495 views

    We have many emotions. These include fear, anger, excitement, loneliness, despair, and satisfaction. What emotions motivate you the most?

    A. INTRODUCTION 1. We have many emotions. These include fear, anger, excitement, loneliness, despair, and satisfaction. What emotions motivate you the most ____________________________? 2. The three greatest emotions. Today’s lesson surrounds three of the greatest emotions: WHAT ...read more

  • Are We There Yet?

    Contributed by Larry Brincefield on Jul 18, 2003
    based on 79 ratings
     | 9,955 views

    This Psalm emotionally starts out in a deep valley of despair. Then begins to ascend the mountain of faith. Finally arrives at the summit of blessing!

    July 20, 2003 Sunday Evening Title: “Are We There Yet?” Text: Psalms 13:1-6 Introduction When we were on vacation, one of the questions that we frequently received from our children was "are we there yet?" Or "how much longer?" or "are we ever going to get there?" Did you ...read more

  • God Is Our Source

    Contributed by Larry Norman on Sep 12, 2001
    based on 90 ratings
     | 12,834 views

    My prayer is that God will use this tragedy to bring America to its knees—not in an act of despair, but in a reliance on an Almighty God who is ultimately in control.

    Intro: As the events of yesterday began to unfold, my emotions ran the gamut, as I’m sure did yours. Ø Shock Ø Disbelief Ø Horror Ø Anger Ø Outrage Then I began to ask a searching question. “Could we begin experiencing the judgement of God on our nation?” I am NOT saying that that is ...read more

  • When You Think You're Going Under

    Contributed by Keith Linkous on Jun 24, 2002
    based on 416 ratings
     | 26,277 views

    Don’t despair, Christ is there. And He desires to lift you up when you think you’re going under.

    We have all had that “sinking feeling,” haven’t we? We’ve all had our share of storms. There are various types of storms in life. 1. Situational storms. This is when circumstances seem to plot against you and everything seems to go wrong. Murphy’s law is in full force. Everything seems to go ...read more

  • "Steadfast Hope" Series

    Contributed by Robert Leroe on Jul 5, 2002
    based on 50 ratings
     | 7,102 views

    A. The depths of despair (vss 1-2); B. God’s forgiveness (vss 3-4); C. The process of waiting and hoping (vss 5-6); D. Motivation to tell others (vss 7-8).

    Psalm Steps> “Steadfast Hope” -Psalm 130 Pastor Bob Leroe, Cliftondale Congregational Church, Saugus, Massachusetts Introduction and Outline Psalm 130 is a literal Song of Ascents—it climbs from the abyss of depression to the high ground of steadfast hope. In this brief penitential psalm we ...read more

  • Taming The Tongue Series

    Contributed by Brian Bill on May 16, 2003
    based on 477 ratings
     | 72,844 views

    our words have the same power -- they can bring joy or cause despair. Proverbs 18:21 puts it this way: “The tongue has the power of life and death...”

    Taming the Tongue Several years ago, Beth and I went to someone’s house for a party. After we were done eating, a group of adults starting playing volleyball while the kids had a scavenger hunt. After their hunt, the kids divided into 3 different groups. Each group picked up a bed sheet and ...read more

  • It's Time To Dig Some Ditches

    Contributed by James May on Nov 11, 2002
    based on 58 ratings
     | 26,183 views

    We must "dig some ditches" in our valley of despair if we want God to fill them with the water of blessings, just like Elisha told the Kings of Israel.

    Disclaimer: Due to the large amount of sermons and topics that appear on this site I feel it is necessary to post this disclaimer on all sermons posted. These sermons are original to the author and the leading of the Holy Spirit. While ideas and illustrations are often gleaned from many ...read more

  • The Fourth Watch Of The Night

    Contributed by Jim Miller on May 27, 2003
    based on 196 ratings
     | 58,140 views

    Sometimes we find ourselves in life-storms and after exhausting every method of deliverance, including prayer, we despair and give up. Very often Christ comes at just these precise moments.

    THE FOURTH WATCH OF THE NIGHT INTRODUCTION. We’re going to take a little trip with Jesus across the sea of Galilee. Actually, calling it a “Sea” is a bit of a overstatement. It’s a lake. A big lake, but a lake all the same, 15 mi. long and 8 miles wide. TEXT. Matthew 14.22 Immediately ...read more

  • Banishing Discouragement Series

    Contributed by William Morris on Feb 7, 2003
    based on 175 ratings
     | 13,750 views

    This message deals with how the believer should deal with discoragement

    Sermon by: Dr. Todd Morris Text: Psalm 77 Title: Banishing Discouragement Date: December 1, 2002 Introduction: Discouragement is the common cold of emotions. Eventually it affects us all. Elijah, God’s iron man of the Old Testament became so discouraged that he sat down under a ...read more

  • How To Hold On When You Feel Like Giving Up

    Contributed by Alan Perkins on Apr 4, 2001
    based on 436 ratings
     | 63,345 views

    How do we keep holding on when we feel like giving up? How do we find the strength to persevere, to go on?

    Ever feel like giving up? Ever feel like quitting? Ever feel like your situation is so hopeless that the only thing you can possibly do is leave? Just walk away, head out the door and never come back? In extreme circumstances, people can feel so much emotional pain that they take their own ...read more

  • The Joy Of The Lord Is Our Strength

    Contributed by Scott Coltrain on Nov 2, 2002
    based on 295 ratings
     | 70,964 views

    The Scriptures teach that the joy of the Lord is our strength. This is a lesson which provides guidance on how we can experience the power of spiritual joy in our Christian lives.

    Background: The Jews had returned from 70 years of foreign captivity in Babylon. While they were in Babylon, the Jews were not able to practice their religion in its entirety. In fact, for the most part, they did not have access to the Law of God. For most of the captives, whatever they knew ...read more

  • Crawling Out Of The Depression Hole #1 Series

    Contributed by Jeffrey Stratton on Aug 23, 2002
    based on 156 ratings
     | 8,397 views

    This series examines many of the emotional holes that we fall into and how we can crawl out.

    February 3, 2002 Numbers 11:14-15 Crawling Out of the Holes of Life Series “Crawling Out of the Depression Hole” On November 1, 1993 I traveled to Palm Springs California. As the American Airlines MD-80 banked over a small mountain range just to the east of Palm Springs I was able to ...read more