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  • Vertical And Horizontal Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Oct 14, 2013

    When a believer worships, serves, and prays, his heart needs to be directed two ways.

    Vertical and Horizontal (Colossians 1:3-8) 1. Last weekend, Marylu and I had car trouble. 2. The brake light was on; fluid was leaking in one of the little pipes…Thrifty. 3. Sunday morning, had a flat…. 4. When we went past gas stations to pick up car on Monday, one was 3.01 a more

  • The Horizontal Shift Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Sep 19, 2021

    Being a disciple of Jesus Christ demands us to surrender in two directions: vertically toward God and then horizontally to serve fellow citizens of the Kingdom. We cannot choose just one.

    The Horizontal Shift (Romans 12:3-8) 1.A customer walked into my clothing shop and asked to see the pants that were advertised in the paper that day. “We don’t have an ad in the paper today,” I told her. She insisted I was wrong, so I got a copy of the paper, and we went through it, eventually more

  • Vertical And Horizontal Love Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jan 18, 2016

    Today’s text leads us toward an answer toward life’s biggest question: What is God’s main goal for me on earth?

    Vertical and Horizontal Love Mark 12:28-34 1. Bernie and Esther were not the most religious Jews and in fact they really only went to Temple once a year. As they were leaving the Temple, the Rabbi said, "Bernie, it sure would be nice to see you and Esther here more than once a year!" "I know," more

  • Horizontal And Vertical Thanks

    Contributed by Rex S. Wignall on Nov 28, 2002
    based on 31 ratings

    We must move beyond "comparative gratitude" and an awareness of our good fortune, to "vertical thanks to God who is the source of all blessings.

    Introduction: Comparative Gratitude Thanksgiving, like Christmas, is firmly woven into the American fabric as a tradition. I don’t mean this in a critical way – it is a wonderful occasion to gather families and to share a meal together (something rarer and rarer in this day). Just as we more

  • Church-Building Series

    Contributed by Perry Greene on Feb 5, 2015

    Worship certainly ascends to the Father but it also goes out to one another.

    1. Have a Blessed Day -- A Walmart Greeter in Georgia was censored by his employer when ONE customer complained about his greeting of, "Have a blessed day." Customers overwhelmingly came to his defense and Walmart backed down. a. I realize Wal-Mart is not church but this Greeter was practicing a more

  • North, South, East And West Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Nov 12, 2007
    based on 5 ratings

    Just as the two Great Commandments are both vertical and horizontal, so spiritual growth comes predominantly from vertical and horizontal sources.

    North, South, East and West (1 Thessalonians 5:23-28) Like an X and Y axis in Algebra, so spiritual growth comes from both vertical and horizontal directions. 1. God has a lot of work to do in our lives; for some of us, God has cleared away the biggest hurdles, but there are plenty of lesser more

  • (Section 7) Three Heavens, Earth, Angels And (Pre-Adam) Men Series

    Contributed by Luther Sexton on Jun 20, 2018

    Prehistoric Life, Horizontal Earth Rotation, PreAdam Men

    VII. THREE HEAVENS, EARTH, ANGELS AND (Pre-Adam) MEN Long before a man called Adam walked with God in the gardens of Eden, longer still before the flood of Noah covered the face of the earth, in a time called “the beginning,” God created the heavens and the earth. A grand and beautiful design, more

  • Love, It's Not An Option

    Contributed by Steve Keeler on Jun 26, 2010
    based on 1 rating

    Jesus want's up to be prepared vertically and horizontally, to live right with God and with man!

    Love, It's Not An Option! by Steve Keeler Scripture John 15:9-17 If you knew your death was coming soon what would you say to those you love? Jesus spoke to His followers not long before He was to be killed on the cross. This was His farewell speech to the disciples. John 15:9-17 more

  • What Is The Greatest Commandment?

    Contributed by Blake Inscore on Sep 26, 2008
    based on 5 ratings

    The greatest commandment is a vertical relationship with God and the second is a horizontal relationship with others.

    WHAT IS THE GREATEST COMMANDMENT? Matthew 22:34-40 (NIV) 34Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord more

  • "Cross" Your Heart Series

    Contributed by Perry Greene on Sep 10, 2015

    In the cross, Jesus illustrates the relationship that we have with God (the vertical) and others (the horizontal). It appears that God places a much higher emphasis on the horizontal than we may realize.

    1. [Angry Toddler 2. Matthew 5.21-24 a. Remember WE have offended someone in this Scenario b. "Coping with difficult people is always a problem; especially if the difficult person happens to be you." -John Maxwell 3. Anger is one thing that Jesus more

  • Receiving God’s Comfort To Give It Away Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Sep 19, 2011
    based on 1 rating

    The pattern is all over Scripture: we cannot separate our vertical relationship to God from our horizontal relationship to others; the vertical always influences the horizontal. This is true in the realm of comfort.

  • The Up And Sideways Of Worship Series

    Contributed by Rick George on Apr 18, 2008
    based on 1 rating

    We must have a vertical (worship toward God) and a horizontal (edification of the church) philosophy of worship.

    Have you ever wondered “Why do we gather together on Sunday mornings? What is the purpose of carving out of our busy week 2 – 3 hours to come to a place to be with other people to sing songs and to listen to a guy speak?” What is the purpose of congregational worship? I mean, you could be home more

  • "I Am Reconciled" Series

    Contributed by Sean Harder on Feb 11, 2014

    The reconciliation we see today due to Christ's death has both a horizontal and vertical aspect to it. Vertically God has reconciled all mankind to himself, and horizontally he has reconciled all mankind to each other through the blood of Christ.

    “I Am Reconciled” (Eph 2:11-22) Here’s the attitude of the first century Jewish religious man: “Thank you God for not making me a Gentile, and thank you God for not making me a female”. The pious Jew was ever aware of the privilege they had inherited, and frankly more

  • Love Is Relational

    Contributed by Jim Keegan on May 8, 2021

    Love is all about relationships. The cross itself speaks of the two dimensions of love, vertical and horizontal, divine and human love. And where they intersect most powerfully is in relationships.

    Love is Relational John 21:15-17 (Read text.) I remember hearing missionaries to the Congo talking about the need for long-term missions, especially the importance of learning the language and the culture of the people. “Language and culture are important,” they said, “because they facilitate more

  • The Blessed Ones

    Contributed by Ajai Prakash on Sep 26, 2013
    based on 1 rating

    The first set of four beatitudes focus on our vertical relationship to God, the second set of four on our horizontal relationship to people. Each of the eight builds upon the other so that there is an amazingly beautiful and compelling progression.

    Opening illustration: How good are you at making enemies? No, I didn’t ask how good you are at making friends. That’s easy. Just be a good Joe, an easy spender, a tolerant sort of fellow who never offends anybody. But how good are you at making enemies? If you are a child of God and more