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  • Vertical And Horizontal Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Oct 14, 2013
     | 2,535 views

    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 ...read more

  • Horizontal And Vertical Thanks

    Contributed by Rex S. Wignall on Nov 28, 2002
    based on 31 ratings
     | 1,963 views

    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 ...read more

  • Vertical And Horizontal Love Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jan 18, 2016
     | 2,744 views

    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," ...read more

  • Church-Building Series

    Contributed by Perry Greene on Feb 5, 2015
     | 2,431 views

    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 ...read more

  • North, South, East And West Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Nov 12, 2007
    based on 5 ratings
     | 1,700 views

    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 ...read more

  • What Is The Greatest Commandment?

    Contributed by Blake Inscore on Sep 26, 2008
    based on 5 ratings
     | 2,845 views

    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 ...read more

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

    Contributed by Luther Sexton on Jun 20, 2018
     | 1,179 views

    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, ...read more

  • Love, It's Not An Option

    Contributed by Steve Keeler on Jun 26, 2010
    based on 1 rating
     | 5,068 views

    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 ...read more

  • Receiving God’s Comfort To Give It Away Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Sep 19, 2011
    based on 1 rating
     | 2,982 views

    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.

    Receiving God’s Comfort to Give It Away (2 Corinthians 1:3-7) 1. Yesterday Marylu and I went to the Ko-ko-mah encampment as we do every year. We love the smell of campfires cooking food, crafts and arts done in an 1800’s style, the music, the costumes, the re-enactments. 2. ...read more

  • "Cross" Your Heart Series

    Contributed by Perry Greene on Sep 10, 2015
     | 1,828 views

    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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_UVgmPDMRY 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 ...read more

  • The Up And Sideways Of Worship Series

    Contributed by Rick George on Apr 18, 2008
    based on 1 rating
     | 1,634 views

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

  • "I Am Reconciled" Series

    Contributed by Sean Harder on Feb 11, 2014
     | 1,496 views

    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 ...read more

  • Grace For The Pace Series

    Contributed by Patrick Nix on Jul 13, 2010
     | 1,709 views

    We receive Vertical Grace –rel. w/ God; We relate Horizontal Grace – rel. w/ people. You’re either a grace giver or a grace killer (do you distribute it or expect it?)

    *We receive Vertical Grace –rel. w/ God; We relate Horizontal Grace – rel. w/ people *You’re either a grace giver or a grace killer (do you distribute it or expect it?) - I’m afraid the world isn’t as interest in Christ because of Christians… “soured” - Churched have a “Let me out” attitude – ...read more

  • The Blessed Ones

    Contributed by Ajai Prakash on Sep 26, 2013
    based on 1 rating
     | 2,573 views

    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 ...read more

  • "Saints Please, Promote And Praise God By Being Living Sacrifices" Rm 21 Series

    Contributed by Michael Mccartney on Oct 17, 2007
     | 1,536 views

    We are to Please God, Praise God and Promote God by serving each other through the spirit of grace. This lifestyle for the saint is practiced by following the two covenants of vertical and horizontal relationships. The vertical is between God and them and

    “Saints please, promote and praise God by being living sacrifices” Romans part 21 Opening Illustration: In recognition of the first NFL Games of the season we have a clip honoring the Big Game on Sunday. This illustration should helps us all to have a proper perspective - Sports Sunday by ...read more