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  • "love Who?" "my Enemies!?"

    Contributed by Robert Walderman on Mar 16, 2019
     | 3,228 views

    Words matter. Words communicate. As a master teacher Jesus used words and literary devices to enhance his teaching with great power and insight. He often used 'hyperbole.'

    The Gospel of Luke-Pt.18: “Love who? My Enemies!” I walked through hell this week. My personal world was on fire and everyone unloaded their problems on me. I ended the week with the weight of the world upon my shoulders. Let me ask you, ‘What kind of week did I have?’ Yes, you would be ...read more

  • Better Or Bitter?

    Contributed by John Mccormack on Mar 24, 2014
    based on 1 rating
     | 1,913 views

    KING DAVID EXPRESSES HIS STRUGGLES WITH BITTERNESS.

    BETTER OR BITTER? OBSERVATION: THIS STUDY ADDRESSES KING DAVID’S DEEP DISTRESS OVER HIS LIFE ISSUES. HE USED HYPERBOLIC LANGUAGE TO EXPRESS HIS GRIEF. HYPERBOLE IS A FIGURE OF SPEECH USING EXAGGERATION TO MAKE A POINT. INTERPRETATION: PSALMS 6:6 (NKJV) I AM WEARY WITH MY ...read more

  • “be Responsive” Series

    Contributed by Dave Mcfadden on Sep 18, 2012
    based on 3 ratings
     | 4,037 views

    Malachi calls the people of his day to be responsive to the love of God.

    What we are told in verse one is all we have about the prophet Malachi. Other prophetic books often tell when the prophet wrote, that is, during the reigns of a certain kings. But, apparently, there were no kings in Israel in Malachi’s day - they appear to be a thing of the past. The ...read more

  • "Out With Your Eye!" Series

    Contributed by Kendall Hicks on Apr 6, 2016
     | 2,176 views

    I do not write out complete manuscript. This is a sermon brief/outline that I hope will help in your study and preparation. The main point: Take radical action against sin.

    We are in a series of messages that we are calling “Say What?!... Some Head-Scratching Statements of Jesus.” One reason Jesus’ teachings has caused people both then and now to scratch their heads in amazement, wonder, or bewilderment is because His teachings revealed KINGDOM ...read more

  • Infinite Love For Infinite Sadness Series

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Jun 10, 2017
     | 1,600 views

    To enjoy infinite love curing our infinite sadness, we need to live by the moral code Jesus taught, the code of loving even our enemies.

    Thursday of 2nd Week in Course 2017 Joy of the Gospel “Our infinite sadness can only be cured by an infinite love.” Those words of Pope Francis ended our reflection last Thursday on the encyclical Joy of the Gospel. Now God’s love is unconditional. He loves even jerks, even sinners like me and ...read more

  • Gererosity Of Grace

    Contributed by Jay Bunting on Feb 27, 2014
     | 2,136 views

    Christian living based on turning the other cheek.

    Matthew 5:38-42 One summer evening in Broken Bow, Nebraska, a weary truck driver pulled his rig into an all-night truck stop. He was tired and hungry. The waitress had just served three tough looking, leather jacketed motorcyclist - of the Hell’s Angel’s type - decided to give him a ...read more

  • Gracious Living Series

    Contributed by Mark Opperman on Oct 1, 2015
     | 3,973 views

    We must be more concerned with showing the generous love of God than with receiving proper treatment from others.

    Gracious Living Matthew 5:38-42 38 "You have heard that it was said, 'Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.' 39 But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him ...read more

  • The Generosity Of Grace

    Contributed by Mark Opperman on Sep 10, 2008
    based on 6 ratings
     | 5,486 views

    We must be more concerned with showing the generous love of God than with receiving proper treatment from others. Gracious people... are willing to accept insults, value people more than things, are willing to serve beyond obligation, are willing to give

    The Generosity of Grace Matthew 5:38-42 Intro: One winter day a man went shopping at the local neighborhood mall. When he returned to his car he noticed a rather foul odor coming from under the hood and so he checked the engine. In the compartment he discovered a dead cat rather mutilated from ...read more

  • Is The Doctrine Of "Original Sin" Really Scriptural?

    Contributed by Scott Coltrain on Sep 5, 2002
    based on 75 ratings
     | 3,268 views

    Many today accept the doctrine of "Original Sin" or "Total Hereditary Depravity" as basic truth; yet, it is not supported by the Bible nor was it taught in the early Church.

    The doctrine of "Original Sin" basically states that Adam’s guilt has been passed down to each member of the human race. Thus, we are born condemned sinners. We are separated from God and His grace from birth. We are born spiritually dead. Only the blood of Christ can remove the stain and guilt of ...read more

  • Discipleship - The Sacrifice Of Self Series

    Contributed by Doug Henry on Dec 30, 2006
    based on 9 ratings
     | 5,217 views

    What does it really mean to be a disciple?

    Discipleship – The Sacrifice of Self Luke 14:25 – 35 Out west, there is a park called the Bridger Wilderness Area. This is a place that lives true to its name. The only shelters you will find are the tents that people bring in with them. The only restrooms you will find resemble bushes and ...read more

  • Is There A Murderer In Your Mind? Series

    Contributed by Michael Stover on Apr 29, 2001
    based on 50 ratings
     | 1,245 views

    Our anger can create destructive tendencies. Jesus wants us to handle it properly.

    I. A False Interpretation (21-22a) A. Observing the Law Outwardly 1. Jewish leaders had reduced 6th commandment to only an act 2. Only judgment feared was from courts of earth B. Neglecting the Law Inwardly 1. Jesus said 6th commandment deals w/matters of the heart 2. “To be unjustly ...read more

  • The Spirit Of Thanksgiving

    Contributed by Roddy Chestnut on Oct 18, 2000
    based on 43 ratings
     | 1,725 views

    Thesis: The spirit of thanksgiving is found in thanks-living.

    Thesis: The spirit of thanksgiving is found in thanks-living. Intro.: 1. Psalm 116 was most likely written by King David. 2. From the content it appears to have been written after some great act of deliverance by the Lord. I. THE LORD DELIVERS THOSE WHO DEPEND ON HIM (verses ...read more

  • Ask & You Will Receive?

    Contributed by Todd Leupold on May 30, 2007
    based on 7 ratings
     | 1,845 views

    This message, delivered during a mid-week prayer meeting, tackles the question of prayer and God’s ’obligations’- or is it ours?

    “ASK AND YOU WILL RECEIVE?” Wednesday Evening Prayer Mtg. May 15, 2002 Pastor Todd G. Leupold I. OPEN Prayer can seem like such a funny thing. . . How often do we vacillate between turning to God to save the world and not bothering to pray for even the simplest things, because we wonder if ...read more

  • Big Isn't Always Beautiful

    Contributed by Revd. Martin Dale on Jun 17, 2006
    based on 7 ratings
     | 1,992 views

    The Kingdom of God stars from small beginnings

    Mk 4:26-34 Illustration: There’s a traditional saying attributed to Benjamin Franklin which says, " For the want of a nail, the shoe was lost; for the want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for the want of a horse the rider was lost, being overtaken and slain by the enemy, all for the want ...read more

  • Forgiveness

    Contributed by I. G. Spong on Sep 16, 2017
    based on 1 rating
     | 4,085 views

    How often should we forgive?

    Intro, Purpose, Plan How often should we forgive? How much forgiveness do we need? What does it mean to forgive from the heart? Let’s explore the difficulty and necessity of compassion and mercy, forgiveness from the heart. We will look at Matthew 18:21-35 and what Jesus taught about ...read more