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  • Taking Initiative Series

    Contributed by Daniel Villa on Mar 2, 2003
    based on 97 ratings
     | 26,949 views

    Wise people don’t sit and wait for things to happen, instead they take action to do what Jesus wants them to do.

  • Love: God's Divine Initiative

    Contributed by David Simmons on Feb 22, 2002
    based on 95 ratings
     | 4,486 views

    What does it really mean to love? Jesus’ own incarnation gives us the answer.

    BEING IN LOVE I had been dating Tara (now my wife) for some time before I finally got the nerve to say it – you know – those big three words that mark the point of no return in a relationship. We had been out on a date, and I had pulled up to her dorm and was about to let her out when I said to ...read more

  • Why Jesus Wants Us To Be Initiators Instead Of Remaining As Passive Recipients

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Oct 18, 2000
    based on 25 ratings
     | 3,340 views

    The Lord expects us to initiate opportunities with the power of the Spirit to bring others to a saving and growing faith in our Lord Jesus. It is not enough to passively receive what He gives freely. "Freely we have received, therefore, freely give."

    Illustration: We love because He first loved us. (I JOhn 4:10) Illustration:John Wesley traveled 250,000 miles on horseback, averaging twenty miles a day for forty years; preached 4,000 sermons; produced 400 books; knew ten languages. At eighty-three he was annoyed that he could not write more ...read more

  • An Attitude Adjustment About Giving

    Contributed by Chadrick Forrester on Jan 14, 2006
    based on 110 ratings
     | 33,818 views

    This sermon was given to teach the blessings of being a generous giver.

    An Attitude Adjustment About Giving January 15, 2006 2 Corinthians 8:1-15 Intro: How do you view giving? Some view it as an obstacle, burden, punishment. (this is seen in how some get uncomfortable even when a preacher mentions it) Some of us need simply to change our attitude about ...read more

  • The Secret Of The Fruit Series

    Contributed by R. David Reynolds on Apr 17, 2004
    based on 35 ratings
     | 2,853 views

    This is the initial, introductory sermon in the series on "The Fruit of the Spirit."

    THE SECRET OF THE FRUIT—GALATIANS 5:13-26 “MY DESIRE, TO BE LIKE JESUS; MY DESIRE, TO BE LIKE HIM. HIS SPIRIT FILL ME, HIS LOVE O’ERWHELM ME, IN DEED AND WORD, TO BE LIKE HIM.” --Lillian Plankenhorn, 1946 Is that your heart’s prayer? How can one ever be like Jesus? The secret to ...read more

  • How Is Your View From The Bridge? Series

    Contributed by Mark Schaeufele on Sep 30, 2006
    based on 19 ratings
     | 6,304 views

    God has called us to take the initiative in bringing reconciliation.

    How Is Your View From the Bridge? Text: Gen. 33:1-20 Introduction 1. Read Gen. 33:1-20 2. Illustration: God’s love is like a bridge that makes reconciliation possible. If you take away the bridge, the separation remains. George Herbert said, “He who cannot forgive others breaks the ...read more

  • The Golden Rule Series

    Contributed by Matthew Rogers on Dec 10, 2001
    based on 121 ratings
     | 22,388 views

    Jesus wants us to take the initiative to do something good for another person.

  • How To Keep The Faith

    Contributed by Bruce Howell on Apr 11, 2002
    based on 190 ratings
     | 15,568 views

    How to keep from falling away from the initial commitment made to Christ.

  • Esther Pt 2 Series

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Oct 28, 2006
    based on 7 ratings
     | 3,151 views

    Esther and Mordecai act on their own initiative to bring about the salvatin of the Jews, but God is present in the background bringing things together.

    For those who weren’t here last week or whose memories are like mine and you can’t remember what happened two days ago, let alone last week, let me recap. King Xerxes, king of Persia, has banished his first queen and a search has been made throughout his kingdom for beautiful young girls from ...read more

  • Boaz - A Righteous Man Series

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Jan 29, 2001
    based on 141 ratings
     | 10,754 views

    Faith is a combinatin of waiting for God and using initiative to bring about God’s will.

    It was Sunday morning and Harry was off. He pulled out of his driveway in his 2-seater convertible, with the roof closed because of typical Melbourne driving rain, and headed for church. But as he turned into the main road he saw ahead of him three bedraggled figures huddled under a single umbrella ...read more

  • "Generosity Pays"

    Contributed by Jimmy Davis on Sep 12, 2001
    based on 56 ratings
     | 8,600 views

    The generosity of the widow Zarephath to the prophet Elijah was in direct response to the initiative of God. Our generosity to others should be of the same nature.

    Sermon.987 See O.T. Characters.017 “Generosity Pays” I Kings 17:7-24 The generosity of the widow of Zarephath to the prophet Elijah was in response to the initiative of God. Generosity is a virtue we should cherish, as well as it is a personal response to the initiative of God, and a ...read more

  • The Feast Of Freedom Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on May 24, 2015
    based on 21 ratings
     | 25,139 views

    150 years Memorial Day was initiated after the Civil War. But Americans have difficulty remembering when this special day began and why its important to our nation. But 3400 years ago, God initiated His own "Memorial Day". Do you know when & why it began?

    I’ve read that Memorial Day was originally begun by former slaves on May, 1, 1865. The ceremony was held in Charleston, SC to honor 257 dead Union Soldiers who had been buried in a mass grave in a Confederate prison camp. The former slaves dug up the bodies and worked for 2 weeks to give ...read more

  • Discipleship; Beyond Pretending

    Contributed by Bill Huffhine on May 27, 2004
    based on 56 ratings
     | 4,377 views

    Understanding discipleship as the God initiated, God accomplished process of turning us into what He intended - human beings bearing the image of the God who created us.

    Every year the movie industry comes together for a massive celebration and awards ceremony. All of Hollywood looks forward to the night early in the year where they can come together and honor one another for the work that had been done during the previous year. It’s a really a fascinating ...read more

  • What Has God Done For You Lately?

    Contributed by Monty Newton on Jan 1, 2009
    based on 10 ratings
     | 10,255 views

    God is the initiator of mercy and grace in our lives, and so much so that all we can do is respond with heartfelt gratitude and praise.

    Title: What Has God Done For You Lately? Text: Ephesians 1:3-14 The Big Idea: God is the initiator of mercy and grace in our lives and so much so that all we can do is respond with heartfelt praise. Introduction: My son and son-in-law and I watched the Bronco game against San Diego on ...read more

  • The Spirit Gives Life The Flesh Profits Nothing

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Jul 4, 2003
    based on 30 ratings
     | 4,969 views

    The Spirit initiates, creates, and give birth to new things. Replace fleshly efforts with the empowering, enabling and energizing power of the Spirit overflowing from within your heart.

    The Spirit initiates, creates, and give birth to new things.(2 Cor. 3:6) "It is He who has qualified us making us to be fit and worthy and sufficient as ministers and dispensers of a new covenant (of salvation through Christ) not ministers of the letter (of legally written code) but of the ...read more