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  • Love Your Haters

    Contributed by Jerry Shirley on Apr 26, 2014
    based on 14 ratings

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    Love Your Haters John 15:17-25 http://gbcdecatur.org/sermons/LoveHaters.html Matthew 5:10-12 10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of ...read more

  • No Servant Is Greater Than His Master

    Contributed by Paul Estabrooks on Oct 24, 2012
    based on 15 ratings

    There are severe forms of persecution, and less severe; but there is no such thing as a non-persecuted Christian!

    Introduction Jesus promised his disciples the night before he was crucified that their lot was to be no different than His. Jesus said: “No servant is greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also!” Persecution Is on the Rise The Pew Research ...read more

  • Won’t You "Friend" Me? Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Jun 18, 2012
    based on 173 ratings

    Facebook friends really aren’t friends, they’re casual acquaintances on the internet. But real friendship is a powerful thing that Jesus not only gave us, but taught us to use for His kingdom. What does Friendship mean to Jesus and to us?

    OPEN: I read about a woman who telephoned a friend and asked how she was feeling, "Terrible," came the reply over the wire, "my head’s splitting and my back and legs are killing me. The house is a mess, and the kids are simply driving me crazy." Very sympathetically the caller said, ...read more

  • The Love Of Christ

    Contributed by Jerry Flury on Oct 4, 2010
    based on 14 ratings

    Christ commanded us to love one another even as He loves us. For us to know how to love each other we must understand the character of the rich deep love that Jesus Christ that Paul describes in Ephesians 3 as surpassing knowledge.

    The Love of Christ John 15:9-17 Christ commanded us to love one another even as He loves us. For us to know how to love each other we must understand the character of the rich deep love that Jesus Christ that Paul describes in Ephesians 3 as surpassing knowledge. I. His love ...read more

  • Thanks Mom

    Contributed by Bill Butsko on May 7, 2010
    based on 4 ratings

    Christian mothers are special people selected by God.

    Text: “Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother…” (John 19:25). Today is Mother’s Day and it is nice that the day was set aside as a special day to recognize mothers, but in reality, every day should be Mother’s Day. Mothers deserve to be praised on a daily basis. It was our mother who ...read more

  • Friends Of Jesus Love Jesus’ Friends Series

    Contributed by Glenn Durham on May 7, 2010
    based on 6 ratings

    God’s love creates a loving community among his people.

    Scripture Introduction It is a favorite joke among boy scout dads, so I have heard it 7 or 8 times in the last two years. Two guys camping in Colorado crawl out of their tents one morning only to see a grizzly bear charging. The first man begins frantically to put on his tennis shoes, at which ...read more

  • Valentine’s Day: A Love Worth Giving

    Contributed by Scott Bayles on Feb 10, 2010
    based on 326 ratings

    This an alliterated expository message from John 15 that tells the story behind Valentine’s Day and urges people to receive, reciprocate and recycle the love of Jesus. PowerPoint available if you e-mail me.

    Valentine’s Day: A Love Worth Giving Scott Bayles, pastor First Christian Church Well, today is Saint Valentine’s Day! I hope none of you husbands or boyfriends forgot about it. I asked Ashley what she wanted for Valentine’s Day earlier this week. She said, “Nothing.” I guess I’ll find out ...read more

  • The Joy Of Developing Godly Character Series

    Contributed by Tom Shepard on Dec 3, 2009
    based on 65 ratings

    This sermon looks at Five Character Traits God desires in a Christian. 1. COMPASSION 2. CONSISTENCY 3. COOPERATION 4. COMMITMENT 5. COURAGE

    The Joy of Developing A Godly Character I have said it before – but let me say it again: God is more concerned with your character than He is with your comfort. God is more concerned with your holiness than He is with your happiness. God is more concerned with you as a person than He is ...read more

  • Abiding In Jesus

    Contributed by Greg Nance on Nov 28, 2009
    based on 5 ratings

    At least five things are given to we who abide in Jesus Christ according to his own words here in John 15.

    John 15 In Byron Harvey’s “The True Vine” I found this illustration: (Pass out clusters of grapes to each row and ask that each one take one or two grapes from the cluster as it passes by). Read John 15:1-17 The True Vine  1 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 ...read more

  • Love Is A Command Series

    Contributed by Paul Green on Oct 30, 2009
    based on 18 ratings

    Jesus said, ’this is my command: Love one another.’ How does that work? It is easy to see how you can obey a command not to lie, or steal or commit murder – but how can you command somebody to love somebody. How is that possible?

    Verse 12: ‘My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you’. Verse 17: ‘This is my command: Love each other’. One of the funniest comedies ever to find it’s way onto our tv screens, arguably, has to be Fawlty Towers. It starred John Cleese as the Torquay hotel owner Basil Fawlty, and ...read more

  • Loving God Means Loving Others

    Contributed by Richard Schwedes on Jul 11, 2009

    This sermon explores how our relationship with God results in us developing relationships with others.

    The Christian life revolves around having two loves. One is God And the other is other people… People in our congregation and people in our wider community But Loving as God commands is not always easy…. Some people can be very difficult to love Is there someone you find difficult ...read more

  • Source Of Encouragement

    Contributed by Thomas Bowen on May 29, 2009
    based on 2 ratings

    Where do Christians find energy and direction...the vine. The connection based on a divine relationship.

    Source of Encouragement John 15:1-17 Look at this limb…withered leaves compared to the rest of the branch that I cut off of the bush. Broken right there by the trunk. If this were still on the bush it would not be long before it just dried up and fell on off on its own or Bobby and tony might ...read more

  • Taking One For The Team

    Contributed by Monty Newton on May 16, 2009

    The greatest love is to love others sacrificially.

    Title: Taking One for the Team Text: John 15:9-17 Thesis: The greatest love is to love others sacrificially. Introduction Colorado is a hotbed for interesting and sometimes “off-the-wall” news articles. Last September 30th Trevor Wikre, an offensive guard for the Mesa State Mavericks. ...read more

  • Loving Friends

    Contributed by Gaither Bailey on May 15, 2009
    based on 4 ratings

    We are to be friends to all just as Jesus is a friend to us.

    John 15: 9 – 17 / Loving Friends Intro: Things that make you go, HMMMM! – Why is it a compliment to tell a woman she looks like a breath of spring; but, not to tell her she looks like the end of a hard winter? --- I wonder why it pleases a woman when you say time stands still when you look into ...read more

  • The Language Makes The Message

    Contributed by Ronald Harbaugh on May 15, 2009
    based on 3 ratings

    A sermon for the 6th Sunday of Easter, Series B

    6th Sunday of Easter, May 16, 2009 “Series B” Grace be unto you and peace, from God our Father and from our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen. Let us pray: Dear Heavenly Father, through your gift of grace, revealed to us in the life, death and resurrection of your Son, Jesus the Christ, you have ...read more