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  • The Cry Of The Martyrs

    Contributed by Tim Byrd on Oct 18, 2002
    based on 36 ratings
     | 2,337 views

    Week 16 in a Wednesday evening study through the book of Revelation

    WEEK 16 “ The Cry of the Martyrs” Date: October 2, 2002 Place: Allendale Baptist Church Text: Revelation 6: 9-11 Introduction As we looked last week, we saw what is the beginning of the Great Tribulation. The 1st seal was opened and the white horse is seen with the rider we said is the ...read more

  • The Marks Of A Martyr

    Contributed by Steven Kellett on Mar 18, 2002
    based on 146 ratings
     | 21,342 views

    Three characteristics of Stephen - the first Christian Martyr - that should be true of all believers.

    One dark January evening in 1944 Bruce Porterfield sat down in his home in Lansing, Michigan, to read the paper after a hard day’s work. The story of how five missionaries had presumably been killed by Stone-Age Indians in Bolivia caught his attention. That evening he committed himself to follow in ...read more

  • Stephen The Witness And Martyr Series

    Contributed by Tom Mccrossan on Feb 21, 2005
    based on 37 ratings
     | 3,035 views

    Stephen is a model for us of a Holy Spirit directed witness.

    Stephen the Witness and Martyr Acts 6:8—8:1 Intro: There is a Conspiracy of Silence in so many churches… Thinking that we can merely live good Christian lives as our witness, without telling people the why: telling about Jesus Christ. God’s acts have always needed explanation to be clear. ...read more

  • The Second Christian Martyr(Acts 6) Series

    Contributed by Gregg Strawbridge on Apr 13, 2003
    based on 32 ratings
     | 3,266 views

    This is an exposition of the passage on Stephen who was the first martyr.

    INTRODUCTION We all need heros - those who would embody and be incarnate examples of that which is true, good, and beautiful. Who are your heros? Athanasisus, Luther, Calvin, William Wallace, Theodore Roosevelt, Rambo? We need heros. Today we consider the hero, Stephen. Remember that the Word ...read more

  • Love Your Haters

    Contributed by Jerry Shirley on Apr 26, 2014
    based on 14 ratings
     | 20,422 views

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  • Saint Stephen

    Contributed by Mike Wilkins on Jan 6, 2003
    based on 106 ratings
     | 12,979 views

    What is God saying to our church through the first Christian Martyr, Stephen?

    Acts 6-7 Saint Stephen Boxing day – the day after Christmas, the day you recover, sit on the couch and sip something that goes plop, plop, fizz, fizz. Boxing day – the day that, just incase you haven’t had enough of the malls, and you credit cards aren’t quite topped up, you go to the stores ...read more

  • Dying For The Cause

    Contributed by Jerry Shirley on May 2, 2009
    based on 57 ratings
     | 11,653 views

    The name Smyrna comes from the word for myrrh…which is known for releasing its wonderfully delightful fragrance…when crushed! This suffering church is symbolic of the 10 Great Persecutions from the 1st-3rd C. Link inc. to text, audio/video, PowerPoint.

    READING SOMEONE ELSE’S MAIL Dying For the Cause of Christ Rev. 2:8-11 http://gbcdecatur.org/sermons/DyingForCause.html Many years ago, when communism still held the Soviet Union in its iron clench, a little group of Christians met behind closed doors in the underground. This was a secret ...read more

  • Four Essentials To Great And Godly Marriages

    Contributed by Steve Miller on Feb 12, 2006
    based on 147 ratings
     | 29,438 views

    St. Valentine was martyred for the institution of great and godly marriages. Gen. 2 describes that these marriages are made up of at least four essentials: Monogamy, Fidelity, Longevity, and Intimacy.

    Great and Godly Marriages Gen. 2.21-25 Steve Miller 2/12/06---Valentine’s Sunday Opening: A wife woke up one morning and said, “Honey, I just had a dream that you bought me a new gold necklace. What do you think it means?” “I don’t know, but Valentine’s Day is coming soon. Tuesday, ...read more

  • Smyrna: 2nd Church Of Revelation

    Contributed by Ed Mcneely on Aug 7, 2002
    based on 7 ratings
     | 1,918 views

    This is the martyred church. Jesus had no condemnation only encouragement for the suffering they would experience. Many still suffered in and for their faith. Christ is still with us.

    THE 2ND CHURCH OF REVELATION: Smyrna 3-3-02 Revelation 2:8-11 The first letter was to Ephesus … representing Apostolic Church – the church from Pentecost until about 110 a.d. If you recalled … Jesus commended that church highly … but warned it about drifting away from its first love: · The ...read more

  • Hearing The Shepherd Means Following Him

    Contributed by Eric Vertein on Apr 19, 2005
    based on 7 ratings
     | 1,129 views

    On Good Shepherd Sunday we consider how the first martyr Stephen not only heard the voice of the Good Shepherd, but followed him: in charity, in witness, and in forgiveness.

    Acts 6:1-9; 7:2a,51-60 4th Sunday of Easter – ILCW Year A April 17, 2005 Peace to all of you who are in Christ (I Peter 5:14b). Amen. Judge Lynwood Smith asked Eric Rudolph, “Did you plant the bomb that exploded at the New Woman All Women clinic here in Birmingham on January 29, 1998?" In a ...read more

  • Talking To God Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Mar 27, 2002
    based on 294 ratings
     | 46,107 views

    Uses someone to act for God (on a microphone interacting with the speaker) for good effect.

    (Preacher) "Our Father who art in heaven..." "YES?" (voice off stage with booming bass and reverb) "(pause)Our Father who art in heaven..." "YES? WHAT DO YOU WANT JEFF?" "Who is this?" "WHO DO YOU THINK IT IS? "Well, not too many people I know sound like this!" "I SHOULD HOPE NOT" "Come on ...read more

  • What Is Man?

    Contributed by Paul Wallace on Sep 8, 2001
    based on 46 ratings
     | 2,146 views

    We must understand who we are as fallen man to understand our need and dependency on God. "What is Man" borrows several quotes from the Chineese martyr Dr. Yu.

    What is Man? 9-9-01 Psalm 8, Genesis 2:7, 3:1-6 The Psalmist David while considering the wonder of the night sky and its myriad’s of stars asked, “What is man that you are mindful or him or the son of man that you should visit him?” The NIV translates that last part “care for him.” Today ...read more

  • Persecution - Then & Now

    Contributed by Donna Kazenske on Sep 7, 2002
    based on 94 ratings
     | 6,876 views

    It’s been estimated that more Christians have been martyred in the 20th Century than in all the prior 1,900 years combined. More than 200 million Christians in over 60 nations face persecution each day, 60% of these are children.

    By: Donna J. Kazenske I recently had the wonderful privilege of teaching a workshop on persecution at a Christian Training Conference in IIlinois. To my surprise, about 40 people attended the workshop. I was so blessed to be able to share this vital message with the body of Christ. ...read more

  • Revelation: How Long, O Lord

    Contributed by Roger Thomas on Feb 21, 2007
    based on 15 ratings
     | 3,842 views

    Revelation is God’s answer to the question asked of the martyred saints in chapter 6, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?" It is heaven’s answer to the age old question, “What on ea

    Dr. Roger W. Thomas, Preaching Minister First Christian Church, Vandalia, MO How Long, O Lord? Overview of Revelation—Revelation 1:1-8 A woman went to the doctor’s office, where she was seen by one of the new doctors, but after about 4 minutes in the examination room, she burst out, ...read more

  • Half-Time Talk Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Mar 27, 2007
    based on 67 ratings
     | 18,899 views

    The Disciples had experienced one or two Passover Meals with Jesus before this. Why did Jesus wait til this last one to refer to how it applied to Him?

    OPEN: There is a part of a basketball game that no spectator gets to see. No matter how important the ticket holder may be. No matter how much he’s paid for his seat. There is one event he will NOT be INVITED to observe. And yet this one event can change the entire course of a game. I’ve read ...read more