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  • A Reflection On Servant-Leadership Series

    Contributed by Lalachan Abraham on Nov 27, 2014
    based on 8 ratings
     | 18,352 views

    Jesus said “The greatest among you must be a servant.”(Matthew 23:11)

    “The greatest among you will be your servant. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted..”(Matthew 23:11-12) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s maiden speech on the eve of India’s 68th Independence Day on 15th August ...read more

  • "We Can Get So Off Base"

    Contributed by Kenneth Sauer on Nov 1, 2014
     | 5,266 views

    A sermon about loving mercy.

    "We Can Get So Off Base" Matthew 23:1-12 Micah 6:6-8 Like most of us, John Burke (pastor of Gateway Church in Austin, Texas) assumed that he was not a judgmental person. But just in case he was wrong, he tried an experiment: for a whole week he kept track of his judgments about other ...read more

  • The Widow's Mite Series

    Contributed by Barry O Johnson on Apr 30, 2018
    based on 1 rating
     | 24,492 views

    The story of the widow's mite has been used to show Christians what their attitude toward giving should be. This message challenges that traditional and longstanding teaching.

    Growing up I don’t think I heard a teaching about the widow’s mite that did not take the widow and make her the standard by which all of us are to give when it comes to our giving. “This poor widow woman came to the altar and gave her last mite. She did that for the Lord! What an example she is ...read more

  • Moving To The Head Of The Line Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Mar 14, 2010
    based on 67 ratings
     | 30,343 views

    Jesus hated pride and used the Pharisees to highlight the evils of that sin. But why would God hate pride, and how would I know if I suffer from it?

    Last Sunday we introduced the “Upside Down Teachings of Jesus”. The teaching of Jesus that just don’t make sense to most people. Today’s sermon will continue that theme by focusing on Jesus’ teaching: “the Last shall be First, and the First shall be Last”. OPEN: When my dad first married my mom, ...read more

  • How To Lose Friends And Inflame Enemies Series

    Contributed by Chris Kelly on Jul 31, 2010
    based on 8 ratings
     | 4,512 views

    Ever wonder what it would be like to meet Jesus in person? The Pharasees did and it was an uncomfortable experience to say the least!

    How to Lose Friends and Inflame Enemies Series: One on One With the Master February 28, 2010 Let me ask you a question. What do you think is the greatest threat to the church today? Persecution? Atheism? Materialism? No… Hypocrisy! Hypocrisy has done more to turn people away from God ...read more

  • Johanan The Rabbi Series

    Contributed by Andrew Moffatt on Aug 18, 2010
    based on 14 ratings
     | 11,823 views

    A narrative monolouge reply from a Rabbi who was present at the Temple to hear the words of Jesus spoken in Matthew 23. To highlight why Jesus had an issue with the Teachers of the Law and Pharisees, that he was concerned for their legalism.

    Matthew 23, 22/08/2010 Jesus was to address the Pharisees and the Teachers of the Law at the Temple. This occurred during the week preceding the crucifixion of Jesus. Jesus mentions seven woes, The Pharisees were a legalistic and separatistic group who strictly, but often hypocritically, kept ...read more

  • Religious Or Christ-Like?

    Contributed by Roddy Chestnut on Oct 18, 2000
    based on 64 ratings
     | 2,313 views

    Thesis: There is a big difference between being "religious" and following Jesus Christ.

    Thesis: There is a big difference between being "religious" and following Jesus Christ. Intro.: 1. When you hear someone use the word "religion" or hear someone refer to another person as "religious" what do you think of? a. Illust. Do you think of "Church Lady" on Saturday Night Live ...read more

  • Let God See The Plumbing

    Contributed by Tom Fuller on Oct 21, 2002
    based on 24 ratings
     | 3,581 views

    When it comes down to it, do you let God in on the inside of you - or do you hold Him at arms length? Take a lesson from the religious establishment of Jesus’ day - let God into the ugly inner parts of your life, and let the Great Plumber heal you.

    A few years back I did a remodeling project at my house - the carpenter did much of the work but I cut costs by doing the plumbing myself. After putting in a bathroom over our garage the area was covered up by sheetrock. One day as I was walking to my car I felt a drop of water hit my eye. I ...read more

  • Order Of Respect

    Contributed by Paul Kallan on Nov 2, 2002
    based on 44 ratings
     | 2,963 views

    Respect and Honour are to be earned rather than to be demanded.

    The gospel passage Mt 23.1-12 speaks to the hearts of many people, especially, those who feel dominated and oppressed by others. Jesus turns himself harshly against those who try to put themselves up over others and lord over them. He is quite clear of the consequences of a social order that ...read more

  • There's Always Room For One More

    Contributed by John Beehler on Oct 29, 2002
    based on 151 ratings
     | 9,232 views

    Hey, peacock, how broad are your phylacteries and how long are your fringes?

    There’s Always Room for One More A Texas rancher met up with a Wisconsin dairy farmer. The two men began talking about their land and the milkman told the cattleman that he operated his business on 125 acres. The Texan scoffed at such a small parcel of land. He said, "Yankee, that ...read more

  • Defusing Duplicity Series

    Contributed by Perry Greene on Jan 17, 2017
     | 4,564 views

    This is the first lesson in a series based on James MacDonald's book, Authentic. This lesson battles the problem of hypocrisy.

    1. Fake Cars In the 1970’s, Bradley Automotive sold a fiberglass body kit that fit perfectly onto a VW bug chassis. The body was very modern in style and design, giving the impression that it was an expensive GT or GT2 sports car. On the outside it looked expensive, showy, and modern but on the ...read more

  • Idol Worship Series

    Contributed by Michael Deutsch on Aug 12, 2014
     | 5,317 views

    Idols we worship. Part 3 of 3.

    Idols - part 3 Matthew 23:1-28 July 20, 2014 Well, today, we are going to end our 3 week look at the idols we have in our lives. Of course you don’t need to be reminder what today is. It’s Selfie Sunday! You need to know what I look like, just on the happenstance that you ...read more

  • Matthew 23 - Call No Man Father

    Contributed by Lay Man on May 29, 2015
    based on 1 rating
     | 3,193 views

    And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. - Matthew 23:9 Leaving a Presbyterian Church today at the end of the service we sang 3 amens, which is typical in many reformed churches dating back to the time ...

    And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. - Matthew 23:9 Leaving a Presbyterian Church today at the end of the service we sang 3 amens, which is typical in many reformed churches dating back to the times of Luther, Calvin and others. This ...read more

  • Lessons In Humility

    Contributed by Ezekiel Ette on Nov 4, 2017
     | 6,408 views

    The exaggerated sense of self interferes with serving God and each other

    Matt 23 : 1 – 12 There are many stories from someone named Aesop. No one knows if he/she actually lived but is said to have been a story teller who told stories and solved problems. The stories are still, to this day, used as lessons in morality. Some said that he/she was a slave who loved to ...read more

  • The Source Of Self-Worth

    Contributed by Kerry Haynes on Nov 4, 2017
    based on 3 ratings
     | 12,897 views

    Jesus teaches three ways NOT to go after self-worth, and then concludes with the only truly lasting and meaningful way to find one's worth. Not only that, but he models that true way for us.

    Matthew 23:1-12 The Source of Self-worth Do you ever wonder why some people are such jerks? Sometimes people can be so cruel to others! And yet, behind the facade of the bully lies a deep insecurity, a fear of rejection. Our bookstores are full of books about self-worth. I did a quick ...read more