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  • Faith Midrash Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Dec 28, 2009
     | 1,707 views

    When we understand how Jesus’ teaching on faith is connected to the Old Testament texts from which they originate, we can set aside wrong thinking and embrace fuller, more accurate perspectives.

    Faith Midrash (Deuteronomy 7:17-23 with John 14:11-13 and Matthew 17:20, 21:21) 1. The Volcano in the Philippines was big news this past week. 2. According to the Associated Press, "Philippine troops went house to house Thursday threatening to use force to move hundreds of residents from the ...read more

  • Jesus' Midrash: Materialism And God's Provision Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Oct 26, 2009
    based on 5 ratings
     | 3,680 views

    From God’s provision during Israel’s 40 year wilderness wandering experience, the Jews in Moses’ time could learn some valuable lessons, the Jews in Jesus’ time could learn some valuable lessons, and so can Christians of all times.

    Jesus’ Midrash: Materialism and God’s Provision (Deuteronomy 8:3-18, Matthew 6:24-34) 1. "In contradistinction to literal interpretation, subsequently called "peshaṭ" (comp. Geiger’s "Wiss. Zeit. Jüd. Theol." v. 244), the term "midrash" designates an exegesis which, going more deeply than ...read more

  • End Times Midrash: Rapture And Tribulation Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jun 26, 2012
    based on 1 rating
     | 2,430 views

    God obviously wants us to know what will happen in the End Times because his Word contains so much about those times. The New Testament teachings about the end times are often developed from Old Testament passages, like Daniel 12:1-3.

    End Times Midrash: Rapture and Tribulation (Daniel 12:1 and many New Testament verses based on this verses) 1. A lot of people fear the world is going to end in 2012, based upon the Mayan calendar. Other people are hearing trumpet sounds in the sky, like a shofar. 2. What does the Bible say ...read more

  • Faith Lessons From The Big Guns A Midrash Extravaganza Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Aug 13, 2018
     | 485 views

    Even before the Flood, God’s people related to Him on the basis of faith. The writer extracts some important Christian beliefs from their examples.

    Faith Lessons from the Big Guns A Midrash Extravaganza (Hebrews 11:4-7) 1. This is a wonderful time to live when it comes to new technologies and inventions. Elon Musk, who oversees Tesla, SpaceX, and The Boring Company is sort of a cross between Thomas Edison and Cornelius ...read more

  • A God Who Exalts The Humble -- By Grace Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Nov 2, 2009
     | 3,719 views

    God loves to exalt the humble and humble the exalted; He loves to be gracious to the undeserving, but has little room for the arrogant.

    A God Who Exalts the Humble -- By Grace (Deut. 8:1-3; 9:4-7 and Luke 14:7-24) 1. I was watching "Chopped" on Food Network. It was down to two chefs. Chef A had prepared the best appetizer and entrée. Now it was time for dessert -- his dish did not get plated quite on time. 2. One of the ...read more

  • The Melchizedek Mystery Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Aug 28, 2017
    based on 1 rating
     | 2,430 views

    Melchizedek was hidden away as an amazing type of Jesus Christ, a mystery revealed through Holy Spirit inspired Midrash.

    The Melchizedek Mystery (Hebrews 7:1-28) 1. Jewish ways of talking can be quite comical. Let me share an English phrase and its “Jewberish” version. English: "He walks slowly" Jewberish: "Like a fly in Vaseline he walks". En: "Sorry I don’t know the time" Jewberish: "What, do I look like ...read more

  • How Did Romans Get Into Isaiah? Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jun 2, 2014
     | 1,929 views

    God makes the case that we are sinners, lost, and helpless; we need a redeemer who will first intervene and then empower us by his Spirit.

    How Did Romans Get Into Isaiah? (Isaiah 59:1-21) 1. I have told some old jokes before, but never this old. 2. Archaeologists discovered a 3rd century Roman joke book (in Greek) 2009. 3. Seriously, here is one of the jokes. “…about a barber, a professor and a bald man who go ...read more

  • Romans In Isaiah 48 Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Apr 22, 2013
    based on 1 rating
     | 2,213 views

    Much of what Paul writes in Romans comes from Isaiah: God’s truth is eternal, so it is no surprise that we see the major tenants of the Christian faith are found in the Old Testament.

    Romans in Isaiah 48 (Isaiah 48:1-19) 1. This has been an eventful week. We were shocked by the Boston Marathon bombing; floods reminded us of 2003, and many of you had flooded basements and streets. 2 The church had a number of water issues. 4. Our motto this week was “Let’s ...read more

  • Romans In Isaiah 48 Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Apr 22, 2013
     | 1,877 views

    Much of what Paul writes in Romans comes from Isaiah: God’s truth is eternal, so it is no surprise that we see the major tenants of the Christian faith are found in the Old Testament.

    Romans in Isaiah 48 (Isaiah 48:1-19) 1. This has been an eventful week. We were shocked by the Boston Marathon bombing; floods reminded us of 2003, and many of you had flooded basements and streets. 2 The church had a number of water issues. 4. Our motto this week was “Let’s ...read more

  • History Repeats Itself Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Aug 15, 2017
     | 1,999 views

    We can anticipate knowing people who once claimed to follow Jesus but then later decided to disavow Him. How do we account for this?

    History Repeats Itself (Hebrews 6:4-12 with Numbers 13-14) 1. Many people today are walking away from the Lord. How do we account for this? Many compliant but unconverted. Some may come to Christ later. 2. Many of those are not denying that Jesus is the Son of God; they just don’t ...read more

  • Abraham, The Christian’s Precursor Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Aug 20, 2018
     | 687 views

    In many ways, Abraham is a prototype of you, the follower of Jesus Christ.

    Abraham, the Christian’s Precursor Hebrews 11:8-19 1. One Greek man and a Turkish man were friends. Both went to a famous Chocolate store in Greece. When everyone in the shop was busy, the Turk stole 3 chocolates from the store. After coming out the Turk said, “Haw! I stole three chocolates ...read more

  • Deuteronomy: Foundation For The Sermon On The Mount Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Nov 9, 2009
    based on 8 ratings
     | 4,894 views

    When we more deeply understand the phrases that guide our lifestyle, we can become godlier followers of Jesus Christ.

    Deuteronomy: Foundation for The Sermon on the Mount (Deut. 15:7-11; Matt. 5:42; Deut. 18:13; Matt. 5:48, Deut. 4:5-8; Matt. 5:14-16) 1. In the trenches of life when decisions need to be made quickly, we often depend upon short principles that offer us immediate direction and give us spiritual ...read more

  • Midrashim On The Mount Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Nov 16, 2009
    based on 1 rating
     | 2,147 views

    Jesus takes what were familiar passages to the Jewish people -- but obscure passages to us -- and makes them easily accessible so we can put them to work in our lives.

    Midrashim on the Mount (Deut. 4:5-8 with Matt. 5:14-16; Deut. 24:1-4 with Matt. 5:31-32; Deut. 23:21-23 with Matt. 5:33-37) 1. Sometimes you have to move fast: Unexpected guests were on the way, and my mother, an impeccable housekeeper, rushed around straightening up. She put my father and ...read more

  • The Problem Within Deuteronomy 5:28-29, 10:12-16; 30:6 Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Oct 12, 2009
    based on 4 ratings
     | 3,360 views

    The human heart -- the internal, invisible center of our being -- needs some work that only God can do.

    Introduction to the Series, followed by the sermon "The Problem Within" from Deuteronomy 5:28-29, 10:12-16; 30:6 Introduction can be used as a bulletin instery Jesus Favorite Book: Deuteronomy An introduction to our series By Ed Vasicek "The fifth book of the Pentateuch is …a new and ...read more

  • Clap You Hands Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Sep 20, 2010
    based on 8 ratings
     | 6,623 views

    God’s children are to sometimes worship Him with great enthusiasm and outward joy, to clap their hands to the Lord. And sometimes that worship is about Who God is; sometimes it is about what He has done or is doing. But sometimes it is about what He will

    Clap You Hands (Psalm 47) 1. When a brand new believer, in 1974, my friend loaned his LP Album by Messianic Jewish group "Lamb." When I married Marylu in 1980, I married into Lamb albums. 2. One of the songs was titled, "Clap Your Hands, All Ye People," and was a paraphrase of Psalm 47. ...read more