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  • Growing Pains Series

    Contributed by Jonathan Russell on Mar 12, 2011
    based on 1 rating

    The early church’s response to an internal problem teaches the contemporary church some valuable lessons.

    * The dramatic growth of the early church: last count (4:4) around 5,000 men (probably around 20,000 total) * Such growth led to a “good” problem: many more needed to be ministered to than there were people to minister * The 12 did not have the ability to both effectively deliver the Word and more

  • Spiritual Ultra-Runners

    Contributed by Darrell Stetler Ii on Feb 16, 2004
    based on 44 ratings

    Have you ever wondered - "What’s the secret of sticking with it spiritually?" An examination of Paul’s secrets of spiritual endurance, discovering how we can have the endurance of an "ultrarunner."

    SCRIPTURE READING: "For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at things which are seen, but at more

  • The Heart Of The Matter Series

    Contributed by Christian Cheong on Jul 16, 2005
    based on 27 ratings

    Learn from the mistakes of the Pharisees: (1) Don’t be too caught up by the outward, it’s the heart that counts; (2) Don’t be too caught up by what man thinks; it’s what God thinks that counts.

    We are all creatures of habit. We do many things over and over again. • There is nothing wrong with that. There will surely be routines in life. • But the danger comes when we get so accustomed to them, that we no longer understand the reason why we are doing them. • If fact, we may have lost its more

  • The Real Battle To Forgive Series

    Contributed by Joe Hayes on Nov 19, 2008
    based on 4 ratings

    Forgiveness is easy depending on where you focus is Inward, Outward or Upward You can also listen to this message at (Sep 2008)

    The Real Battle to Forgive Ideally Forgiveness is instant, however in the real Christian world it can be a real battle to Forgive Its easy to instantly Forgive the Stranger who bumps into you and says “sorry” Forgiveness is a real battle when it is some you know, love & trust, Friend or Family more

  • The Perfect Church Series

    Contributed by Pat Damiani on Jun 5, 2006
    based on 11 ratings

    Fourth in a series of messages on the life of David. This message deals with how we live together in a community of faith.

    This week, I’d like to begin by sharing a couple of poems that I found this week. But there’s a twist. For now, I’m going to leave out the last verse of each poem and come back to them a little later on. The Perfect Church If you could find the perfect church Without one fault or smear For more

  • Outward Appearances Series

    Contributed by Bobby Stults on Oct 29, 2010

    Outward appearances were the focus of the religious leaders, but Jesus taught a different teaching...

    Luke 21:1-4 Outward Appearances October 27, 2010  Set the stage: To fully understand what is being taught in v.1-4 of chapter 21 we must remember what we learned in Chapter 20. So let’s do a bit of a review of sorts to reacclimate ourselves with what Jesus is teaching in Chapter more

  • What A Biblical Church Looks Like Series

    Contributed by Jonathan Russell on Mar 16, 2011
    based on 1 rating

    The church in Antioch was filled with "real" Christians and shows us what a biblical church looks like.

    * The book of Acts holds up a mirror to our church today so we can get an accurate picture of how well we are functioning as a biblical church. * Many outward things about the church has changed in 2000 years, but what the church is and what we are to do has not...nor will it ever. * Yet a more

  • Soul-Lift

    Contributed by Skip Alexander on Jun 29, 2008
    based on 4 ratings

    Inward vs. outward change. We live in a world of face lifts when we need a soul-lift.

    I. You Know You’re Getting Old When… • You and your teeth don’t sleep together. • You try to straighten out the wrinkles in your socks and discover you aren’t wearing any. • At the breakfast table you hear snap, crackle, pop and you’re not eating cereal. • You are on a first name basis with your more

  • Reaching Upward, Inward And Outward

    Contributed by David Owens on Jan 13, 2019
    based on 1 rating

    In this sermon, I present our congregation's theme for the year. We want to focus on growing our relationship with God, our relationships in the church, and our outreach to the world.

    Introduction: A. Once there was a football team who had never won a game. 1. So one day before practice the coach decided to have a talk with them. 2. He told them, “Boys, our offense is bad, our defense is horrible, and our special teams are the worst I have ever seen, so today we are going back more

  • God Or The Trappings Of Religion? Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Oct 19, 2009
    based on 4 ratings

    People who have a heart for the true God observe the outward trappings of Biblical faith, but they put the focus loving and knowing God by internalizing His Word.

    God or the Trappings of Religion? (Deuteronomy 6:4-9, 15; Matthew 22:34-40, 23:1-12) 1. There is more than one way to look at things. 2. "Our daughter took the afternoon off from her job at the funeral home to visit her daughter in preschool. When one of the kids asked what she did for a living, more

  • Inward Focused Vs. Outward Focused

    Contributed by John Pierce on Jan 6, 2006
    based on 66 ratings

    Being inward or outward focused determines how you see the world and how you will impact the world around you.

    Inward vs. outward focus Inward focused people must point out their accomplishments or talents. Phil 2:3 3Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself. Inward focused people focus on the outward struggles of more

  • Your True Colors Series

    Contributed by Bob Hostetler on Jun 5, 2002
    based on 31 ratings

    Detailing the values of a new church

    Your True Colors Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:1-12 Good morning. My name is Bob Hostetler, and I’d like you to play a game with me, a game that almost everyone in the room can play-- maybe not Aidan Oglesbee but certainly Kyla; AS A MATTER OF FACT, even Graham Crain can play this game. It’s more

  • Mugged By The Mirror Series

    Contributed by Scott Kircher on May 23, 2009
    based on 35 ratings

    Talks about how to overcome trying to find your identity in your outward appearance.

    Identity Theft…Mugged by the Mirror Are you at risk of having your identity Mugged by the Mirror Know what God Knows See how God sees Love who God Loves Reflect God’s Glory Slide Good morning. We are continuing our series this morning called Identity Theft Last week we spoke about how we can be more

  • From The Street Where You Live To The Faraway Towns

    Contributed by Mary Erickson on Feb 7, 2021

    Jesus' ministry pulls him in two directions: very close to the person in need and outwards to encounter all people. Our first instinct is to keep Jesus solely for ourselves. But as his divine grace lifts us up, he calls us outward into our lives of purpose

    February 7, 2021 Hope Lutheran Church Rev. Mary Erickson Mark 1:29-39 From the Street Where You Live to the Faraway Towns Friends, may grace and peace be yours in abundance in the knowledge of God and Christ Jesus our Lord. When I go for a walk along a neighborhood street, I like to look at the more

  • Invitation To A Table For Two In The Wilderness

    Contributed by Ian Johnson on Feb 18, 2013

    The call to come inward to the table is often ignored because many don’t see the value of such fellowship; their aim is to be doing where as the aim of the table for two is simply “Being” in His presence.

    The Christian faith is about relationship it’s not about religion or outward displays of Church life that are just mere forms of religious expression. Jesus spoke very firmly to the religious of the day, who felt they were doing the right thing in preserving religious tradition but ignoring more