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  • A Total Disregard For God

    Contributed by Jerry Flury on Jan 23, 2004
    based on 97 ratings

    Christ used the kingdom parables to illustrate and teach spiritual truths. Each of these parables can be applied at times to several aspects of life and faith in the kingdom. In this parabale notice the total disregard for God.

    A TOTAL DISREGARD FOR GOD MATTHEW 22:1-14 Introduction: Christ used the kingdom parables to illustrate and teach spiritual truths. Each of these parables can be applied at times to several aspects of life and faith in the kingdom. As we consider the parable in our text, I want you to notice the more

  • The Blessing Of Brokeness Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jun 4, 2004
    based on 16 ratings

    Jesus’ followers are to submit to His Lordship and do His will. If we are to submit ourselves to the Lord, we must begin with a broken, teachable spirit. That teachable spirit is described for us in the "beautiful words," the Beatitudes"

    The Blessing of Brokeness (Matt. 5:1-6?) Intro 1. We all have our dreaded moments: medical tests, standing on the scale, childbirth, sea-sickness, nursing home…. 2. One of my dreaded moments is beginning right now—preaching through the Sermon on the Mount…. 3. The Sermon on the Mount more

  • Kingdom And King Series

    Contributed by Timothy Archer on May 3, 2004
    based on 53 ratings

    Four incidents in Jesus life give Him a chance to teach about the Kingdom of God.

    Kingdom & King Luke 18:15-43 Intro: This section of Luke’s gospel gives us insights into Jesus’ kingdom and His role as king. As we see Jesus react to four different situations, we see that the driving focus of His teaching is the Kingdom of God. I. Let the little children come to me (Luke more

  • A Change Will Do You Good

    Contributed by Pat Cook on Aug 30, 2005
    based on 14 ratings

    This talks about the need for change in the church. Jesus saves, but the church sure doesn’t. Can we change our lives without embracing heresy?

    Ecclesiastes 10:10 – A Change Will Do You Good (NOTE: Most of my thinking for this flows from Brian MacLaren’s book "A New Kind of Christian". Some of this was really quite hard to say. Use with caution.) Pastor Rodney Buchanan shares a thought with us: We used to sing a song more

  • Forgiveness Goes Right To The Heart Of The Gospel

    Contributed by Revd. Martin Dale on Sep 10, 2005
    based on 14 ratings

    Why did Jesus think forgiveness is so important

    NR 11-09-05 Story: An atheist was sitting under a tree one day smugly thinking: "God, I know you don’t exist - but it you did - you must really be stupid. You created a huge oak tree to carry this little acorn and such a puny plant to carry a more

  • Are You Ready?

    Contributed by Carl Willis on Nov 8, 2005
    based on 5 ratings

    Are you ready for the Master’s return? This message looks at the parable of the two servants from Matthew chapter 24.

    Matthew 24:45 (NLT) "Who is a faithful, sensible servant, to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing his household and feeding his family? A Question of Trust  Two character qualities  Faithful  Defined as one who adheres firmly and devotedly to a more

  • 0820 Trinity Xx: Scary Party Series

    Contributed by Mark Woolsey on Aug 22, 2005
    based on 6 ratings

    When God "invites" us to a banquet, it’s not just another party that we squeeze into our busy schedule if we have the time. It is a royal feast and we lay down our lives, if necessary, in order to attend.

    Sermon: Scary Party Text: Matt 22:1-14, Eph 5:15-21 Where: Arbor House When: Sunday, Oct 24, 2004 Occasion: Trinity XX Who: Mark Woolsey I. Intro Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. Why does more

  • What Kind Of Sinner Are You

    Contributed by Tim Zingale on Sep 19, 2005
    based on 43 ratings

    A sermon for the 19th Sunday after Pentecost Proper 21 Two sons in the field

    19th Sunday after Pentecost Proper 21 Matthew. 21:23-32 "What kind of Sinner are You? "And when he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching, and said, "By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?" more

  • I Surrender...even If It Is Reluctantly

    Contributed by Carl Willis on Oct 25, 2005
    based on 9 ratings

    God is not interested in your lip service, He seeks your obedience. This message is based on the parable of the two sons.

    Matthew 21:28 (NLT) "But what do you think about this? A man with two sons told the older boy, ’Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’ Simple Instructions  God has given us simple instructions – The expectation is obedience • 1 Samuel 15:22 • Colossians 2:6 1 Samuel more

  • The Invited

    Contributed by Tim Zingale on Oct 3, 2005
    based on 13 ratings

    A sermon for the 21st Sunday after Pentecost Guests and the Wedding Feast

    21st Sunday after Pentecost Proper 23 Matthew 22: 1-14 "The Invited"   1* ¶ And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, 2* "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a marriage feast for his son, 3* and sent his servants to call those who were invited to more

  • New Wine For New Wineskins

    Contributed by Brian La Croix on Nov 4, 2005
    based on 47 ratings

    My attempt to deal with the issue of the "newness" of Jesus compared to the "oldness" of the Law. If you think I missed it, let me know (really!).

    New Wine for New Wineskins Matthew 9:14-17 October 30, 2005 Introduction If there’s one thing that is inescapable when examining the life of Jesus, it’s that he was constantly challenging the status quo of the religious mindset of his day. He was pretty much fed up with it. He more

  • Problem Renters

    Contributed by Carl Willis on Nov 1, 2005
    based on 24 ratings

    This message is based on parable of the vineyard and the wicked tenants.

    Mark 12:1 (NLT) Then Jesus began telling them stories: "A man planted a vineyard, built a wall around it, dug a pit for pressing out the grape juice, and built a lookout tower. Then he leased the vineyard to tenant farmers and moved to another country. The Master Plan  The more

  • God Doesn't Give Up Easily

    Contributed by Scott Carmer on Oct 15, 2005
    based on 24 ratings

    We have to take seriously the judgment texts in the New Testament, but temper them with the parable of the fig tree. God goes to extraordinary lengths so that as many as possible can be saved. God says, "Give it one more year."

    God Doesn’t Give Up Easily October 16, 2005 Luke 13:6-9 Sam was a sad, small little boy and had lived a life that no one, especially someone so young, should have to endure. He had been the greatest joy his mother had known. She saw the sun rise and set in his eyes. But then, she had fallen more

  • Committed To Tenant Work

    Contributed by Troy Borst on Oct 7, 2005
    based on 19 ratings

    The reason is that we, the church, are those to whom the vineyard was given and we need to be committed to tenant work. We are now those to whom the vineyard is rented and God expects returns!

    COMMITTED TO TENANT WORK LUKE 20:9-19 READ LUKE 20:9-19 I. THE SITUATION The situation that Jesus describes in the opening lines of his parable is probably not a situation that the people He is teaching are unfamiliar with. There have always been men who build and then move on. Owners of more

  • Parable Of The Friend In Need

    Contributed by Troy Borst on Oct 31, 2005
    based on 17 ratings

    Jesus is teaching about prayer and this parable is meant as an illustration and as insight into prayer. Jesus teaches us two lessons in regards to prayer in this passage. First, we must be persistent in prayer. Second, we may be the answer to prayer.

    PARABLE OF THE FRIEND IN NEED LUKE 11:5-13 INTRODUCTION I read a story once, and I do not remember where I read it, about a small Oklahoma town that had two churches and one distillery. Members of both churches complained that the distillery was giving the community a bad image. And to make more