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  • Understanding Islam

    Contributed by Paul Barreca on Nov 18, 2011

    In order to understand Islam, we have to look to the Bible.

    Understanding Islam - What Does the Bible Have to Say? This morning you woke to an alarm clock. Millions around the world wake every day to different music. They wake to the morning prayer calls coming from their local mosque. These people make up the world’s 1 billion Muslims. There are more

  • A Blameless Life

    Contributed by Paul Barreca on Apr 8, 2008
    based on 10 ratings

    At the beginning of King Davi’s reign, this Psalm was his commitment to purity in his home. Today, it eshorts us to guard the purity of our lives and our homes.

    “A Blameless Life” Psalm 101 Pastor Paul Barreca Have you ever been the victim of a crime? When I was ten years old, my parents gave me brand new ten speed bicycle. It was a genuine Schwinn, and I couldn’t have been any happier. Although I was still growing, they purchased the bike with a more

  • Why I Am No Longer An Evangelical

    Contributed by Paul Barreca on Jun 2, 2008
    based on 29 ratings

    The Evangelical movement has been slipping from its moorings for many years. I believe the departure from orthodoxy is now complete and it is time to separate ourselves from much that is proclaimed under the banner of “Evangelical Christianity.”

    Note carefully the indefinite article. This sermon will examine Evangelical the noun. I am not speaking about being evangelical. In that sense, the word evangelical is an adjective describing ones attitude toward sharing the gospel. I am not repudiating my Christian faith, but rather the more

  • Elizabeth's Song Of Praise Series

    Contributed by Paul Barreca on Dec 2, 2012
    based on 3 ratings

    Elizabeth's song of praise teaches us that we can praise God for the blessings that he gives us in discouraging times in our lives.

    One of the Christmas memories that our family enjoyed while our children were growing in Michigan as to take a night time dive looking at Christmas lights. Our friends Dave and Sue were a young married couple who did not yet have children and they would pile into our blue Chrysler min-van and tour more

  • God's Presence In The Lonely Places Of Our Lives Series

    Contributed by Paul Barreca on Oct 20, 2012
    based on 3 ratings

    Jacob's night with a stone for a pillow teaches us that God uses loneliness and isolation to speak to us in ways that would otherwise be missed.

    I have a very special pillowcase that might tempt you to make fun of me. It is my “Where’s Waldo” pillowcase. Actually, it belonged to one of our children, but I use it as my pillowcase when I go camping in the wilderness. My wilderness gear consists of leftovers from around more

  • Mary's Song Of Praise Series

    Contributed by Paul Barreca on Dec 13, 2012
    based on 1 rating

    Mary rejoices because of God’s power to change the unchangeable.

    Today we continue our series in the Songs of Christmas. Today’s song is the most famous of the five songs recorded in Scripture at announcement of Christ’s birth. The song is Mary’s Song, often called the Magnificat, the Latin word that begins Mary’s praise. A song can more

  • Zechariah's Praise - God Has Come! Series

    Contributed by Paul Barreca on Dec 16, 2012
    based on 4 ratings

    Zechariah's praise reaches reminds us that God has provided an answer to the sorrows and evil that is in this world today. The answer is found in the reality that GOD HAS COME to us in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Where is God when tragedy strikes? On Thursday we learned of another devastating tragedy in one of our nation’s schools. Another massacre of innocent children by a crazed murderer - this time in Newtown Connecticut. Where is God when 20 children and 6 teachers are gunned down in an more

  • Who Are Abraham’s Children? Series

    Contributed by Paul Barreca on Mar 25, 2012

    Several groups claim to be descendants of Abraham. The Bible gives us an answer to this important question. As a result of this study, we will see that the story of Abraham is really a story that focuses on JESUS. We will learn that God’s promises can

    Today’s passage brings us to a question that is at the heart of the Middle East conflict. It is also at the heart of one’s relationship with God. In Genesis 15, God repeats the covenant that he established with Abraham when he left Haran. Now God is emphasizing the fact that the promise given more

  • The Suffering Servant

    Contributed by Paul Barreca on Mar 31, 2012
    based on 4 ratings

    God’s greatest gift was given when Jesus suffered for your sin. His anguish on the cross is described in graphic detail in Isaiah 53.

    Sermon Notes April 1, 2012 The Suffering Servant Isaiah 52:13-53:9 It was Christmas of 1990. Our family was growing and three young children filled our home with joy, and lots of chaos! As with every family, Christmas was one of the most memorable and special times of the year. This more

  • What Does God Want Me To Do With My Isaac? Series

    Contributed by Paul Barreca on Jun 10, 2012
    based on 4 ratings

    God tested Abraham to ensure that Abraham’s devotion was still sound, and to free Abraham from the snare of making an idol out of something that was given by God as a gift.

    In her book, “When I Lay My Isaac Down,” Carol Kent tells her story of a devastating event in their family. She recounts how her and her husband were enjoying a night together and shared their joy by saying, “does life get any better than this?” Everything was going more

  • Without Faith, Freedom Fails

    Contributed by Paul Barreca on Jul 9, 2012
    based on 4 ratings

    Our national celebration should cause Christians to reflect on the source of our freedom, and the support that is necessary to uphold it. The theme of this sermon is that Faith is the only Foundation that can support Freedom. Without Faith, Freedom fail

    This week we celebrate all that we love about America. There are parades, fireworks, speeches, and family BBQ’s. Contestants squared up in the annual Hot Dog Eating contest, and veterans marched down Main Street reminding us of the cost of America’s Liberty. Our national more

  • What Should We Do When Disaster Strikes? A Righteous Response To Disasters

    Contributed by Paul Barreca on Nov 3, 2012
    based on 2 ratings

    Hurricane Sandy did not affect us, but it devestated millions of others. How should we respond? What should we think? What should we do? Jesus answers these questions from Luke 13:1-5

    Here in South Jersey, we rode Hurricane Sandy Monday and Tuesday,. W were thankful that very few in our area were affected. Phone calls and visits on Tuesday revealed that this time, we did not have the damage and devastation like we did during July’s devestating dorecho storm that knocked out more

  • Lessons From A Thankful Leper

    Contributed by Paul Barreca on Nov 18, 2012
    based on 7 ratings

    The lesson of thankfulness is taught to us by the Savior in the healing of the ten lepers in Luke 17:11-19

    I started my preparation for a today’s Thanksgiving Sermon a couple of weeks ago. In looking for sermon ideas, I read a sermon by Ray Pritchard written in 2007 titled, “How God Revealed the Ingratitude of My Own Heart.” He wrote this sermon about one year after leaving the more

  • God Will Go Before You Series

    Contributed by Paul Barreca on Oct 27, 2012
    based on 1 rating

    What did God do for Jacob, and what does that teach us about the Destination Unknowns in our life?

    Genesis 29:1-14 Three weeks ago, the YOUTH GROUP went on a “Destination Unknown.” If you’ve never been on a DU, or heard of one, it’s a fun activity for the youth group, except for the fact that the group does not know where they are going until they get there. When I more

  • The Church - Hope For The World

    Contributed by Paul Barreca on Sep 23, 2012
    based on 1 rating

    As economic, political and international troubles mount, remember that the Church of Christ posesses the only hope for this hopelessness world.

    The Church POSSESSES the only HOPE for a world in TROUBLED TIMES. The church has been entrusted with the Gospel, and the Gospel is the only hope to change people's hearts.. Faith Bible Church was established 75 years ago. We are coming close to that anniversary celebration. 1937 was similar more