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  • A Pitiful Sight

    Contributed by Jerry Shirley on Apr 29, 2011
    based on 38 ratings
     | 5,286 views

    An illustration of people groups who today do ’penance’ to earn God’s favor highlights Paul’s admonition to the Jews who made so many pitiful attempts at gaining God’s salvation He wants to freely give away. Link inc. to formatted text, audio, Powerpoint

    A Pitiful Sight Romans 4:9-25 http://gbcdecatur.org/sermons/PitifulSight.html Every hear a great throng of people make pilgrimage to the Shrine of Guadalupe in Mexico, a site where supposedly the Virgin Mary once stood...however unlikely that is. They go there hoping to get her attention, ...read more

  • Prayer And Fasting In A Young Life

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Aug 17, 2018
     | 534 views

    God is a jealous God. He only wants the best for us, and if we try to accept less than that, He makes certain we can’t have it. With God, it’s all or nothing!

    Thursday of 20th Week in Course 2018 St. Rose of Lima The Church is in a trying time, and it is not God who has put us in that trial. It hardly ever is, isn’t it? When we find ourselves assailed by the people or institutions around us, it has usually involved some failing of the people in the ...read more

  • Not Abandoning Our First Love Series

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Nov 17, 2012
     | 1,511 views

    Christ loves us too much to let us coast.

    Monday of 33rd Week in Course 2012 Vatican II–Lumen Gentium Not Abandoning Our First Love One of the greatest temptations of life is to coast. We come to a point of satisfaction in some area of our living, and just want that to last forever. So we stop taking risks, we stop putting ...read more

  • Move Over Clarence Darrow

    Contributed by Horace Wimpey on May 16, 2013
     | 1,177 views

    In the 8th chapter of Hebrews, the writer Introduces the new covenant to the Jewish people. He describes Jesus as our mediator who will provide a pardon for our sin.

    Move Over Clarence Darrow Hebrews 8:1-13 Intro: We have heard a lot about trials in the past few weeks haven’t we? We had the Jodi Arias trial where this woman was convicted of brutally killing her boyfriend. We had the Gosnell trial where a doctor was convicted of murdering three children ...read more

  • P90x For The Soul - Confession Series

    Contributed by Scott Kircher on Oct 10, 2010
    based on 14 ratings
     | 2,089 views

    Confession. That can be a scary word for some who grew up viewing confession as a place to receive penance. But confession is something that is about recognizing the reality of our sin and its consequences and receiving forgiveness and freedom. This mo

    P90X for Your Soul Confession Psalms 32:1-5 Do we need to confess our sins as Christians to receive forgiveness? I thought when I received Jesus as Savior, I was forgiven for all my sins. First, we need to understand that As Christians we have been forgiven in a Judicial sense As ...read more

  • Tongue Twister Theology Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Aug 31, 2009
    based on 69 ratings
     | 13,987 views

    One prominent religious website said the doctrine of Justification was "controversial". Really? Why would that be?

    OPEN: How many of you have ever read “Fox in Socks”? I’ve read many Dr. Seuss books to my kids, though I’m not sure I’ve ever read this one. But there are many people who love this book. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that it features 2 main characters Mr. Fox and Mr. Knox who converse almost ...read more

  • Lesson 26: Preach A Greek Word Series

    Contributed by I. G. Spong on Apr 2, 2018
     | 518 views

    How to preach a sermon from a Greek word.

    Lesson Goal To preach a sermon explaining the ins and outs and application for us today of a Greek New Testament word. Lesson Intro The New Testament was written in Koiné Greek, the Greek of the market place, street language, not the highfalutin Classical Greek of scholars. Yet so often, ...read more

  • Counterfeit 3 Catholicism Series

    Contributed by Joseph Rodgers on Jan 3, 2019
     | 285 views

    intent of learning about and comparing the tenets of the Christian faith w/ those of other major religions/cults to see which of them might be true and which might be false.

    Counterfeit – Catholicism 9/25/16 2 Timothy 4:3-4 Sunday AM For the time will come when people will not put up w/ sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn ...read more

  • The Problem With Sacraments Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Aug 1, 2016
    based on 47 ratings
     | 8,762 views

    What does the word "sacrament" mean? Is it in the Bible? And what effect does this concept have on the church?

    OPEN: When I was in my early 20s I worked in a mobile home factory. My job was to help install insulation in the sides and roofs of the trailers as they made their way down the track. One day, as I was blowing insulation onto the roof of one trailer (walking along the trusses), I stepped a little ...read more

  • A Story That Will Change Your Life Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Aug 20, 2017
    based on 4 ratings
     | 27,480 views

    Daniel in the Lions' Den has been called the "one of the best loved stories in the Bible." But have you ever thought that God had a message in the story that could change your life?

    ILLUS: A 1st-grader stood in front of his classroom to make a speech about "What he wanted to be when he grew up." He stood up in front of the class and said, "I’m going to be a lion tamer and have lots of fierce lions. I’ll walk into the cage and they will roar… and they’ll roar… and they’ll…" ...read more

  • Burning The Bulls Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Nov 5, 2017
    based on 2 ratings
     | 5,715 views

    When Martin Luther posted his challenge to the church's selling of indulgences on the church door in Wittenberg, Pope Leo X was not pleased. The Pope issue a Papal Bull condemning Luther as a heretic. Luther responded by burning copies of the Bull.

    OPEN: October 31st was Halloween… but it was also the date of something even more significant. Many churches celebrate the last day of October as “Reformation Day” – the day (500 years ago) when Martin Luther nailed a document to the door of a Church building in Wittenberg, Germany that challenged ...read more

  • Repentance #2

    Contributed by Davon Huss on Apr 30, 2013
     | 1,620 views

    A sermon on what repentance is not (Material adapted from Richard Own Robert's boo, Repentance: The First Word of the Gospel, chapter 4 Seven Myths of Repentance

    HoHum: "Man is born with his back toward God. When he truly repents, he turns right around and faces God. Repentance is a change of mind." WBTU: Acts 26:19, 20, NIV. Repentance with many is not the repentance that God finds pleasing. Must prove their repentance by their deeds. Paul also ...read more

  • 0805 Trinity V: Failed Prayer Series

    Contributed by Mark Woolsey on Aug 5, 2005
    based on 5 ratings
     | 1,259 views

    Peter’s prayer of Luke 5:1-11 failed because he had too much faith!

    Sermon: Failed prayer Text: Luke 5:1-11 Occasion: Trinity V Who: Mark Woolsey Where: Arbor House When: Sunday, July 3, 2005 (which is really Trinity VI, I know) Where: TI Morning Prayer When: Friday, July 8, 2005 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be ...read more

  • “a Necessary Ingredient”

    Contributed by George Yates on Apr 10, 2012
     | 1,960 views

    Repentence is a necessary ingredient in our salvation and our continuing sanctification

    I. The last time I used a cooking illustration I ended up with several dozen tollhouse cookies. A. With a little bit of in trepidation I use another cooking example. 1. Suppose we get together this afternoon and we try to make those tollhouse cookies but we look in the cupboard and find we ...read more

  • Sin And The Savior Series

    Contributed by Steven Platt on Nov 15, 2002
    based on 31 ratings
     | 1,739 views

    4th of 4 in the series "One Hit Wonders" looking at the 4 NT books with One Chapter. The church that Jude wrote to was infiltrated by some "bad apples" who taught taugh grace as a "get out of jail free" card for sin.

    Take a trip back to High School history The time was the early 16th Century The country was Germany and Catholicism ruled supreme It was the state church It was the ONLY church Enter a 34 Year old priest Served as priest in the German town of Wittenberg, ...read more