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  • Go Up Higher

    Contributed by Eric Sellgren on Sep 15, 2005
    based on 17 ratings

    A very personal experience

    Each year in March Jill and I have a Continental holiday. Last year and this we revisited Malta and Gozo, two strange little islands – Malta with little beauty, but with tremendous history written in its buildings, Gozo much smaller and much greener with tremendous walking and swimming and more

  • Easy Chair Faith

    Contributed by Guy Caley on Nov 10, 2002
    based on 197 ratings

    John emphasizes the personal experience of salvation

    Arm Chair Faith Text: 1 John 1:1-7 Introduction ILLUSTRATION (Have two people play catch with a football--when the ball is thrown to you let it fall to the ground). There’s a difference between observation and participation. I remember as I was growing up hearing my parents say to me on more

  • Living Your Life In Control In An Out Of Control World

    Contributed by Ray Ellis on Sep 16, 2004
    based on 84 ratings

    This message tells of personal experiences of the pastor facing personal experiences and how with God’s help he found victory.

    Living Your Life in Control in an Out of Control World Daniel 1:6-2:45 Introduction: As I reflect back on my life a time in my life that was out of my control was when my parents separated. When I just happened to be playing at a neighbor’s house several blocks away from our home in more

  • Returning To The Landmark

    Contributed by David Thrower on Jan 19, 2005
    based on 1 rating

    This is a message based on personal experience and on Psalm 43:4.

    "I come to the altar of the Lord, to the Lord who rejoices my youth" - Psalm 43:4 Faith for all of us is a pilgrimage, and oftentimes it helps to remember why we have that faith in the first place, as trials and temptations of life can and do sidetrack us. Often, one can gain strength by just more

  • #3 - What We Can Learn From The Shepherds Series

    Contributed by Brian La Croix on Feb 14, 2007
    based on 2 ratings

    No one is too insignificant to have a personal experience of God.

    Lessons of the Christmas Story #3 – What We Can Learn from the Shepherds Luke 2:8-20 December 24, 2006 (Idea for this message from The most overheard comments regarding bad Christmas gifts. So here they are, the top five most overheard comments regarding bad Christmas more

  • Church Growth

    Contributed by Leslie Sun on Feb 12, 2007
    based on 7 ratings

    This is a teaching about how to grow a church. It is not based purely on personal experience and not based on others’ successful stories but based on a friend’s personal experience in growing a church with biblical principles and causes it to be still gro

    Church Growth Church Growth is a very popular topic that even non-Christians heard of this term before. In the past, people looked to the west for examples of growing a church. Recently however, people shifted to the east as well for examples of church growth. In church growth, we should not more

  • A Personal Thing Series

    Contributed by Guy Caley on May 8, 2006
    based on 6 ratings

    4th in the series "Near to His Heart: The Gospel of John." Christianity is a personal experience.

    I remember as I was growing up hearing my parents say to me on more than one occaision, "Just wait until you have kids of your own, then you’ll understand." I don’t suppose that any of your parents ever said anything like that to you, but mine said it regularly. The thing that is so frustrating more

  • Bewtiched! Series

    Contributed by Freddy Fritz on Apr 8, 2005
    based on 21 ratings

    In Galatians 3:1-5 the apostle Paul defends the doctrine of justification by faith from personal experience.

    Scripture Someone recently sent me the following story. . . . After stopping for drinks at an illegal bar, a Zimbabwean bus driver found that the 20 mental patients he was supposed to be transporting from Harare to Bulawayo had escaped. Not wanting to admit his incompetence, the driver went more

  • Experiencing Christmas

    Contributed by Mark Schaeufele on Dec 9, 2010
    based on 4 ratings

    We cannot separate the true meaning of Christmas from a personal experience with the Living God.

    Experiencing Christmas Text: John 1:1,14-18 Introduction 1. Illustration: Typical of last minute Christmas shoppers, a mother was running furiously from store to store. Suddenly she became aware that the pudgy little hand of her three year old son was no longer clutched in hers. In a panic more

  • The Sceva Boys

    Contributed by Eddie Robinson on Jun 15, 2001
    based on 29 ratings

    When you call upon the name Jesus call on him from personal experience.

    ACTS 19:13-20 13 Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. 14 And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. 15 And more

  • What Happens To A Lost Person When They Die?

    Contributed by Kenneth Trent on Jun 4, 2004
    based on 57 ratings

    The average church member will answer this question by saying "HELL". And that is correct but not before the lost person experiences the torment of "HADES". This outline addresses that issue.

  • Depression

    Contributed by Jim Twamley on Mar 25, 2003
    based on 24 ratings

    Depression is one of the most common psychological problems, affecting nearly everyone through either personal experience or through depression in a family member. Each year over 17 million American adults experience a period of clinical depression.

    (Slide #1) Job 30:16-17 16 "And now my heart is broken. Depression haunts my days. 17 My weary nights are filled with pain as though something were relentlessly gnawing at my bones. NLT (Slide #2) Job 30:25-28 26 So I looked for good, but evil came instead. I waited for the light, but more

  • Holiness: What It Isn’t.

    Contributed by Matt Stacy on Dec 6, 2010
    based on 5 ratings

    A sermon addressing a few misconceptions of holiness and what it is or isn’t with the aid of theologian, preacher, and founder of The Salvation Army, William Booth. The inroduction is from my personal experience and can be left out if being used in your c

    Holiness “Holiness is like a diamond. It has many facets” – Dr. Roger Green at Holiness Ablaze, 2010 Holiness. Holy is defined by as, “1. Belonging to, derived from, or associated with a divine power; sacred. 2. Living according to a more

  • How The Holy Spirit Gifts Us Series

    Contributed by Randy Hamel on Mar 3, 2008
    based on 1 rating

    Sermon looks at the unique way the Holy Spirit SHAPES us for ministry - through our gifts, heart, abilities, personality, experiences. (Acknowledgement - work of Rick Warren in this area)

    o In his autobiography Billy Martin, a former New York Yankees baseball team coach, tells the story when he and his friend Mickey Mantle were going hunting o They stopped at a farm where Mickey Mantle happened to know the farmer, asking permission to hunt on his land o The farmer no problem, you more

  • Reaching Out And Gathering In Series

    Contributed by Wm Darius Myers on Apr 24, 2007
    based on 2 ratings

    Sept. 2006 Pastor’s Letter - Promoting a balanced approach to Evangelical Social Ministry, drawing on personal experience of a conservative evangelical now serving a broadly diverse independent, non-denominational community church.

    Reaching Out and Gathering In Bill Myers, Pastor On occasion I hear from old friends and former coworkers who have known me throughout portions of the almost twenty years I served in denominational churches. They find themselves amazed, and sometimes perplexed at my decision to pastor The more