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  • Prayer - Pharisee Or Publican

    Contributed by Bill Butsko on Jan 22, 2010
     | 1,951 views

    This message talks about the differences in the prayer of the Pharisee and the Publican.

    Text: “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed” (Mark 1:35). Was there a time in your life when you got up early while it was still dark, left the house to find a quiet secluded place where ...read more

  • The Thanksgiving That Doesn't Count

    Contributed by Steve Miller on Jan 6, 2005
    based on 51 ratings
     | 2,199 views

    Real thanksgiving is done with the right attitude. The prayer of the Pharisee was arrogant and despising toward the Publican, therefore it did not count. This sermon was developed for a community Thanksgiving service.

    The Thanksgiving that Doesn’t Count STEVE MILLER, November 23, 2004 Luke 18:9-14 (NKJV) Do you remember the television commercial for Citibank with the two ladies in the grocery store? The one puts her hand on the other’s tummy and asks when the baby is due? The woman looks at her like ...read more

  • So, You Think You're Not A Pharisee?

    Contributed by Dan Funk on Aug 29, 2014
     | 2,150 views

    Christ directed the Parable of the Pharisee and the Publican Praying in the Temple to those who trusted in their own righteousness. We are more prone to trust in our own righteousness than we might think. This self-trust can keep us from being merciful.

    Over the years, we have all heard preachers address the parable of the Pharisee and the Publican praying in the Temple. “The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast ...read more

  • The Misuse Of Prayer Series

    Contributed by Alan Mccann on Oct 8, 2004
    based on 9 ratings
     | 2,794 views

    How wrong motives and wrong attitude leads us to misuse prayer

    THE MISUSE OF PRAYER Let me ask you a question: ‘Do you think it is possible to misuse prayer?’ I mean is it possible for us to pray in such a way that we are actually abusing the privilege which is ours through prayer? I think we misuse prayer far more often than we think or would like to ...read more

  • God You There?

    Contributed by Jeff Pearce on Dec 1, 2006
    based on 6 ratings
     | 889 views

    SERMON ABOUT UNANSWERED PRAYERS.

    LUKE 18:10-14 GOD YOU THERE? INTRO: WHY ARE SOME PRAYERS UNANSWERED? 1: PHARISEE AND A PUBLICAN A)PHARISEE IS A PREIST B) PUBLICAN IS A TAX COLLECTOR C) TWO MEN OF TOTALLY DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS AND PROFESSIONS 2: TWO PRAYERS A) PHARISEE PRAYS AND GIVES THANKS AND BOASTS ABOUT HIMSELF ...read more

  • The Pharisee And Tax Collector Series

    Contributed by Robert Leroe on Mar 22, 2010
    based on 9 ratings
     | 23,982 views

    The true “righteous” person is not someone who flawlessly observes all the “rules”, but someone who begs for mercy and is accepted by God--despite having plenty of human imperfections. To illustrate this, Jesus tells a story of two people who are polar o

    In preparation for this sermon, I did my taxes last week…so I have lots to say about that tax collector! How do we get to Heaven? By human effort? By keeping the rules? That works only if we could obey perfectly, which excludes all of us. Occasionally someone comes along who thinks ...read more

  • The Mindset Of True Repentance

    Contributed by Donnie Martin on Oct 27, 2002
    based on 20 ratings
     | 3,517 views

    Ones attitude of heart and mind make a vital difference as to whether or not a person truly gets saved.

    The Mindset Of True Repentance Text: Luke 18: 13-14 Intro: Mental attitude is important in almost anything. This is true because, in most cases, outlook determines outcome. This is the reason that employers often seek positive-minded people to fill responsible positions. People ...read more

  • How To Pray Inappropriate Prayers Without Really Trying!

    Contributed by David Wilson on Jan 7, 2004
    based on 6 ratings
     | 2,084 views

    This message explores ways that we as believers sometimes approach God in an inappropriate manner in our prayer lives. Issues dealt with: Praying for the ears of men, praying for length,praying in pride, and praying to manipulate God to do our will rather

    How to Pray Wrong Prayers without Really Meaning to Do So! Matthew 6:6-10 1. PRAYERS MEANT FOR THE EARS OF MEN ARE INAPPROPRIATE PRAYERS! Jesus warned against praying in the streets, etc. so that others could see you praying and hear your prayers. His warning was that we are not to ...read more

  • Our Attitude Means Everything Series

    Contributed by Aarron Ellerman on Feb 21, 2008
    based on 4 ratings
     | 1,435 views

    The heart from which we pray is as important as what we pray.

    Series: Stories from the Kingdom Text: Luke 18:9-14 Title: “Our Attitude Means Everything” I. The Two People (9-10) • Let’s forget everything we know or perceive when we think about a Pharisee and a tax collector. o We must try and understand how Jesus’ followers would have understood ...read more

  • Lessons Learned When God Calls

    Contributed by Chad Bolfa on Oct 1, 2010
    based on 1 rating
     | 1,033 views

    Jesus called him to be a disciples and Matthew has a dinner party that evening at his house and invites his friends and Jesus to attend. Tonight I want us to learn some valuable lessons, about when God calls.

    Lessons Learned when God Calls Matthew 9:9-13 Introduction The most unlikely called of all of the apostles is Matthew. He was a tax collector. He was probably very wealth and he earned his money at the expense of his neighbors, his fellow Jews. It was OK for him to tax almost anything just ...read more

  • A Tale Of Two Prayers

    Contributed by Peter Thelander on Oct 30, 2001
    based on 164 ratings
     | 7,957 views

    A look at Jesus’ parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector.

    It was the best of prayers, it was the worst of prayers, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of grace, it was the epoch of law, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had ...read more

  • The Power Tool Of Spiritual Growth Series

    Contributed by John Sears on Jan 30, 2014
    based on 6 ratings
     | 13,510 views

    Prayer can be a powerful tool to help us grow spiritually. What does a powerful prayer look like? Is there a right and a wrong way to pray?

    The Power Tool of Growth Review: Today, I want to remind you of our theme verse for this series of messages. This theme verse outlines what a spiritually mature Christian looks like. Galatians 5:22-23 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, ...read more

  • Break Out Of The Comfort Zone Series

    Contributed by Bob Briggs on Oct 17, 2004
    based on 31 ratings
     | 4,334 views

    Why do people not move forward with their dreams? Could it be others trying to suppress them?

    Did anyone this week decide they were living in the comfort zone of life and decide it is time to make a change, to escape the zone and move into the Borderland? It becomes an issue of dealing with the accumulation of fear which has prevented you from moving forward, in dealing with the phrase, ...read more

  • Hollow Hosannas

    Contributed by Jerry Flury on Mar 27, 2010
    based on 9 ratings
     | 3,516 views

    Hosanna! For some these shouts of praise were true expressions of worship; for others they were hollow hosannas – hollow hosannas which were empty words that outwardly appeared beautiful but lacked substance. Is the praise we offer only hollow hosannas?

    Hollow Hosannas Text: Matthew 21:1-17 Introduction: On the Sunday before His crucifixion Christ entered the city of Jerusalem riding upon a donkey while a multitude of people “went before and those who followed cried out, saying: "Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ...read more

  • The Problem Of Self Righteousness

    Contributed by Christopher Nerreau on Aug 22, 2008
    based on 9 ratings
     | 2,647 views

    In this parable Jesus contrasts the self righteous with humble, concluding: Everyone who exaults himself will be humbled and those who humble themselves will be exalted. Today we will see: 2 People, 2 prayers and 2 Promises

    The Problem Of Self Righteousness Luke 18:9-14 12/22/2008 INTRODUCTION A businessman well known for his ruthlessness once announced to writer Mark Twain, "Before I die I mean to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. I will climb Mount Sinai and read the 10 Commandments aloud at the top." "I ...read more