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  • Remembered Prominence, Ridiculous Preconception, Reliable Promises

    Contributed by Judith Hand on Nov 9, 2013
     | 1,486 views

    Looking ahead to a new temple, a new kind of existence, and the promise of a new home in heaven.

    Haggai 1:15-2:9 First, a Remembered Prominence…. In our Old Testament reading from Haggai we see that the Jewish believers in that day began to think all was lost, especially when they compared the beautiful temple of Solomon with the ruins around them now. But the prophet tells them that ...read more

  • Resurrection Eyes

    Contributed by J Jeffrey Smead on Nov 3, 2016
    based on 58 ratings
     | 5,732 views

    As we wrestle with the question of resurrection and after life, we come to the point that life can be lived with a certain amount of hope, adventure,daring and confidence. See this world and this life through our Lord's eyes. Through resurrection eyes.

    If you are not familiar with an Anglican Service there are four passages of Scripture that are read prior to the Message. Today's assigned readings are: Haggai 1:15 - 2:9; Psalm 14:1-22; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-17 and Luke 20:27-38. A Church Elder came by to visit the new pastor ... one Sunday ...read more

  • An Unfamiliar Kingdom

    Contributed by Jon Lipka on Jul 27, 2014
     | 2,093 views

    While we all have preconceptions about what the kingdom of heaven is and isn't, Jesus uses parables to force us to rethink what the kingdom is.

    What is it that the Gospel message presents? I don’t simply mean today’s Gospel lesson, but the capital-G “Gospel.” The Gospel is not merely, “Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.” The proper name for them is the Gospel according to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The ...read more

  • "Living Up To Religious Expectations.”

    Contributed by Dr. Jerry Morrissey on Dec 16, 2001
    based on 118 ratings
     | 4,464 views

    Year A Third Sunday in Advent December 16th, 2001 Matthew 11: 1-11 Heavenly Father empower us to accept Jesus on his terms and not expect him to change to fit our preconceptions of God. Amen.

    Year A Third Sunday in Advent December 16th, 2001 Matthew 11: 1-11 Heavenly Father empower us to accept Jesus on his terms and not expect him to change to fit our preconceptions of God. Amen. Title: “Living up to religious expectations.” The Baptist, in prison, sends his ...read more

  • All About The Holy Spirit Series

    Contributed by Tom Fuller on Mar 3, 2014
     | 1,761 views

    What is the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer in Jesus? You may have some preconceptions that steer you in the wrong direction as to the Spirit’s real purpose.

    If you belong to Jesus by putting your trust and reliance on Him for your salvation—then the ownership of your life has been transferred from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light. Part of that ownership change involves a seal put on you, but it’s more than just a mark of ...read more

  • Have It Your Way?

    Contributed by Tom Fuller on Oct 13, 2002
    based on 47 ratings
     | 2,486 views

    Many times we seek to understand and manipulate God by our human ideas. We need to get rid of our preconceptions about what God is doing in our lives and let Him direct how we think and pray.

    Do you ever watch one of those martial arts movies – pick one, any one, it doesn’t matter – how about "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon?" There is always a scene, at least one, where the hero or heroine is taking on a whole group of bad guys or gals. Two of them square off in the middle – and when ...read more

  • Removing The Filters Series

    Contributed by Tom Fuller on Jan 13, 2008
    based on 3 ratings
     | 1,926 views

    Often times where someone comes from or how they sound alters how we hear them. This was the case for those hearing Jesus. But if you really listen to his words they do deeper than you can image.

    You’ve heard the ad "People judge you by the words you use. To make a powerful impression you need a powerful vocabulary. You need Verbal Advantage." Though this is true I think we also judge people by how they say words and where they come from. We hear an accent in someone and we think "Deep ...read more

  • Unless You Eat The Flesh And Drink The Blood Series

    Contributed by Pat Damiani on Aug 28, 2015
     | 4,029 views

    To eat Jesus’ flesh and to drink His blood means to believe in Jesus…by personally appropriating His sacrificial death… and by continually partaking of His life

    A couple years ago on Christmas day our family was hanging out together when my brother started talking about this TV show that featured a family of Louisiana rednecks who had gotten rich selling duck calls. Now I’m at least a little bit redneck – not enough to be a NASCAR fan – ...read more

  • Even His Brothers Did Not Believe

    Contributed by Chris Surber on Aug 10, 2007
    based on 4 ratings
     | 2,599 views

    And from the belief of Jesus brothers we also receive a great blessing... Their eventual conversion provides overwhelming evidence of the resurrection of Jesus. We receive a great heritage from the brothers of Jesus.

    Even His Brothers Did Not Believe Introduction Today I’m going to share with you a message about the brothers of Jesus… we’re going to focus specifically on their lack of belief in their earthly brother, who they would have called Yeshua… and their eventual faith in Jesus Christ, The Son of the ...read more

  • Recognizing Christ In The Word And Sacrament

    Contributed by Michael Pahls on Apr 10, 2001
    based on 58 ratings
     | 1,762 views

    Presents the narrative of the disciples walk to Emmaus as a perpetual template for the experience of the resurrected Christ as his presence is manifested in the proclamation of the Word and in the celebration of the Eucharist.

    RECOGNIZING CHRIST IN THE WORD AND SACRAMENT Luke 24:13-35 INTRO. THE MOVIE IS NEVER AS GOOD AS THE BOOK I would like to begin my remarks this morning by reflecting on a phenomena that is in many ways unique to our modern culture. A couple of years ago a friend suggested to me that I ...read more

  • Candlemas

    Contributed by Revd. Martin Dale on Feb 13, 2002
    based on 77 ratings
     | 7,644 views

    The Perseverence, the Perception and Prophetic Message of Simeon

    Bale 03-02-02 Candlemas Lk: 2:22-40 The perseverance of Simeon Story: On 12th February 1809 a baby boy was born in a one-room log cabin with a dirt floor on a farm in Kentucky. He grew up to be a man of rugged determination. And although he had less than a year of formal education, ...read more

  • Believing Jesus Completely Series

    Contributed by Clark Bates on Aug 21, 2003
    based on 48 ratings
     | 2,393 views

    This examination of the trial of Jesus challenges us to consider our our faith.

    BELIEVING JESUS COMPLETELY MARK 14:53-65 Are you a believer? If you are what difference is it making in your life? A man who was an avowed atheist was enjoying a swim in the ocean when out of the corner of his eye he caught a glimpse of a dorsal fin, headed right for him. He began to swim ...read more

  • Overview Of Acts Series

    Contributed by Ewen Huffman on Apr 19, 2002
    based on 7 ratings
     | 1,463 views

    Acts- the ’acts’ of who? ‘The continuing Acts of Jesus, to the glory of the Father, by the power of the HS, through Christians… to the end of the earth”

    Acts overview Acts 1:1-11 WBC 21/4/2 am ACTS Such an important book! Without it wouldn’t know: - who Paul is (or that once called Saul). His background - background of many of the churches that our epistles are written to - how they came into being - Galatian, Ephesian, Philppian ...read more

  • In The Modern World, Not Subject To The Modern World Series

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on May 11, 2013
     | 1,336 views

    Bold preaching of the Truth of Christ may make us unpopular, but it is the only way to image Christ to the world.

    Monday of 7th Week of Easter Gaudium et Spes Paul’s first visit to Ephesus, which was destined to be the most influential early Christian community in the area we now call Turkey, did not fit the pattern of his other entries into towns. Usually Paul would go to the synagogue first, ...read more

  • When Following Jesus Separates Friends Series

    Contributed by Glenn Durham on Feb 12, 2008
    based on 11 ratings
     | 3,690 views

    God calls us to decide for Jesus, even when doing so divides families and friends.

    Scripture Introduction Two snowflakes drop softly from a dark cloud. The wind twists and twirls these “friends,” so that appear to play “Tag, you’re it!” One bumps the other, then jumps away; the second chases and almost reaches his “opponent.” They bounce up and down, giggling as they swing ...read more