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  • The Pretender

    Contributed by Calvin Bryant on Mar 25, 2004
    based on 11 ratings
     | 3,785 views

    Christians need to quit pretending not knowing the Lord.

    THE PRETENDER Introduction The title of message today is, The Pretender. A pretender is a person who changes his behavior in order to fool other people into believing he is who he says he is, although he is not. She is a pretender. He is a pretender that uses deceptive speech to ...read more

  • No More Pretending Series

    Contributed by Alan Day on Nov 11, 2000
    based on 190 ratings
     | 9,333 views

    God desires a broken heart.

    November 5, 2000 No More Pretending! Pure means that something is ______________. The Scriptural content of the heart deals with the…  ______________  ______________  ______________ Proverbs 4:23. Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of ...read more

  • Stop Pretending

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Jul 27, 2003
    based on 26 ratings
     | 3,984 views

    Some people are looking for masks to be able to hide their inner sense of inadequacies. Others are looking for masks that can make them into the cultural image of someone great. Still others are looking for identities that will make themselves acceptable

    Stop Pretending ``We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.’’ (2 Cor. 10:5) Some people are looking for masks to be able to hide their inner sense of inadequacies. Others are ...read more

  • The Pretender To The Throne Series

    Contributed by Michael Luke on Oct 1, 2010
    based on 4 ratings
     | 3,005 views

    Satan desires God's throne. Here is how he operates.

    SERIES: ANGELS and DEMONS (freely adapted from a series of the same name by James Merritt) “THE PRETENDER TO THE THRONE” MATTHEW 4:1-11 OPEN I see and read and hear about men, women, teenagers and children from all walks of life that run blindly into this spiritual ...read more

  • Pretending Everything Is Okay

    Contributed by Jason Patrick on Nov 24, 2001
    based on 95 ratings
     | 13,421 views

    As part of a family of faith, Christians need to realize that we can be honest with God and with one another about just how difficult life can sometimes be.

    Pretending Everything is Okay / Psalm 137 Proper 22, Year C; Downsville Baptist Church; 7 October 2001 One of the biggest grievances that I presently hold against many churchgoers is the notion that it is important that we act like everything is just fine in our lives even when it is not. ...read more

  • Discipleship; Beyond Pretending

    Contributed by Bill Huffhine on May 27, 2004
    based on 56 ratings
     | 4,271 views

    Understanding discipleship as the God initiated, God accomplished process of turning us into what He intended - human beings bearing the image of the God who created us.

    Every year the movie industry comes together for a massive celebration and awards ceremony. All of Hollywood looks forward to the night early in the year where they can come together and honor one another for the work that had been done during the previous year. It’s a really a fascinating ...read more

  • Hypocrite

    Contributed by Gerry Pratt on May 11, 2002
    based on 14 ratings
     | 2,356 views

    Many may be living lives as hypocrites while pretending to be Christians.

    Words have meanings. A. This is why you just don’t see parents naming their children: Jezebel, Judas, Adolph, or Demas. Because there can be bad associations with some words, people have euphemized some words. A. You all know the words.....gay (which doesn’t mean happy), ...read more

  • "I'm Tired Of Pretending To Be Something I'm Not"

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Jul 12, 2002
    based on 43 ratings
     | 6,383 views

    This message contrasts Jesus’ call to repentance with the world’s call to ’find some good in your heart.’

    - Concerning how we should look into our heart, there is a huge difference between the messages we receive from our society and from Jesus. - Today’s consistent message on looking into your heart is “Have self-esteem.” (That is, find the good in your heart; emphasize the reasons to like ...read more

  • The Kiss Of Betrayal

    Contributed by Chris Talton on Jan 18, 2002
    based on 125 ratings
     | 17,374 views

    While pretending to kiss Jesus, we may be betraying Him without even thinking about it.

    April 8, 2001 John 13:18-30 “The Kiss of Betrayal” INTRODUCTION What do you think of when I say the word “kiss”? Now, I’m not talking about the rock group by that name, and I’m not using it as an acronym (Keep It Simple Stupid). I’m talking about that thing that two people who are in ...read more

  • Looking For The Perfect Church: Part One Series

    Contributed by Mike Rickman on Jan 11, 2003
    based on 22 ratings
     | 2,346 views

    If you are looking for the perfect church just close your eyes and pretend there is nothing else going on in the world. Jonah did and look where it got him.

    January 12, 2003 Morning Service Text: Jonah 1:1-17 Subject: Running from God Title: Looking for the Perfect Church: Part One There are people out there who move from church to church to church hoping that someday they will find just the right one. It will be the one where everything ...read more

  • Consequences For Spiritual Hypocrisy

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Oct 18, 2000
    based on 75 ratings
     | 6,866 views

    Why do some people think that they can benefit from pretending to be something that they are not? Dishonesty is a serious sin against God. Ananias and Sapphira offered to sell their property and give the proceeds to the church, but they lied about giving

    1. Why do some people think that they can benefit from pretending to be something that they are not? Dishonesty is a serious sin against God. Ananias and Sapphira offered to sell their property and give the proceeds to the church, but they lied about giving all the money to God while keeping ...read more

  • The Problems Of Counterfeit Goodness

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Oct 18, 2000
    based on 53 ratings
     | 1,445 views

    Many people practice counterfeiting without actually realizing what they are doing. A counterfeiter tries to make an imitation of something genuine to deceive, defraud or pretend something to be what it is not in reality. Ananias’s lie to the Holy Spirit

    1. Many people practice counterfeiting without actually realizing what they are doing. A counterfeiter tries to make an imitation of something genuine to deceive, defraud or pretend something to be what it is not in reality. Ananias’s lie to the Holy Spirit was probably the crowning act of a ...read more

  • How To Not Over React

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Oct 18, 2000
    based on 76 ratings
     | 3,170 views

    One Italian man became so frustrated with his wife’s badgering that he had himself arrested just to have one night’s peace in a jail cell. However, ten minutes after being securely locked away for the night because of pretending to be publicly intoxicated

    Avoid Over-reacting to Provocations (James 1:19) We all have a tendency to over react when provoked. Some have more difficulty than others controlling their emotions. Illustration: One Italian man became so frustrated with his wife’s badgering that he had himself arrested just to have one ...read more

  • What Do You Really Want God To Do? Series

    Contributed by Dean Courtier on Apr 30, 2010
    based on 26 ratings
     | 23,940 views

    Often we pray for God to act, but what do we really want God to do? Do we pretend to want change when really we want to stay as we are? A challenging message at one of our special healing services.

    A man was driving along a road one day when he saw a three-legged chicken. He was amazed enough to drive along side it for a while, and as he was driving, he noticed the chicken was running at 20 mph. “WOW Pretty fast chicken,” he thought, “I wonder just how fast it can run.” So he sped up, and ...read more

  • "Forgiving: An Act Of Faith" Series

    Contributed by Clarence Eisberg on May 16, 2007
    based on 7 ratings
     | 2,396 views

    The primary act of faith is forgiving. It is the characteristic act of God, the Father of Jesus Christ. We are called to imitate Jesus. Forgiving is not easy. I do not pretend to do it well, nor does anyone else I know! Yet we must.

    In Jesus Holy Name May 20, 2007 Text: Luke 4:11 Easter VI - Redeemer “Forgiving: An Act of Faith.” 5th in the Series: “Prayer: Connecting to Our Father” (read text) Jesus did not start a church, at least not in the sense of people who assemble on Sunday morning to hear a man ...read more