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  • An Encounter With The Risen Lord

    Contributed by Stephan Brown on Oct 4, 2002
    based on 72 ratings
     | 5,640 views

    Demonstrates how religious ritual, even good religious ritual cannot bring the spiritual satisfaction that we crave. Only an intimate encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ can bring what our souls desire.

    An Encounter with the Risen Lord Christianity and the Bible make a lot of promises. When we tell people about Christ we promise them fulfillment: peace, and joy, and happiness. We promise them that Christianity is a relationship with Christ that will bring meaning to their life. And we offer all ...read more

  • An Encounter With The Risen Lord

    Contributed by Stephan Brown on Oct 4, 2002
    based on 33 ratings
     | 1,260 views

    Demonstrates how religious ritual, even good religious ritual cannot bring the spiritual satisfaction that we crave. Only an intimate encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ can bring what our souls desire.

    An Encounter with the Risen Lord Christianity and the Bible make a lot of promises. When we tell people about Christ we promise them fulfillment: peace, and joy, and happiness. We promise them that Christianity is a relationship with Christ that will bring meaning to their life. And we offer all ...read more

  • An Incomplete Job

    Contributed by Tim Patrick on Oct 18, 2006
    based on 34 ratings
     | 14,042 views

    This sermon encourages listeners to move beyond shallow religious ritualism and to allow God to touch the inner man and deal with the sin in the heart.

    Introduction: (To introduce this sermon I played a short video clip showing a man washing his truck. The truck is parked in front of a house in the driveway. As you watch the video the man is meticulous in his washing. He covers every inch of the truck. He polishes the chrome. He washes every wheel ...read more

  • Holy, Whole, And Free! Series

    Contributed by C. Philip Green on Jun 13, 2018
     | 647 views

    If you want to take care of the sin problem in your life, don’t depend on religion. Instead, enter into a real relationship with Jesus Christ, and let Him make you holy, whole, and free.

    Pastor and author John Ortberg talks about a time early in his marriage when he and his wife sold their Volkswagen Beetle to buy their first really nice piece of furniture. It was a sofa. It was a pink sofa, but for that kind of money, Ortberg says, “It was called a mauve sofa.” The man at the sofa ...read more

  • Stop Chasing Shadows! Series

    Contributed by David Dykes on Oct 11, 2006
    based on 7 ratings
     | 6,546 views

    Keeping religious rules and observing religious rituals in order to be close to God are only a shadow of the "real thing," a relationship with Him through Jesus.

    INTRODUCTION In the time of the early church, there were people in the churches who were teaching that once you became a Christian, you still had to obey the Jewish regulations and rituals to be religiously correct. That kind of false teaching still exists in the 21st century. In this series I’m ...read more

  • Clean Hands Or Clean Heart? Series

    Contributed by Joel Preston on Jun 10, 2012
     | 5,203 views

    In this passage, Jesus is dealing with very religious people who allowed their traditions replace the authority of God’s Word. Jesus is not impressed with religious ritual or tradition, rather He is concerned with the condition of our hearts.

    The Gospel of Mark #18 – “Clean Hands or Clean Heart?” Mark 7:1-23 Intro – 1. ILL – A man was watching the news one night when it was reported that a car was going the wrong direction on the freeway. The man knew his wife was on that freeway and became very ...read more

  • True Communion

    Contributed by Greg Allen on Apr 25, 2006
    based on 13 ratings
     | 7,756 views

    I honestly don’t know if Jesus is glorified through crackers and grape juice. And I wonder what he must think when we come together, go through our little religious ritual and leave with the same me-first mentality that we came in with.

    Today I want to look at the different viewpoints of the last supper from the 4 gospels. Traditionally only 3 of the gospels are credited with recognizing the last supper, Matthew, Mark and Luke. Let’s look at those: Matthew 26:20-30 20When it was evening, Jesus sat down at the table with the ...read more

  • Even The Religious Person Cannot Escape

    Contributed by Paul Apple on Oct 18, 2000
    based on 25 ratings
     | 708 views

    EVEN THE MOST RELIGIOUS PERSON (DEVOUT JEW) CANNOT ESCAPE GOD'S RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENT--TRUE SPIRITUALITY IS MUCH MORE THAN POSSESSING RELIGIOUS PRIVILEGES AND PRACTICING RELIGIOUS RITUALS 1. True Spirituality is much more than Possessing Religious Privileges (:17-24) a. Religious Privileges ...read more

  • Ritual Or Relationship? Series

    Contributed by Pat Damiani on Jan 26, 2015
     | 4,335 views

    Ritual that rejects relationship is pointless; Ritual that reflects relationship is priceless

    The wedding ring that I’m wearing this morning is not the same one that Mary placed on my finger on our wedding day. Fairly early in our marriage we went to San Diego on our vacation and I managed to lose my wedding ring while swimming in the ocean. That ring was an important symbol of the ...read more

  • What's In Your Heart? Series

    Contributed by Pat Damiani on Jan 26, 2015
     | 2,291 views

    Our relationship with God is a matter of the heart, not a matter of externals.

    On Halloween this year I was on Facebook when I ran across this post from Christian singer Natalie Grant: I've had many people over the years ask me if I "celebrate" Halloween. I don't celebrate evil. Or darkness. Or witches, ghosts and goblins. But I DO celebrate kids. And princesses. And ...read more

  • Part 3 - Matthew 12:9-14 -Deformities Of The Heart And Hand Series

    Contributed by Ross Cochrane on Sep 20, 2010
    based on 26 ratings
     | 4,845 views

    The CLAWED FINGERS of their law system were DISTORTED AND MALFORMED and particularly difficult to uproot. It is not at all surprising that Jesus uses a man with a DEFORMED HAND to illustrate what needed to be done if ever they were to be healed of their D

    Part 3 - Matthew 12:9-14 -DEFORMITIES OF THE HEART AND HAND Yesterday, with the encouragement of my wife, I got rid of some THORNY WEEDS growing like trees in the back garden. The thorns were now like razor sharp nails and so it was difficult to get to the roots without punctures, scratches and ...read more

  • Lord's Supper

    Contributed by Pat Damiani on Jan 30, 2018
    based on 1 rating
     | 7,197 views

    Lord's Supper message.

    This summer I was reminded just how easy it is for us to get so comfortable with something that we do all the time that we just do it without thinking about how or why we do it. For me that realization came when I had to drive three different rental cars on our vacation. One of the reasons that ...read more

  • The Door Of Action Series

    Contributed by Shawn Drake on May 26, 2004
    based on 18 ratings
     | 1,264 views

    This is the 10th sermon in the series "Unlocking The Doors To Freedom".

    Series: Unlocking The Doors To Freedom (Galatians) #10 THE DOOR OF ACTION Galatians 6:1-18 Introduction: 1. Nike slogan: “Just Do It”! 2. We need to stop talking and take action. 3. This is probably most Christians’ greatest barrier to experiencing joy of their salvation. Galatians ...read more

  • According To Jim: Genuine Faith Series

    Contributed by Jackie Hill on May 4, 2011
    based on 3 ratings
     | 1,033 views

    Do you have real faith or just random beliefs? Let's find out...

    According to Jim: Genuine Faith James 1:1-18 Genuine Faith vs. Sincere Belief: Faith in God instead of belief in something Absolute truth instead of relative truth Relationship with Jesus instead of religious ritual Focuses on obedience instead of ...read more

  • Lost In The Crowd

    Contributed by Tim Hedberg on May 1, 2006
    based on 1 rating
     | 2,209 views

    The actions of the crowd and Jesus’ response.

    Lost In the Crowd? John 12:12-18 April 9, 2006 There were 2 crowds there on the day Jesus came riding into Jerusalem on the donkey. 2 Crowds. 1 crowd was in Jerusalem for historical reason. They had come from all over to recognize the annual religious festival of Passover. 2,700,000 ...read more