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  • An Encounter With The Risen Lord

    Contributed by Stephan Brown on Oct 3, 2002
    based on 73 ratings
     | 7,427 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 3, 2002
    based on 34 ratings
     | 2,272 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 16, 2006
    based on 34 ratings
     | 17,508 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
     | 4,029 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

  • Do We Have To Keep Being Extra Faithful? Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Oct 18, 2019
     | 1,250 views

    Our religious ritual can make us feel like we are the extra faithful when we are really failing to give God what He wants.

    - We had several night visions one after the other in the chapters up to this point in Zechariah. As we come into chapter 7, two years have passed. And there are signs of progress on the temple – the walls are rising! - So is everything great? Not exactly. - The people of Bethel come with a ...read more

  • Stop Chasing Shadows! Series

    Contributed by David Dykes on Oct 9, 2006
    based on 7 ratings
     | 10,024 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.

  • The Table Of The Lord

    Contributed by Andrew Drummond on Feb 3, 2007
    based on 6 ratings
     | 3,664 views

    The threat of religious ritual is ever looming for church goers. There are many things that we have done hundreds of times, but we must always take the time to remember their significance, as it is with Communion. Lest we forget...

    A little girl asked her mother one Sunday morning as she was preparing lunch, “Mommy, why do you cut off the ends of the ham before you cook it?” The girl’s mother turned and looked at her and said, “Oh, sweetie, I’m not really sure why, but I suppose you cut the ends off of the meat so that the ...read more

  • Clean Hands Or Clean Heart? Series

    Contributed by Joel Preston on Jun 10, 2012
     | 8,461 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

  • Even The Religious Person Cannot Escape

    Contributed by Paul Apple on Oct 18, 2000
    based on 25 ratings
     | 1,140 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.

    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

  • True Communion

    Contributed by Greg Allen on Apr 16, 2006
    based on 14 ratings
     | 11,608 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

  • Ritual Or Relationship? Series

    Contributed by Pat Damiani on Jan 26, 2015
     | 7,354 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

  • The Peril Of Profanity

    Contributed by James Groce on Mar 27, 2002
    based on 14 ratings
     | 1,675 views

    Blasphemy is taken most seriously in the Bible. If the punishment is to be equal to the crime, then blasphemy is a most serious offense.

    If our text teaches us anything, it teaches us the peril of profanity. Blasphemy is taken most seriously in the Bible. If the punishment is to be equal to the crime, then blasphemy is a most serious offense. There are two questions which we must ask ourselves. The first is this: What is blasphemy? ...read more

  • What's In Your Heart? Series

    Contributed by Pat Damiani on Jan 26, 2015
     | 3,501 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

  • Freedom Letter- Your Freedom Series

    Contributed by Shawn Drake on Mar 21, 2021
    based on 4 ratings
     | 675 views

    This is the 46th sermon in the Action Series. This series began during the COVID-19 pandemic. This study in Acts will also include the letters written to the Churches. This is the 12th sermon from the Letter to the Galatians.

    Series: Action [#46] FREEDOM LETTER- YOUR FREEDOM Galatians 6:1-18 Introduction: As we conclude Galatians today, I want to further discuss your freedom in Christ. This entire letter is about not giving up your freedom in Christ for rituals. When I worked for McDonald’s in Canyon, TX; I ...read more

  • Lord's Supper

    Contributed by Pat Damiani on Jan 30, 2018
    based on 4 ratings
     | 26,803 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