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  • Recovering From Resentment

    Contributed by Kevin Ruffcorn on Apr 5, 2005
    based on 21 ratings
     | 4,765 views

    Forgiving those who hurt us and moving on from that hurt is one of the most difficult and challenging tasks Christians are called to do.

    Genesis 45:4-11 “Recovering From Resentment” INTRODUCTION Recently we displayed a message on our marquee that read, “God doesn’t promise us a comfortable journey, just a safe landing.” We live in hope that the last phrase of this sentence will be true. We know from experience that the ...read more

  • Cleaning Out The Sludge

    Contributed by Jim Kane on Mar 11, 2002
    based on 41 ratings
     | 4,217 views

    How then do we overcome discouragment, disappointment, and resentment?

    Gladys Thornapple is fixing lunch when in walks her son, Wilberforce, all decked out in his baseball outfit. Mom asks, "How did Little League go?" Wilberforce growls, "Terrible, I struck out three times." Trying to console her son, Mom says, "That’s all part of the game, honey." Wilberforce ...read more

  • He's Always The Same!

    Contributed by Bramwell Hayes on Nov 9, 2005
    based on 45 ratings
     | 2,277 views

    A first person narrative of the story of Jonah, focussing on God’s propensity to forgive repentant sinners, and believers’ resentment of this

    I knew that this would happen! I just knew it! God is always the same! He is always merciful and full of grace. He always forgives people who repent! Even Assyrian scum-bags! There I was, minding my own business, working as an ordinary prophet and preacher in Gath Hephron when along came God and ...read more

  • Uncommon Forgiveness

    Contributed by Mike Hays on Feb 16, 2005
    based on 26 ratings
     | 4,490 views

    Solomon gives us a choice: We can walk in wisdom and exhibit an uncommon forgiveness when we are hurt or we can live as we know how to live by harboring resentment and bitterness.

    Uncommon Forgiveness Proverbs 17:9 In Proverbs 17 there are some shady characters who exhibit shady characteristics in the way they live their life. Some of these folks, who evidently were alive and well in Solomon’s day, are still with us. We read about them in Newsweek, People, and in our ...read more

  • The Faithful Father Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Jun 20, 2006
    based on 144 ratings
     | 23,905 views

    Why didn’t the father go after his Prodigal Son? Why did he just sit and wait when he could have done so much more to bring his son home?

    OPENING STATEMENT: Over the past few weeks, we’ve been looking at how we can create a G-rated (a G-od centered) home in the midst of an R-rated world. This week, we’re going to look at a crucial element of that effort – fathers. ILLUS: Dr. James Dobson told the story of when he was about 3 ...read more

  • The Parable Of The Pouting Son Series

    Contributed by David Dykes on Apr 4, 2003
    based on 254 ratings
     | 94,582 views

    This in-depth view of Prodigal Son parable focuses on the elder son and the bitterness and resentment he displayed upon his brother’s return and how we sometimes have the same inflated sense of goodness and faulty understanding of our Father’s grace.

    The Parable of the Pouting Son Luke 15:25-32 by David O. Dykes INTRODUCTION Over the last three weeks we have been looking at what has been called the Parable of the Prodigal Son. In this masterpiece, Jesus communicates several lessons. I believe the main point of this story is to show us ...read more

  • The Blessings Of No

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Feb 17, 2003
    based on 56 ratings
     | 3,850 views

    Have you considered all the blessings that are available to you when you hear the word, “No”. Most of us like to get what we want, but are frustrated when we hear somebody say, “No” to our requests. Instead of growing resentful, angry or disillusioned whe

    1. Have you considered all the blessings that are available to you when you hear the word, “No”. Most of us like to get what we want, but are frustrated when we hear somebody say, “No” to our requests. Instead of growing resentful, angry or disillusioned when you come up against denials of your ...read more

  • The Landmine Of Unforgiveness Series

    Contributed by Charles Stanley on Sep 20, 2007
    based on 305 ratings
     | 45,591 views

    What was your response the last time someone hurt you? Perhaps you felt the urge to retaliate. Maybe you took no action, but instead harbored bitterness in your heart. If so, you failed to realize that you do great damage to yourself when you have an un

    Landmines in the Path of the Believer Part 3: The Landmine of Unforgiveness Summary: What was your response the last time someone hurt you? Perhaps you felt the urge to retaliate. Maybe you took no action, but instead harbored bitterness in your heart. If so, you failed to realize that ...read more

  • "Put Away Bitterness"

    Contributed by Ray Scott on Jun 30, 2003
    based on 124 ratings
     | 12,814 views

    Bitterness can be destructive. This message deals with WHY we become bitter, and HOW to get rid of bitterness in our life.

    “Put Away Bitterness” Ephesians 4:31-5:2 (My thanks to Jim Wilson for his article “How To Be Free From Bitterness”, which provided valuable information for this sermon.) INTRODUCTION: Ephesians 4:31-5:2 The message this morning is on BITTERNESS, which our text says is “to be put away ...read more

  • Godly Family Relationships Series

    Contributed by Paul Apple on Jul 5, 2001
    based on 68 ratings
     | 6,034 views

    UNION WITH CHRIST MANIFESTS ITSELF IN GODLY FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS OF ACCOUNTABILITY

    BIG IDEA: UNION WITH CHRIST MANIFESTS ITSELF IN GODLY FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS OF ACCOUNTABILITY INTRODUCTION Paul starts to deal with practical areas of family relationships – always dealing first with the subordinate member in the relationship and then offering some balancing admonitions to ...read more

  • The Thief Named Grudge Series

    Contributed by Kelly Benton on Sep 29, 2011
    based on 14 ratings
     | 11,726 views

    To share how holding a grudge is no good for anyone and how we must lay them to the side and move on in life.

    We often hear the term "holding a grudge". What is a "grudge", what does it look like, and how does one "hold it"? "Grudge" is an actual word and it’s dictionary meaning is: a feeling of resentment or ill will over some grievance, or to harbor resentment. To "hold or carry a grudge" would ...read more

  • Freedom In Forgiveness Series

    Contributed by Alan Mccann on Oct 12, 2005
    based on 141 ratings
     | 15,730 views

    The freedom of forgiveness or the bondage of bitterness is a choice we make

    FREEDOM OF FORGIVENESS COLOSSIANS 3 VERSES 12-17 “I had a brother once, and I betrayed him.” With these words, African writer Laurens Van der Post begins a wonderful book The Seed and the Sower, (I recommend you read it). The story is of two brothers from small South African village. The elder ...read more

  • A Great Gift To God

    Contributed by Ray Ellis on Nov 8, 2005
    based on 58 ratings
     | 16,645 views

    A message demonstrating "Forgiveness" as a great gift to God.

    A Great Gift to God Matthew 5:21-26 #Dennis had the privilege of growing up in a Christian home. His father was an outstanding and compassionate attorney. Denis was supported with his father’s prayers and finances through law school. After graduation from law school Denis worked with ...read more

  • Will The Prodigals Ever Come Home? Series

    Contributed by Alan Mccann on Jun 3, 2008
    based on 13 ratings
     | 3,740 views

    We pray the prodigal meets the father and not an older brother when they come home

    Luke 15.11-32 Will the Prodigals ever come Home? I want you to listen to the title of this sermon: Will the Prodigals ever come home? You know the simple answer, and the most honest answer, to that question this morning is: I don’t know! I genuinely do not know if your ‘prodigal’ will come ...read more

  • Dealing With Anger

    Contributed by Bill Lobbs on Nov 8, 2000
    based on 381 ratings
     | 34,104 views

    Learning to control your anger before it controls you.

    Pastor Billy G. Lobbs Theme: Learning to control your anger before it controls you. Text: Ephesians 4: 26 - 27 (NLT) "And don't sin by letting anger gain control over you. Don't let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a mighty foothold to the ...read more