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  • Rites Are Not Rigid Series

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on May 28, 2011
     | 1,108 views

    The new churches of the apostolic age did not make up their worship, but developed that of the synagogue into the Divine Liturgy, with due respect to the foundation by Jesus and the characteristics of the particular churches within which these liturgies d

    Monday of 6th Week in Easter Memorial Day Spirit of the Liturgy Imagine the founding of a new church, down on the riverbank in Philippi, under the leadership of the great apostle Paul and his companions. She was not a Jew, but did worship the one God. Did the Holy Spirit inspire this little ...read more

  • Flexibility Vs. Rigidity

    Contributed by Shannon Lewis on Oct 18, 2006
    based on 10 ratings
     | 12,325 views

    Is there a need for flexibility in the modern church? This sermon will examine and answer that question.

  • No Way! Up Way!

    Contributed by Samson Musyoki on Sep 25, 2007
    based on 1 rating
     | 2,276 views

    THERE IS ALWAYS A WAY THROUGH WHEN EVERYTHING IS DEADLOCKED AND RIGID.

    NO WAY - UP WAY LUKE 5:18-19 Some men came carrying a paralytic on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the ...read more

  • Are You Christian Enough?

    Contributed by Dr. Ezekiel Ette on Mar 11, 2015
    based on 2 ratings
     | 4,104 views

    True Christianity requires love not rigid ideology that supports oppression.

  • Right Relationship With Jesus

    Contributed by Grant Sisson on Jun 9, 2009
    based on 3 ratings
     | 1,613 views

    Contrasting life under the rigidity of Law to life of freedom under the sweet grace of God.

    What Is “The Right Relationship With Jesus”? by Grant S. Sisson Yesterday was a long hard day for me. After the Board meeting yesterday morning, Ann and I went to White House, TX to visit my dad, who, as you know, is suffering with terminal cancer. The Hospice people had arranged all this in ...read more

  • Pharisaical Values Contrasted With Christ's Love - Part 1

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Oct 18, 2000
    based on 3 ratings
     | 765 views

    Pharisaical Behavior and Attitudes to Avoid Contrasted With Christ Like Love Pharisaical Values That Were Rooted in Their Traditions and Rigidity: 1.

  • So, You Want To Get Baptized

    Contributed by Howard Gunter on Mar 27, 2018
    based on 3 ratings
     | 1,384 views

    The seeker is hungry to understand Scripture. With the explanation, seeks to go deeper and be baptized. Like this reading, it need not be complicated nor by some rigid ritual; it may be spontaneous and thereby even more meaningful.

    Mid-week Message/Devotion March 28, 2018 Reading: Acts 8:26-40 So, You Want to Get Baptized This to me, this is one of the most enjoyable readings in the New Testament. It sets an example for us that is extremely vivid. Let me first narrate a modern day parallel story based ...read more

  • May Rupture Under Pressure Series

    Contributed by Carl Willis on Jun 10, 2008
    based on 5 ratings
     | 2,069 views

    John’s followers were fasting. The Pharisees were fasting. So why weren’t Jesus’ disciples fasting. This message examines the inability of a rigid religious system to adapt to change brought about by the fullness of Jesus Christ.

  • Letter To The Church At Pergamum Series

    Contributed by Shine Thomas on May 18, 2009
    based on 4 ratings
     | 5,938 views

    We always lose out when we try to compromise with sin. It will consume us in the end. A great mistake a child of God commits is to compromise his/her Christian faith with this world. We often feel biblical principles are tough and rigid and we decide to c

    Revelation Letter to the Church at Pergamum Scripture: Revelation 2:12-17 Introduction: Winter was coming on and a hunter went out into the forest to shoot a bear out of which he planned to make a warm coat. By and by he saw a bear coming toward him and raised his gun and took aim. “Wait,” ...read more

  • Rules Are Rules Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Jun 1, 2014
    based on 45 ratings
     | 26,042 views

    The Pharisees of Jesus' day died long ago. But their spirit lives on in congregations across the land. How can we recognize if we have become like the Pharisees, and what did Jesus teach us about what we need to know to avoid becoming like those men?

    (Before reading the text I noted that the stories in this section of Mark detailed the conflict between Jesus and a religious group known as the Pharisees… and I emphasized the word "Pharisees" as I read through the text) OPEN: Back in the 1980’s, the Minnesota Twins had this ...read more

  • Learning How To Be Truthful Without Being Harsh

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Sep 3, 2004
    based on 34 ratings
     | 1,900 views

    Jesus was full of grace and truth. Let us learn how to speak the truth without being harsh or uncaring but gracious. Seventeen points.

    Learning How to be Truthful Without Being Harsh John 1:14,15 - For the law was given through Moses but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. Learning how to balance the Bible’s emphasis of truth and grace is a continual struggle for most people working with legalists. There is such a ...read more

  • Nineteen Ways To Be Strong In Grace

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Aug 13, 2004
    based on 24 ratings
     | 1,176 views

    When we show people their worth, value, and importance by believing in them, we show grace. We validate people by assisting them in the ministry of building the kingdom of God and His righteousness. After this kind of affirmation, few persons will label u

    Nineteen Ways to Be Strong in Grace (2 Tim 2:1) "Be strong in the grace that it is in Christ Jesus." (2 Tim 2:1) Learning how to balance the Bible’s emphasis of truth and grace is a continual struggle for most people working with legalists. There is such a thing as a healthy fear of God. ...read more

  • Helping Christians Rely On Grace

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Sep 18, 2006
    based on 2 ratings
     | 888 views

    Learning how to balance the Bible’s emphasis of truth and grace is a continual struggle for most people working with legalists. There is such a thing as a healthy fear of God. Learning how to love, reverence and trust the Lord involves holding God in holy

    Helping Christians Rely On Grace 2 Corinthians 13:14 (NIV, NIRV, TNIV, KJV) HELPING CHRISTIANS RELY MORE ON GOD’S GRACE THAN ON LAW Learning how to balance the Bible’s emphasis of truth and grace is a continual struggle for most people working with legalists. There is such a ...read more

  • Helping Christians Rely On Grace

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Sep 22, 2006
    based on 5 ratings
     | 2,360 views

    Most people want to be treated in a kind, gracious and respectful way. When one learns how to appropriate the grace of God, interpersonal relationships are developed in a genuine spirit of love. Without a proper appropriation of God’s grace to our communi

    Helping Christians Rely On Grace 2 Corinthians 13:14 (NIV, NIRV, TNIV, KJV) HELPING CHRISTIANS RELY MORE ON GOD’S GRACE THAN ON LAW Learning how to balance the Bible’s emphasis of truth and grace is a continual struggle for most people working with legalists. There is such a ...read more

  • Windows Blown Out Or Open? Series

    Contributed by Joseph Smith on Sep 8, 2002
    based on 26 ratings
     | 1,685 views

    God’s mercy is available to us, whether we call on Him in disasters only or whether we are constantly in His presence. But how much more ready we would be for disaster if we cultivated His presence. A sermon for the 9/11 anniversary.

    (Singing): “Sitting by the window praying, waiting for the break of day; sitting by the window praying, hearing what God might say.” (Repeat) Of all the images which linger, a year later, of the events of last September 11, none is more haunting than the picture of people falling ...read more