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  • The Real Deal Series

    Contributed by Richard Tow on Sep 17, 2009

    Sermon contrasts religious form with spiritual substance with reference made to decline and need for revival that occurred in Israel’s history.

    The Real Deal James 1:25-27 5-25-08 Our story opens this morning in 2 Samuel 6:12-15 “Now it was told King David, saying, "The LORD has blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God." So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of more

  • Refresh My Strength Series

    Contributed by Mark Haines on Oct 16, 2009
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    Jesus came with an invitation not a list of religious rules and rituals.

    PATTERN: DEDUCTIVE TEXTUAL – EXPOSITORY Introduction: The top 10 reasons you are too busy to pray today: 1. You wake up feeling rested, then realize your alarm should’ve gone off an hour ago. 2. Your spouse is away on a two-day business trip that’s lasted all week. 3. None of the clean more

  • Grace And Rituals Series

    Contributed by Martin Wiles on Mar 31, 2011

    While our rituals and ceremonies testify of our faith, they are not the source of our faith.

    Grace And Rituals Romans 4:1-11 I. Abraham’s Faith (vv. 1-3) A. Paul’s continual discussion that salvation is by neither works nor heritage or through the Law. 1. It may appear Paul belabors this point, but establishing a proper foundation for how salvation is attained is just as more

  • Challenging Our Religion Series

    Contributed by David Henderson on Jan 5, 2011

    So Jesus came to challenge and to change the way people think. And as He continued to challenge religion His ministry led Him to a variety of places. We see two of them today.

    “Challenging our Religion” Matthew 12:1-14 Eventually the ministry of Jesus was sure to cause great controversy. After all, Jesus challenged all of the religious leaders of the day. The Pharisees, the Saducees, anyone who was teaching tradition over truth. Jesus was more

  • Salvation - A Relationship

    Contributed by Robert Sickler on Apr 24, 2012

    To place our faith in the performance of a salvation ritual is to place our faith in the person leading us to the ritual; but, if we place our faith in a relationship with Jesus Christ we have placed our faith in the author and sustainer of salvation.

    SALVATION – A RELATIONSHIP INTRODUCTION If a person is uncomfortable with the idea that there is no special event or ritual that marks the time and place of their salvation, then they certainly have a great deal of company. In fact, almost all existing denominations and Christian more

  • Stale Religion Series

    Contributed by C. Philip Green on Apr 30, 2013
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    If you want to keep your relationship with Christ fresh and vital, don't focus on tradition and clean hands; instead, focus on scripture and a clean heart.

    Alan Kraft, in his book, Good News for Those Trying Harder, shares a story about a time when his wife borrowed his car and heard a CD he had loaded in the sound system. The song touched her. When she asked him about it, he was able to recite the lyrics, but had never thought much about their more

  • The Dangers Of Religion

    Contributed by Rick Pendleton on Jan 31, 2013

    Paul tells that it is actually dangerous to be religious

    Dangers of Religion Romans 2:17 - 3:8 Paul wrote to a very proud people, the Jews. They were convinced that they were God's chosen people ... His ONLY chosen people ... and that everyone else was a heathen .... hated by God and marked for destruction. The Jews on the other hand were a people more

  • Traditions Series

    Contributed by Kevin Ruffcorn on Dec 25, 2012
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    Rituals and traditions nurture of faith and prepare us for the coming of Jesus so that we can in turn prepare the world for Jesus' coming.

    Luke 24:28-35 “Traditions” INTRODUCTION During this season of Advent, we continue to focus on how we prepare ourselves, for the coming of Jesus, so that we can prepare the world. We have talked about caring conversations, spiritual disciplines, and service. Today we are more

  • Two Questions About Salvation

    Contributed by Jerry Cosper on Jan 9, 2014

    We are going to be talking about things that happened in what is called “The Great Jerusalem Council.”

    JUL 14 2013PM Two Questions About Salvation Acts 15:1-5 We have just gotten in from Paul’s first missionary journey. For the next three Sunday evenings, including tonight, we are going to be talking about things that happened in what is called “The Great Jerusalem Council.” more

  • A Model Of Love

    Contributed by Jerry Cosper on Jan 9, 2014

    Salvation is through the grace of Jesus Christ. Some people still insist on adding to the plan. They believe things like not only should you accept Jesus, but you need be baptized, or you need to be confirmed, or you need to take the Lord's Supper.

    JUL 28 2013PM A Model of Love Acts 15:22-35 The great decree of salvation issued by the early church should have settled the issue forever. There is no question; salvation is through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. But some people still insist on adding to the plan. They believe things more

  • The True Vine Of Christmas Series

    Contributed by Larry Turner on Dec 25, 2013

    Jesus is the True Vine, not traditions, rituals, or sacrifices.

    Two hunters were out hunting and come upon what appeared at first as an abandoned farm. The barn was sagging, the house was in disrepair, and there were junk cars and car parts lying around. The only thing that made it a working farm was a few chickens pecking away and a goat wandering more

  • Gaining A Worldwide Vision

    Contributed by Jerry Cosper on Jan 8, 2014
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    What happened in this passage is of critical importance to church history. The events in this passage need to be studied by every church and every body of believers.

    MAR 17 2013PM Gaining a Worldwide Vision Acts 11: 1-18 Usually as we begin each study, I lead in to the message with the ending of the previous week’s message. I don’t have to do that tonight because our passage comes from Acts 11: 1-18 and in it, Peter recaps the whole episode. more

  • Relationship, Ritual Or Both?

    Contributed by Stephen Belokur on Feb 11, 2016

    Lent is coming! Lent is coming! Why do we have Lent? Why do some observe this ritual while others do not? How do we discern which rituals are beneficial and which are harmful to our walk with the Lord? To Lent or not to Lent, that is the question!

    Please stand with me as we read our recent memory Scripture together! John 1:1-4 NIV “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. “Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has more

  • Ripe Ritual And Redemptive Righteousness Series

    Contributed by Joseph Smith on Jul 20, 2008
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    Dramatic monologue as if it were from Micah himself, summarizing the entire book around the contrast between practicing ritual in order to avoid judgment vs. living God’s requirements of justice, mercy, and the humble walk.

    [Outside the sanctuary] Justice, O God! Justice! We must have your justice! And righteousness! Without that we are lost! Oh, Lord God, the Temple and the city – what I see there sickens me. That ripe and rotten ritual, those empty gestures, those paid and padded priests! O God, more

  • Tradition For Tradition's Sake

    Contributed by Beth Garrod-Logsdon on Aug 31, 2009
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    Too often our living and worship become steeped in tradition and ritual. This sermon is a call to examine what we do and more importantly WHY we do it in an attempt to keep us from elevating the traditions of men above the law of God.

    Tradition for Tradition’s Sake Mark 7:1-23 (This message was preceded by singing "Joy to the World" as the opening hymn and the theme of "tradition" was introduced by a video clip of Fiddler on the Roof - from the prologue 1:55 (as the fiddler begins to play) through 3:57 (as Tevye says, more