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  • The Passion Of Self-Gratification Series

    Contributed by Dennis Davidson on Nov 30, 2009
    based on 53 ratings
     | 19,868 views

    God’s wisdom gives peace but the churches to which James wrote were experiencing chronic hostility & sharp confrontations. They fought, coveted, quarreled & condemned others to obtain their desires. They were dominated by self-will

    JAMES 4: 1-5 THE PASSION OF SELF-GRATIFICATION [Romans 7:14-25] Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy wrote of a man who was dominated by the driving desire for self-gratification. To possess land was his highest pleasure. Someone promised him that he could own all of the land he could walk ...read more

  • Invest & Invite

    Contributed by Robert Simmons on May 9, 2006
    based on 7 ratings
     | 6,167 views

    Strategy for reaching out to the unchurched -- invest in serving them and invite them to hear more.

    Luke 14:15-23—Invest & Invite 15 When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, "Blessed is the man who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God." 16 Jesus replied: "A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. 17 At the time of the banquet he ...read more

  • Warning! Straddling Can Be Hazardous To Your Health

    Contributed by Jerry Flury on May 9, 2002
    based on 169 ratings
     | 13,691 views

    Keeping one foot in the world and one foot in heaven just does not work. There is a danger in being uncommitted to Christ.

    WARNING! STRADDLING CAN BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH! I KINGS 18:17-21 INTRODUCTION: A woman getting onto a sky lift was given instructions that the moment the lift’s chair touched her backside she was to sit down and lift her feet from off the ground. Instead when the chair came against her ...read more

  • Building A Servant Attitude Family

    Contributed by Michael Bartsch on Sep 18, 2006
     | 1,426 views

    In a culture filled with self-gratification, developing servant attitude families presents challenges that are addressed with this message.

    Ephesians 5:21-31 (NIV) 21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. 22 Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also ...read more

  • Dying, We Live Series

    Contributed by Freddy Fritz on May 5, 2009
    based on 3 ratings
     | 3,979 views

    The principle of self-sacrifice is foundational to the doctrine of the Christian life. So, in our lesson today I want to examine four aspects of the principle of self-sacrifice.

    Scripture For the past few weeks we have been studying Romans 12:1-2. In Romans 12 the Apostle Paul begins applying the doctrine that he has been teaching for the previous 11 chapters. Now, it is not that he has made no application in the previous 11 chapters; he has. However, as he begins ...read more

  • All You Need Is Love

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on May 7, 2015
     | 1,200 views

    The answer to the violence is exactly to do as Jesus did.

    The Sixth Sunday of Easter 2015 The early Church was not exactly the love-fest that some would like to imagine. First, the Jewish and Roman authorities were, at the least, suspicious of this new Jewish sect where people–especially the poor and marginalized–were being healed and ...read more

  • Whole Life Stewardship Series

    Contributed by Bruce Rzengota on Mar 6, 2017
     | 3,261 views

    IN A WORLD OF SELF-INDULGENCE, SELF-GRATIFICATION, SELF-ACTUALIZATION, WE VALUE LIFE STYLES REFLECTING WHOLE LIFE STEWARDSHIP ACTIVELY ADVANCING THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

    Whole Life Stewardship 2/12/17 Colossians 3:17 INTRODUCTION Many of us, when we hear the word stewardship, instantly become uncomfortable. We hide that discomfort behind joke and cartoons. Here are couple. Our discomfort and our assumption that a sermon on stewardship is sermon on tithing ...read more

  • Freedom Through Self-Denial

    Contributed by Norayr Hajian on Apr 2, 2008
    based on 18 ratings
     | 7,498 views

    On the one hand, Jesus says "deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me." On the other hand Jesus says "I have come that they may have life and have it to the full." The message explains how is self-denial is a life "to the fullest".

    Today we’re going to look at a topic that is very personal. The scripture is from Luke 9:23 “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” Just hearing these words is difficult. Putting them into practice seems utterly hopeless, unrealistic. ...read more

  • Soul Food Series

    Contributed by Dale Pilgrim on Oct 8, 2007
    based on 7 ratings
     | 3,692 views

    People fill up on friendships that give them what they want; they fill up on entertain; they fill up by taking all they can get without ever realizing that they will be more satisfied if they give.

    THANKSGIVING DINNERS are awesome! Driveways are over-packed with cars. I have a meal before the meal picking the turkey while I’m carving it! Then, just to make sure there’s not an empty spot down there, we stuff in some pumpkin pie! A few hours later most of us need another meal. * A picture of ...read more

  • Glorifying God: Our Purpose In Life

    Contributed by Cesar Delgado on Dec 13, 2005
    based on 34 ratings
     | 24,283 views

    To glorify God means to live with such a passionate devotion to the Holy One, His person, His purpose, and His praise.

    GLORIFYING GOD: OUR PURPOSE IN LIFE Psalm 115:1,9-18;Phil.3: 4-11 Good News Christian Fellowship United Institute Daraga, Albay September 2003 INTRODUCTION A watch or clock is meant to tell time, a car is build to be driven, an airplane to fly, a shoes to be worn. ...read more

  • Act One: The Younger Son Series

    Contributed by David Rumley on Oct 28, 2009
    based on 2 ratings
     | 1,347 views

    A man had two sons... Luke 15 tells us the powerful salvation story of two sons. This is Act One - The younger son!

    The Prodigal God Act One: The Younger Son Parts and concept Inspired by Tim Kellers book “The Prodigal God” The choice of the younger son… • Tell the story Luke 15: 11 Jesus continued: "There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ’Father, give me my share of the ...read more

  • God Is Loving But......... Series

    Contributed by Paul Clemente on Sep 30, 2014
     | 1,971 views

    God is loving but there are always consequences to sin!

    We have noted so far from the beginning of the Book of 1 Samuel that there was a High Priest at God’s Temple in Shiloh; his name was Eli, who came from the priestly line on Moses and Aaron. (show diagram) Eli had 2 sons who grew up in the Temple and were also priests but they were wicked ...read more

  • This Little Light Of Mine Series

    Contributed by Mitchell Skelton on Sep 2, 2003
    based on 43 ratings
     | 9,020 views

    Sometimes the simplest of ideas can be the most profound. This is the case with this simple little Children’s song written from the teachings of Christ. As Christians we are to be lights in the world. But, what exactly does that mean?

    This Little Light of Mine Matthew 5:14–16 INTRODUCTION Illustration: Children’s Song This Little Light of Mine This little light of mine, I’m gonna’ let it shine. This little light of mine, I’m gonna’ let it shine. This little light of mine, I’m gonna’ let it shine. Let is shine all the ...read more

  • Motive

    Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 31, 2005
    based on 10 ratings
     | 1,132 views

    Apparently the false teachers in Corinth were suggesting that Paul’s unwillingness to accept support from the church was simply a coverup. They thought that he really had a love for money, and the offering he claimed to be taking for the suffering saints

    THOUGHTS ABOUT THE PASSAGE: H. L. Gee somewhere tells of a tramp who came begging to a good woman’s door. She went to get something to give him and found that she had no change in the house. She went to him and said, “I have not a penny of small change. I need a loaf of bread. Here is a pound ...read more

  • The Fear Of Failure

    Contributed by Thomas Miller on Feb 21, 2008
    based on 8 ratings
     | 2,182 views

    Being negative is easy; it requires no work because it comes natural. All you have to do to fail is nothing. On the other hand being positive isn’t as easy; it requires work. Optimism in the face of adversity is difficult and is hard to find in this day a

    The Fear of Failure Diamonds in the rough often go unrealized because they don’t think they are diamonds, they don’t have an advocate to encourage them, so the fear of failure ruins the confidence that leads to success. The greatest days and moods are quickly forgotten with ...read more