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  • Open Doors Of Opportunity (2) Series

    Contributed by Perry Greene on Aug 25, 2014
    based on 1 rating
     | 1,694 views

    Are we open or closed as a congregation? Is the work and worship about us only or do we include others?

    1. St Catherine's Monastery One of the oldest monasteries in the world is Saint Catherine's. Built by Emperor Justinian to protect the monks in the region, St. Catherine's sits at the foot of Mount Sinai in Egypt. The walls are made of granite and are between 8 and 35 meters tall. Up until last ...read more

  • The Supreme Value Of Human Life

    Contributed by John Raulerson on Jan 15, 2008
    based on 5 ratings
     | 3,607 views

    Human life is sacred in the eyes of God and should be protected from the self-serving sin of abortion.

    SANCTITY OF LIFE The Supreme Value of Human Life Psalm 139:13-16 Illustration for Introduction Several years ago a fragile young woman expecting her first child was under the care of Dr. Joe Wheeler. About a month before the baby was due it was discovered that the baby was in a breech ...read more

  • Abraham, Man Of The Divine Gift Of Faith

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Dec 30, 2011
     | 1,023 views

    The patriarchs were saints like us, venal, self-serving and often flawed, but devoted to doing the will of God as revealed to them.

    Abraham’s Call and Covenant Abram ben Terah was in Haran when he first heard the call of the Lord: “Go from your country and kindred and father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so ...read more

  • How The Holy Spirit Protects Us From Self-Serving People (Mark 7:11-12)

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Nov 27, 2002
    based on 38 ratings
     | 3,681 views

    How the Holy Spirit Protects Us From Self-serving People (Mark 7:11-12)Guidelines for being discerning, wise and Spirit led in guarding yourself from harm

    How the Holy Spirit Protects Us From Self-serving People (Mark 7:11-12) Illustration:The deity of the Holy Spirit ought to be clearly recognized in Scripture. Look at these facts: Christ is born; the Spirit is His forerunner. Christ is baptized; the Spirit bears witness. Christ is tempted; the ...read more

  • Teary Eyes, Stumbling Feet, Hands Series

    Contributed by Joseph Smith on Nov 19, 2000
    based on 39 ratings
     | 2,328 views

    Deepseated shame and objective guilt arise from a self-serving spirit, but the Cross delivers us from both and frees us to live out of gratitude.

    Mark it down. Memorize this. Engrave it somewhere. It is an ironclad rule. This will always happen: when it is the least convenient for you to respond, someone will want you to respond. When it is nearly impossible for you to get up and do what someone wants you to do, that is the very moment ...read more

  • When God Wrestles With Family Tensions

    Contributed by Joseph Smith on Jan 16, 2009
    based on 3 ratings
     | 3,142 views

    We use avoidance, anger, anxiety, and aloneness to manage family tensions. We even use self-centered prayer. But when we let God wrestle with us, we are changed and we accept vulnerability in family life.

    The most critical issue in family life is not anger or argument. It is avoidance. What plagues most families is not that they are embroiled in fighting or torn by argument. What destroys families is that people drift apart from one another; they avoid one another. You see, if you fight with ...read more

  • Working It Out

    Contributed by Jane Willis on Oct 18, 2004
    based on 7 ratings
     | 1,009 views

    Work gets overwhelming. The people we work with seem hurtful and self serving. Yet, work is a place where we live out our faith--a setting where we must learn to be more Christlike.

    This passage about Mary and Martha is familiar to many of you. It is fairly well known. It is a story about one women working in the kitchen and making preparations to entertain guests while her sister is involved in spiritual pursuits and assisting directly in the ministry of Jesus. And, when the ...read more

  • Individual Purpose Vs. Corporate Purpose

    Contributed by Steven Spillman on May 1, 2008
    based on 2 ratings
     | 912 views

    Doesn’t God have a purpose for mankind in general or for the church as a whole? Isn’t focusing on individual purpose a little self-serving? Aren’t we pushing individualism at the expense of the Body of Christ?

    Up to this point, Purpose Weekly has focused on individual purpose. But what about corporate purpose? Doesn’t God have a purpose for mankind in general or for the church as a whole? Isn’t focusing on individual purpose a little self-serving? Aren’t we pushing individualism at the expense of the ...read more

  • The Fast God Chooses

    Contributed by Rev Ken Shedenhelm on Feb 8, 2014
     | 1,864 views

    While we try to please God on our own terms, God wants us to live for Him. We call it a "fast" when we do without a self-serving behavior for a limited period of time, but what God calls a "fast" is a life dedicated to serving others.

    Abou ben Adhem had a dream. He awakened with a start to find an angel in his room, writing in a golden book. He said to the angel, “What writest thou?” and the angel replied, “The names of those who love the Lord.” “And is mine one?” he inquired. “Nay, not ...read more

  • A Servant Church Loves Series

    Contributed by Alvin Hathaway, Sr. on Mar 16, 2009
    based on 1 rating
     | 1,980 views

    If the Servant Church models itself after Jesus Christ who ultimately taught us what a servant is: then the Servant Church must love God, it must love the children of God, and it must keep His commandant to love.

    A Servant Church Loves I John 5: 1-5 “We Love the Children of God” Verse 2: By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.” Hear Paul’s poem: I may speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but if I have no love, I am a noisy gong or a ...read more

  • Commitment Vs. Convenience

    Contributed by T.j. Conwell on May 19, 2007
    based on 14 ratings
     | 15,597 views

    Sermon on serving Jesus, no matter the cost or what is convenient to us.

    “Serving Jesus, Is It A Commitment or A Convenience?” (Matt 19:16; 21-24) Read passage Many today do not want to be totally committed to the Lord because it demands too much of them. Let’s be honest here, commitment is sometimes something for someone else to do because it interferes with ...read more

  • How To Worship God

    Contributed by Paul Shafit on Jun 9, 2014
     | 2,778 views

    How much of your life is God centered and how much is self centered?

    "How To Worship God" (Psalm 65) The old song goes, "I don't know what you came to do; but I came to praise the Lord." How appropriate it is for us to think about the ways we can lift up God’s name and honor Him. He's shown His love for us by sending Christ Jesus into the world to deliver ...read more

  • A Kingdom Of Reward

    Contributed by David Dewitt on Jan 9, 2001
    based on 61 ratings
     | 1,837 views

    Jesus has offered us great rewards in His kingdom

    A Kingdom of Reward Matthew 25.14-30 August 24, 1997 Morning Service Introduction I. Big Responsibility: FFA President, Planning the annual banquet, Order of ceremony, who would do what and how things were to be done, Working for weeks to get it done - went well and was enjoyed by all II. ...read more

  • Picture Id

    Contributed by Bradley Boydston on Jan 7, 2003
    based on 75 ratings
     | 5,361 views

    This is a story format message which doesn’t make its point until the very end.

    About once every two or three years I get sick. It happened to me Sunday afternoon while I was delivering our son Kirk back to UC San Diego. Coughing, wheezing, runny nose, the whole shebang. So on the way back north on Monday morning I stopped at the Kmart in Temecula to stock up on Kleenex and ...read more

  • Lord Of The Harvest

    Contributed by Monte Mcelfresh on Mar 16, 2006
    based on 21 ratings
     | 7,305 views

    We are called to be servants in God’s vineyard.

    “ The Lord of the Harvest” Mk.12:1-11 Introduction As a child I grew up in a rural area and we lived in a rented house. I had friends who lived as tenants on farms. There were some things that were expected from the landlord from the tenant. These included: 1. Pay the rent 2.)Raise a crop ...read more