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  • Jesus Speaks On Adultery

    Contributed by Martin Wiles on Oct 12, 2010

    In referencing adultery, Jesus goes to the heart of the matter and helps us understand that obeying the spirit of the law is more important than simply obeying the letter of the law.

    Jesus Speaks on Adultery Matthew 5:27-30 INTRODUCTION A. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlett Letter. 1. Indictment against the Puritanical beliefs of the day. 2. Hester Prynne lived in Amsterdam with her husband. 3. Husband was a learned man and English by birth. 4. Wanted to cross more

  • The Christian Marriage

    Contributed by Martin Wiles on Oct 12, 2010

    Our view of marriage will affect the attention we give to keeping it healthy.

    The Christian Marriage Matthew 5:27-32 INTRODUCTION A. Like Hawthorne’s Scarlet Letter, we want to put a “D” on Hester Prynne and other divorced people. 1. We tell them God can’t use them but we still love them (what kind of grace is that?). 2. Half of all marriages more

  • Good As Your Word

    Contributed by Martin Wiles on Oct 13, 2010

    God expects us to be honest in our dealings with others, and when we are it will eliminate the need for vows in most cases.

    Good as Your Word Matthew 5:33-37 INTRODUCTION A. Truth is sometimes hard to find. 1. There was a time when people were as good as their word and some still are. 2. There were no written contracts (try to buy a car now and tell the guy, “Don’t worry about it. I’ll pay more

  • Jesus Speaks On Rights

    Contributed by Martin Wiles on Oct 14, 2010

    Believers must be willing to give up their rights to security, retaliation, time and money in our service to others.

    Jesus Speaks On Rights Matthew 5:38-42 INTRODUCTION A. Second Continental Congress meets in Philadelphia on May 10, 1775. 1. No legal authority but had to make decisions because of military events between colonists and British. 2. By end of 1775, independence was almost more

  • Responding To Enemy Behavior

    Contributed by Martin Wiles on Oct 15, 2010
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    Believers should respond to opposition with love, prayer and a witness for their Savior.

    Responding to Enemy Behavior Matthew 5:43-48 INTRODUCTION A. Lifeguard rescuing a drowning person. 1. Suppose it was your best friend or just a casual acquaintance. 2. We would probably risk our life to save them. 3. But suppose the drowning person was a contemptible person, your more

  • Investing In God's Program

    Contributed by Martin Wiles on Oct 18, 2010
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    God expects believers to give in support of his kingdom work, but we must examine our motives for doing so.

    Investing in God’s Program Matthew 6:1-4 INTRODUCTION A. Most significant event of the late 19th century. 1. Urban and city growth (immigrants and those from rural areas began to pour in). 2. Better education, culture could be enjoyed (theaters, museums, art galleries). 3. An exciting more

  • The Secret Of Effective Prayer

    Contributed by Martin Wiles on Oct 19, 2010
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    As his child, we can come boldly to the Father through the Son by the power of the Spirit.

    The Secret of Effective Prayer Matthew 6:5-8 INTRODUCTION A. E. Y. Mullins, “Now there is nothing clearer in the teachings of Jesus than the reality and efficacy of prayer.” B. Committee on Progress and Prayer. 1. In 1881, they reported to the Southern Baptist more

  • A Pattern For Prayer Part I

    Contributed by Martin Wiles on Oct 20, 2010
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    Prayers that honor God not only reverence his name but also recognize his program and plan.

    A Pattern For Prayer Part I Matthew 6:9-15 INTRODUCTION A. Charles H. Spurgeon, great English Baptist pastor, said, “A prayerless church member is a hindrance, he is in the body like a rotting bone, or a decayed tooth, and, ere long, since he does not contribute to the benefit of his more

  • A Patter For Prayer Part Ii

    Contributed by Martin Wiles on Oct 21, 2010

    Effective prayers involve recognizing God's protection and provision as well as requesting his pardon.

    A Pattern for Prayer Part II Matthew 6:9-15 INTRODUCTION A. John Hannah said, “The end of prayer is not so much tangible answers as a deepening life of dependency…The call to prayer is a call to love, submission, and obedience…the avenue of sweet, intimate, and intense more

  • Abstaining For God

    Contributed by Martin Wiles on Oct 22, 2010
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    Fasting is appropriate in the believer's life when mourning over sin or seeking clear direction from God.

    Abstaining For God Matthew 6:16-18 INTRODUCTION A. Story of a financially depressed American couple in Switzerland. 1. Involved in program of study that lasted three years. 2. No grants or scholarships to fall back on if they ran out of money. 3. Learned of an Asian student in the more

  • Perspectives On Possessions

    Contributed by Martin Wiles on Oct 25, 2010
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    Our attitude toward possessions and money reflects the spiritual state of our heart.

    Perspectives on Possessions Matthew 6:19-24 INTRODUCTION A. Kung San are a foraging people of the Kalahari Desert in Southern Africa. 1. They were isolated from outside forces for thousands of years. 2. They were a hunting and gathering people who fit into their environment and had plenty of more

  • Worry In The Christian's Life

    Contributed by Martin Wiles on Oct 26, 2010

    Believers have no reason to worry about today or tommow, for God has promised to supply all our needs.

    Worry in the Christian’s Life Matthew 6:25-34 INTRODUCTION A. Reporter who visits an unusual woman. 1. Widow who raised 6 children and adopted 6 more. 2. Asked, “How have you been able to raise all these children by yourself-and do it so well?” 3. Lady, “It’s more

  • Jesus On Judgment

    Contributed by Martin Wiles on Oct 27, 2010

    Jesus warns against unjust or critical judgment of others.

    Jesus on Judgment Matthew 7:1-5 INTRODUCTION A. James Boice, pastor and author, tells of visiting Europe in the summer of 1970. 1. Stayed with a friend in a new high-rise apartment on the Rhine River. 2. Could see an old fashioned lock that once directed water from the Rhine across the more

  • Three Results Of God's Love

    Contributed by Martin Wiles on Oct 28, 2010
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    Experiencing God's love will enable us to do unto others as we would have them do to us.

    Three Results of God’s Love Matthew 7:7-12 INTRODUCTION A. Ancient rabbi tale of selecting a spot for a temple. 1. Two brothers lived on adjacent farms, worked the fields and divided the harvest. 2. One season, after a plentiful harvest, the married brother sat with his family and more

  • Life's Most Important Choice

    Contributed by Martin Wiles on Oct 29, 2010
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    There is only one way to eternal life, but many choose a broad path that leads to destruction.

    Life’s Most Important Choice Matthew 7:13, 14 INTRODUCTION A. British poet, John Oxenham, in “The Ways.” To every man there openeth A Way, and Ways, and a Way, And the High Soul climbs the High Way, And the Low Soul gropes the Low, And in between, on the misty more