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  • Softening The Blow Series

    Contributed by Doug Johnston on Aug 23, 2001
    based on 20 ratings

    Since we may minister to people who are hearing bad news, examining Samuel’s heart while he acts in this way provides keys we can remember if we too need to serve in this uncomfortable way.

    Softening the Blow Selections from 1 Samuel Introduction Part of Samuel’s ministry was working with people who were in difficult or unusual circumstances. With His Own Family -His mother (2:18-19) Tell Bad News from God -Eli (3:11-14, 17-18) -King Saul (13:11-14; more

  • Peter Softening To The Law Series

    Contributed by Russell Rhodes on Sep 1, 2005
    based on 6 ratings

    This is the 12th study in the book of Acts this study deals with Peter softening his heart to the Law so he could open the door of salvation to the Gentiles.

    Peter Softening to the Law Acts 9:31-43 Acts # 12 As we start this section of Acts we will see that Salvation is getting ready to come to the Gentiles. The Gospel is meant for all people not just the Jewish people. In the start of this section we see that Peter, the leader of the church, is more

  • The ‘success Story’ Of The ‘unsuccessful’ Prophets!!!

    Contributed by Suresh Manoharan on Aug 11, 2014

    Focusing on Faithfulness in the Ministry as it is the key to gaining God’s approval in any realm of spiritual ministry!!!

    The ‘Success story’ of the ‘Unsuccessful’ prophets!!! At the outset, I desire to bring to the fore, a ‘juicy’ tale adorning Science history. When, the invention-coal miner’s lamp- of Sir Humphrey more

  • Can We Win More People By Softening The Gospel?

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on May 12, 2017
    based on 1 rating

    A study of Jesus' teaching that He did not come to bring peace to the earth and how we need to "fire it up" instead of "watering it down."

    CAN WE WIN MORE PEOPLE BY SOFTENING THE GOSPEL? The best plan is not to “water it down” but “fire it up.” - Luke 12:49. - Fire is referred to in this verse. There is a sense in which the truth of Christ is going to bring fire to the earth. - Fire burns down what already exists. - The more

  • Seeds That Survive Pt 2 - Softening The Soil Series

    Contributed by Dan Cale on Nov 5, 2012
    based on 1 rating

    In an age when the church is becoming increasingly irrelevant to the daily life of people, when the message of the church seems to increasingly fall on deaf ears, and when the truth is mocked as meaningless and unattainable, Jesus speaks to us these words

    Seeds that Survive Pt 2 – Softening the Soil Luke 8:4-15 We started last week talking about seeds that survive. We talked about the sower and the seed last week but this week I want to start sharing with you about the soil. If the soil represents our hearts I want us to take a look at more

  • Soften Your Heart: Revelation 9:21-22 Series

    Contributed by Ken Henson on Aug 10, 2013

    We are are in danger of refusing to repent and refusing to soften our hearts, just like the last generation facing the final punishment poured out on the earth.

    Revelation 9:20-21 The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or hear or walk. Nor did they repent of their murders, more

  • This Is War! Series

    Contributed by Paul Decker on Mar 11, 2008
    based on 5 ratings

    Soften your heart and align yourself to God’s plans.

    THIS IS WAR! Exodus 7.1-11.10 S: Change C: Judgment Th: Movin’ On Up! Pr: ALIGN YOURSELF WITH GOD’S PLANS. Type: Inductive I. WAR PLAN (7.1-7) II. WARNING SHOT (7.8-13) III. WAR (8.1-11.10) PA: How is the change to be observed? • Don’t underestimate God. • Soften your heart, ask more

  • The Religious But Hard-Hearted Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jan 2, 2007
    based on 2 ratings

    If God does not soften ones heart, one may dabble with religion, but one will never find a saving relationship with the true God.

    The Religious But Hard-Hearted (Exodus 8:20-9:12) 1. What if God was politically correct? Imagine this: Moses was sitting in the Egyptian ghetto. Things were terrible. Pharaoh wouldn’t even speak to him. The rest of the Israelites were mad at him and making the overseers even more irritable more

  • Heard And Yet Rebelled

    Contributed by William R. Nabaza on Dec 7, 2013

    To show that you are the one to decide if you have a harden or softened heart when you heard GOD's Words.

    I. EXORDIUM: Have you heard and still able to rebel? II. AUDIENCE PROFILE: Believers III. OBJECTIVES: To show that you are the one to decide if you have a harden or softened heart when you heard GOD's Words. IV. TEXT: Hebrews 3:16 (Amplified Bible) 3:16 For who were they who more

  • Go To The Tomb

    Contributed by Drew Mills on Apr 3, 2015

    Do our trials soften, harden or transform us for Him? A look at 3 witnesses of the empty tomb.

    Lou Holtz, the famous coach of Notre Dame football fame, said, “life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you respond.” A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give more

  • Enjoying The Ups And Bracing For The Downs Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jul 11, 2017

    Life is filled with ups and downs, but God’s Word helps us anticipate and soften the downs and keep the ups from morphing into downs.

    Enjoying the Ups and Bracing for the Downs (Proverbs 25:25-28) 1. I have told this joke before, but it has been a few years. 2. Two guys are bungee-jumping one day. The first guy says to the second, "You know, we could make a lot of money running our own bungee-jumping service in Mexico." more

  • David's Hard Heart

    Contributed by Charles Andrews on Jan 1, 2004
    based on 13 ratings

    David’s heart was hardened by sin. Only the death of his newborn son softened it. This sermon looks at three aspects of his son’s death and David’s reaction.

    “David’s Hard Heart” Text: 2 Samuel 12:1-23 Introduction: Sin carries consequences! Some are immediate; others come much later in life and some last an entire lifetime. And, of course, any sin of which we do not repent and ask for forgiveness, carries with it the consequence of an eternity in a more

  • Do You Have A Heart Condition? Series

    Contributed by Joe Bedy on Mar 7, 2002
    based on 57 ratings

    It is God’s kindness toward us that softened our hearts towards repentance, therefore the believer must be kind hearted to lead others to where God has taken us.

    Do you have a heart condition? Joe Bedy Central Christian Church St Petersburg, FL March 7 2002 Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, Gal 5:23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Kindness_ more

  • Passing By The Other Side

    Contributed by Matthew Morine on Sep 18, 2006
    based on 2 ratings

    How can the world pass by on the other side of people who need help? Are we really that cold of a society? Our hearts need to be softened towards the needs of others.

    PASSING BY THE OTHER SIDE Elisa was born on February 11, 1989. She was a beautiful baby, despite the fact that she arrived underweight and addicted to crack cocaine. She had been conceived in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, at a homeless shelter where her mother stayed and her father was a more

  • Burst Forth And Come Down!

    Contributed by Howard Strickland on May 9, 2012
    based on 4 ratings

    How easy it is to become parched and dry. What we need are fresh showers of blessing to soften our hearts and bring fruitfulness to our lives. The Holy Spirit wants us to understand that we are helpless without Him. The Holy Spirit chose human vessels to

    Burst Forth and Come Down! Isaiah 64:1-4NLT Over 100 years ago, Samuel Chadwick, a great methodist preacher and leader in England, summed it up concisely: “The Christian religion is hopeless without the Holy Ghost.” "If you have the Word without the Spirit, you'll dry up.  If more