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  • Be Careful How You Hear! Series

    Contributed by Scott Coltrain on Jun 19, 2006
    based on 24 ratings
     | 15,776 views

    A study on how we should properly hear the Word if we want to derive spiritual benefits from it and pave the way for greater blessings.

    In our passage, this morning, Jesus says that when we hear the word, we become accountable. If we hear the Word and make good use of it, we shall benefit from it and the opportunity for greater knowledge and grace will come. If we hear the Word and do not make good use of it, we will not only ...read more

  • "As A Backsliding Heifer..." By Dr. E. Winson Butler

    Contributed by Winson Butler on Sep 22, 2004
    based on 23 ratings
     | 2,680 views

    My uncle used to say, "You can’t tell how far a frog can jump by his croak!" Just because someone impresses us with words doesn’t guaruntee that they will spiritually benefit us.To have fellowship with some we’d have to backslide. Let’s examine why

    Introduction I heard a great statement made just the other day from another brother in Christ, he said, "There are some in this life for me to have fellowship with them I’d have to backslide!" What a powerful statement and true! Since we’re on the subject. what is a backslider. One 5 year ...read more

  • A Lukewarm Church

    Contributed by Rickey Shive on Jan 11, 2002
    based on 431 ratings
     | 111,028 views

    A sermon designed to motivate complacent Christians to become more committed and involved in the church.

    Introduction: When I was a kid growing up on the farm, one of the annual jobs I always looked forward to was the "chicken harvest." I guess I should apologize in advance for the somewhat graphic nature of this illustration; however, it best illustrates my point. Nonetheless, I looked forward to ...read more

  • Hungry For God Series

    Contributed by Roger Thomas on Jul 20, 2006
    based on 3 ratings
     | 2,821 views

    The practice of fasting focuses our desire on God and enriches the soul.

    True Spirituality Series Fasting: Hungry for God Matthew 6:1, 16-18 Dr. Roger W. Thomas, Preaching Minister First Christian Church, Vandalia, MO Today we come to the third of three illustrations Jesus uses to teach that motives matter to God. It is possible to do a good thing for the ...read more

  • Conscience: Whether We Eat Or Drink

    Contributed by Peter Loughman on Oct 28, 2006
    based on 1 rating
     | 932 views

    Does our conscience lie to us? You bet it does.

    I was a guest at a wedding a couple of weeks ago at the Botanical Gardens here in town. It was a little buggy, but a very sweet and well done ceremony. At the close of the service, the pastor prayed a very touching prayer for the couple and ended his prayer saying. “we ask all of this in the name ...read more

  • Focus On Your Hero Series

    Contributed by W F on Sep 21, 2004
    based on 16 ratings
     | 2,217 views

    If we want to become an elite spiritual athlete, we must focus on our hero – Jesus Christ (Part 2 "How To Be An Elite Spiritual Athlete").

    HOW TO BE AN ELITE SPIRITUAL ATHLETE PART 2 “Focus on your Hero” Hebrews 12:2-3 INTRODUCTION We’re talking about how to be an elite spiritual athlete. We all know how important it is to stay in shape physically, and it’s no less important for us to pay attention to our spiritual condition. ...read more

  • How The Holy Spirit Utilizes Gentleness In A Leader

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Oct 18, 2000
    based on 45 ratings
     | 2,570 views

    The Holy Spirit gives us the fruit of gentleness to create a graciousness in a leader that combats any tendency to be harsh with people. Paul wrote, "Live with complete lowliness of mind (humility) and meekness (unselfishness, gentleness, mildness), with

    1. The Holy Spirit gives us the fruit of gentleness to create a graciousness in a leader that combats any tendency to be harsh with people. Paul wrote, "Live with complete lowliness of mind (humility) and meekness (unselfishness, gentleness, mildness), with patience, bearing with one another and ...read more

  • The Enemy Within: Anger Series

    Contributed by Charles Salmon on Jan 22, 2007
    based on 14 ratings
     | 3,437 views

    A sermon on the danger of anger and how Jesus would have us handle anger.

    The Enemy Within: Anger. Matt. 5:21-24 INTRO.: Matt. 5:21-48 records a group of six sayings Bible scholars sometimes call the “antitheses” section of the Sermon on the Mount. They set Jesus’ teachings in contrast to the legalistic practices of the religious leaders. Each begins, “you have heard, ...read more

  • The Priesthood

    Contributed by Curtis Kittrell on Jun 6, 2002
    based on 51 ratings
     | 5,574 views

    Only the priests in Israel were qualified to make the sacrifices required from those who approached God. The New Testament teaching that every believer is a priest (1 Peter 2:9) makes these chapters dealing with Israel’s priesthood especially significant.

    THE PRIESTHOOD EXODUS 28–30 “I will consecrate… Aaron and his sons to serve Me as priests” (Ex. 29:44). Only the priests in Israel were qualified to make the sacrifices required from those who approached God. The New Testament teaching that every believer is a priest (1 Peter 2:9) makes these ...read more

  • Those Dry Bones

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Dec 12, 2000
    based on 78 ratings
     | 1,482 views

    What man cannot do, God can. He is the ultimate Sovereign.

    Those Dry Bones (Ezekiel 36-37) Intro 1. Being human is a privilege, but sometimes its limitations get to us... 2. Sam: lost control in Ohio, I lectured him; next week, me at Purdue... 3. In reality, no one can handle things like God.... 4. The Old Covenant w/Israel---problem not the ...read more

  • Fasting - Is It Biblical For Today?

    Contributed by Frank Gallagher on Nov 29, 2000
    based on 119 ratings
     | 1,881 views

    Is fasting Biblical for the Church Age believer, especially the way so many Christians practice it?

    FASTING - IS IT BIBLICAL FOR TODAY? (Matthew 6:17-18) [HTTP formatted version of this sermon is located at http://members.aol.com/abidingitw/fasting.html] SCRIPTURAL REQUIREMENTS CONCERNING FASTING: In Matthew 6:16-17, Jesus condemned the Pharisees because they fasted in a way ...read more

  • The Touch Of Faith

    Contributed by Leo Launio on Oct 16, 2003
    based on 26 ratings
     | 4,385 views

    The touch that makes Jesus notice

    February 20, 1999 INTRODUCTION: If church attendance is the main criterion to determine one’s spiritual development and growth, then many of us here, especially those who grew up in the church environment, would undoubtedly received higher scores, if not perfect. But the fact of the ...read more

  • Part 4 Of 8 - Baptism And Church Series

    Contributed by Brad Lewis on Oct 24, 2002
    based on 25 ratings
     | 1,953 views

    Discover why it is important for the believer to be baptized in water and what it all means.

    Church 101: A Beginners Guide to Church Part 4 - Baptism and Church Romans 6:4 (MES) - “When we went under the water, we left the old country of sin behind; when we came up out of the water, we entered into the new country of grace—a new life in a new land!” SOME BASIC VIEWS OF ...read more

  • Island Fever

    Contributed by Laisani Cox on Mar 21, 2005
    based on 8 ratings
     | 1,403 views

    The island fever that we want to talk about tonight is when saints feel that their challenges are closing in around them.

    At this time I would like you to turn with me to Isaiah 40:15, when you have it, please say ‘Amen’. For your hearing as it reads - “Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little ...read more

  • I Am The True Vine - Part Ii Series

    Contributed by Chip Monck on Mar 27, 2006
    based on 5 ratings
     | 1,155 views

    This is the second of a four part look at Jesus teaching that He is the true vine. This message explores how God disciplines us when we are branches that do not bear fruit.

    Recap of message one - John 15 - Personal moment with Jesus and His disciples on the night of His betrayal. LET’S RESET THE STAGE FOR WHERE WE ARE - On the heels of the Triumphant Entry The Passover Feast Positioning for greatness in the kingdom Scene of confidence, power, and ...read more