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  • "Do I Have High Class Status But Low Class Values?"

    Contributed by Bryan Beverly on Sep 20, 2014
     | 1,676 views

    The text takes a sociological view of the parable of the good Samaritan to better understand Christ's definition of a neighbor.

    25Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” 27He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with ...read more

  • The Personal Price Tag Of Being A Social Climber Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Aug 24, 2015
     | 1,814 views

    If you desire to be among the prestigious members of society, you have to pay a steeper price than meets the eye; to climb socially, you may have to drop spiritually. Yet there are a few other reasons to question social climbing.

    The Personal Price Tag of Being A Social Climber (Proverbs 23:1-8) 1. In her book, The Overspent American, Harvard professor Juliet Schor informs us most people are concerned about social status, but they live in denial. 2. She claims they rationalize to themselves they need a new car ...read more

  • When Jesus Comes: No Grasp Series

    Contributed by Joseph Smith on Apr 13, 2010
     | 1,299 views

    We live in a status-seeking world. But when Jesus comes as a tiny infant in a humble set of circumstances, He shows us that the way to live is one of obedience and giving up control.

    This afternoon, if all goes as we would like – all of us, that is, with the possible exception of a few traitors and a few folks who for some strange reason do not care about pigskin prowess – this afternoon, if all goes as we would like, our beloved Redskins will do battle with the ...read more

  • The Service Of Christ Series

    Contributed by Christopher Holdsworth on Dec 10, 2013
    based on 4 ratings
     | 5,085 views

    The road which the Lord sets before us is not easy. It requires us to give up our selfish ambition, and to walk the path of service. Yet it is a route which leads to a crown of glory for ALL who follow Jesus.

    THE SERVICE OF CHRIST Mark 10:32-45 The disciples of Jesus were amazed that Jesus had ‘steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem’ (Luke 9:51). They were beginning to have the clear apprehension that such a route would lead to their Master’s premature death, and that the promises of His ...read more

  • Status Or Substance? Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jun 1, 2004
    based on 9 ratings
     | 1,176 views

    We cannot go far in the Kingdom of God until we get the lust for status under control. This is true in the material realm, as we shall see in a message planned for next week, and it is true in the religious realm as well, as we shall see this week.

    Status or Substance? (Matt. 6:1-15) Note: here is my bulletin insert I wrote up along with the sermon. Sermon follows. Giving, Prayer, and Fasting (notes for Matt. 6:1-15) Since modern Judaism no longer has the Temple (in the Biblical sense) many Rabbis teach that charity, prayer, and ...read more

  • God Or The Trappings Of Religion? Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Oct 19, 2009
    based on 4 ratings
     | 2,838 views

    People who have a heart for the true God observe the outward trappings of Biblical faith, but they put the focus loving and knowing God by internalizing His Word.

    God or the Trappings of Religion? (Deuteronomy 6:4-9, 15; Matthew 22:34-40, 23:1-12) 1. There is more than one way to look at things. 2. "Our daughter took the afternoon off from her job at the funeral home to visit her daughter in preschool. When one of the kids asked what she did for a ...read more

  • Money, Relationship, And God: The Interface Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Mar 10, 2003
    based on 53 ratings
     | 3,900 views

    Whether we are talking about spiritual status symbols or social status symbols, Christ destroys all tokenism and says it is substance—who we are underneath it all—that matters to God. Christ shatters all attempts at achieving status through wealth with t

    Money, Relationships, and God: The Interface (Luke 16;1-31) An angel appeared at a faculty meeting and told the dean that in return for his unselfish service, he will be rewarded with his choice of wealth, wisdom, or beauty. Without hesitating, the dean selects wisdom. "It is done!" the ...read more

  • Elvis Has Left The Building Series

    Contributed by Thomas Swope on Sep 6, 2012
     | 1,452 views

    A study of the Gospel of Luke 14: 7 – 11

    Luke 14: 7 – 11 Elvis Has Left The Building 7 So He told a parable to those who were invited, when He noted how they chose the best places, saying to them: 8 “When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place, lest one more honorable than you be ...read more

  • First Things First Series

    Contributed by Dennis Davidson on Jan 2, 2012
    based on 34 ratings
     | 68,020 views

    Understanding how quickly life goes by and how long eternity is should teaches us to have the right priorities. Getting to know God in a personal way should be our greatest priority in life.

    FIRST THINGS FIRST [NEW YEAR] MATTHEW 6:33 [25-34] Jesus presented evidence that worry is irreverent, for it fails to believe that God is in control, that the God who gave us life is sustaining it. Worry is irrelevant because it does not change things nor help us cope with problems. And ...read more

  • Man And Wife Or Spouse And Strife? Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jul 24, 2006
    based on 20 ratings
     | 3,979 views

    God wants Christian husbands to be gentle initiators and Christian wives to be confident responders. Yes, this often – though not always -- makes for a better marriage; but it is first and foremost God’s revealed will.

    Man and Wife or Spouse and Strife? (I Peter 3:1-7) 1. Marriage bears the brunt of a lot of humor. 2. Attending a wedding for the first time, a little girl whispered to her mother, "Why is the bride dressed in white?" ? "Because white is the color of happiness, and today is the ...read more

  • The Father Of Lies Fell Series

    Contributed by Kent Kessler on Aug 30, 2007
     | 2,577 views

    THE FINAL IN A FOUR PART SERIES ON THE LIFE AND WORK OF SATAN AND HIS FALLEN STATE. THE FATHER OF LIES FELL! When Jesus saw Satan fall, he saw the undoing of Satan’s kingdom of lies, for the TRUTH was now penetrating that kingdom on a grander scale! Soon,

    I SAW SATAN FALL! Series 1. The Accuser/Adversary Fell 2. The Pride Example Fell 3. The Ruler of Darkness Fell 4. The Father of Lies Fell, John 8:44 Lies are a big problem these days. Statistics are showing that more and more youth think it is okay if you lie, and if you get caught it just ...read more

  • So Filled We Cannot Stand Series

    Contributed by Joseph Smith on Jun 8, 2008
    based on 5 ratings
     | 7,957 views

    The Presence comes not because we manufacture emotions, but because we complete what our history calls us to and because we cultivate holiness and unity.

    Prayer, in the words of hymn-writer Charles Wesley: Finish then Thy new creation, Pure and spotless let us be; Let us see Thy great salvation Perfectly restored in Thee! Changed from glory into glory, Till in heaven we take our place, Till we cast our crowns before Thee, Lost in wonder, love, and ...read more

  • The Purpose-Full Church: In Disciplemaking Series

    Contributed by Clyde Grimes on Nov 14, 2003
    based on 37 ratings
     | 3,585 views

    6 of 18 messages on moving toward greater health as a church.

    The Purpose-full Church: In Disciplemaking (NTC4T-6) I. Defining the Purposes of the Church B. Disciplemaking 1. A definition 2. The real commission 3. 5 Principles of disciplemaking a) Intentionality b) Attachment c) Extension d) Transference e) Perpetuity Introduction It’s been ...read more

  • So Filled We Cannot Stand

    Contributed by Joseph Smith on Aug 5, 2003
    based on 31 ratings
     | 3,493 views

    What brings the glory of God to worship? Discernment of where we are in God’s plan and a willingness to grow the gifts of God’s people.

    What a clattering cacophony, that day in Jerusalem! What an assault on the ears! You could hardly hear yourself think. I don’t suppose they had rock concerts three thousand years ago, but it must have been a little like a rock concert. With noise, noise, noise! Loud, boisterous, ...read more