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  • When Things Entrap Us Series

    Contributed by Alan Tison on Jul 10, 2007

    Most people believe joy comes from the things they own. In reality, things can steal our joy quickly. Paul understood how things could steal our joy, that is why he gave us two admonitions to keep us from the snare of materialism. Each of these admonitio

    Our culture is trapped in a disease for the desire of things, and we are not sure what to do about it. Consider the following facts… Gambling 60 % of adult Americans gambled in the last 12 months 20 years ago, two states had legalized gambling, while 48 states outlawed gambling – today 48 more

  • Old & Cold? Not Yet! Series

    Contributed by Wade M. Hughes, Sr on Mar 13, 2004
    based on 28 ratings

    Seems life has a way of stealing our joy and zeal and dreams. We must press against every obstacle and grow more like Jesus.

    OLD AND COLD! NOT YET! NOT YET! ... By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. This is part one of a two part series, Old and Cold! NOT YET! If you need part two email TEXT: Revelation 2:4 Nevertheless, I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first more

  • The Grinch . . . Named Herod

    Contributed by Arthur Page on Dec 22, 2004
    based on 29 ratings

    Why is it our Christmas joy, peace, and hope are so fleeting? Perhaps, as nearly happened 2000 years ago, someone or something is trying to steal our joy.

  • Thanksgiving Series

    Contributed by Thomas Bowen on Mar 4, 2010

    Don't worry be happy, the culture tries to ignore life, what things steal our joy....According to Paul nothing should.

    A matter of the heart, thanksgiving Philippians 4:4-7 Taking what we have learned from Paul as we have looked at this letter it is clear that this encouragement is absolutely counter to his situation. From what I read about Paul maybe he is able to do it. From the letter he seems to have it more

  • The Business Of The Church Series

    Contributed by C. Philip Green on Jan 15, 2013
    based on 2 ratings

    Whatever we do, we must not let our traditions steal our joy or our love. We must not let “church business” keep us from “the business of the church.”

    A few years ago, I came across some odd laws from a long time ago that were still on the books in the 21st Century. I think you’ll find them quite amusing. For example, young girls are never allowed to walk a tightrope in Wheeler, Mississippi, unless it's in a church. In more

  • Enough Is "Enough!"

    Contributed by Charlie Roberts on Oct 14, 2013
    based on 5 ratings

    Do you believe it? Then receive it whole heartedly and start giving the devil, the black eye he deserves, Amen?

    Enough, is Enough! How many of you saw on the news, the town where they had put out God Bless America signs and someone thought that they had left them up to long and they sent a letter that said, either take down the sign, or pay a fine...only when faced with public scrutiny, the town more

  • The Heart Of Forgiveness Series

    Contributed by Anthony Zibolski on Aug 9, 2012

    Forgiveness is a choice to pardon someone for which they do not deserve. Just as we have been forgiven, we are to forgive. It is not easy, but it is possible when God is in it.

    The heart of Forgiveness Matthew 6:14-16 Introduction I want to continue our series “Nuts and Bolts of life.” We have looked at several areas of our lives that we depend on God to give us guidance and direction. This morning I want to look at forgiveness, and with it more

  • The Surprising Results Of Fear And Faith

    Contributed by Jon Mackinney on Oct 27, 2003
    based on 4 ratings

    We have gotten used to fear as a part of our daily lives. But it is a monster, ready and willing to destroy our effectiveness as believers, and steal our joy. Let’s see what Paul has to say about it in the context of this familiar passage about prayer.

    How many of you have memorized that passage, at some point maybe even have quoted it? Good. You know what they say about familiarity though, don’t you? Familiarity can breed a lot of contempt and this particular passage is a familiar one. You’ve heard it many times. And sometimes the more

  • An Open Letter Of Encouragement

    Contributed by William Akehurst on Jun 29, 2007
    based on 8 ratings

    When we are down and out, when things are against us, when lifes trials come our way, and try to steal our joy...We have a choice... Because there IS a Light at the end of the tunnel. Put a Song in your Heart.

    A Letter of Encouragement Psalm 42-43 There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Put a song in your heart to carry you through. When we are down and out, when things are against us, when lifes trials come our way, and try to steal our joy... We have a choice... <This is an actual more

  • How To Get The Most Out Of Life

    Contributed by Randall Terrill on Nov 20, 2000
    based on 52 ratings

    How to honor Christ in difficult circumstances

    How To Get The Most Out Of Life I Thessalonians 5:16-18 Introduction: 1. The Rule of St. Benedict (The Love of Christ must come before all else) 2. Three admonitions to help us I. Be Joyful Always 1. Things that steal our joy 2. Things that more

  • Joy Stealers

    Contributed by Jerry Watts on Feb 8, 2009
    based on 5 ratings

    A Believer should be joyful...This message gives 3 stealers of your joy.

    "JOY STEALERS" Gal 4:8-18 * For 2009 I’ve ask us to make this the “Year of Joy” with joy being understood as the acrostic, “Jesus-Others-Yourself”. In calling us to this Christ-like attitude we heard scriptures verses like this; “The Joy of the Lord is my strength”, “Restore to me the Joy of my more

  • Is Life Lived In Hardships A Waste?

    Contributed by Paul Carlson on Feb 17, 2009
    based on 2 ratings

    Do you ever wonder what God is doing in your life?

    Is Life Lived in Hardships a Waste? Job 10 PROPOSITION: Because Christ used suffering to bring spiritual victory, rest in Him to properly use suffering in your life for spiritual victory. I. Submit to God’s working in your life. 9:1-13 II. Submit to God’s will for your more

  • The Kingdom Of Great Joy Series

    Contributed by on Mar 28, 2009
    based on 32 ratings

    God’s Kingdom is a kingdom of great joy, but few people are experiencing that in their lives. Why? Because they are not walking in righteousness or peace.

    THE KINGDOM #4: THE KINGDOM OF GREAT JOY BIG IDEA: God’s Kingdom is a kingdom of great joy, but few people are experiencing that in their lives. Why? Because they are not walking in righteousness (right-standing with God) or peace (right-relationships with others). When we seek His more

  • Bad Debt, Bad Stress Series

    Contributed by Lynn Malone on Apr 2, 2018

    Don't let debt be the source of stress in your life or family.

    I. Introduction --Are you drowning in debt? Can suck the life out of you. Steal joy and rob peace. Here’s an interesting statistic: Total consumer debt in the US stands at $12.84 trillion. The average American household carries a total debt of $137,063. The US is quickly becoming a debtor more

  • Distractions Series

    Contributed by Pat Cook on May 31, 2006
    based on 36 ratings

    Three times people did not recognize the Risen Jesus. This looks at why. There were spiritual reasons, of course, but also real physical reasons too. This looks at what distracts us from seeing Jesus.

    John 20:10-18 – Distractions Today we are continuing our series called He is Risen Indeed, messages about Jesus rising from the dead and what that means for us some 1976 years later. Today we are in John 20:10-18. We are looking at the 1st appearance Jesus makes after rising from the grave. more