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  • Preparing Ourselves For The "way Of The Lord"

    Contributed by The Rev Deniray Mueller on Dec 2, 2019

    on the second Sunday of Advent we have John the Baptizer proclaim the coming of the Lord

    Matthew 3:1-12 Today we begin the second week of Advent – a time of preparation as we celebrate the birth of Jesus and anticipation of His Second Coming. The message of John the Baptizer, who prepared Judea for the first coming of Jesus, tells us how to prepare for the coming of Jesus in this ...read more

  • Seeing With New Eyes

    Contributed by John Vella on Jan 31, 2007
    based on 14 ratings

    We need to constantly see God’s creation and all that is in it with new eyes.

    Third Sunday of Lent - Year C March 11th, 2007 Readings: * Exod. 3:1-8a, 13-15 * 1 Cor. 10:1-6, 10-12 * Lk. 13:1-9 Seeing With New Eyes Repent In English, most of us understand the word "repent" in a very limited way. We often use this word as if it had only one small, restricted ...read more

  • The Real Absence Of Christ Series

    Contributed by Michael Pahls on Jun 6, 2001
    based on 39 ratings

    Explores the tension in our lives generated by the absence of Christ after his Ascension. There is, however encouragement and hope for us, both in the "already" of our present salvation and in the "not yet" of the coming consummation at Christ’s Return.

    The Real Absence of Christ Part #1 For Ascension and Pentecost 2001 Acts 1:1-11 1 In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach 2 until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had ...read more

  • The Manner Of Love

    Contributed by Jerry Flury on May 2, 2005
    based on 10 ratings

    I Corinthians 13 is often used as a text in weddings, quoted in Valentine’s Day cards and applied to the love between a man and a woman. However, this passage of Scripture is primarily is speaking of how love is to be demonstrated within the church betwee

    THE MANNER OF LOVE I CORINTHIANS 13 INTRODUCTION: I Corinthians 13 is often used as a text in weddings, quoted in Valentine’s Day cards and applied to the love between a man and a woman. However, this passage of Scripture is to be understood in light of its context. Paul is writing to the ...read more

  • Thanksgiving 2004

    Contributed by Mike Wilkins on Nov 30, 2004
    based on 19 ratings

    The importance of gratitude at every point in the year

    Thanksgiving 2004 October 10, 2004 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Since Canadian Thanksgiving is often overshadowed by the American Thnaksgiving, we might not realize the long tradition we have. The tradition of a harvest festival of Thanksgiving started in Europe, but The first North American ...read more

  • Praying Like Jesus Series

    Contributed by Matthew Stoll on Nov 29, 2006
    based on 10 ratings

    Prayer needs to be the primary way we encounter God and grow in our relationship with Him. Jesus modeled and taught on prayer, particularly through the model of “The Lord’s Prayer.”

    Last week I shared our need to get connected to God, the only way to experience an abundant, fruitful life is to get connected to God. We get connected to God through Jesus. The Scripture passage we used last week was Jesus’ words, “you cannot bear fruit unless you remain (abide) in me.” The ...read more

  • Christian Absolutes

    Contributed by Steve Hereford on Jan 15, 2002
    based on 59 ratings

    Are you familar with what the Bible teaches about absolutes? Join Pastor Steve as he examines attitudes that we are to have as believers.

    John Wesley’s Rule for Christian Living Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever... You can! A great list that all of us can apply! In fact I ...read more

  • Sunday Night: It Must Be

    Contributed by Jim Caswell on Mar 30, 2017

    As followers of Jesus we must accept God's will for our life. (Most effective if play scene from DVD).

    Sunday Night: It Must Be Place: BLCC Date: 4/2/17 Text: Matthew 26.36-46 CT: As followers of Jesus we must accept God’s will for our life. FAS: In his book Thoughts in Solitude, Thomas Merton wrote fifteen lines that have become known as "the Merton Prayer": Merton was a priest who devoted ...read more

  • A Mistletoe Message

    Contributed by Robert Leroe on Dec 27, 2005
    based on 1 rating

    Reconciliation is a choice we need to make if we’re serious about the message of Christmas.

    “A Mistletoe Message” Pastor Bob Leroe, Cliftondale Congregational Church, Saugus, Massachusetts. Christmas Eve devotional During our “Hanging of the Greens” one of our deacons was wondering whether to place a large ribbon over the doorway leading upstairs. The concern was whether it might ...read more

  • Love-In-Action Series

    Contributed by Robert Leroe on Sep 4, 2006
    based on 4 ratings

    Outline: • Murderous un-love, 11-15 • Sacrificial love, 16-17 • Confirming love, 18-20 • Love¡¦s outcome, 21-24

    I¡¦d like to begin by quoting an 8-year old theologian: ¡§There are two kinds of love. Our love. God¡¦s love. But God makes both of them.¡¨ God is the Source of love. This is something we¡¦ve known from the beginning of our Christian experience. ƒçMurderous un-love, verses 11-15 An old ...read more

  • Solitude Series

    Contributed by Troy Borst on Jul 15, 2001
    based on 94 ratings

    A series of sermons based on Richard Foster’s book "Celebration of Discipline." A top 10 book for any Christian!

    CELEBRATION OF DISCIPLINE: SOLITUDE MATTHEW 26:36-46 INTRODUCTION There is great value in being in solitude. I hope that I can convince you of this today. I do not know if you realize this or not, but Jesus used solitude much during His life and ministry. He did not get by Himself in ...read more

  • Sum Of All Fears

    Contributed by Carla Powell on Jul 20, 2002
    based on 57 ratings

    Looks at fear and why we shouldn’t be afraid. Tom Clancy’s movie is used as the title, and little else.

    Just a few weeks ago, the movie "The Sum of All Fears" was released. This movie plays on the fear of international hostility, and allows our favorite Tom Clancy character Jack Ryan to save the day once again. The movie title though, seems to hit on a very timely topic these days: fear. Even though ...read more

  • Be Not Afraid

    Contributed by Mick Court on Jun 22, 2008

    This sermon explores fears and a response from God.

    Can you hear the chorus sung between the verses in today’s Gospel? It is one of the most constant choruses echoing through all of scripture. “Do not be afraid. I am with you.” “Do not be afraid” follows songs to people being called, songs to people being sent forth, and songs to people being ...read more

  • What Is Humility And How Do We Get It?

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Aug 20, 2016

    "Jesus did that to the extent of surrendering Himself to the Father’s will and dying on the cross for our salvation. You don’t get more other-centered than that."

    Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time 2016 Almost forty years ago, the movie Alien frightened a couple of generations of Americans with its notion that a monster could grow inside someone’s chest and then burst out to cause death and destruction. But that notion was not new. Jesus ben ...read more

  • The Grace Of Gratitude Series

    Contributed by Brad Bailey on Jun 11, 2009

    Gratitude – the power to appreciate and acknowledge what one has These are not gifts we have mastered… but means of grace… disciplines we develop. This is true of one final gift…GRATITUDE. – the power to appreciate and acknowledge what one has

    This morning we’re going to conclude our series focused on Spiritual Insights for Insecure Times I don’t presume that we’ve resolved all the insecurity and uncertainty that we may face ahead. Rather… it’s more a matter of looking at the challenge… and resolving within the inner qualities that we ...read more