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  • Unexpected!

    Contributed by Lynn Malone on Dec 7, 2015
     | 1,787 views

    John the Baptist was an unexpected person bringing an unexpected message at an unexpected time. A communion sermon for Advent.

    Every one of us has certain expectations at Christmas. We expect to buy gifts and we expect to receive gifts. We expect the lights and the colors and the sights and the sounds of the season. We expect to eat a lot! We expect long lines in the department stores, and apparently this year more than ...read more

  • Unexpected Welcome - Unexpected Sin Series

    Contributed by Tom Fuller on May 23, 2005
    based on 14 ratings
     | 2,843 views

    After dreading the meeting - Jacob and Esau have a family reunion. But then jealousy and violence take over as Jacob’s sons do something unthinkable.

    Jacob has had a really tough time - back in Padan Aram he finally left his uncle Laban, who had cheated him for 20 years. Laban would have probably killed him had God not intervened but even still Laban gives Jacob a really hard time and then makes this agreement asking that God judge Jacob if ...read more

  • Expect The Unexpected

    Contributed by Richard Schwedes on Dec 27, 2007
    based on 1 rating
     | 3,206 views

    A Christmas eve sermon that highlights God often surprises us with what He does and how He does things.

    What do you expect on Christmas Day? For many years our family did much the same thing. All kids we would wake up early in the morning, even my sister who was normally a sleepy head. We expected gifts under the tree, so we’d rush out to the Christmas tree to make sure they were there. Then ...read more

  • The Unexpected Messiah

    Contributed by William Mouser on Jan 10, 2006
    based on 14 ratings
     | 3,003 views

    Everyone was hoping for, even expecting, the Messiah in Jesus’ day. But, he disappointed everyone, thought Messiah would come as a conqueror. Isaiah’s first Servant Song shows their expectations to have been badly misinformed.

    Psalm 89:1-16, Isaiah 42:1-9, Acts 10:34-38, Mark 1:7-11 The Unexpected Messiah In the May 29, 2005 edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a story ran concerning a courthouse puzzle. The story in that paper begins like this: “In the Milwaukee County Courthouse, where plaintiffs, ...read more

  • A Tale Of The Unexpected !

    Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Feb 13, 2006
    based on 5 ratings
     | 1,149 views

    John was shocked when the sinless Jesus asked to be baptised. Jesus identifies with us in his baptism. We identify with him when we are baptised and we too can receive God’s Spirit! Truly this is a tale of the unexpected.

    The Baptism of Jesus must surely qualify as a ‘Tale of the Unexpected’! Have you ever been somewhere or seen something which was the exact opposite of what you were expecting? Have you ever been waiting expectantly for an event, only for the event itself to come as a total surprise or even a big ...read more

  • Unexpected Messiah

    Contributed by Charles Scott on Feb 27, 2006
    based on 2 ratings
     | 1,654 views

    Those who were expecting God’s deliverer, the Messiah, were confused when Jesus came on the scene offering a Kingdom, not of this world as they expected, but a Kingdom to Come of Peace and Trusting Service.

    I Corinthians 4:1-5 St. Matthew 11:2-10 Unexpected Messiah During the Advent Season we sang hymns and read lessons about the promised Christ, the Messiah who would deliver the Children of Israel from bondage. Many First Century followers of St. John the Baptist as well as followers of ...read more

  • Preparing For The Unexpected

    Contributed by Vinnie Cappetta on Dec 19, 2006
    based on 3 ratings
     | 1,804 views

    God wants to do the impossible with you. How can you prepare yourself to be part of His plan? How can you prepare yourself for life’s unexpected moments?

    Preparing for the Unexpected Luke 1:26-38 Hook: What things do each year to prepare for Christmas? Each holiday season, we spend a great deal of time preparing for the expected. Trees, presents, pix with Santa, etc. Mary didn’t have that luxury. Imagine you were Mary... Unexpected ...read more

  • Expect The Unexpected Series

    Contributed by D. Greg Ebie on May 8, 2003
    based on 24 ratings
     | 3,164 views

    50-DAY SPIRITUAL ADVENTURE - JONAH

    Introduction: Veggie-tales Jonah, “Our God is a God of Second Chances” Our God is a God of second chances–and third, and fourth, and so on! The mercy and grace of God is greater than all of our sin. Regardless of who you are or what you have done, God is ready to let you start over ...read more

  • Unexpected Joy

    Contributed by Johnny Wilson on Mar 1, 2009
    based on 3 ratings
     | 2,904 views

    We sing and quote that "The joy of the LORD is your strength," but learning to live it in challenging service to our King is a daily "workout" for our faith (that brings "unexpected joy").

    How many of us have ever said, “As soon as I get this accomplished, I’ll focus on helping out at the church?” How many of us have ever said, “As soon as I have my degree in hand, I’ll start seriously serving the Lord” or “As soon as our church finds a building (or a pastor), I’ll really get ...read more

  • Unexpected Guests

    Contributed by Jeffery Anselmi on Jan 22, 2010
    based on 3 ratings
     | 2,029 views

    Jesus wants us to always be ready and unafraid of helping the lost come to Him.

    INTRODUCTION • SLIDE #1 • Have you ever come home from a long day at work, just wanting to relax? Maybe you have put in many hours at the office or in the factory. • On your way home, you envision a scene where you come home and put up your feet turn on the television and read ...read more

  • Christ Unexpected

    Contributed by Daniel Austin on Mar 16, 2010
     | 1,055 views

    Christ was not what was expected more than two thousand years ago. His background, His outlook, His mission and His death were not what was expected. But it was all as God had planned.

    Christ Unexpected 12/14/08 PM Text: John 7:41 Introduction It’s not unusual for people to be guided by expectations. Our bosses have expectations, teachers have expectations. We have expectations for our spouses, our children; sometimes our expectations may actually match theirs. The key to ...read more

  • Unexpected Doors

    Contributed by David Dewitt on Jun 12, 2001
    based on 85 ratings
     | 5,298 views

    There are times when the Holy Spirit opens unexpected doors in our lives when we follow God

    Unexpected Doors Acts 16:6-11 June 10, 2001 Morning Service Introduction I. Acts 1:8 - But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." II. The Roles of the ...read more

  • Un:expected Series

    Contributed by Stephen Colaw on Nov 19, 2008
    based on 6 ratings
     | 2,059 views

    Part 1 of "Christmas UN:wrapped" When God calls us to the unexpected we can respond with fear and doubt or we can trust and obey.

    THE POINT: When God calls us to the unexpected we can respond with fear and doubt or we can trust and obey. ME I don’t know about you, but I LOVE CHRISTMAS… I love the Christmas season, I love the sights, the sounds, the smells associated with Christmas… I hate winter and I hate ...read more

  • Expect The Unexpected

    Contributed by Marcos Suazo on Oct 26, 2004
    based on 47 ratings
     | 4,383 views

    God is not limited by anything other than the faith of the believer......

    Expect the Unexpected Acts 3: 1-12 1 Peter and John went to the Temple one afternoon to take part in the three o’clock prayer service. 2 As they approached the Temple, a man lame from birth was being carried in. Each day he was put beside the Temple gate, the one called the Beautiful Gate, so he ...read more

  • Unexpected Converts

    Contributed by Rodney Buchanan on Dec 26, 2000
    based on 66 ratings
     | 11,086 views

    Grace. Those most people thought were least likely to become God’s people are the ones who come to Christ; while the ones often thought to be most likely became his enemies.

    Two of the surprises that we come across as we read the New Testament are the people who become close to Jesus, and the people who are alienated from Jesus. It is surprising because it is exactly the opposite of what we would expect to find. We would expect Jesus to be close to the religious folk ...read more