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  • Unexpected!

    Contributed by Lynn Malone on Dec 7, 2015
     | 6,001 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 20, 2005
    based on 14 ratings
     | 4,631 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

  • In A Way Unexpected

    Contributed by William L. Vincent on Jan 5, 2013
    based on 1 rating
     | 4,266 views

    God will often use things, people and circumstances that do not make sense to the human intellect. God will speak into our improbability and bring forth our destiny.

    1 Sam 16:13 Now the LORD said to Samuel, "How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go; I am sending you to Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have provided Myself a king among his sons." 2 And Samuel said, "How can I go? If ...read more

  • Unexpected Changes

    Contributed by Clair Sauer on Dec 27, 2011
    based on 1 rating
     | 3,795 views

    Herod presented a number of challenges for the young Jesus Christ and his family, but because of Joseph's constant faithfulness, Christ's saving work continued in the world. Are we, too, willing to "drop everything" in faithfulness to God so that Christ's

    The history books are full of stories of gifted persons whose talents were overlooked by a procession of people until someone believed in them. To name a few: Einstein was four years old before he could speak and seven before he could read. Einstein became one of the greatest physicists who ever ...read more

  • Unexpected Stop Series

    Contributed by Kirby Lloyd on Dec 13, 2016
     | 3,338 views

    This destination leaves us wondering what in the world just happened…there is often a crisis that seems to put into a spiritual tailspin

    Series: Destinations on the Journey of Faith Unexpected Stop Matthew 26:69–75 Intro: Leaving for a trip getting only a few miles and having a blowout… This destination leaves us wondering what in the world just happened…there is often a crisis that seems to put into a ...read more

  • Expect The Unexpected Series

    Contributed by Brian Bill on Mar 27, 2011
    based on 4 ratings
     | 21,162 views

    God's purposes prevail even when our plans don't.

    Expect the Unexpected Romans 15:22-29 Rev. Brian Bill 3/27/11 When the unexpected happens, we’re prone to either become exasperated or to make excuses. Here are some actual unedited excuses received by a public school. “My son is under the doctor’s care and should not ...read more

  • Expecting The Unexpected

    Contributed by Kim Gilliland on Oct 18, 2000
    based on 121 ratings
     | 7,314 views

    Do not be surprised because I tell you that you must all be born again.

    Do not be surprised because I tell you that you must all be born again. The wind blows wherever it wishes; you hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it is going. It is like that with everyone who is born of the Spirit. John 3:7-8 FATHERS' DAY CARDS Last ...read more

  • Unexpected Converts

    Contributed by Rodney Buchanan on Dec 26, 2000
    based on 66 ratings
     | 13,327 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

  • Expecting The Unexpected

    Contributed by Ralph Juthman on Feb 23, 2013
    based on 4 ratings
     | 8,782 views

    The greatest miracle is to be forgiven by Jesus. The greatest ministry is to bring a friend to Jesus

    EXPECTING THE UNEXPECTED Mark 2:1-12 INTRODUCTION Have you ever been invited to a party or an event for the first time? Do you recall the feelings you had when you arrived? Were your expectations disappointing or were they more than what you could have imagined. This familiar New Testament ...read more

  • The Unexpected Evangelist Series

    Contributed by Clair Sauer on Jan 29, 2014
    based on 4 ratings
     | 10,177 views

    The Samaritan woman at the well was an unlikely candidate to become one of Jesus' first evangelists, yet that's exactly what she was. Jesus extended grace to the Samaritan woman, which changed her. How could she help but share the good news!

    This morning, we sit down at the “foot” of Jacob’s Well. This passage from John about Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well just outside of Sychar is rich with messages and lessons for all who seek Jesus. One commentator reflected that this is “a text ...read more

  • The Unexpected Jesus

    Contributed by Tom Fuller on Mar 25, 2013
    based on 4 ratings
     | 4,184 views

    What do you expect from Jesus? The people, disciples, and the religious leaders had some very specific expectations of Jesus on Palm Sunday. He shattered all of them, just as He shatters our expectations as well. And that's a good thing!

    John 12:1-2, 9-19 Jesus performed an incredible miracle in raising Lazarus. It made huge waves. It wasn’t the first person Jesus raised, but it was the first who had been raised after the Jewish belief that the soul had left the body. According to the Talmud (Babylonian Talmud ...read more

  • Resurrection Unexpected

    Contributed by Tom Fuller on Apr 1, 2013
    based on 1 rating
     | 5,223 views

    No one really expected the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Today we focus on the expectations of two of those who first saw Jesus: John and Mary. What they expected, and how Jesus actually met them, can help your relationship with Jesus too.

    No one saw it coming. No one. On the Sunday following the crucifixion of Jesus Christ no one really expected what happened (or at least it they didn’t fully comprehend it). They should have. Shortly after confirming to His men that He was the Messiah, Jesus said: Mark 8:31 “The Son ...read more

  • Unexpected Defeat

    Contributed by Ian Humphrey on Nov 6, 2015
     | 4,339 views

    Unexpected Defeat

    Ecclesiastes 9 v 11 & 12 Unexpected Defeat v.11 I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men ...read more

  • An Unexpected Friday Series

    Contributed by Denn Guptill on Apr 1, 2018
     | 3,331 views

    Of all the things that were expected to happen the Friday after the triumphant entry, nobody expected these things.

    An Unexpected Friday Nobody had expected this. It was only five days ago that the people of Jerusalem had welcomed Jesus as their Messiah. For three years Jesus had travelled throughout Israel. Preaching, teaching, healing the sick and feeding the hungry. He had quieted storms and ...read more

  • An Unexpected Sunday Series

    Contributed by Denn Guptill on Apr 1, 2018
     | 4,826 views

    After Friday nobody expected what would happen on Sunday

    Nobody had expected this. It was only two days ago that the people of Jerusalem had watched as Jesus had been crucified as a heretic and a traitor to Rome. For three years Jesus had travelled throughout Israel. Preaching, teaching, healing the sick and feeding the hungry. He had quieted ...read more