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Prove All Things

Daily Submission leads into all Truth - this sermon highlights the wisdom of Paul’s counsel to the Thessalonians to: “prove all things.” It reveals how blind acceptance of conventional thinking, and or any doctrine regarding a Biblical point, can be hazardous to our spiritual health. Only humble, independent study of the Scriptures as led by the Holy Spirit, and in the context of one's personal relationship with Christ, will yield Truth and remove error. Humility precedes Understanding. -|- SHA1 Message Hash: [3467198d08d18870cb3ee9159b278b109c07af3d]

Abigail The Advocate

In her encounter with the fugitive David, Abigail displays humility and wisdom leading to salvation. -|- SHA1 Message Hash: [d1b62b78d845bbad0d233af4a5f1c0c2a755d0f0]

The Abundant Life

This message, based on 3 John 2, explores several tips on how believers may, through Christ, live “The Abundant Life.” -|- SHA1 Message Hash: [430f10e2ab68babe0e1c57601297ccd96c0a8fdf]

A Bright Light

In the message today, I want to lift up both salt and light. There are 2 major characteristics of salt that I would like to stress: it flavors and it preserves. Christ also called on His people to be light. Apart from Christ, we are like an unlit candle; we have no light. This sermon answers the question: "How do we become the light of the world?" -|- SHA1 Message Hash: [b26758ff07d66dccbdb2237abc385d30fb44b869]

A Disturbing Letter

Today, I would like for us to take note of a letter, a letter that caused quite a stir, quite a commotion! By the time that we arrive on the scene, we are far from the beginning of the incident. In fact, we arrive deep into the unfolding drama. We arrive in time to witness King Joram's reaction to "A DISTURBING LETTER." -|- SHA1 Message Hash: [5071b1807e67a0fcdc4f54ad436ea3247ea75a7a]

Remembering

This message celebrates Jesus' washing of His disciples' feet. It seeks to expose our prideful ways in light of His great humility. -|- SHA1 Message Hash: [19028ec63667a13a19c2d456f3fb829da9c875f0]

Hearing From Heaven

I believe that we miss many of the answers that God sends to our prayers for one simple reason: we look in the wrong direction for the answer. We expect the answer to come after we pray. Could it be that God sent the answer before we prayed; and because it came before we prayed, we paid no attention to it? -|- SHA1 Message Hash: [7871551c73f91cf59eaa734d3cb4b0b5b086b148]

The Unanswerable Prayer

“The Unanswerable Prayer” was uttered by the prophet Balaam. That prayer is recorded in Numbers 23:10. Balaam prayed: “Let me die the death of the righteous and may my end be like theirs!” Numbers 23:10b (NIV) This sermon explores reasons why Balaam’s prayer could not be answered. -|- SHA1 Message Hash: [2bd7723e9d6417659454f55a0a13bd2b3e2f07d8]

Out of Order

Out of Order has to do with the components of our spiritual lives being in order or OUT OF ORDER. Several years ago, we shared a sermon on the Prophet Balaam. There were key points of Balaam's story that were not fully explored in that particular message. It might be instructive for us to revisit the story of Balaam - for us to highlight what can happen in a life when things are OUT OF ORDER (when a person intentionally acts outside the will of God). -|- SHA1 Message Hash: [427715ed2d8ec42f3956a7a0de1eaa486821a9b1]

Good Medicine

In "Good Medicine" I would like to set a cheerful message before us - a message about the impact that cheer can have on our total being; especially our mental, physical, and spiritual health. I will do this because I believe that all of us want our lives to be pleasing to God and to be as pleasant a journey as possible. -|- SHA1 Message Hash: [98020f4e46ffaff173091df291ee3bfcd88cc9ec]

No Strings Attached

In "No Strings Attached" we take a look at home-life for husband and wife. We will take note of the powerful impact that WORDS can have on us as individuals; and especially the impact that our WORDS can have on our spouses. -|- SHA1 Message Hash: [8e9376b653c8bd9c599828ff8fdc11179e1b853f]

With Regrets

The purpose of today’s sermon is to set before us, once again, the benefits of careful/prayerful Bible study. Our attention is drawn to accounts of the death of King Saul. -|- SHA1 Message Hash: [e968979c1c22fd47c0078c422698c647e4189c16]

Are You Protected?

In the confrontation with the youthful David, the giant Goliath was well-protected; but not well enough! There are those people who believe that when they join the church, they automatically fall under some universal protection plan. Is that so? -|- SHA1 Message Hash: [f6cb3bbf3243bbee6f8b244e732dab68ac3caf31]

Come Down

I can imagine Zacchaeus asking himself: “Did I hear correctly? Did He, did Jesus just say something to me? Did Jesus just command me to “Come Down?” “Come Down” highlights Zacchaeus’ encounter with Jesus. -|- SHA1 Message Hash: [1b6e021ca81e8fc5cb0695d2bae3cfad2bae97d1]

A Deep Sleep

The DEEP SLEEP into which Adam fell gives us an indication of how profoundly asleep we can become and still be alive. However, The DEEP SLEEP gets even deeper. This sermon explores various Bible stories of resurrection. -|- SHA1 Message Hash: [c89604b7e8ecce1aa4a21ef618c61aa23108d10e]

To The Rescue

Inasmuch as this is Christmas time, and I am suppose to be preaching a Christmas sermon, why am I talking about rescue missions and hostages? Did you know that at its very core - at its truest center - that is what the Christmas story is all about: Hope for hostages; the successful launching of a rescue mission? -|- SHA1 Message Hash: [5f97f46afbc193aca1f7b6d5cb71230f8f14554a]

What Must I Do?

"What Must I Do?" is a call for each of us to conduct an intense and thorough, personal spiritual inventory - it is a call for us to pray: "Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." (Psalm 139:23-24 NIV) -|- SHA1 Message Hash: [5dc0006f655007eb5ac61db1e49a39143edffd71]

Dividing the Word

In this sermon, allow me to take us on a study of the Word – a study that will require us to ask over and over again: “How does it read to you?" “What is your reading of it?” This study will oblige us to ask often: “Are we “rightly dividing the word of truth?” (KJV); “handling accurately the word of truth?” (NASB); “rightly explaining the word of truth?” (NRSV); “correctly handling the word of truth!” (NIV) -|- SHA1 Message Hash: [2a41c5a358017d3677f5e1220256cb258c11e865]

An Attitude of Gratitude

In this message, I share a rather pleasant challenge that the Apostle Paul set before the church at Colosse: "Be thankful." -|- SHA1 Message Hash: [169f5a2f0bdecddcc1db6b042cd7fc6e67be92db]

Itching Ears

In 2 Timothy 4, the Apostle Paul challenges Timothy to "[2] Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction. [3] For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. [4] They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. (NIV)" Paul makes it clear that the day is coming when church members will not willingly sit and listen to healthy, life-giving messages (sound teaching, sound doctrine). Do we have "Itching Ears?" -|- SHA1 Message Hash: [d03a8a6ff9e425bdadbd13f2fa1b106f436bc36f]

Doubting the Word

The Bible's authenticity and trustworthiness have been a source of debate and contention for a very long time. The challenges come from every conceivable direction. This sermon will take note of the warning given by the Apostle Peter that, "in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their evil desires." In "Doubting the Word," we take a close look at the business of scoffing. -|- SHA1 Message Hash: [9fa13a8f7a887b96664304c7dbe315299e1c6c96]

When Words Fail

According to 2 Chronicles 36:15-16, God did what we would expect God to do: [15] The LORD, the God of their fathers, sent word to them through his messengers again and again, because he had pity on his people and on his dwelling place. [16] But they (God's people) mocked God's messengers, despised his words and scoffed at his prophets until the wrath of the LORD was aroused against his people and there was no remedy. (NIV) What does God do "When Words Fail?" -|- SHA1 Message Hash: [73cbd6265a1a1bb517e689ff271c1dec1b699229]

Stumbling Blocks

Stumbling Blocks is another sermon on domestic violence/abuse. The focal scripture is 2 Timothy 3:1-5. There we find a chilling list of the characteristics that will dominate in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God-having a form of godliness but denying its power. This sermon, "Stumbling Blocks," asks and answers the question: "Why will these characteristics be so prevalent among church people in the last days?" -|- SHA1 Message Hash: [c7f99d0ef8a99ef8be1baf8e143a7d2628107dc9]

Our Debts

Hebrews 12:1, while challenging us to "run with patience," suggests that we throw off everything that would prevent us from running our best. In the marathon of life (in this spiritual race), it is essential that we throw off everything that hinders and entangles. One of the most subtle, yet effective, hindrances has to do with the subject of forgiveness (or refusal to forgive). God's forgiving "Our Debts" is very closely related to how we treat our debtors. -|- SHA1 Message Hash: [6da32c7f5fd756b7920851c901f198b2802136e8]

Two Full Years

This sermon seeks to help us understand the challenge to "run with patience" as it is mentioned in Hebrews 12:1. This challenge to "RUN WITH PATIENCE" is an excellent example of an oxymoron. "Two Full Years" presents a case study of how Joseph resolved the ideological conflict and "ran with patience." -|- SHA1 Message Hash: [ab61c20da39c7d54ed98acec24ff7b67e14f8d8b]
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