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Sun, Jun 21, 2015
Is My Life a Life of Meaningless Accomplishments? Work! Work! Work! Every day, more work! But what am I accomplishing that is lasting, meaningful, and important? I can do a lot of “stuff” which adds little or nothing to my life or to the lives of others. I can’t say that everything I do has to be profound, but I must ask myself, “What are the important work-priorities in my own life?” From the life of Solomon, let’s look at a few of life’s “Meaningless Accomplishments”
Sun, Jun 14, 2015
Passage: Mark 10:17-22
Duration: 28 mins 57 secs
Sun, Jun 14, 2015
Duration: 33 secs
Two Lovely Descriptions of Love. The writing styles of John and Paul are very different. Thankfully this gives us the benefit of a deeper picture of the unbounded love of God. Paul describes it in terms of the practical everyday relationships we have with others. John describes it primarily in reference to the God-man relationship. However, he shows how God’s love provides the power for us to transform that love into our relationships with one another. At the same time he emphasizes the origin of our love for God – “We love because he first loved us.” Let’s look at: “The Love Chapters of John and Paul”
Sun, May 31, 2015
God’s Providence at Work Faith has it problems but faith is not blind. In a sense of the word, every person, every day walks by faith. We go to bed at night believing the sun will rise in the morning. We get in the car to go to work believing that it will start and operate properly. The list is endless. How is our faith in the Almighty? Joseph’s adverse experiences led him to a deeper faith. You see, it is not simply the tests of our faith which weaken or strengthen us. It is our attitude toward the divine providence of our Lord which makes the difference. Trust in God’s providence leads us to the triumph of faith!
Sun, May 31, 2015
Passage: 1 John 3:1-3
The Love of God John speaks of love more than any other New Testament writer. In his Gospel, as well as his three epistles, this theme dominates. God’s love for mankind surpasses our imagination. Those who have objected to God’s punishment for sin have never given full consideration to the wondrous topic of his love. Paul says, “While we were yet sinners Christ died for us.” In John 3:16 we have the familiar statement, “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son.” In his first epistle John exclaims, “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called the children of God.” God honors us beyond words. Let’s live to honor the Father.
Sun, May 24, 2015
A Young Man of Undaunted Courage When Joseph was about 17 years old his jealous brothers sold him as a slave to a caravan of men who were on their way to Egypt. No doubt his moral and religious values met with many challenges among the pagan Egyptians whom he had to serve. However, this teenager appears to have been well grounded in his faith in the one God. His moral values, though, put to severe tests, supported him in adverse circumstances. He could have said, “I can’t believe in a God who would let these terrible things happen to me, a faithful young man.” Instead, he did not allow his difficult and unjust circumstances to crush his devotion to God. Sunday morning let’s take a close look at: “Joseph: Teenaged Fidelity”
Sun, May 24, 2015
Duration: 34 mins 39 secs
What Does the Bible Say About the Antichrist? When crises arise in the Middle East a whole host of religious groups and preachers also arise with tales, “identities,” speculations, and predictions about the antichrist. Untold numbers of false teachings about this subject are presented to an uninformed world via the internet, T.V., and other media. On the other hand, the Biblical teaching is not nearly as complex as many have been led to believe. Instead, the texts which deal with the topic are clear and forthright. This sermon is not going to be an array of speculations but a true investigation of the four Biblical passages where the word occurs. These alone describe and define this issue. This sermon is part of our study of the book of I John.
Sun, May 17, 2015
The Harvest We Reap Depends on the Seed which we Sow YES!! This is the wonderful – awful – truth. When a gardener sows healthy fresh seeds in good soil, and cares for the young plant with water, nutrients, and the work of weed-pulling, the harvest is likely to be abundant, mature, and lovely. (Perhaps this is an unimportant statement since everyone is aware of that fact.) However, what we also know, but sometimes fail to notice, is that this principle applies to all areas of life. Spiritual life is enhanced when we sow liberality, good will, compassion, and love. Spiritual life is depleted when we sow selfishness, neglect, unfounded criticisms, and lack of love. Sunday morning we will see how Jacob, in his later life, reaped a sorrowful harvest from the seeds he had sown in his early life.
Sun, May 17, 2015
Passage: 1 John 2:7-9
“Love One Another” Is it an Old Commandment or a New Commandment? Both Jesus and John refer to the commandment to love one another as old – yet it is also new. The Old Testament is filled with the love principle. The Greatest Commandment is: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matt. 22:37 There is another which is similar: “And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matt. 22:39 But Jesus added a new dimension to that similar commandment: “This is my commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you.” John 15:12 In this lesson we will look at the old commandment which was made new.
Sun, May 10, 2015
Sacrificing Your Only Child! I would probably have flunked this test of faith. How about you? Sacrifice my only child as an offering to God? Unthinkable! First, Abraham’s faith led him to go to an unknown land, trusting in God for guidance and security. Then, “sacrifice your own son!” Deeply rooted faith demands that we give up many comforts and desires and the luxury of “doing what I want to do.” It challenges us on every hand. In this lesson we will look at the application of faith, trust, and confidence in God as we consider: “Abraham: A Test of Faith” Take your son, your only son, Isaac whom you love . . . sacrifice him there as a burnt offering. Genesis 22:2
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