The Marvels of Ministry

“THE MARVELS OF MINISTRY” II Cor. 4:1-12 Ministry is a Divine Decision “Therefore since through God’s mercy we have this ministry” vs.1  Ministry is a Humbling Experience                 But we have this treasure in jars of clay…vs. 7  Ministry is Making God Look Good  …to show that this all –surpassing power is from God […]

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A Faithful Father

“A FAITHFUL FATHER” Acts 12:1-19 Introduction – Nothing Gold Can Stay The Suffering Church King Herod The death of James the brother of John If one is good two must be better – the arrest of Peter The delay The church earnestly praying The “Myth of Control” The Church The Father Loves All we have […]

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The Greater Power

“THE GREATER POWER” Acts 8:9-25 Introduction – Two Questions Does your life get messy at times? How about your church? Samaria A 1000 Year War Jesus & Samaritans John Stott – “It is hard to conceive the boldness of the step Philip took in bringing the Gospel to Samaria.” Simon Magus The Cat in the […]

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“I WAS JUST WONDERING… WHY DO YOU HATE HOMOSEXUALS SO MUCH?” Luke 7:36-50  Introduction – None needed? Surveying The Landscape Prophetic Types Progressive Types Pastoral Types  Jesus, Sexuality, and Righteousness What Jesus Puts First What Jesus Challenges Simon (and us) to “see” Where Do We Go From Here? (Some Practical Challenges) Recognize the Difference Between […]

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The Miracle of Church

“THE MIRACLE OF CHURCH” Acts 6:1-7 Introduction – Miracles in the Bible The Problem(s)in Jerusalem (And Byron Center) The First Problem – Forgotten Widows A little Background – Hebraic Jews & Grecian Jews A few words about “culture” A telling word A Second Problem – Complaining “goggusmus” A stern reminder A cautionary tale The Miracle […]

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Ananias and Sapphira

“ANANIAS & SAPPHIRA” Acts 5:1-11 Introduction – All Kinds of Bible Stories… The Story of Ananias & Sapphira Imitation the highest form of flattery – Acts 4:36, 37 The tangled web of our lies – the melon farmer Sam Harris – Lying A wasteland of embarrassment and social upheaval can be neatly avoided by following […]

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The Financial Ten Commandments Part 2

“THE FINANCIAL TEN COMMANDMENTS – Part 2”  Various Passages Introduction – Promises, Promises Thou Shalt… Remember who the owner and the blesser is (it’s all grace) Embrace your work (as not only a means to make ends meet, but as a way to honor and serve the Lord) Be wary of debt Teach your children […]

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