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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The Financial Ten Commandments

“THE FINANCIAL TEN COMMANDMENTS”  Various Passages Introduction – The Christian Reformed Cat Money is… Thou Shalt Remember Who The ____________ and the _____________ Is  Thou Shalt Embrace Thy __________________  Thou Shalt Be Wary of _______________  Thou Shalt __________ Thy Children (Grandchildren) ____________ Money  Thou Shalt Have A ____________________  Conclusion – Christ’s Promise  33 But seek first […]

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God of Jacob

 “GOD OF JACOB”  Psalm 46  Introduction – Frederick Buechner The book of Genesis makes no attempt to conceal the fact that Jacob, among other things, was a crook… In Distress One Being Found Exceedingly A literal translation of Verse 1  Elohim, to us, refuge, strength, help… in distress one being found exceedingly.  Eugene Peterson – […]

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For Freedom Christ Has Set You Free

“FOR FREEDOM CHRIST HAS SET YOU FREE” Galatians 5:1-6, 13-15 Introduction – Freedom! Mark Twain Augustine For Freedom Christ Has Set You Free The Galatian Problem Paul’s Problem The Abraham Lincoln Story For Freedom Christ Has Set You Free – Perhaps Not Do you feel free? Steve Brown – A Scandalous Freedom A Key Discipline […]

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In Need Of A Second Wind?

“IN NEED OF A SECOND WIND?”  Acts 18:1-17  Paul’s Need for a Second Wind Lack of Success A Huge Challenge All Alone “I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling.” 1 Cor. 2:3 God Can Give You a Second Wind By: Providing you with _______________. “There he met a Jew named […]

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