Lessons from the Wise Men and a Madman  Some people today were so enthusiastic about the Presidential inauguration that they traveled great distances to see it.  People came for the birth of Jesus, the King. The Visit of the Magi Matt. 2:1-12 – The wise men traveled a long distance.  What caused these priests to…

Throughout history, people have learned that while we have responsibilities here on earth, this world is not our home. Genesis 15:13, 17:8 Hebrews 11:13-16 These passages show that we are strangers on earth is found throughout the scriptures. 1 Peter  Chapter 1, verse 1 – we are strangers in the world Verse 4- we have…

We are shaped to serve God.  Just as nature shows us that every animal has a purpose, each person has a purpose.  God is the architect of the universe.  Each of us is created by God.  Eph. 2:10    God expects us to perform the good works he has set for us. Isaiah 43:21 We…

John 1:1-9  For us as Christians, the story of Christmas is a story of God giving to his people.  God gave us light in the world by sending his son. God’s Great Gifts: Spiritual Light Genesis 1:1-3 The emphasis on the day of creation was light.  The most important light in the world is the…

James 2:14-26 When you believe in God there are things you are going to do. Romans 4:1-8 It takes God’s grace to get to heaven.  You cannot earn your way to heaven.  God’s grace is freely offered. Faith, Works, Grace – This is almost a dichotomy. A List of Works 2 Peter 1:1-11 We need…

We struggle with understanding and valuing the spiritual blessings God has given us. Luke 1:53 God has filled the hungry with good things.  He sends the rich away empty handed.   God pours his blessings with abundance.  The physically rich do not have n advantage with God. Luke 6:20-26 If you are satisfied in this life…

What is the greatest treasure God has given to us? It is difficult for many of us to imagine the lifestyle of those who exceedingly rich.  Our society tells us that being rich physically is the ultimate earthy happiness. The scriptures tell us there is a greater wealth available to us. God’s Great Wealth Rom….

Gal. 2:20 Paul had been crucified with Christ.  In a sense Paul is glad for that death.   The old self was not right with Christ.  Something had to be done for Paul to be right with God. Crucified With Christ Romans 6:1-11 God wants us to change our lives.  A part of us must die…

A young woman married the man of her dreams.  She did all she could to be a great homemaker, mother, companion, and a faithful wife.  As the years past she noticed it seemed that her husband never expressed gratitude for her efforts.   At this point in the story, here are three questions: Do you think…

Evil has been explained more fully to us in this day and age than in ancient history.  We have been given Jesus and the plan to avoid Satan.  Satan’s Plan Matt. 4:1-11, Mark 1:12-13, Luke 4:1-13 Satan was bold in his temptation of Jesus.  Satan always plans based on our weaknesses. 2 Cor. 4:3-4 Spiritually…

When looking at the beginnings of the event we today call Halloween, there are many questions about how Christians should handle any observance of this celebration.  As Christians we are called to follow our own conscience.  The message we need to promote is that nature is under submission to Jesus.  Partying is on the rise…

Because God knows us, we should be anxious to know. No Knowledge Of God John 8:19 John 8:54-55 The Jews should have known God. 1 Cor. 15:34 Some of the early Christians did not have knowledge of God. 1 Thess. 4:3-5 Those who know God, show that by their lifestyles. Hebrews 3:7-11 We must know…

How well do you know any other person?  God knows us, fully.  God Knows Us 1 Samuel 16:7 We want to observe one another and judge with our eyes.  God sees the heart.  He knows our attitudes. 1 Chron. 28:9-10 God chooses based on the heart. 1 Kings 8:37-40 God knows peoples’ hearts.  We are…

Luke 7:36-50  This is the account of the woman who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears.   Worship is when you give honor and give glory.  What can her example show us about worship? Sinners Can Worship Luke 18:9-14 This person asks God to be merciful to him because he was a sinner.  Our lives are…

s this year starts to come to a close, is there anything you should be doing to live better for Jesus?  Recently, an advertisement arrived that said, Change for the better and had these three cards enclosed: Change Your Mind Change The Rules Change Your Style Here are some ideas about how we apply these…

Since 9/11 Muslims have been in the news on a daily basis. The subject of reaching out to Muslims is still interesting today. The word Islam means submitting to the will of Allah. Mohammed supposedly received his revelations from the angel Gabriel. There are some similarities between Muslims and Christians. Christians must have a response…

Colossians 1:19-28 Many people wrestle with salvation and many people are unsure of their salvation. This has really come to bothered me. When ministering to people in their last days and hours I have come across many who doubt in their salvation. In the course of my study I have come to understand that people…

Luke 7:1-50 Let’s not forget to thank God when we receive good gifts in our lives.  Evidence About Jesus Luke 7:1-22 In this chapter of there is an example of someone who has so much faith in Jesus’ power to heal that he knows Jesus can heal without seeing the ill one.  This chapter is…

It is encouraging that we have a Lord to lean on. The children are the ones who need our prayer. There are 18 children at the home.  They have a foster care program.  They also work to have the children go back home.  They hope to influence the children they come in contact with. We…

When we use the word cover, we mean that when someone who is in a vulnerable situation, the situation is taken care of by someone else. God Psalm 3:1-5 God forgives our sin.  When we recognize our sin, and bring it to God, he will forgive the sin.  We can trust God. God gave his…

We often learn coping mechanisms for stresses in our lives that are not God’s ways.  We sometimes have to learn new ways when we become Christians. Christ’s Different Message Matt. 11:29 We are not alone.  Christ is right there with us helping us carry our burdens. Christ is there to teach us how to handle…

We are continuing to be aware of the story of the victims of hurricane Katrina. Refugees, evacuees or asylum seekers? On a spiritual level we are all fleeing the catastrophe evil makes of the world. Facing a Real Danger John 8:44, 1 Tim. 3:7, 1 Peter 5:8, Rev. 9:11 Satan is active and real. Jesus…

This week marks a huge tragedy in our country’s history.  As our nation struggles with the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, we are humbled before the mighty hand of God.  The greatest destruction in New Orleans came from the failure of the levees.  The homes there were lower than the water. On a spiritual level, every…

1Peter 5:6-7 Today,  people are concerned about toxins in our environment created by man.  Some people think that these build up in our physical bodies and threaten our health.  The effect on us physically is unclear.  We are sure that on an emotional and physical level, we do have toxins that build up and pull…

John 6:25-71  Jesus had just fed the people and calmed the storm and the people were going to make Jesus a king by force. The crowd was looking for someone who could meet their carnal needs.   When we try force Jesus to do what we think is needed, we sometimes fail to see the spiritual…

Acts 2:32-36  Matthew 16:13-19 The confession that Jesus is the Christ is the Rock on which the church is built.  Nothing will stand against the movement of the church against evil.  Acts 1:1-8 This book is an account of how God formed the early church to prevail against evil in the world.  Verses 1-8 God…

What if one day you come home from work and find out that all your home appliances have taken control of themselves? This is what God faces with humanity everyday.  How many times does God call on people to do works for him, and he is told they have their own agendas? Sanctification (Belonging to…

When we purchase tickets to an entertainment or to travel we don’t expect to have to do any of the work.  Some people think that when we are converted to Christianity we have purchased a ticket to heaven and there are no responsibilities. God’s People Are: The World’s Greatest Nation Daniel 2:44, Matt. 13:31-35 We…

Luke 19:41-44  It is sometimes very difficult to show emotions.   Sometimes we think that tears are a sign of weakness.  The scriptures show that there are some circumstances that call for grief. Jeremiah Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 This situation is so grievous that the prophet wished he could shed buckets of tears. Lamentations 2:11 The prophet said…

God Communicates Genesis 1:1-3 God began communications in the beginning.  God expressed what is in his mind and heart and all was created. Jer. 1:4-10 God gave this individual his words and he used this simple man to proclaim God’s word. Whole nations and kingdoms would be uplifted or torn down by his words. Daniel…

Loving God and Obedience Deut. 10:12 – We must yield to God by loving him, serving him and walking in his commandments. Deut. 11:1- We are never “off duty”.  We are doing the things of God all the time. Joshua 22:5 –Hold fast to God through obedience to him.  He is our light in the…

Romans 8:28 – These blessings are offered to those who love God.  What is it that God expects from us in this love?- Responding to God’s Love Psalm 103:1-5  In loving God, we are starting from the point of God already loving us.  Praise is one aspect of blessing and being grateful to God for…

We all need neighbors and friends that we can depend on when troubles come our way.  We need people who tell us when we are wrong. 1 Sam. 18:1-3, 1 Sam. 20:42 Friends forgive one another and have sympathy.  Job 2:11 John 15:12-17.  Friends sacrifice for on another.  How many would lay down your life…

Romans 8:28  2 Corinthians 4:17 Why do we have trouble and trials in our lives?  God uses these to make us more like Christ. We need to apply what we read in the Word because we live in a troubled world.  1 Peter 4:12 God uses our problems to draw us closer to God.  We…

Philippians 2:12-13 God has made me for a purpose.  We are responsible for yielding to God’s purpose by humbling ourselves before God and recognizing his plan and strength working in our lives. Examples: Paul Acts 26:15-23 – His purpose was to spread the gospel to both Jews and Gentiles.  God gave him the strength to…

Ephesians 2:10 Have you ever built or created something?  How did it make you feel?  Were you satisfied, did you feel accomplished?  We are God’s creation.  Jeremiah 18:1-17 God is pictured as a creator.  God is especially our spiritual creator.  In this illustration, God is the potter and humans are the clay.  The potter has…

(John 9) A Blind Man There is a parallel between how Jesus healed this man and how he heals us from our sins.  (The following headings were supplied by David Roper in a sermon published in Truth for Today, Life of Christ.)  A Puzzle To Be Solved Vs. 2-4 The disciples wondered first, “Who sinned,…

How rich do you feel?  If we look at it from an earthly view-point, many of us don’t feel rich.  When we look at it from the view of what God has given us, we are very wealthy. Proverbs 8:18-21 If we accept God’s gifts we have wealth greater than any earthly silver or gold….

Eph. 1:2 & 2:1-22 In this list of 17 scriptures, what do they all have in common? Each one contains a greeting with the phrase, “Grace & Peace” Rom. 1:7, 1Cor. 1:3, 2Cor. 1:2, Gal. 1:3,Eph. 1:2, Phil. 1:2, Col. 1:2, 1 Thess. 1:1, 2Thess. 1:2, 1 Tim. 1:2, 2 Tim. 1:2, Titus 1:4, Phm….

We are called on to give to others.  Pure religion also involves keeping ourselves unstained by the world.  We have two ways presented to us concerning how to run our lives. Worldly Wisdom James 3:13-18 The wisdom of the world is based on our self centeredness.   The person who has this view has no endless…

In this amazing age we live in we have opportunities to help people all over the world.  James 1:25-27 God wants us to be doers.  Giving is close to God’s heart.  If we go through formalities, but don’t assist those who are in need we aren’t practicing pure religion.  Religion that is Pure Acts 26:4-5…

James 1:19 Being a good listener is important.  It is difficult to be a good listener if you are always talking.  James said that we need to be hearers of the word. Matt. 13:9-17 Jesus says that anyone who has ears let him hear. Being Changed Matt. 13 vs. 9-12 We are always changing physically. …

Tomorrow is Memorial Day.  This began as Decoration Day after the Civil War.  This was a chance to honor those had given so much in that conflict.  It has continued as a chance to pay respects and to grieve for what was lost. Remembering God needs to be a constant in our lives.  Remembering God…

We are called on individually be responsible to work at applying the word to our lives. Jesus is the vine John 15:1-16 In the parable of the sower (Luke 8:4-15), we are the soil.  In this reading, we are the branches of the vine. God’s Cleansing (vs. 1-3) God is the vine and we are…

It is springtime and we are seeing plants begin to grow.  It is disappointing when we expect something to grow and it doesn’t.   This most disappointed farmer in the universe is God. The Parable of The Sower Matt. 13:3-23 Mark 4:2-20 Luke 8:4-15 The seed is the word of God.  What good would a half…

When an earthly authority figure of is killed it is very disturbing to us because there is a danger that the government itself might be overthrown. God Rejected as King 1 Sam. 8:1-22 This describes the nation of Israel as it overthrows the leadership of God as they asked for an earthly king.  God said…

As a child, our speaker was thrilled one Christmas to receive tickets to Disneyland.  He and his brothers were thrilled with anticipation to go o a place they had never been.  Today we can look forward to going to heaven even though we’ve never been there. Israel in Egypt Exodus 3:7-17 Moses prepared the people…

Pain of Mothers Physical childbirth is a trial, but that is only the beginning of the pain of having children. Ruth 1:5,20-21 Look at the pain of Naomi in the loss of her children. Would she have had the children if she had known? Ruth 4:15 Naomi is praising God because in his grace, he…

Each of us has a story of our birth.  Unfortunately, motherhood today isn’t always a nice story.  Sometimes, the story shows the brokenness of our world. Pain and Promise Gen. 3:15-16 It is difficult to realize that because of sin, there is pain in connection with childbirth and relationships.  God gave a promise that the…

In Ezekiel’s prophecies he says that the nation of Israel will experience a great time of abundance and peace in the future.  At that time in history the people had seen everything devastated and lost.  Those that believed the prophecies lived with a hope in God that he would restore all good things to Israel. …

When was the last time someone prayed for you?  It is humbling and encouraging for someone to pray for you. Luke 22:31-34 Satan Demands Jesus says that Satan demands that Peter be tested.  Others were tested as a result of Satan’s demands:  Adam and Eve in Gen. 3: 1-7, Job in Job 1-2: Jesus in…

There is a program in the Denver area called Denver Mental Health that won a national award for helping those who are mentally ill.  Some of their suggestions about how to change are applicable to us as Christians. Medicinal Intake Phil. 4:8 One of the things they recommend is to balance the medicines.  With us…

It is a blessing to be raised by Christian parents.  Sometimes even in a blessed home there are conflicts.  When we examine the relationship between Jesus and his father, we see harmony and love. God Is Jesus’ Father Matt. 3:13-17, Matt. 17:1-8 God was pleased with his son. John 3:35, 5:20,10:17,75:9,17:23,24,26 God loves and trusts…

James 1:13-15  Opening – Suppose I put a cup on the table and I ask God to keep the cup from falling off the table.  I pray for God’s help, but at the same time I keep pushing the cup toward the edge.  As the cup gets close to the edge, I warn God that…

God has been better to us than we have been to ourselves.  We gather today to give thanks to the God who gave us his son to die for our sins. Hosea 3: A Strange Request From A “Strange” God For centuries the children didn’t live in a land that honored God.  The people of…

Today it is difficult to maintain relationships.  We are separated by distance, work hours, and entertainment.  We use all these as substitutes for human interactions.  We should get our strengths from God’s family.  We should not be selfish.  Seagulls are an example in the animal kingdom of a bird that is selfish. Acts 2:41 —…

Resurrection Of Jesus Christ Matt. 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, John 20-21  Have you ever gotten something that was so much better than what you expected?  The women who arrived at Jesus’ tomb expected to complete the burial rituals for Jesus.  Instead, they found the empty tomb and heard the good news from the angel…

Ephesians 4:1 We can’t fully fathom the mind of another person.  If we are going to be members of the household of God, we must be ready to bear with one another.  Through verse six is a complete picture of the body of Christ.  Leave anything out and it is incomplete add anything ad we’ve…

This is traditionally Palm Sunday.  Christ had many, many experiences during the coming week that have meaning to his followers.  Luke 19:28 This reading shows us what Jesus is like. The Immortal Courage of Jesus Many thought he wouldn’t come to the feast because there was an arrest warrant issued for him.  Jesus knew they…

From World War II, we see that in 1944 Germany had expanded an evil government to most of Europe.  June 6, 1944 was the day that the allies began a counter offensive.  Hitler looked at the small foothold the allies made that day and felt no fear.  Eventually, the allies did win the war.  Great…

Overcoming Satan (Luke 10:17-18) Have you ever been afraid that someone was after you?  We sometimes think that someone is after us and they aren’t.  Today Satan is seeking Christians. Characteristics of Satan Accuser Zech. 3:1 God’s Enemy Matt. 13:39 Oppressor/torturer of mankind Luke 13:11,16 Job 1:1-2:10 2Cor. 12:7 Murderer/Liar John 8:44 2 Cor. 11:14…

When I read in John 3 about Nicodemus coming to Jesus at night, I wonder what his motivation was for doing so.  This is mere conjecture on my part, but did he think that he was going to take Jesus under his wing and help Jesus smooth out some of the rough edges (of  both…

The speaker started out with an illustration of two coins, a penny and a quarter.  Each of these is designed for its own purpose and is used to purchase things of different amounts.  God is calling on us as Christians to be different on a spiritual level from other people.  Willing to be different 2…

From Helplessness to Service Mark 5:25-34 Uncleanness Lev. 15:25-27 Mark 1:40-45 This story tells about a woman who was afflicted and not only was she physically uncomfortable, she was also considered to be unclean.   She had to endure isolation as well as discomfort.   In a second story, a leper was healed.  Jesus healed both of…

We are here to worship God.  We need to examine ourselves for how we stand before God.  Are we proud to be a Christian?  We should be proud of the gift we’ve received from God.  We should not be proud of our status as Christians and consider ourselves better than others.  The gift is available…

A bridge is a connection between two things. If a physical bridge collapses, it is dangerous.  Jesus Christ is a spiritual bridge between God and us.  1 Tim. 2:5-6 Our Mediator Christ, a man, is a mediator between God and us.  There is a gap between God and us because of our sins.  Hebrews 2:9-10…

   People have struggled with the idea that Jesus was ever a physical man.  Jesus was fully human.  Genesis 3:15 God said that some day a man would fatally wound Satan.  This is a promise of God.  Deut. 18:15-19 God says that He will raise up a prophet like the people.  People needed to know…

We recently experienced two special events that brought out the fact that we are blessed with freedom in our country.  When we think about living for Jesus, we begin to see that Jesus is master of our lives.  If we are submitting to Jesus is this a contradiction to the freedom we enjoy as Americans?…

   Submission: Christ’s Ownership Luke 17:7-10 When a slave does what is asked, he doesn’t deserve praise.  The master has control and the slave serves him.  The good servant has the desire to do the master’s will. Rom. 14:7-8 Jesus bought us with his sacrifice.  Christ’s ownership of us is an eternal message of hope….

Rejecting God As King 1Sam. 8:1-22  At this time, judges led the nation of Israel.   The People’s Desire (vs. 4-5) The nation wanted a king appointed to lead them.  The nation wanted to solve their problems as the nations around them had. They wanted a worldly solution to their problems.  Samuel Prayed (vs. 6) Eph. 6:18a Pray…

  We are called on to recognize earthly authority in our society or we will pay the price.  Spiritually, we need to recognize the authority of Jesus.   Old Testament Prophecies Genesis 49:10 Israel at this point is only a family and this prophecy says that a king will come from this lineage. Numbers 24:17…

  Hebrews 1:1-3   God is speaking to us in our lives.  God used to speak through the prophets, but know he has spoken through his son.  When people say that they don’t believe in God they are saying that they are not hearing God’s voice.  Who is this son who speaks God’s message to…

Given recent world events many people are wondering how could a good God allow such horrible tragedies to occur?  In order to understand why we need to look at how the Bible recounts tragedy. Consequences of the fall of mankind Gen 3:16-24 God tells Adam and Eve that suffering would start because of sin. Exod…

Hebrews 1:4-2:18   Angels are Great The world presents angels with a different view than the Bible. Biblical views of angels are found in: Genesis 3:24; Num. 22:31-33; Judges 13:6; 2 Sam. 24:15-17; 2 Chron. 32:20-21;Psalm 103:20; Ezek. 1:4-28; Rev. 10:1-3; 18:1-2; 20:1-3 Angels are seen as beings that are bringing messages, being destroyers, and…

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