||Theme (Homiletic Idea)
||Easter Morning Discoveries
||Hope beckons to humanity from the doorway of an empty tomb.
||To Know as We Are Known
||1 Cor 13:12
||Total focus on the present leaves us unprepared for eternity.
||Shut the Door on Empty Living
||The focus of our faith determines the significance of our life.
||The Don'ts and the Do's of the New Life
||The Christian lifestyle is Heaven's culture transplanted on Earth.
||Freedom to imitate God requires freedom from imitating the world.
||Children of the Father of Lights
||Our Father in Heaven wants His children on earth to shine!
||Taking Your Chances Wisely
||Being careful, in God's perspective, is to be bold in His Spirit.
||God's ideal marriage portrays His plan for Christ and the Church.
||Duties, Debts and Deliverance
||Relationships need Christ's help; failure in them need His healing.
||Persistent resistance in spiritual conflict will yield spiritual victory.
||Armed and Dangerous! - Part 1
||The armor of godly living spells death to spiritual defeat.
||Armed and Dangerous! - Part 2
||The armor of godly living spells death to spiritual defeat.
||Christian faith and love must be expressed by holy communication.
||Learning to Be Content
||In pain or in pleasure, we find our peace in the energy of Christ.
||The Spear in of Christ's Side
||From Christ's pierced side flows the fulfillment of human destiny.
||Focus on the Lord and not on the one who points you to Him.
||The Jesus on the Inside
||Real Christianity is living out the Jesus Christ living within.
||A Day Is Coming
||Christ's Coming is bad news for some and good news for others.
||A Light in the Darkness
||God's light shines brightest when the darkness is deepest.
||Two Views of Freedom in Death
||God's will is best, whether it's to leave this life or stay to live it.
||Bad Things Around Christmas
||Christmas brings to a sorrowing world the presence of divine hope.
||How to Go to Church
||People see Jesus when they make it a habit to watch for Him.
||New Year Outlook
||2 Pet 3:9-14
||To anticipate this world's future helps us participate in God's will.
||To be able know the mind of God, God must speak His mind.
||The purpose of God's revelation is to capture our hearts.
||Whether We Live or Die
||Our life and death are important to others, but especially to God.
||Don't Waste What's Left
||No hour is wasted that is spent in doing the will of God.
||What on Earth Am I Here For?
||We find lasting significance only in the eternal purposes of God.
||The Challenge of Lent
||1 Sam 17:16
||God often uses 40 days to work spiritual depth into our lives.
||Shaped for Serving God
||God is shaping us to serve Him by serving others.
||What Have We Learned?
||2 Tim 3:14a
||The purpose for learning our purposes is to fulfil them.
||Stones That God Rolls Away
||God transforms hard things into lasting reminders of His grace.
||Let's Talk About Prayer
||Testimony about prayer encourages all who listen.
||Old Paths to Off Track
||The devil has never needed any new tricks to trip up humans.
||Divine Dress for Nakedness
||Gen 3:6-13, 21-24
||We are shamefully bare until we wear the righteousness of Christ.
||Waiting for Power
||God wants the best for us, which only comes to those who wait.
||Man's Search for Meaning
||Eccl 3:11-14 (GW)
||Our human search for meaning points to a divine answer.
||Baptism in the Holy Spirit
||General overview of the baptism in the Holy Spirit.
||God Has Some Questions
||What God asks us about is what we need to learn.
||In the Mist of Life
||With God in charge of our lives, we can handle the surprises.
||Where Are You?
||We only turn back when we see we've taken the wrong direction.
||Where Is Your Brother?
||Human interconnectedness makes us responsible for each other.
||Do You Want to Get Well?
||God desires our wholeness, starting with our minds.
||What Do You Want Me to Do for You?
||Mark 10:36, 51a
||What we need God to do for us is to help us become like Him.
||Who Is My Mother and Who Are My Broth
||Only obedience to God's will can form family ties that are divine.
||Why Are You So Afraid?
||The testing of your faith is in its confrontation with your fears.
||The Deadly Sins: Pride
||When pride controls the heart, the Lord does not.
||The Deadly Sins: Lust
||Lust tries to fill the heart that God made for Himself alone to fill.
||The Deadly Sin: Appetite
||Wrongly fulfilling our appetites keeps our spiritual life unfulfilled.
||The Deadly Sins: Sloth
||If we don't get going, we go nowhere in the spiritual life.
||When It's Closing Time
||Life is limited, so we must choose the business of life carefully.
||How Freedom Wins the Lost
||1 Cor 9:19-23
||God's love comes alongside sinners to bring them to the truth.
||The Ultimate End of Skepticism
||Christ's return will smash the idolatry of skepticism.
||God Prepared a Body
||Christ's incarnation shows all humanity what our bodies are for.
||The Open Arms of God
||God became approachable by becoming vulnerable.
||Epiphanies of Christ
||God loves epiphanies, because He loves to reveal His glory.
||Declaring Christ's Passion
||All people matter to God.
||Declaring Christ's Priority
||A faithful community of Christians is the hope of humanity.
||Declaring Christ's Presence
||Christ comes us dressed in the human culture we understand.
||Christ's Ultimate Identification
||Death strips us naked, but only to prepare us for resurrection glory.
||The Cardinal Virtues: Wisdom
||Our human capacity for wisdom was given to lead us back to God.
||The Cardinal Virtues: Temperance
||1 Cor 9:24-27
||Success in the Christian life requires both zeal and restraint.
||The Cardinal Virtues: Faith
||The Inventor of faith bases our relationship with Him on faith.
||The 7 Cardinal Virtues: Love
||1 Cor 13:8-13
||The greatness of love describes the greatness of the biblical God.
||Our Bodies Are Temples
||1 Cor 6:9-20
||God is holy and chooses to dwell in the midst of holiness.
||The Sun of Righteousness
||Willingly or not, everyone everywhere is touched by God's Son.
||The Spirit of Liberty
||2 Cor 3:17-18
||Freedom is the Holy Spirit's guideline for spiritual transformation.
||God's grace fully meets the human need for salvation.
||The Conversion of Zacchaeus
||God knows where we're at and where we need to get to in our lives.
||The Center of Our Universe
||Christ surpasses anything we could ever think worthy of our faith!
||What Will I Wear in Heaven?
||2 Cor 5:4
||God has bodies for us in Heaven that are literally out of this world!
||Christ the Angel-Maker
||Angels are honorable, but God directs supreme honor only to His Son.
||God expects us to pay close attention to His message of salvation.
||Seeing the World to Come
||We face a hopeful future only by looking into the face of Jesus now.
||The Human Life Saver
||The cosmic struggle of the universe dealt with by a human Savior.
||The New Landlord
||We must make God's faithful Son the focus of our faith.
||Where Are the Nine?
||Gratitude and ingratitude are heart conditions.
||Enduring a Little Longer
||When the going gets rough, Christian faith must get tougher!
||The Secret of Making Christ Known
||1 Chr 16:8-11
||The worship of Christians can manifest Christ to the world.
||Grief can become a messenger of encouragement.
||Landmarks in Time
||1 Sam 7:12
||We need to remind ourselves to praise God for past blessings.
||The Crucial NOW of Believing
||Successful faith responds immediately to God, day after day.
||Fruit of the Spirit: JOY
||Embracing spiritual joy is a way of serving Christ as King.
||Fruit of the Spirit: PATIENCE
||We need spiritual power to hold on to our faith in tough times.
||Fruit of the Spirit: GOODNESS
||The more Christians grow in goodness the more they shine in the dark.
||Fruit of the Spirit: GENTLENESS
||God wants to dress us up in behaviors that reflect the way He lives.
||Resurrection of Broken Dreams
||Easter tells us that God's plan for us in Christ is not just a dream.
||The Rest of God's Promise
||Our hearts are restless until we rest in God and in His promises.
||The All-Revealing Word
||When we look into God's Word, God's Word looks into us.
||Forever the Priest We Need
||We needed a perfect Priest, and God's Son filled the need perfectly.
||The Baptism Jesus Brought
||The Holy Spirit transforms Kingdom thinking into Kingdom living.
||Moving along into Maturity
||The Christian starts with faith, but must go on to discernment and deed.
||Things That Accompany Salvation
||God wants salvation to produce in us a lived-out love.
||An Anchor for the Soul
||The hope of our eternal destiny is anchored in the character of God.
||A Better Covenant
||All that the world calls great is surpassed by what is offered in Christ.
||A Savior for All Seasons
||Nothing can hinder the effectiveness of salvation in Christ.
||Trading a Copy for the Original
||The REAL THING has arrived and Jesus brought it!
||Thy Kingdom Come
||The most direct application of the Kingdom of God is personal.
||Christ, the Purifier of the Conscience
||God makes the guilty conscience into a pure one through Christ.
||The entire universe is waiting for God's promise of restoration.
||Christ, the Remover of Sins
||God loves finds its fulfillment in liberating us entirely from sin.
||The Confidence of Our Perseverance
||God wants us to stay confident of succeeding in His salvation plan.
||The Faith That Counts with God
||Faith that brings us to God is faith that clings to His Word.
||Abraham, Father of the Faithful
||Believers are commended as faithful, only after walking faithfully.
||Living Strong to the Finish
||We stand firm in living like Christ by eagerly awaiting His return.
||The Human Meaning of Christmas
||Advent marks the beginning of a new human destiny.
||Divine Hope for Human Destiny
||The Gospel hope is a promise of restoration.
||Let Jesus Open Your Eyes
||The deeper our blindness the more we need Christ's healing touch.
||God's Unconditional Love
||When we love the way God loves, we bring Heaven down to Earth.
||The End of Our Inner Pharisee
||Seeing ourselves before the Cross helps nurture a merciful spirit.
||Blessed Are the Poor
||Recognizing our poverty prepares us to possess God's Kingdom.
||Blessed Are the Meek
||If we rest in God, God will take care of the rest.
||Blessed Are the Merciful
||When we show mercy to others, we are tapping into the heart of God.
||Blessed Are the Pure in Heart
||God chooses to reveal Himself to those whose hearts reflect His.
||A Holiday Takes Death
||1 Cor 15:54-57
||Easter is the holiday that takes the sting out of death.
||What Jesus Did Afterward
||God always meets our needs for the journey ahead.
||Try Using Prayer
||Prayer places trouble into the path of God's intervention.
||The Mothering Heart of God
||Motherhood comes directly from the caring heart of God.
||Channels of God's Comfort
||2 Cor 1:3-7
||Divine comfort is the plan for the plight of human suffering.
||For Our Eyes Only
||1 Cor 2:9-12
||The more we embrace God's truth, the more the Holy Spirit will reveal.
||When the Blind Man Cries
||God heals our spiritual blindness when He knows we really want to see.
||What Does God Expect of Us?
||God's will for us is simply to be the humans He created us to be.
||Faith Sees Beyond Death
||Christian faith treats the future not as a possibility, but as a reality.
||Trusting in the Invisible
||Faith makes a visible response to the invisible realities of God.
||Faith for the Future
||God wants us to adopt His ultimate in the face of the temporary.
||The True God
||All gods that humans make fall short of the God who made humans.
||The Race Before Us
||To finish life with victorious faith, we must stay on track with Jesus.
||Understanding God's Discipline
||Christian faith sees the Father's hand in all of life's circumstances.
||Three Concerns of a Caring Lifestyle
||Christian faith must be manifested in proper human relationships.
||Living in the Presence of the Future
||Christians have come to a future destiny that is yet to come.
||The Path of True Worship
||Right faith leads to right worship.
||Being Equipped to Live out Our Faith
||God uses pastoral leaders to keep us moving forward in Christ.
||He Is Coming
||Christ's return will be either a pleasant surprise or a dreadful shock.
||Glory to the Newborn King
||The display of God's glory is seen in Christ's redemption story.
||Christ's Epiphany in You
||God wants the glory in Christ to shine out from us.
||The Son Behind the Clouds
||Life may be stormy, but God's Son is still there behind the clouds.
||Our Trust in the Creator
||I believe in God the Father Almighty Maker of heaven and earth.
||Our Trust in Christ's Victory
||The sufferings of Christ brought our victory in Christ.
||Our Trust in the Holy Spirit's Work
||1 Cor 12:7-13
||The Holy Spirit's work is the growth and health of the Church.
||A New Beginning
||Jesus finished the past and began the future.
||Our Deposit in the Bank of Heaven
||By faith in Jesus Christ we have the authority of Heaven on Earth.
||The Heavenly Dove on Earth
||The Holy Spirit makes Christ's Incarnation an ongoing
||The Life of the Gospel
||The Gospel is a new way of thinking for a new way of living.
||A Pattern for Prayer
||Powerful prayer for others flows from the realities of our salvation.
||The Supremacy of Christ
||When we know why 'Jesus is Lord,' we cannot help but proclaim it.
||Perfecting People in Christ
||God's future goal for redeemed humanity must begin in us now.
||Human Emancipation in Christ
||In Christ we are in direct relationship to the fullness of God.
||Devotional Freedom in Christ
||Christ Himself, and not manmade rules, regulates our life in Him.
||Baptism's Call to New Thinking
||Heavenly thinking makes Kingdom living a present reality.
||Baptism's Call to Death
||Faith in Christ brings new life, but only through death and resurrection.
||Baptism's Call to New Life
||New life in Christ is distinguished by a heart of gratitude.
||Jesus is the Mighty God
||Jesus is the mighty Conqueror against the ongoing enemies we face.
||Jesus Is the Prince of Peace
||The peace the Christ Child brought touches every aspect of life.
||Our Relationships Under His Lordship
||Christ's authority presides over all relationships in a Christian's life.
||Communicating with God and Man
||How much we care shows up both in prayer and in how we share.
||The First Two Woes
||God gets especially upset when religiosity blocks evangelism.
||The Fourth Woe
||Superficial worship advertizes a false conception of God.
||The Gospel Hope of All Creation
||Human resurrection in Christ is the hope of the whole created universe.
||The Happiness of True Christians, Part 1
||True Christian living is being taught and caught by Christ Himself.
||The Happiness of True Christians, Part 2
||True Christian living is the blessing of Christ living in us.
||The Holy Trinity
||1 Pet 1:2
||The Triune God Who made us re-makes us for fellowship with the Trinit
||The Happiness of True Christians, Part 3
||The price of peace is to carry the cross.
||People of Salt
||The change brought by the indwelling Christ can change the world.
||God's Purpose for Creating Humanity
||We were designed to serve as ruling mediators of the entire universe.
||People of Light
||God is light, and seeing His light in us leads others to Him.
||The Behavior God Requires
||To be on target with God, we must love Him and His will with our life.
||God's Target Is the Heart
||God is not after our outward compliance but our inward holiness.
||God Is In Control
||Everything in life must be placed under the rule of the God of love.
||The Hiddenness of True Devotion
||Mat 6:1-8, 16-18
||To change an alienated world, God's Kingdom must begin in the heart.
||The Kingdom Prayer
||Only the King can guide us into proper praying.
||A Divine Grip on Our Earthly Trip
||Making Jesus King of our hearts gives all of life a Kingdom character.
||Let Go and Let God
||Unless we let go of our thing, we cannot let God do His thing.
||Glory to the Newborn King!
||No human king is worthy to rule over creation except the Son of God.
||Appearance and Reality
||Jesus may appear only human but God declares Him fully divine.
||God's Will Is Life
||Life comes from love, and to have life, we must obey the God of love.
||Clear Vision in Kingdom Living
||Only with our eyes on the King can we discern where to draw the line.
||The 3rd Day of Creation
||As an Artist God is into beauty; but as the Creator, He's into life.
||The 5th Day of Creation
||All God's creatures declare the glory due His name.
||The 7th Day of Creation
||God's Sabbath rest is always a prelude to more activity.
||Confidence in Prayer
||Kingdom Living means trusting the King to answer our prayers.
||God's ways bring Kingdom living; man's ways distract us from it.
||The Outpouring at Pentecost
||What the Church is and how it grows is dependent on the Holy Spirit.
||Building to Outlast the Stormy Blast
||Kingdom living is the wisdom that withstands the storms of life.
||Witness of Our Work (Tale of Our Trails)
||'Watch your trail!' is a departing loved one's last message to us.
||Where Then Is Our Hope?
||Job 17:11-16; 19:25-27
||The greatest hope in the face of death is resurrection.
||Declaring Dependence Day
||Freedoms of independence depend on someone paying the price.
||Be Still and Know
||Our silence is a sanctuary where God alone is exalted.
||Self-Examination Before Communion
||1 Cor 11:26-32
||To approach the Lord's Table properly, we must first probe our hearts.
||Keeping in Step with God
||The Christian life is walking with God with Christ in the lead.
||Walking With God
||If you want an out-of-this-world experience, walk with God.
||An Early Church Service
||1 Cor 14:26
||Jesus works through His people as they participate in ministry.
||"The Jesus Prayer"
||Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on me!
||The Call of Jeremiah
||Who we are, and what we are to do and say, all depend on
||The Ministry of Jeremiah
||Our confidence comes by trusting God's Word and following His will.†
||The Attitude of Gratitude
||Each aspect of the Christian life is an arena of thanksgiving.
||Three Wait-Watchers in Jerusalem
||God's incarnational work is seen by those who wait and watch.
||God has two brand-new babies He wants us to take care of.
||John's Announcement of Christ
||Jesus is the One the world is waiting for..
||The Message of Jeremiah
||The benefits of following God disappear by forsaking Him.
||The Discipline of Listening
||1 Sam 3:10-19
||We can't speak for God until we hear from God.
||The Discipline of Attentiveness
||We must bring spiritual alertness to God-arranged opportunities.
||If Christ Was Not Raised
||Christ's resurrection is a case of “all or nothing” for all humanity.
||An Example of Sincere Faith
||2 Tim 1:5
||Our journey in Christian faith should attract others to join us.
||A Nation at the Crossroads
||Each day we stand at a crossroads between God's will and our own.
||Online with Heaven
||Christ went back to Heaven to connect believers with Kingdom power.
||Who Do You Think You Are?
||We do not know ourselves fully until the Father identifies us.
||The Heritage of Freedom
||In Christ we are set free from legalism for living a life of love.
||The Growing Soul
||2 Pet 1:3-9
||The Christian life is the growth of God's life in us.
||Focussing on the world is fertile ground for discouragement.
||The People of the Kingdom
||Christians are a different kind of people from a different Kingdom.
||The Whys of the Wise Person
||Faith is not destroyed but strengthened through why questions.
||The Woes of the Wicked
||By faith believers will live; by pride Babylon will fall.
||The Worship of the Waiting
||The high notes of praise have a God-centered gaze.
||Lessons from Three Meals
||Holy Communion symbolizes the whole Christian life.
||In the midst of His displeasure with our sin, God is with us.
||Fear Not, Shepherds!
||Christ's birth is the fear-inspiring event that brings fear to an end.
||Something Old, Something New
||The Bridegroom has come: all things have become new.
||Why Is Our Baptism Important?
||Baptism personally identifies us with Christ.
||The Anatomy of True Love
||1 John 4:7-11
||God's love meets our needs and moves us beyond them.
||Fasting to Find Yourself
||We fulfill our true humanity by feeding our souls on God's will for us.
||SoulShift #2: Slave to Child
||True discipleship and servanthood are part of a family relationship.
||Soulshift#6: Sheep to Shepherd
||Jesus shepherds us in the direction of becoming shepherds, too.
||Why Are You Crying?
||The Resurrection gives us faith to see beyond earthly sorrows.
||Creation waits for the glory at the end of the Gospel story.
||God offers a life insurance policy through the death of His Son.
||The Feast of the Blessed
||Only the hungry and thirsty poor can dine at the Master's table.
||The Return Gifts
||Christ gifted His people to carry on His mission until He gets back.
||The Eternal Redeemer
||God's plan for sinners has eternally been one of redemption.
||An Unholy House on a Hill
||When the Lord is not on the throne, spiritual chaos rules.
||The God of Our Inspirations
||God identifies Himself with our responses to His presence.
||Gambling with God
||2 Cor 5:7
||Christian Faith is a holy bet on God against all odds in a fallen world.
||The Two Creations, Part-1
||The God of creation is the Lord of re-creation.
||The Two Creations, Part-2
||God sticks with what He starts, no matter what it looks like.
||The Two Creations, Part-3
||The God of order is ready to work with our disorder.
||The Two Creations, Part-4
||God's work always begins with the Word of light.
||Psalm 107-The God of the Desert
||Psa 107:1-9, 33-43
||God can lead us from homeless deserts to heavenly destinies.
||Psalm 107-The God of the Prison
||Psa 107:10-16, 43
||Only God can free us from the chains of guilt we forge for ourselves.
||Psalm 107-The God of Melancholy
||Psa 107:1, 17-22, 43
||The mind in tune with God is in tune with life.
||Psalm 107: The God of the Storm
||Psa 107:23-32, 43
||Faith's testimony becomes clearest in the midst of life's storms.
||O Come, O Come, Emanuel
||Human longing is turned to joy at the Advent of Emmanuel.
||I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
||Advent is humanity's highest hope that Good will triumph in the end.
||What Child Is This?
||The Christ Child came to change our personal history.
||Encountering the Healing Savior
||Christ turns crippled sinners into walking saints.
||Christ in the Wilderness
||Self-denial is the Christian's testing ground.
||Last Word #7: Surrender
||A life totally surrendered to God is the only one worth living.
||The Deep Hope of Resurrection
||The soul's longing cry for an afterlife is a God-given instinct.
||Christ left for heaven so we could leave to evangelize the world.
||What Does This Mean?
||Acts 2:1-6, 12-18
||On the Day of Pentecost, God united what sin divided.
||First Things First
||Many things call for our attention, but we must put first things first.
||The Father of Lights
||Our heavenly Father's provision is from a heart that is PRO-VISION.
||Living in God's Country
||The virtue of patriotism prepares us for loyalty to God's Kingdom.
||Adorning the Doctrine
||We make the Gospel attractive by clothing our faith with godliness.
||Faith is the Hunter
||Faith pursues God until it captures His Word.
||God's Gift of Conscience
||Spiritual health is kept by maintaining a healthy conscience.
||Kingdom Building Problems: Disinterest
||When God's work is top priority, all other priorities fall into place.
||K. B. Problems: Discouragement
||Mourning a great past can impede moving into a greater future.
||The Reflection of Glory
||1 Cor 13:12
||There'll be much more to know, when we see more clearly.
||K. B. Problems: Dissatisfaction
||Obedience to God is obligated, but His blessing is given by grace.
||Praise the Lord
||The God we exalt is the God Who exalts His people.
||The Apostle's Creed
||The Creed helps us keep our feet on earth and our hearts in Heaven.
||The First Promise of Advent
||The coming of Christ spells the devil's defeat and our victory.
||The Great-Grandmothers of Jesus
||The Incarnation's human ancestry reveals the heart of human need.
||A Birth at Bread-House
||God wants what started in Bethlehem to be fulfilled in our hearts.
||Christ's First Miracle
||An invitation to Jesus is an invitation to transformation.
||Jesus, Friend of Sinners
||The call of the Cross is to care for the lost.
||Jesus has much to teach us but teaches us very little until we repent.
||Temptation by Divine Appointment
||If God leads us into trials, He stays with us through them.
||The Temptation of Self-Direction
||We keep our own will under control by staying hungry for God's will.
||Resurrection: the Human-Friendly Hope
||1 Cor 15:20
||Christ's bodily resurrection is the promise of our own. - 04/20/2014-mp3
||Until He Comes
||1 Cor 11:26
||Holy Communion proclaims the whole drama of human salvation.
||Christ's Heart for the Harvest
||Jesus wants to give us His own heart for seeking lost sheep.
||A WORD from God
||God can use a very small word to teach us how to live.
||Empowered for Freedom
||2 Cor 3:12-18
||The Holy Spirit wants to blow your cover.
||Empowered for Holiness
||To serve a holy God, we must be touched by fire from God's altar.
||Empowered for Worship
||The Holy Spirit lets us in on the Trinity's eternal love affair.
||Empowered for Prayer
||Prayer is so important that God gives us all the help we need to do it.
||A Closer Look at Holy Communion
||1 Cor 11:23-29
||A closer look at Communion turns the ritual into a personal reality.
||Teach Us to Pray
||Following Jesus means to follow Him in prayer.
||No Neutral Ground
||There's no neutral zone between darkness and the Kingdom of light.
||The changeless Gospel changes its dress to fit the occasion.
||The Silence of Anticipation
||Our undivided attention in worship invites God's personal intervention.
||SENT: The Coming LORD
||Jesus was SENT to claim His crown as King.
||SENT: The Coming Messenger
||Jesus is SENT to proclaim the Kingdom of God.
||The Gifts of the Magi
||What gift can we bring for the birth of the King?
||The Heart in Contrition
||The right heart condition is a contrite heart condition.
||The Heart in Confession
||1 John 1:8-10
||Confession opens our hearts for divine cleansing.
||The Heart in Conversion
||1 Thes 1:2-10
||Conversion of the heart gradually turns the whole life around.
||Have We Dishonored God's Name?
||We honor the Name of God through pure-hearted worship.
||Have We Degraded God's Grace?
||God's judgment is determined by our response to His grace.
||The Heart of the Gospel
||1 Cor 15:1-9
||The heart of the Gospel meets the deepest needs of the human heart.
||The Sharing of the Gospel
||The Gospel turns believers into a Good News reporters.
||The Foolishness of the Gospel
||1 Cor 1:17-20
||It may seem foolish, but God invested everything in a simple message.
||The Power of the Gospel
||1 Cor 1:18, 21-24
||God invests His personal power in transforming sinners into saints.
||The Empowerment of the Gospel
||The proclamation of the Gospel requires the power of the Spirit.
||True Spiritual Liberty
||Living in the Spirit liberates us from bondage to sinful desires.
||The Table of Restoration
||The Eucharist proclaims the restoration of our human destiny.
||God made us in His image on purpose for us to live with purpose.
||Caring For the Garden (Sat.,CNF)
||As God's image-bearers, humans are to grow and guard His creation.
||Caring for the Garden-Part 1
||Who we are is inseparably interwoven with what we do.
||Caring for the Garden-Part 2
||God made us in His image on purpose for us to live with purpose.
||Caring for the Garden-Part 3
||As God's image-bearers, humans are to grow and guard His creation.
||The Saints: Hopeful Sojourners
||1 Pet 1:1-5
||Our future hope in Christ defines our present sojourn on earth.
||The Saints: Tested Believers
||1 Pet 1:6-12
||The glorious joy of our salvation outshines life's darkest trials.
||The Saints: Holy Children
||1 Pet 1:13-17
||We progress in holiness as we pursue our holy heritage.
||The Saints: A Reborn Brotherhood
||1 Pet 1:18-2:3
||The Gospel is about new birth into an eternal family.
||The Saints: A Household of Priests
||1 Pet 2:4-12
||The Body of Christ is a community where each member is a priest.
||Thanksgiving in Psalm 116
||Gratitude reveals our relationship with God; thanksgiving seals it.
||Thanksgiving in Psalm 118
||The Christian has great reasons for celebrating Thanksgiving.
||The Ghost of Christmas Past
||2 Pet 1:19
||Divine light can retrieve us from being sinfully set in our ways.
||The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
||Tomorrow's destiny is influenced by today's decisions.
||The Transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge
||God's focus in salvation isn't on trespasses but on transformation.
||Back to the Future I
||The future Kingdom's arrival calls for total allegiance to the King.
||One Grain of Wheat
||Christ is our experienced Guide through death and resurrection.
||Back to the Future II
||The arrival of God's future reign begins a spiritual confrontation.
||Back to the Future III
||Christ's Mission sealed a message of hope with a ministry of healing.
||Reconciliation with God
||2 Cor 5:18-21
||Because God's nature is love, His salvation plan is relational.
||Ransom from Death
||Christ's death purchased our rescue from the prison house of death.
||Rescue from Darkness
||1 Cor 2:1-8
||God's secret wisdom in the Cross destroyed demonic darkness.
||Removal of the Old Self
||For us to have a new life, God had to nail our old one to the Cross.
||Resurrection from Fear
||For the faithful, Easter morning has broken the power of fear.
||Resurrection from Doubt
||God works with honest doubters who really want to believe.
||Resurrection from Failure
||Jesus persists in calling us from our failures into greater service.
||What Does This Mean?
||Pentecost meant that Jesus hadn't finished His work on earth.
||Listen to This!
||Spiritual comprehension often requires Holy Spirit confrontation.
||Everyone Was Filled with Awe
||The church will grow in numbers as believers grow in the Spirit.
||Why I Write Poetry
||My heart overflowed with a good theme, and I began to write.
||Cripples Begging at Beautiful Gates
||Jesus is still making straight what's been bent out of shape.
||Times of Refreshing
||Jesus is still proclaiming His identity through the ministry of healing.
||We must meet unbelief's resistance with Gospel faith's persistence.
||Corporate Prayer's Power
||Powerful things happen when believers pray powerful prayers.
||All Things Work Together for Good
||Christian believers have reasons for great expectations.
||The New Life's Full Message
||Jesus is the truth Who leads the way to a new life in our fallen world.
||Jesus Works Outside the Box
||Jesus is not bound by the boundaries we set for His ministry.
||The Witness Stand
||To take the witness stand for truth is to stand against falsehood.
||Making Christian Unity a Reality
||The world's thirst for peace is quenched at Christ's well of unity.
||The Scattered Flock
||When Jesus moves our location, He plans to use the move.
||Enjoy Your Thanksgiving
||There are many happy returns from thanksgiving.
||Boldly Expecting His Coming
||Advent season boldly announces our hope in Christ's coming.
||The Wise Men and the Fool
||Our faith-response to Christ identifies us as either wise or foolish.
||1 Cor 15:45-49
||Resurrection is God's decree that humanity has an eternal destiny.
||The Fullness of Christmastime
||The Christ of Christmas fulfills the universal longings of humanity.
||Recalling past blessings with praise inspires faith in God for the future.
||The Trouble with Jesus
||As we grow, we may lose the Jesus we know, only to know Him better.
||The Sacrifice of Sharing (1st Service)
||Jesus delights in times of worship where believers share their hearts.
||The Sacrifice of Sharing (2nd Service)
||If Jesus lives in our hearts, He also wants to live on our lips.
||The Epiphany of Christ's Baptism
||To help us live out our divine destiny, God reminds us who we are.
||Christ's Answer to the 1st Temptation
||We live out our true humanity by depending on life's true Source.
||Christ's 3rd Temptation
||Temptations remind us to keep our focus on what's really important.
||Who Is This King of Glory?
||Jesus is the King whose heart is broken over those whose heart is not.
||Trading Preservation for Immortality
||Instead of just lasting a little longer, God wants us to last forever.
||Let's Go Fishing
||Because Jesus is risen, we can never go back to business as usual.
||Personal Epiphanies of Christ
||We can't witness for Christ without experiencing Him personally.
||The Christian Soldier
||2 Tim 2:3
||Grip your sword, Christian soldier: you're in the army now!
||The Global Imperative
||God empowers the Church for outreach that is beyond ourselves.
||The Heavenly Dove on Earth
||The Holy Spirit in us makes Christ's Incarnation an ongoing reality.
||Controlling or Controlled?
||True conversion surrenders a controlling heart to God's control.
||Principles of Sharing the Gospel
||Jesus calls us to help people find the One they are truly seeking.
||The Conversion of Saul
||Encountering God transforms our attitudes and our activities.
||The Prospects of Peace
||God arranges times of peace so we can be free to grow and serve.
||The Inclusive Nature of the Gospel
||Jesus cares about all lost sheep and sends us to bring them home.
||A Christlike Church
||Jesus wants the Church He is building to look like Him.
||Hesitations of Belief
||God often overrules unbelief with divine intervention.
||Three Stories of Blindness
||The Holy Spirit reveals divine truth, regardless of our response to it.
||Two Miraculous Conversions
||We were each born on purpose to be reborn with a higher purpose.
||Jesus: the Mighty God
||Jesus is the mighty Conqueror against the ongoing enemies we face.
||Jesus: the Prince of Peace
||The peace brought by the Christ Child touches every aspect of life.
||What Kind of Man Is This?
||Jesus is more concerned about little faith than about big storms.
||The Ultimate Epiphany
||2 Cor 4:1-10
||God wants the glory of His Son to shine out of our lives.
||Exploring the Depths of Repentance
||Each element of repentance is an ongoing part of the Christian life.
||The Comforter's Conviction
||The Spirit convicts us to change our wrong attitudes to right ones.
||Commitment to Communion
||Ongoing repentance moves us ever closer to the holy life of Christ.
||The Eternal Memorial (S.B.'s Graveside)
||The intent of tombstones are fulfilled only by heavenly memorials.
||Christ Central and Supreme
||God's Supreme investment in Christ calls us to the same investment.
||The Discipleship of Mary
||The true disciple is a person who puts God first.
||The Danger of Crowds
||People lose themselves in crowds but find their true selves in Christ.
||Embracing Christian Conflicts
||Acts 15:1-6, 36-41
||Jesus uses a variety of plans and people to build His Church.
||Empowered for Guidance
||The right direction is always the one in which God is leading.
||Open Our Eyes to See
||2 Kings 6:15-23
||Prayer can open eyes of earthly blindness with heavenly vision.
||Jesus is Still Releasing People
||A loving Godís prescription for human bondage is liberation.
||Proclaiming the Unknown God
||The Good News of Christ surpasses the best ideas humans can invent.
||Godís Ultimatum in Christ
||God intends for Jesus and His resurrection to change everyoneís mind.
||Sources of Encouragement
||Jesus knows our human need of encouragement and how to meet it.
||Seeking the Unexpected
||Jesus offers us not comfortable stability but a transforming adventure.
||Baptism in Jesus
||Success in Christian discipleship comes by immersion in Christ.
||Cleansing God's Temple
||Christ's ongoing goal is the purify His people.
||Confronting the Inner Child
||1 Cor 13:11
||For childlike spiritual growth, our childish ways must be confronted.
||Understanding the Inner Child
||1 Cor 13:11
||When we face our childishness, God helps us embrace childlikeness.
||Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus
||Only the coming King will bring the hopes our Advent carols sing.
||It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
||Christ brings peace on earth only to those who put God first.
||Where Did Time Go?
||The best use of time is trusting the Time-Keeper.
||Faith in the Hidden Work of God
||Luke 2:39-40, 51-52
||Faith in an unseen God includes trusting in His hidden work in us.
||Our Response to Epiphany
||Our response to wisdom's invitation determines our destiny.
||Divine Glory Through Divine Love
||After faith restores lost peace with God, love restores His lost glory.
||A Tongue Guided by Love
||1 Cor 13:1
||When love controls us, our words will not be hollow but wholesome.
||The Dead-Ends of Success
||1 Cor 13:2
||High levels of achievement are low assets without love.
||1 Cor 13:3
||No labors inspired by pain bring the gain that labors of love attain.
||Last Word #1-Forgiveness
||On the Cross, Jesus both purchased forgiveness and proclaimed it.
||Last Word #3-Relationships
||Our relationship to the Cross sets all other relationships in order.
||Last Word #5-Suffering
||Christ's thirst on the Cross was a fountain to quench human thirsting.