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[11 Feb 2011 | No Comment | 245 views]

Acts 11:15-17
A.            Introduction (Save text and title till end.)
1.            Why reinvent the wheel? Why make things more complicated than they should be, in the name of progress?
2.            Examples: Omni competition to come up with “retro-breakthroughs” (Reader’s Digest).
a.            “Privacy screen”: adjusts to block summer glare or allow winter sunlight—shade tree.
b.      “Portable arcade”: device to play a variety of games, no cartridges or batteries needed—card deck.
c.      “Graphic media emulator”: high-resolution, thin-screen monitor, near-perfect emulations of all graphic media, personal grooming assistant—mirror.
d.            “Silicon timer”: powered by planetary attraction phenomenon—hourglass.
e.      “Virtual-reality device/entertainment center”: no …

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[13 Dec 2010 | No Comment | 313 views]

De Opresso Liber is the motto of the US Army Special Forces. It is a latin phrase that means, “Liberate the Oppressed”. The phrase originated during WWII when Colonel Aaron Bank and his Special Forces teams enabled the oppressed French Resistance to grow and eventually oppose and overthrow the occupying German Army.
Similarly, it is the duty of Christians to become special forces in an oppressed world… to enable the lost to stage a resistance against the Oppressor through the power of Christ.
Augustine wrote the following, which he described as the …

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[6 Dec 2010 | No Comment | 244 views]

2 Kings 4:1-6
Luke 17:11-19
A message about the widow woman and vessels of oil. Likening her destitute condition to our condition of emptiness/hunger/need/desire, and the fact that, as long as there is yet a vessel to fill the oil will flow. How did she feel when she realized there were no more vessels to fill?
End with the story of the 10 lepers, and how only one came back to Jesus to give thanks. Jesus’ question, “Where are the nine?”
Perhaps the man thought to himself, “This is a question I can’t answer, …

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[1 Dec 2010 | No Comment | 191 views]

(Sermon seed by Tony McCall)
An article on CNN.com details a recent shift in wedding preferences of brides choosing colored dresses over the traditional white.
Instead of trying to fit a certain mold, Ariel Meadow Stallings cut up a lime-green prom dress she found on eBay, and paired it with an iridescent blue corset.
After all, it was her wedding day. She wanted to look and feel her best. “And that means wanting to wear the color you feel best compliments your skin tone and your hair,” she said.
While most brides aren’t ready …

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[8 Oct 2010 | No Comment | 781 views]
The Secret Mistake Of The Titanic

For 100 years, the real reason for such devastating loss of life on the Titanic had been kept secret. A navigational error was at fault for the initial collision with the iceberg, but it has been revealed that the reason for it’s quick sinking was the rash decision of the ship’s owner, J. Bruce Ismay. He insisted they continue sailing when they should have just stayed still. Instead, because of their movement the ship sank hours faster than it should have. “If Titanic had stood still, she would have survived …

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[6 Oct 2010 | No Comment | 283 views]

Philippians 3:13
(13) Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
Have you ever opened a folder or a document expecting to find the contents on the inside bearing the results of the name on the outside, only to find it completely blank?
To us, our past is powerfully present in our mind at times, but God has a way of forgiving and forgetting!
I can forgive and struggle with the memory… What …

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[22 Sep 2010 | No Comment | 320 views]

Stage 1–The Empty Pew
Sleeping late
Weekend visits
Excuses
No resolve
Deepening neglect
Stage 2–An Empty Heart
No time for God
No time for prayer
Not interested in the Bible
Spiritual cobwebs
More excuses
Stage 3–An Empty life
Influence for God–nil
Influence for church–nil
Example to children on selecting the best–nil
Influence on neighbors–nil
Materialism growing
Stage 4–An Empty future
No “well done, good and faithful servant”
No “thou has been faithful over a few things….”
No crown of life
No “enter thou into the joy of the Lord”
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[23 Aug 2010 | No Comment | 295 views]

Acts 2:7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?
Acts 2:13 Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.
Some men marvelled, others mocked.
Marvelled: something that causes wonder, admiration, or astonishment; a wonderful thing.
Mocked: To attack or treat with ridicule, contempt, or derision. To ridicule by mimicry of action or speech; mimic derisively. To mimic, imitate, or counterfeit. To challenge; defy.
Consider the account of Michal, the daughter of Saul. At one time she marveled at …

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[16 Aug 2010 | No Comment | 304 views]

Isaiah 21:6 For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.
Isaiah 21:11-12 The burden of Dumah. He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night? 12 The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night: if ye will inquire, inquire ye: return, come.
In vs. 11, the opening words, “the burden of…” means, “the harsh prophecy for…” Numerous times in the book of Isaiah, the prophet begins his words toward a people, person or …

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[9 Aug 2010 | No Comment | 335 views]

They found a road
Jeremiah 6:16
Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.
There is a road we must walk… Straight and narrow. We must find the old paths, and pave the way for others.
Old Paths
One God
Repentance from Sin
Water Baptism
Spirit Baptism
Holiness and separation
Find a Road
Matthew 7:13-14
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad …