Date written: November 18th, 2007 Scripture ref: Psalm 100 SUBJECT: Thanksgiving TITLE: Entering God's Gates with Thanksgiving PROPOSITION: We enter God's gates with thanksgiving because 1) thanksgiving is the only appropriate response for what God has done for us, 2)
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Date written: October 27th, 2007 Scripture ref: Matthew 20:17-34 SUBJECT: Humility TITLE: Taking the Road to Jerusalem PROPOSITION: On the road to Jerusalem we find 1) A Prediction of Condemnation, 2) Preparation of Conduct 3) A Providing of Compassion. Objectives:
Date written: September 23rd, 2007 Scripture ref: Genesis 18:1-15 SUBJECT: Faith, God's Promises TITLE: Studies in Genesis – God Promises a Son PROPOSITION: In this lesson we will study God's promise of a son to Abraham. OBJECTIVE: To understand that
Have you ever finished a good book wishing there were more to the story? Have you ever watched a movie leaving the theater unsatisfied? Perhaps after a good meal you've wished there were more to come. Such things clearly provide
Date written: August 19th, 2007 Scripture ref: Genesis 37:31-36 SUBJECT: Adversity TITLE: How do you handle bad news? PROPOSITION: To study what the Bible teaches regarding how to handle bad news. OBJECTIVE: That each would know these Bible principles so
On the outside of an old fruit crate sitting in my office is a label: "Liberty Brand / Grown and Packed by Escondido Lemon Assn. / Escondido – Calif. / Sunkist." I understand that these fruit crate labels today are
"On the twenty-fifth of July, Sow your turnips, wet or dry." There may be a few among us that remember President Harry Truman. I am currently reading a biography about his life. While President Truman brought a swift end to
Date written: July 7th, 2007 Scripture ref: John 17:20-23 SUBJECT: Unity TITLE: Let Brotherly Love Motivate Us To Seek Unity PROPOSITION: We need to let brotherly love move us in our 1) Aspirations, 2) Axioms, 3) Autonomy, 4) Astuteness. OBJECTIVE:
Date written: March 31st, 2007 Scripture ref: 1 Corinthians 3:1-3 SUBJECT: Christian Growth TITLE: Milk and Meat PROPOSITION: When considering milk and meat we notice 1) the content of milk and meat is similar, 2) the consistency of milk and
"Milk and Meat"
This question I received through our web site this past week so I know nothing of the question's origins or the motivation behind the one asking. The scriptures, however, are sufficient to instruct us in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16-17), and
Date written: May 22nd, 2002 Scripture ref: Psalm 95:6,7 SUBJECT: Worship TITLE: Worship Part 2 -- Studying Our Attitude in Worship PROPOSITION: We want to study our attitude in worship. In order to worship God correctly there are certain things
This past week I saw a video on the news of a man stepping outside with a boiling pot of water, tossing the water into the air and its instantaneously changing into snow. He was near the top of Mount
As I type this article, I am suffering from the cumulative effect of having stayed up very late for the past several evenings. What have I been doing, you may ask, to keep me up so late? Mary Lynn and
On just about any mission trip, one thing can be assured, there are going to be some interesting stories. Recently, while in Panama, I had the opportunity to participate in a youth camp for a few days. Around 4:00 AM,
"David's Penitent Heart"
Date written: January 20th, 2007 Scripture ref: Psalm 51:1-19 SUBJECT: Repentance TITLE: David's Penitent Heart PROPOSITION: David's penitent heart was a heart that 1) Acknowledged his sin, 2) Appealed for forgiveness, and 3) Adjusted his attitude. OBJECTIVE: To understand the
In ancient times in the near eastern lands, when individuals wished to show mourning or a deep sense of sorrow, they would tear their garments. Jacob mourned Joseph in such a way (Genesis 37:34). Job so mourned the loss of
Do It Heartily!
There is an expression among those who exercise regularly, "No Pain, No Gain." The expression basically means that if you are not willing to work hard and suffer a little for your efforts, then you are not going to accomplish
The Christian and Retirement
Date written: September 30th, 2006 Scripture ref: 2 Peter 1:5-11 SUBJECT: Retirement TITLE: The Christian and Retirement PROPOSITION: What is retirement for the Christian? It is 1) Not an excuse to Stop. 2) An Opportunity. 3) A Reminder. Objectives: Each
Paul At Mars Hill
Date written: August 5th, 2006 Scripture ref: 1 Corinthians 13:1-8 SUBJECT: Love, Ethics TITLE: Love: The Christian Ethic PROPOSITION: To discuss the ethical standard of God: 1) That there is no other standard that can take its place, 2) That
When business of the Lord comes 'round, yes, needing to be done, And eager souls around desire the work to have begun, Some say just for the present time that we procrastinate, And put that business off until some more
"Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring" (Proverbs 27:1 ESV). When I was learning the Spanish language, I was told a joke. Seems that there were some workers who were asked to
Date written: June 10th, 2006 Scripture ref: Ecclesiastes 1:1-8 SUBJECT: Passage Study, Meaning of Life, Vanity TITLE: Studies in Ecclesiastes – Is Life Vain? PROPOSITION: In this lesson we'll look at the first chapter of the book of Ecclesiastes and
Date written: June 9th, 2006 Scripture ref: John 3:12-16 SUBJECT: Love, God TITLE: God's Love for Man PROPOSITION: In this lesson we will discuss how God has shown his love for man. He has shown that love through 1) the
Date written: May 26th, 2006 Scripture ref: Matthew 5:1-12 SUBJECT: Beatitudes TITLE: Blessed Are the Persecuted PROPOSITION: One can be happy when one is persecuted because of 1) the Christian's Relationship with God, 2) the Reality of Truth, 3) the
If you've watched the news any time lately, you've probably been aware of the new "epidemic" in our country. This epidemic isn't caused by a virus; it isn't caused by a bacteria; it isn't caused by any "disease" at all.
Set Your Affections On The Things Above
Date written: May 14th, 2006 Scripture ref: Genesis 4:1-5 SUBJECT: Sin, Origins TITLE: Studies in Genesis – The Sins of Cain PROPOSITION: To discuss the sins of Cain in Genesis 4. OBJECTIVE: To understand what those sins are and how
Let The Beauty of Jesus Be Seen in You
“Daddy, do you think God knows how we are feeling" were the words of my seven year old son after we found our pet dog, Dallas, dead in the back yard on a September morning. It was the first time
Between the years of 1969 to 1972 NASA sent Seismometers with the Apollo astronauts to be placed on the moon. They continued to send back data to earth until 1979 when they were turned off. They found that the moon
Date written: March 11th, 2006 Scripture ref: Matthew 5:1-12 SUBJECT: Peace, Beatitudes TITLE: Beatitudes – Blessed Are the Peacemakers PROPOSITION: Christians ought to be peacemakers because 1) God is the God of peace. 2) Jesus was and is a peacemaker.
Blessed Are the Peacemakers
Who Do You Love?
Date written: February 26th, 2006 Scripture ref: 2 Timothy 3:1-5 SUBJECT: Attitudes, Priorities, Devotion TITLE: Who do you love? PROPOSITION: To discuss the things that Paul says people will and will not love from 2 Timothy 3:1-5, namely, 1) Lovers
Date written: January 28th, 2006 Scripture ref: John 5:1-17 SUBJECT: Passage TITLE: What Happened at the Pool of Bethesda? PROPOSITION: At the pool of Bethesda we see an 1) unrealized cure, 2) unabashed command, 3) unjustified criticism, 4) unapologetic confirmation.
The word "offence" is used in the KJV of the Bible in one form or another some 73 different times. Out of those occurrences, 23 are found in the Old Testament and 50 in the New Testament. In the New
Date written: December 31st, 2005 Scripture ref: Colossians 3:1-4 SUBJECT: Attitudes, New Year TITLE: "Seek the Things Which Are Above" PROPOSITION: In order to seek the things which are above we must 1) Value the things which are above, 2)
Date written: December 16th, 2005 Scripture ref: Matthew 5:1-12 SUBJECT: Attitudes, Beatitudes, Purity TITLE: Beatitudes – Blessed Are the Pure in Heart PROPOSITION: Why are the pure in heart blessed/happy? 1) They are sincere, simple, and serene. 2) Their lives
Have you ever tried to walk in the dark? I do it frequently because of having to get up during the night. I also usually walk in the dark for a few moments after everyone has gone to bed when
It’s good to have friends. I’m glad I have some. Friends can be a great encouragement for good. But friends can also be a source of temptation as well. I remember in my Junior year of High School how I
We’ve all heard of the famous traitor Benedict Arnold, heralded in our American history classes as one of the most infamous traitors to the United States during the revolutionary war. But did you know that Arnold was first a General
Date written: August 13th, 2005 Scripture ref: Matthew 5:1-12 SUBJECT: Beatitudes, Mercy TITLE: Blessed Are the Merciful PROPOSITION: In this lesson we will look at the meaning of mercy, the actions of those who practice it and the blessing that
A man was dying in the desert when he came upon a tent. Inside the tent were two people. One of those people appeared friendly, warm, and inviting. The other person appeared ugly, cold and repulsive. In front of both
Date written: June 11th, 2005 Scripture ref: Matthew 5:1-12 SUBJECT: Attitudes TITLE: Beatitudes – Blessed Are They That Hunger and Thirst After Righteousness PROPOSITION: In this beatitude we find 1) A desire. 2) The object of that desire. 3) The
In Leviticus 10:10,11 God, after the fiery death of Nadab and Abihu, teaches an important lesson to Aaron regarding coming before God. We read, “Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go
Date written: April 3rd, 2005 Scripture ref: Jeremiah 31:18 SUBJECT: Attitudes TITLE: Ephraim Grieving PROPOSITION: The Bible speaks of complaints that are unwarranted, but also of complaints that are warranted or righteous. We will look at these two areas and
Date written: February 26th, 2005 Scripture ref: Matthew 5:1-11 SUBJECT: Attitudes TITLE: Beatitudes – The Meek PROPOSITION: In this lesson we will look at Matthew 5:5, "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth." We will answer the
There is in the popular mindset today, the idea that an individual can be spiritual without being religious. I've seen this concept presented in some recently read articles. I've also heard such touted in some television programs on the subject.
Date written: December 16th, 2004 Scripture ref: Matthew 5:3-10 SUBJECT: Attitudes TITLE: Beatitudes – They That Mourn PROPOSITION: In looking at this beatitude, we will notice 1) The characteristics of mourning, 2) The characteristics of comfort, and 3) Practical lessons
Date written: November 13th, 2004 Scripture ref: Matthew 5:3-10 SUBJECT: Attitudes TITLE: Beatitudes-Poor In Spirit PROPOSITION: In this lesson we will look at the beatitude, poor in spirit. We will note what it means to be poor in spirit. We
Some of you may know that I have a jaw-breaker the size of a billiard ball in my office. The reason for my having this jaw-breaker is another story, but I was looking at it today and thought that it
"Ane furthermore, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh," Ecc. 12:12. Here is warning from Divine wisdom. The nature of books is that they can
In our lifetime we are going to sin (1 John 1:7-10). Undoubtedly, some of those sins are going to be committed in the presence of others. There are going to be times when we either do not recognize that what
It has been said that humility is one of those things that if you claim you have it, you don't! There is something to be said concerning this statement. Humility is one of those characteristics that you have in your
The Bible is the greatest book ever written for man and the words of the Bible prove this fact over and over again. It has been said that it is the "owner's" manual for life. Certainly it was written by
I was talking with someone the other day regarding coming to the services. The person explained that he was going to a denomination right now because his child liked going to this place. That is when this thought crossed my
Date written: September 4th, 2004 Scripture ref: 1 Timothy 6:6-12 SUBJECT: Attitudes TITLE: Christian Contentment PROPOSITION: In this lesson we will look at the subject of contentment. We want to look at what contentment is not and then look at
"And every man that striveth in the games exerciseth self-control in all things. Now they do it to receive a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible" (1 Cor.9:25 ASV). Perhaps you have watched some of the Olympic Games this past
Reading through the news today, I came across an article on one of the presidential candidates wherein one of his former military commanders had said that he was a "loose cannon." Just the other day, one of our members was
Date written: July 25th, 2004 Scripture ref: Matthew 20:20-28 SUBJECT: Discipleship TITLE: To Be A Servant PROPOSITION: What does it mean to be a servant? To be a servant one must 1) Have the attitude of a servant, 2) Know
Date written: August 21, 1994 Scripture ref: Mark 8:36, 37 SUBJECT: Attitudes TITLE: God's Greatest Treasure PROPOSITION: In this sermon, we will give three reasons why the soul is God's Greatest Treasure: 1) The soul is constant; the world is
Date written: May 30th, 2004 Scripture ref: Genesis 25:7, 8 SUBJECT: Attitudes TITLE: The Ageing Christian PROPOSITION: The Christian should grow old 1) With God in Mind, 2) With all the enthusiasm that he can muster, and 3) With a
Is it ever appropriate for a Christian to bring a lawsuit against someone for defamation of character?
Date written: May 20th, 2004 Scripture ref: Romans 1:16, 17 SUBJECT: Attitudes TITLE: Let Us Not Be Ashamed! PROPOSITION: Let us not be ashamed 1) To suffer as a Christian, 2) To teach and preach the gospel, 3) To own
One of the characteristics of the people at Athens was that they were always interested in hearing about something new. Luke records this attitude for us in Acts 17:31 where he writes, "For all the Athenians and strangers which were
Date written: October 22nd, 2003 Scripture ref: 1 Samuel 16:7 SUBJECT:Attitudes PROPOSITION: In this lesson we will look at two kinds of hearts, 1) The hard heart, and 2) The Soft heart. OBJECTIVES: Each should understand the two hearts, their
Date written: February 1st, 1997 (Revised October 26th, 2003) Scripture ref: 1 Peter 2:9 SUBJECT: Attitudes TITLE: Attitudes of the Chosen Generation Type: Topical/Expository PROPOSITION: To have the attitude of the chosen generation, we must 1) Be proactive 2) Be