by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Jude 1-10   I.         Why did you become a Christian?             A.        For most of us, we desired the promise – Ephesians 1:13-14             B.        We wanted forgiveness of our sins, but more importantly, we want to go home.             C.        Sadly, few actually make it – Matthew 7:13-14             D.        Paul sought heaven, but he realized it wasn’t…

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by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: I Peter 2:13-17   I.         Peter talked about our relationship to the government – I Peter 2:13-17             A.        Submission to the government is an involuntary action. Most of us do not have opportunities to chose which government we wish to live under. Even with choice, we will always be under some government.…

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Text: II Peter 1:16-21   I.         “Grandpa, read me a story.”             A.        Children love hearing a story and so stories are selected to teach the children some lessons             B.        Most of us don’t grow out of the desire to hear a story. Whether from reading a book or hearing a podcast or watching a movie, stories have a…

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by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Ephesians 4:17-24   I.         There is a Proverb that stands out in my mind – Proverbs 26:18-19             A.        You cannot cover up lies with a claim that you were making a joke.             B.        We are judged by what we say, even the casual things said without much thought – Matthew 12:35-37                         1.         Why?                         2.         Words…

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Text: Hebrews 5:6-6:3   I.         Teaching is a duty within the church             A.        Ephesians 4:11 – Listed with apostles, prophets, evangelists, and pastors.             B.        Acts 13:1 – Antioch had prophets and teachers             C.        I Corinthians 12:28-29 – Listed among apostles and prophets.             D.        Romans 12:6-8 – Teaching is a gift to be exercised to our best ability             E.        Paul performed the…

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Text: Romans 15:1-6   I.         Sometimes I have to wonder what happened to common courtesy. The phrase needs to be changed because it seem common courtesy has become uncommon.             A.        Courtesy is “the showing of politeness in one’s attitude and behavior toward others”                         1.         It comes from a French word meaning “courtly ideals; chivalry, chivalrous conduct; elegance of…

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Text: II Peter 1:10-21   I.         When you want to read a book which was written in French, but you don’t know French, what do you do?             A.        You find an interpretation of the French book into a language you know.             B.        An interpreter copies the meaning of something from one language into another language.             C.        But can you…

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Text: I Kings 18:25-40   I.         When Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal in I Kings 18             A.        It wasn’t that the false prophets were insincere or had no belief at all             B.        They cut themselves, danced in a frenzy, and spent a day calling on their god.             C.        If all you needed was sincerity and faith, they had…

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