Amazing Grace

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Ephesians 2:1-10   I.         John Newton was born in England in 1725             A.        Before he reached the age of seven, his mother died.             B.        His father remarried and John was sent off to a boarding school             C.        At the age of 11, John left school to become a sailor on his father’s ship             D.        His…

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Jesus is the “I AM”

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Jesus-Is-The-I-AM.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton I.          Many religions cast doubts on the deity of Jesus              A.         Jehovah’s Witnesses claim that Jesus is the first creation of God.              B.         Muslims see Jesus as nothing more than a significant prophet, much like Moses.              C.         Probably the best analysis of who is Jesus is found in the book of John. II.         The evidence…

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Care for the Weak

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Care-for-the-Weak.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Matthew 12:9-21   I.         Even a casual reading of the Gospels brings up an noticeable and odd fact, Jesus would heal and then charge the people to tell no one.             A.        Why?                         1.         First, Jesus did not need any advertisement. His presence was sufficient.                         2.         Second, Jesus did not want people following just…

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God’s Glory in Concealed Things

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Gods-Glory-in-Concealed-Things.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Psalms 97   I.         When men wish for the glory of other men, they highlight the things that they do             A.        When we want a promotion or a pay raise, we present to our bosses lists of how we benefitted the company. We make sure the boss notices the good things…

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Taking Courage

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Taking-Courage-1.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Acts 28:1-16   I.         Suppose your boss never gave you any feedback concerning your job. You come in, do your job and leave, but you never hear a word of criticism or praise.             A.        It almost sounds like the ideal job. But I think most people would soon find it to…

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By What Power?

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/By-What-Power.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Acts 4:1-12   I.         There is a appeal to being your own boss, to do your own thing, and not answer to anyone             A.        You can see it during the times of the Judges – Judges 21:25                         1.         Yet, it is a period marked by the Israelites’ behavior going from bad to…

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The Deity of Christ While on Earth

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/The-Deity-of-Christ-While-on-Earth.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Philippians 2:5-8   I.         A debate arose among brethren concerning the nature of Christ several decades ago             A.        I watched the debates rage. It is easy to see that both sides stretch the position of the other as they attempt to justify their belief.                         1.         It does not affect a person’s salvation…

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Why Christ Is Worthy of Praise

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/Why-Christ-Is-Worthy-of-Praise.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Hebrews 1:1-14   I.         Christ has been appointed heir of all things             A.        Everything belonging to the Father are Christ’s – John 16:15             B.        The nations were given to him as an inheritance – Psalms 2:8             C.        All things are gathered together under his rule – Ephesians 1:10             D.        All Christians are his inheritance…

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God’s People in an Ungodly World

Text: Matthew 7 https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/Gods-People-in-an-Ungodly-World.mp3 by Don Bunting One (or Two) Chapter Lessons

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Understanding Bible Faith

Text: Hebrews 11 https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/Understanding-Bible-Faith.mp3 by Don Bunting One (or Two) Chapter Lessons

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Two Reasons to Follow Jesus

Text: Hebrews 1-2 https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/Two-Reasons-to-Follow-Jesus.mp3 by Don Bunting One (or Two) Chapter Lessons

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Perilous Times in the Last Days

Text: II Timothy 3 https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/Perilous-Times-in-the-Last-Days.mp3 by Don Bunting One (or Two) Chapter Lessons

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What Christianity Is All About

Text: Ephesians 1 https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/What-Christianity-Is-All-About.mp3 by Don Bunting One (or Two) Chapter Lessons

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Reasons to Believe in Jesus

Text: Matthew 1-2 https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/Reasons-to-Believe-in-Jesus.mp3 by Don Bunting One (or Two) Chapter Lessons

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One (or Two) Chapter Lessons

by Don Bunting April 7-10, 2024 Simple topics presented in a single context Reasons to Believe in Jesus (Matthew 1-2) What Christianity Is All About (Ephesians 1) Perilous Times in the Last Days (II Timothy 3) Two Reasons to Follow Jesus (Hebrews 1-2) Understanding Bible Faith (Hebrews 11) God’s People in an Ungodly World (Matthew…

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Hebrews: Encouragement to Remain Faithful

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/Hebrews-Encouragement-to-Remain-Faithful.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Hebrews 10:19-25   I.         The book of Hebrews interleaves evidence of the superiority of Christ, His covenant, and His church with encouragement to the brethren to remain faithful.             A.        After giving evidence that Jesus is God’s son, the writer said – Hebrews 2:1-4             B.        Jesus was a faithful son and so must…

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What Is God to You?

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/What-Is-God-to-You.mp3 by Raymond Warfel

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Instrumental Music

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/Instrumental-Music.mp3 by Raymond Warfel

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An Honorable Man: Mordecai

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/An-Honorable-Man-Mordecai.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: II Corinthians 13:1-10   I.         Because of Paul’s late arrival on the scene, his apostleship was at times questioned.             A.        In Corinth, though established by Paul, the church struggled with many sins.                         1.         There were some among the Corinthians less inclined to correct their problems or to heed Paul’s rebukes                         2.         Paul warned…

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Can I Know for Sure?

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Can-I-Know-For-Sure.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: I John 5   I.         Salvation means forgiveness of sins, but it also means a better life on earth and spending eternity with our God in heaven – Luke 18:29-30             A.        Such a gift is immeasurably valuable – Matthew 13:44-46             B.        We should not be anxious – Philippians 4:6-7             C.        See the confidence…

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Character Matters

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/CharacterMatters.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Romans 5:1-5   I.         Suppose you needed to hire someone for a job. What would you look for?             A.        You probably need someone with the skills to do the job, but what other things would you look for? Given several candidates with equivalent skills, what would set one person out above…

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Blessed Assurance

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/BlessedAssurance.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Hebrews 10:19-26   I.         If you died at this very moment, would the Lord place you in Heaven or Hell?             A.        Most would answer, “I hope it would be in Heaven.”             B.        Yet the answer lacks confidence. They are not certain.             C.        But why not? Who else would know of your standing before…

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What Constitutes Obedience?

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/What-Constitutes-Obedience.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Matthew 21:28-32   I.         When is obedience truly obedience?             A.        People seem to have varying ideas about what obedience actually means.                         1.         Perhaps not by words, but definitely by what is done. II.        Inadequate obedience             A.        Inaction                         1.         Matthew 21:28-32 – The one son claimed he would obey, but did nothing                         2.         In essence this is…

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What Made Hezekiah Great?

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/WhatMadeHezekiahGreat.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: II Kings 18:1-6   I.         Our reading tells us that Hezekiah was a great king of Israel.             A.        There was no king like him before in Judah. II.        The question, though, is what made Hezekiah great?             A.        It wasn’t his father, Ahaz                         1.         Ahaz was a wicked man – II Kings 16:2-4                         2.         Later we…

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Kindness and Generosity

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Kindness-and-Generosity.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Isaiah 58:1-12   I.         I ran across an interesting article by Aemily Smith, originally published in The Atlantic, November 9, 2014. “Science Says Lasting Relationships Come Down to Two Basic Traits.”             A.        It was about what factors showed whether a relationship would survive or not.             B.        The basic factors were kindness and…

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Honor the King

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/Honor-the-King-1.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: I Peter 2:13-17   I.         I Peter 2:17 – Honor the King             A.        It is getting hard to avoid the problems this country has with its leaders             B.        Everyone knows about the sins commit by some of our recent presidents and each has his own opinion on the matter             C.        But knowing that…

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A Tender Heart

A Tender Heart (Part 1)A Tender Heart (Part 2) by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: II Kings 22:14-20   I.         The heart of Josiah             A.        Those were dark days in the kingdom. For 55 years his grandfather had harshly ruled over Judah – a reign of evil and terror – II Kings 21:1-2, 6                         1.         So terrible were his…

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Tabitha

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Tabitha.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Acts 9:32-43   I.         In our text we find two stories.             A.        The great miracle that God performed through Peter to raise a woman who had died.                         1.         This event brought many to the Lord – Acts 9:42                         2.         We don’t have access to miracles today; yet, we can learn how to lead…

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The Direction of Your Life

The Direction of Your Life – Part 1The Direction of Your Life by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Matthew 6:19-24   I.         Whenever I taught someone to drive, I was reminded that people have a tendency to go in the direction they are looking.             A.        When a person first learns to drive, they tend to look at things…

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Jesus, the Only Way

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Jesus-the-Only-Way.mp3 by Raymond Warfel

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Personal Goals for 2024

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Personal-Goals-for-2024.mp3 by Raymond Warfel

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What Must I Do to Go to Heaven?

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/What-Must-I-Do-to-Go-to-Heaven.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Matthew 19:16-22   I.         I was asked, “What must I do to go to Heaven when I die? Please no opinions. Please use the Bible, it is all we have that is the truth.”             A.        I am impressed that this man only wants a biblical answer. Far too many simply want…

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The Greatest Plan

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/The-Greatest-Plan.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Acts 5:27-42   I.         The rulers of the Jews were upset.             A.        They had killed off a man whom they thought was leading the people against them, but his teachings just won’t go away.                         1.         Men who were his disciples had continued to teach this man’s doctrine.                         2.         They could not be intimidated,…

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God Conscious

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/God-Conscious.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Psalms 139   I.         A truly godly man lives with a constant realization of God’s divine presence             A.        He is God conscious             B.        When he awakes in the morning, there is God.             C.        As he dresses for work, there is God.             D.        As he goes in to breakfast with his family, as he drives…

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Salvation in No One Else

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Salvation-in-No-One-Else.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Acts 4:5-12   I.         In April, 2011, Time Magazine listed their 100 most influential people, among whom was Rob Bell, a preacher who founded a church called “Mars Hill.”             A.        It isn’t connected with any denomination. Time reveled in calling Mr. Bell and his church “evangelical,” but it isn’t an accurate…

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The Way

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/The-Way-1.mp3 Text: Isaiah 35   I.         At times I will be studying and a verse sticks in my mind.             A.        In Isaiah 35 is a prophecy. It is obviously talking about the time when Jesus walked on this earth – Isaiah 35:4-6             B.        What struck me was the description of a highway – Isaiah 35:8-9                         1.         Such an interesting…

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