Mary’s House

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Acts 12:12-17   I.         In Acts 12 we learn that the persecution of the church intensified in Judea.             A.        Herod had the apostle James killed – Acts 12:1-2             B.        It was a popular act, and so he planned to repeat it by having Peter killed – Acts 12:3-4             C.        But Peter did not remain…

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Hospitality

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: III John 3-8   I.         Sometimes you are so familiar with a term that you never stop to examine whether your use of the term is actually correct             A.        Years ago, I was studying about hospitality. There are several passages in the New Testament that tells us to be hospitable                         1.         Romans 12:13…

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More Noble Minded

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Acts 17:1-12   I.         Paul came to Thessalonica, a city on the coast in Macedonia, to preach the gospel             A.        He started out in the synagogues as was his custom.                         1.         After three weeks of effort he convinced a few of the Jews, but large number of Greeks who had worshiped with the…

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Give Us Our Daily Bread

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Matthew 6:9-13   I.         When God created man, he was placed in a garden that provided his needs – Genesis 2:8-9             A.        But man sinned and was driven from the Garden – Genesis 3:17-19             B.        The basics of sustenance was no longer provided. It had to be worked for – II Thessalonians 3:7-12…

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If There Be Any Virtue

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Romans 7:14-25   I.         One of the educational fads is “values clarification”             A.        Government run schools have a problem.                         1.         It is good for society to have morally good citizens, but the whole concept of morality assumes a standard of right and wrong that is greater than mankind.                         2.         How do you teach morality…

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Chariots of Fire

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: II Kings 6:8-23   I.         Ben-hadad, king of Syria, caused much grief for the northern kingdom of Israel             A.        He made many raids into Israel, but he soon ran into problems             B.        While his strategies were planned in top-secret, the king of Israel always seemed to know them in advance and had counters…

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My Conscience

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: I Corinthians 4:1-5   I.         Defining your conscience             A.        A part of every human is an awareness of what he should do in various situations             B.        Your conscience does not determine what is right or wrong                         1.         That is what judgment is for.                         2.         Righteous judgment is done by God’s wisdom – Proverb 8:12-17                         3.         What…

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A Psalm of Penitence

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Psalm 51:10-17   I.         There are several psalms which deal with sorrow over sin and repentance: Psalms 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, and 143.             A.        The context is given at the beginning of Psalm 51             B.        David was a man dedicated to God.                         1.         Though he was told at an early age that he…

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Lessons from the Reign of Asa

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: I Kings 15:8-24   I.         Asa’s reign was the third in Judah since the great division of Israel during the reign of Rehoboam             A.        His father, Abijam, only reigned three years.                         1.         Abijam was not a good king as the Lord counts goodness – I Kings 15:3                         2.         In fact, the most notable thing…

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