Put Forth the Effort

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Luke 13:23-30   I.         If I asked you to name a famous inventor, the name of Thomas Edison would quickly arise.             A.        Mr. Edison had a strong influence in our society.                         1.         He invented the light bulbs which light our auditorium.                         2.         He invented the method of distributing electricity to homes                         3.         For you music…

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Metaphors for God

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Psalms 18:1-19   I.         Figures of speech have long been used in communicating ideas.             A.        Prior to the modern usage of font styles, the content of the text itself called the reader’s attention to what was important.             B.        Figures of speech grabs your attention because they depart from the usual rules of grammar…

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In the Midst of Evil

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: I Peter 1:3-9   I.         Abraham was told that his descendants would be strangers and slaves in a land before being brought back out 400 years later – Genesis 15:13             A.        That nation, Egypt, was one of the more wicked places on earth, totally given over to idolatry                         1.         It became one of…

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How Satan Divides Brethren

by Larry Rouse The Three Pillars of False Movements   I.         We should not be surprised at the tactics of Satan.             A.        When working with other men we must constantly be humbled and because of that be willing to follow the wisdom of God. (James 4:13-18)                         1.         When we trust God it becomes all about Him and we…

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Angry Words

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Ephesians 4:25-5:2   I.         The Bible speaks of two types of anger             A.        The quick, fly-off-the handle, hot tempered anger             B.        The slow, methodical, vengeful anger             C.        Both are dangerous for different reasons             D.        Colossians 3:8                         1.         Orge (anger) is the slow building type of anger                         2.         Thumos (wrath) is the passionate hot-tempered type of anger                         3.         Both…

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God Revealed

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Revelation 15:1-6   I.         In the beginning, Adam and Eve had fellowship with God             A.        God directly interacted with His creation – Genesis 2:15-22             B.        He walked in the garden – Genesis 3:8             C.        But they had sinned and that sin – separated them from God – Genesis 3:22-24             D.        That has remained true -…

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Hold to God’s Unchanging Hand

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Ecclesiastes 1:3-11   I.         The world seems to be constantly changing.             A.        The one constant seems to be the turmoil             B.        The change is rarely beneficial             C.        Early in the last century a blind poetess, Jennie Wilson, wrote a reminder to us that the world changes but God does not II.        Men are unreliable guides…

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When Wisdom Calls

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Proverbs 1:20-33   I.         Will Rogers once said, “Congress is so strange. A man gets up to speak and says nothing, nobody listens and then everybody disagrees.”             A.        I’m sure those in politics get frustrated when it seems no one listens.             B.        But then we all do. We might not be the deepest thinkers…

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Fools

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Luke 11:37-54   I.         We see fools all around us,             A.        But no one wants to be thought of as a fool                         1.         (1995) In Wesley Chapel, Florida, Joseph Aaron, 20, While repairing a car, found he needed to bore a hole in the pipe. When he couldn’t find a drill, he tried…

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Peace, Perfect Peace

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: James 3:13-18   I.         Peace is a commodity much desired and rarely found             A.        As Christians we are told to live in peace – II Corinthians 13:11             B.        God is a God of peace – Philippians 4:7             C.        So we expect that those following His teachings find peace – Galatians 5:22-23             D.        The problem is…

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