Give Us Our Daily Bread

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 II.         Despite the fact…

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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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Spiritual Maturity

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Philippians 3:8-17   I.         What is your goal in life?             A.        Life is short. You don’t have time to accomplish everything that is available to you, so what do you desire most to obtain?             B.        For Paul it was to be like Christ and obtain heaven – Philippians 3:8-11                         1.         The design of the…

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Hard Sayings

Text: Hebrews 5:5-14   I.         There are hard sayings in the Bible             A.        When Jesus was followed by a crowd looking for free food, he began explaining that they needed to seek spiritual food that only he could offer – John 6:35                         1.         Eventually Jesus said something hard to understand – John 6:53-58                         2.         Jesus’ own disciples decided this…

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People Paul Knew

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Romans 16:1-15   I.         Certain sections of the Bible are difficult to read, such as the genealogies with all the unfamiliar names             A.        The beginning of Romans 16 is similar, even though it is a list of personal greetings to people Paul knew in Rome             B.        Too often we skim right through such…

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Claims of Contradictions in the Resurrection Accounts

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: I John 1:1-4   I.         People who don’t want to hear a message will try to find some way to discredit either the messenger or the message             A.        If there is a perceived flaw, then they feel justified in tossing out everything they don’t want to accept             B.        Atheists and Muslims do this…

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