Love and Respect

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Ephesians 5:25-33   I.         There are some topics that are joined such that you cannot have one without the other.             A.        Faith and obedience are two sides the same subject.                         1.         You can’t really have faith without obedience – James 2:14-18                         2.         And you can’t really have obedience without faith – Romans 4:2-5                         3.         It…

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Reverence

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Psalms 89:1-16   I.         Hebrews 12:28-29 – Offer service to God with reverence and godly fear             A.        Reverence means                         1.         “A feeling of profound awe and respect and often love; veneration.”                         2.         The word literally means “with downcast eyes” or bashfulness.             B.        Psalms 2:11 – Serve God with fear, rejoice with trembling             C.        Psalms 89:5-15 -…

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Boredom

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton I.         The child has a room full of action figures, video games, cable TV, VCR, a huge collection of video tapes, every piece of sports equipment known to man, his own telephone, a fully loaded computer with Internet access — but he doesn’t have anything to do. He’s bored.             A.        Boredom is the…

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Denying Oneself

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Titus 2:11-14   I.         Self-improvement books abound. People constantly look for means wherein they can make themselves better.             A.        “Better,” in most people’s books, means happiness.             B.        But to many people there are limits to betterment             C.        Ingrid Law captured the idea when she wrote, “You can’t get rid of a part that makes…

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Prisoners of Hope

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Zechariah 9:9-12   I.         The book of Zechariah is one of both scoldings and exhortation.             A.        The people after their return from captivity had fallen into complacency and indifference toward their religion.             B.        Zechariah calls them to change through warnings – Zechariah 1:2-6             C.        And he encourages them through visions of the future. Our…

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The Hope of Eternal Life

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: I Corinthians 15:12-19   I.         It is no secret that many ministers in the denominational world lack faith in the Bible.             A.        Methodists: 51%, Episcopalians: 35%, American Baptist: 33%, Presbyterians 30%, American Lutherans: 13% doubt Jesus’ physical resurrection [Jeffrey Hadden, results of a survey of 7,441 Protestant ministers published in PrayerNet Newsletter,…

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Yet Not with a Whole Heart

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: II Chronicles 25:1-16   I.         Amaziah was the son of Joash.             A.        His father started reigning at an extremely young age because his grandmother had killed all the heirs to the throne of David, except him. – II Chronicle 22:10-12                         1.         She was eventually killed and Joash was placed on the throne.                         2.         While…

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Fruitful Christians

by Jeffery W. Hamilton Text John 15:1-8   I.         We know that Jesus’ words in John 15 concerning the vine and branches are dealing with individual Christians and not denominations.             A.        Jesus is the vine, each one of us are branches off that vine, and God is the vinedresser.             B.        But don’t get so caught up in identifying…

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Death

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Job 14:1-15   I.         Death is first mentioned in Genesis 2:17 as a consequence for partaking of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil             A.        In the punishment of Adam, death is mentioned – Genesis 3:19             B.        Yet, Adam lived 930 years before dying – Genesis 5:5             C.        God…

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Our Home

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: II Corinthians 5:1-9   I.         God has promised us a place of rest – Hebrews 4:1-3             A.        There are days when I turn over in bed and start to think about all the things I need to get done today.                         1.         Even though it is earlier than I need to get up, I…

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