A Good Mate

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: I Peter 3:1-7   I.         Introduction             A.        Many, if not most people, spend a fair chunk of their life trying to reach a decision regarding who they will marry             B.        Sadly, most leave this important choice to impulsive feelings. Little thought is given             C.        Others agonize over the decision because they aren’t certain what…

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What is God’s Will for Me? Part 3: Making a Decision

Text: Deuteronomy 10:12-14 I.         Numerous people are convinced through repeated teachings that there is a specific plan that God has for each person’s life             A.        You would think that would make life easier. If God has laid out the perfect life for me, then I just have to conform my life to God’s will and follow where…

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What Is God’s Will for Me? Part 2: Is There a Unique Personal Will?

Text: Proverbs 4:1-10   I.         What we’ve seen             A.        There are groups which teach that there are three different wills of God                         1.         A sovereign will in which God has laid down the course or direction of the universe                         2.         A moral will in which God has defined what people should and should not do.                         3.         An individual will in…

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What Is God’s Will for Me? Part 1: What Is Being Taught

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Ephesians 1:15-23   I.         How do you know what God wants you to do?             A.        Not in regards to moral decisions, but in regards to choices we often face in which neither choice is actually wrong.                         1.         “Which college should I attend?”                         2.         “Should I ask her to marry me?”                         3.         “Should I try for…

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What if the man I want to marry turns out to be a polygamist?

Question: Good afternoon sir, I’m in a relationship with a guy who comes from a polygamous family I love him and want to marry him but I’m scared of the future. His mother is harsh, and although I’ve been praying about it, I am worried about the future. What if he turns out to be…

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How do you plan for the future without borrowing trouble from the future?

Question: How does one balance planning for the future without borrowing troubles from the future? Matthew 6:34 says to not worry about tomorrow because it will worry about itself, and today has its own trouble. One must be responsible about planning for the future within reason without imagining all that could possibly go wrong and…

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Choices

by Ken Weliever The other day Norma Jean and I discovered a quaint little breakfast spot on North Redington Beach, The Sweet Sage Café. It’s a combination café, gift shop, and boutique with a beautiful outdoor garden. After a delicious breakfast, we began browsing through the gift shop reading some of the clever plaques. Many…

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Does God want me to give up everything and preach the Gospel?

Question: Hello Minister, I’ve recently been dealing with a lot of internal conflict concerning God’s individual will for my life. I’ve been in deep thought as to whether I should give up all the things that I enjoy, as well as my current life at home with my parents, in order to serve Christ and…

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Rash Decisions

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Acts 19:23-41   I.         Our text illustrates the making of a riot             A.        Certain men feared that Christianity would impact their income. – Acts 19:24-27                         1.         They stirred up the masses with fear of lost income and fear of a lost way of life.                         2.         The fear spread through the city, even when people…

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