Why Water?

Text: John 3:1-12   I.         Jesus stated that unless one is born of water and the spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of heaven – John 3:5             A.        We understand, despite efforts by many to avoid it, that Jesus refers to baptism when he said one must be born of water             B.        Today, I would like to consider…

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How Pure Is Your Religion?

by Jefferson David Tant You know the verse: “Pure and undefiled religion … is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress” (James 1:27). Now, consider Ezekiel 16:49, where God mentions Sodom’s sins. “Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had arrogance, abundant food, and careless ease, but…

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Retaliation

Text: Romans 12:17-21   I.         When someone strikes you, what is the first impulse?             A.        Why, to strike back             B.        It has been with us since childhood. “I’ll get even!”                         1.         Therein is the core. We want to strike back because we feel justice has not be carried out             C.        But I’ve noticed that it is never an equal strike…

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Lord Send Me

by Dixie Bowman Sentry Magazine, September 2002 The Scriptures abound with acts of kindness, humility, and love. As always, Jesus is our best example. When He washed the disciples’ feet (John 13:4-17), it first appears as an act of kindness, which, although kind, was intended as a lesson on humility and servitude. “For I have…

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Uncommon Courtesy

Text: Romans 15:1-6   I.         Sometimes I have to wonder what happened to common courtesy. The phrase needs to be changed because it seem common courtesy has become uncommon.             A.        Courtesy is “the showing of politeness in one’s attitude and behavior toward others”                         1.         It comes from a French word meaning “courtly ideals; chivalry, chivalrous conduct; elegance of…

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A Confession for Internet Writers

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton I Repent of pretending to know more than I do, of speaking without listening, of correcting without caring, of passing judgment without understanding, of talking at people instead of with people, of using words that hurt and do not heal, of writing without grace, charity, love, and kindness, of writing with…

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Let it Shine, Let it Shine, Let it Shine . . .

by Edward O. Bragwell Our title is a line from a song very familiar to little folks who participate in Bible classes. It is a joy to see them marching around, holding the imaginary light high with one hand. The idea ultimately goes back to Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount: “Ye are the light of…

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Love Is …

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: I Corinthians 13:1-8   I.         Many passages are used for needlepoint samplers. A popular choice is I Corinthians 13:1-8             A.        Have you considered the meaning of the many phrases?             B.        We often associate this passage with weddings, but Paul was writing about what love between brethren is like             C.        However, it can be applied to many…

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Actions and Reactions

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Luke 6:20-36   I.         How should you act? How should you react?             A.        We live in a “me first” age. People demand their rights. They seek to get even when wronged.             B.        But let me tell you about a radical view of life II.        Actions – Luke 6:27-28             A.        Love your enemies                         1.         The root difference…

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