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Under Pressure

Posted by kirxander on December 30, 2016 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (4)

Sunday, Matt wrapped up his sermon series on Pressure Points. Our last lesson topic was on hardening our hearts. Here's a great illustration that goes with this topic:


There are two ways of handling pressure. One is illustrated by a bathysphere, the miniature submarine used to explore the ocean in places so deep that the water pressure would crush a conventional submarine like an aluminum can. Bathyspheres c...

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Shoes on the Mantlepiece

Posted by kirxander on December 19, 2016 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (3)

So often, revenge/retaliation is a result of us not being willing to let go; of not being willing to forgive others.


Let's remember that we need to have Christ-like attitudes - and Christ was the perfect example of forgiving others - and let go of the past.


The below is a great illustration on this idea.


God Bless!


Shoes on the Mantlepiece


 

There was once a very poor ...

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Careless Words

Posted by kirxander on December 7, 2016 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (3)
Matt's lesson Sunday was on our speech. How it can be used for good and bad. Here is a great story on this idea:

There is a story of a woman in an Indian village who maliciously gossiped about another lady and her family in the village. One day she found out that she was wrong about this lady and her family and had a change of heart. She went to the village’s wise man and asked how s...

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Saving a Place for Satan

Posted by kirxander on November 18, 2016 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (2)

As we continue with our "Pressure Points" sermon series, one of the biggest pressures we can face is from temptation. Satan is constantly trying to get to us. Here's a great illustration on this topic:


On a recent trip to Haiti, I heard a Haitian pastor illustrate to his congregation the need for total commitment to Christ. His parable: A certain man wanted to sell his house for $2,000. Another man wanted ve...

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Vines

Posted by kirxander on November 10, 2016 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (2)
As we begin our sermon series, "Pressure Points", our first topic is Suffering. We often are faced with suffering in our life and wonder why God allows it. Why do bad things happen to good people. The following story gives a fantastic perspective on this question:

B.M. Launderville has written, "The vine clings to the oak during the fiercest of storms. Although the violence of nature may u...

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YOU Are a Pumpkin!

Posted by kirxander on October 31, 2016 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (1)

Throughout the Bible, we're told we need to be transformed. That we need to change our lives. We read verses like the following:


Ephesians 4:22-24 (NCV)
22 You were taught to leave your old self—to stop living the evil way you lived before. That old self becomes worse, because people are fooled by the evil things they want to do. 23 But you were taught to be made new in your hearts, 24 to become a new person. That new person is made to be like God—made to be ...

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Blazing Coals

Posted by kirxander on October 25, 2016 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (2)
We've just finished wrapping up our sermon series on "I Love My Church". If you'd like to watch videos of any of the sermons, or see discussion/study questions, please click on this link.

Here's a great story that illustrates some of the concepts we've been talking about in this series:

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A Helping Hand

Posted by kirxander on October 12, 2016 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (2)

Sometimes we feel like we what we do doesn't matter. There's a great illustration on that topic:


 

There was a rich young man who had a series of disappointments which made him feel that life was not worth while, as if he really had nothing left to live for. On his way to the river where he intended to end his life, a street urchin met him and begged for a little money to buy bread. The young man,...

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A Light for Others

Posted by kirxander on October 4, 2016 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (2)

We sometimes fail to realize the impact we have on our fellow church members. Here is a great illustration on this concept:


Several centuries ago in a mountain village in Europe, a wealthy nobleman wondered what legacy he should leave to his townspeople. He made a good decision. He decided to build them a church. No one was permitted to see the plans or the inside of the church until it was finished. At its ...

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Testing Your Love for God

Posted by kirxander on September 23, 2016 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (2)

As we begin our new sermon series, "I Love My Church", our first sermon was titled, "Loving the Church Means Loving People". This illustration goes along with that concept perfectly:


In an engine-room it is impossible to look into the great boiler and see how much water it contains. But running up beside it is a tiny glass tube, which serves as a gauge. As the water stands in the little tube, so it stands in...

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