Contributing sermons since Jun 2, 2005
Contributed on Feb 1, 2018
Like Jesus, Christians are to build their lives around the principle of generosity.
What would you say to people you love who you are never going to see again? For many of us that brings to memory an emotionally powerful moment in our life. May be it was tender words of affection and admiration or it may have been tearful words of confession and forgiveness. I’ve been at this ...read more
Contributed on Mar 16, 2016
Happiness is the product of practicing certain disciplines that make us like Christ.
Series: Be Happy Title: Happiness Through… Text: Psalm 103 Truth: Happiness is the product of practicing certain disciplines that make us like Christ. Aim: To encourage the church to practice these disciplines to experience God’s happiness. INTRODUCTION Ruth Graham, the wife ...read more
Contributed on Mar 7, 2016
Happiness is a choice.
Series: Be Happy Title: Happiness is a Choice Text: Philippians 4:1-9 Truth: Happiness is a choice. Life Question: How do we choose happiness? INTRODUCTION Many years ago an elderly man immigrated to the United States from one of the Communist bloc countries of Eastern Europe. After his ...read more
Contributed on Mar 2, 2016
To be like God is to be happy.
Many years ago I was teaching an adult Sunday school class. Though I don’t recall the text or lesson, I remember a person and the statement she made. This woman was the mother of two teenage daughters, and her husband occasionally attended church. She said she wished you could be saved ...read more
Contributed on Feb 24, 2016
We cultivate a responsive heart to God by obeying the truth.
My first pastorate was a rural church in northwest Oklahoma. A young man in the church returned from military service overseas. He brought his new bride to meet me. She was Irish. It was her first time in the U.S. I asked what impressed her about Oklahoma. She said it was the dirt. I was ...read more
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Contributed on Aug 27, 2014
Someone has said, “God had only one Son who lived without sin, but He has had no sons who have lived without prayer.” Jesus was constantly in prayer. He prayed before He ate, before great decisions, and in the Garden of Gethsemane before He went to the cross. Sometimes He prayed all night. ...read more
Contributed on Aug 27, 2014
Are you familiar with the brush-suede shoe called Hush Puppies? It was popular when I was a kid. The brand was all but dead until late 1994. Sales were down to 30,000 pairs a year, mostly sold in backwoods outlets and small-town family stores. Wolverine, the company that makes Hush Puppies, was ...read more
Contributed on Feb 7, 2013
WHERE ARE THE HAPPIEST KIDS? Where do the happiest kids in the world live? A study released in 2012 titled "The New Definition of Childhood" produced by an agency headquartered in Chicago found that the happiest kids in the world live in Mexico--despite its many social ills and widespread ...read more
Contributed on Jan 21, 2013
THE SHOES FROM MY FATHER Roy Smith was a preacher of a past generation. In his book Tales I’ve Told Twice, he tells about being at a dress rehearsal for the school play. He was a freshman at the little junior college in the town where his family always lived. He didn’t know how but somehow ...read more
Contributed on Dec 20, 2012
If we were to go out on the streets and ask people at random, “What is your greatest need?” we would probably get a number of different responses. We wouldn’t be surprised in this economy if we got several answers of people needing a job so they could provide for their home and family. If people ...read more