Contributing sermons since Feb 15, 2020
Contributed on Jun 28, 2022
A church's size and circumstances don't define its effectiveness or true power. It's our faithfulness to the Word and our testimony.
Hold On! lanny smith Seven / Church at Philadelphia / Revelation 3:7–13 • Storybook rock song “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi. • One of band’s biggest hits (1987). Chosen #1 song of the ‘80’s in a VH1 listener poll. • Story of a couple (loosely based on writer’s experience) who fall on hard ...read more
Contributed on Jun 14, 2022
What does it mean for a church be spiritually dead or truly alive?
Dead or Alive lanny smith Seven / Sardis / Revelation 3:1–6 • Three years ago this month, I had a table saw accident which damaged two fingers on my left hand. • It was, like most injuries, completely avoidable. • I hurried. • I took a shortcut. • I was inattentive to the risk. • It is a ...read more
Contributed on Jun 7, 2022
We must fight the temptation to compromise our faith to get along in our world, to be safe.
No Compromise! lanny smith Seven / Thyatira / Revelation 2:18–29 • Compromise meme. So we compromised and got a cat. • [Quote on screen] We don’t compromise because it’s right; we compromise because it is easy and because it saves face. We compromise in order to say that at least we got half ...read more
Contributed on May 31, 2022
If you've ever said, "I didn't see that coming," you've been blind-sided. It happens to churches, too.
Blind Sided lanny smith Seven / Pergamum / Revelation 2:12–17 Intro: • Hit from the blind side [IMAGE]. • Generally, to attack or hit from an unexpected direction or from an area that is unprepared. • Well known as a football term to describe the left tackle for a right-handed ...read more
Contributed on May 24, 2022
People are often motivated primarily by fear or greed. But love is the best motivator.
What motivates you? Cynical approach used in sales: Fear and greed. If we believe that we’re completely on our own in the world, then these two impulses serve as effective motivators. As followers of Christ know that there is a more powerful motivator: Love. At the same time, we can lose sight of ...read more