Contributed on Jan 13, 2002
God has been working through history to bring salvation through Jesus Christ.
God’s Unfolding Plan Text: Matthew 2:13-23 Introduction When the church I was pastoring decided to build, the county required us to file our blueprints, the plan for our project. Any project of significance requires a plan to ensure all the working parts come together in the right ...read more
Contributed on Jan 20, 2002
As predicted by the prophets, John the Baptist came to tell the world to prepare the way for Jesus. Emphasis on faith & repentance, Salvation message.
A Voice in the Wilderness Text: Matthew 3 Introduction At an intersection, the green light changes to yellow. At the theater the house lights flash In the Battalion Tactical Operations Center a WARNO comes down from Brigade At the airport terminal the boarding call comes over the ...read more
Contributed on Jan 28, 2002
Jesus is the promised light to the people who walked in darkness. Examines the metaphor of "light" and what it actually describes.
A Light in the Darkness Text: Matthew 4:12-25 Introduction When I was in 4th Grade my class took a field trip to the Cave of the Winds. At one point in the tour they turned the lights off and we experienced total darkness. Then in the distance someone lit a single match. It was ...read more
Contributed on Feb 10, 2002
Jesus of Nazareth, the promised Messiah comes as promised, and he comes healing. Physical healing is an important part of Messiah’s work in rolling back the curse of the fall.
The Promised Healer Text: Matthew 8:1-17 Introduction You all know I like to check out sermoncentral.com as I prepare my sermons. Sometimes it is more revealing for what is not there than what is there. This week for instance I was fascinated to read through sermon after sermon on this ...read more
Contributed on Feb 17, 2002
Jesus quotes Micah’s prophecy to warn his followers of the cost of discipleship, and its reward.
The Prince of Peace Brings a Sword Text: Matthew 10:34-39 Introduction The biggest fear of most Basic Trainees is that an injury will force them to restart training. After my worship service (as a Basic Training Chaplain) one morning I spoke to a soldier on crutches as my three-year-old ...read more
Contributed on Feb 24, 2002
John the Baptist’s question and Jesus’ response helps us find the path to the truth about Jesus when He doesn’t live up to our expectations.
The Proof is in the Puddin’ Text: 11:1-6 Introduction Thursday while the area youth ministers were meeting in the sanctuary the vendor for our video projector came to help us troubleshoot a problem. As we went down to my office he asked me what they were talking about, I told him they ...read more
Contributed on Mar 3, 2002
Jesus demonstrates the perfect balance of a "peaceful warrior" as predicted by Isaiah
The Prince of Peace Seeks Peace Text: Matthew 12:9-21 Introduction Once upon a time the job of a soldier, the task of an army was clear-cut. We went, when our nation called us, to far away lands to defeat, destroy or drive out an enemy in order to achieve the security or political ...read more
Contributed on Mar 24, 2002
If God can use a donkey, then he can use you. The donkey’s preparartion for royal service is a guide for us.
Introduction Surely the text couldn’t have said a donkey. A white stallion, even a Camel, I’d take the old gray mare before a donkey. It’s pretty amazing don’t you think? The first truly public acknowledgment of Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah and he comes, as predicted in a way that seems, ...read more