Contributed on Mar 3, 2013
Why did John baptize Jesus? And why so quickly? Granted Jesus said it was to "fulfill all righteousness", but what exactly could that mean?
OPEN: A little girl wanted to get baptized but her mother wanted her to attend some classes to make sure she knew what she was committing herself to. After one of the classes, her mother asked, "Honey, what does baptism mean?" Thinking hard, the little girl the finally said, "Well, it isn’t ...read more
Contributed on Mar 10, 2013
It’s become fashionable for churches to "target" a specific audience in their messages and ministry. But is that really such a good idea? Is it possible that in targeting specific groups we might be undermining our real ministry?
OPEN: In my files I ran across these nuggets of wisdom from little children: Patrick, age 10 - "Never trust a dog to watch your food." Hannah, age 9 - "When your dad is mad and asks you, ’Do I look stupid?’ don’t answer." Taylia, age 11 - "When your mom is mad at your dad, don’t let her ...read more
Contributed on Mar 18, 2013
Why didn’t Jesus heal everybody at the pool of Bethesda? Why just one paralytic?
(I had the audience sing this hymn with me) “There is a fountain filled with blood Drawn from Immanuel’s veins And sinners plunged beneath that flood, Lose all their guilty stains They lose all their guilty stains, Lose all their guilty stains And sinners plunged beneath that ...read more
Contributed on Mar 24, 2013
Jesus shed His blood several times during the last 24 hours of His life. And there is a powerful story to be found in blood and water that came from Jesus’ side. Do you know what that story is? And do you know what it can mean to your life?
In Oklahoma, someone saw this poster promoting a Red Cross blood drive: "I gave my blood. Christ gave his. I give a pint. He gave all. The needle is small, sharp. The nails were large, dull. The table soft, restful. The cross rough, painful. The ...read more
Contributed on Mar 31, 2013
What do people visit cemeteries to find? Dead people. So, why would the angels ask "Why do you seek the living among the dead?
OPEN: In the last century, there was a very prominent British philosopher named Bertrand Russell who had a interesting view of life and death. He wrote: “The life of man is a long march through the night, surrounded by invisible foes, tortured by weariness and pain, towards a goal that few can ...read more
Contributed on Apr 7, 2013
The best fishermen often have expensive rods and reels and lures. But these are only tools. If those tools don’t help them catch fish, they’re worthless. What tools do we use to "catch" souls for Jesus and how does Jesus turn us into "fishers of men"?
A couple of guys named Ed and Fred had gone fishing for the very first time in their lives. They went out and bought themselves a couple of rods and reels, went down to the lake and rented a boat at the boat rental place and rowed out to a likely place and let down their anchor. They’d read ...read more
Contributed on Apr 14, 2013
Jesus was asleep. The boat was going down. But didn’t Jesus know there’d be a storm? Then why would He ask His disciples to sail into the teeth of this terrible storm in the middle of the night?
OPEN: A mother and her young daughter were at home alone. The father was gone on a trip for his company and night was coming on. Outside, it became increasingly dark and disturbing. The moon was out, but the wind howled menacingly in trees and the branches of some of those trees brushed ominously ...read more
Contributed on Apr 21, 2013
What makes sheep? Sheep make sheep. And we are his people and the sheep of His pasture. So how do we go about making more sheep for His flock?
In a large city there was once a prominent church building. It was a beautiful four story structure that dominated the city block on which it stood. It was well known in the community for its beautiful building, it’s dignified and well educated preacher, a choir with professional quality, and a ...read more
Contributed on Apr 28, 2013
Acts 1 tells about three promises that are better than any other promise found in Scripture. Do you know what those promises are? And do you know why they are so important to us?
OPEN: I’d like you to stand with me as we sing this great Hymn: “Standing on the Promises.” Sing with me: “Standing on the promises that cannot fail When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail, By the living Word of God I shall prevail Standing on the promises of God. (Chorus) ...read more