Archive for November, 2005

Lessons from a Pencil

26 Nov

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Lessons from a Pencil11/26/05

Jesus preferred means of teaching was through parables. He found lifes greatest lessons in the simple everyday things around Him and passed along these truths to the crowds.

Today we are going to look at a simple item, something that every schoolchild has in their deskThe pencil.

Thanks to Mitchell Skelton, Minister at the Midway Church of Christ ( for the concept and many of the texts for this sermon. This is in no way an endorsement of Mr. Skelton or the Midway Church of Christ.

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The Thankful 1

19 Nov

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The Thankful 111/19/05

Todays Sermon is in first person meaning that it will be acted out as if the Biblical character were telling his own story. Note that in the interest of the story I have added many details that are not mentioned in the Bible. These are based upon educated guesses resulting from study of the disease of leprosy and human nature and personality. 

Luke 17:11-19

Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”

When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. 

One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked himand he was a Samaritan.

Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

Key Passage: Luke 17:11-19

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12 Nov

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Let’s say you and I are going on a trip to Sissonville, West Virginia. We pack all the essentials grab the road atlas and head out. After stopping at the gas station, we choose not to look at the map instead we decide just head east since we’ve heard that West Virginia is east of us hoping that we’ll eventually find our Sissonville. We probably would never get there! The fact that we kept the map in the car wouldn’t do us any good unless we took it out, studied the rout and then followed it’s directions.

Today we want to explore what it means to “keep God’s words or commandments”

Our focus is on the word “keep.” The Greek word here is  (pronounced tay-reh’-o). It means, “to guard (from loss or injury, properly by keeping the eye upon)”[1]

The form of the verb implies habitual keeping or observance of the admonitions of this book[2]. If we want the blessing promised we should habitually “keep an eye on” the truths found here in. Christian Flow ChartIt signifies a lifestyle that allows God’s words to permeate all aspects of our life and character; just like a mothball permeates everything in a closet (except it doesn’t stink!). It’s not enough just to have a Bible with you or even to read it you must keep or guard it in your life.

Key Passage: Revelation 1:3

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The Three Little Pigs–Bible Version

05 Nov

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The Three Little Pigs--Bible Version11/5/05

You’ve heard the story of the three little pigs. They all choose different building materials to build their houses. But when the big bad wolf came the quality of the building materials was seen. Only the pig who chose the best materials survived.

There is a battle raging for the control of every mind on planet earth. Which kind of building blocks we choose to build our lives with will determine how well we will withstand life’s tests and life’s ultimate test–the judgement.

The list of potentially faulty building blocks that Satan offers is almost limitless but today I want to look at some that affect the center of moral judgement–The frontal lobe.

The Frontal Lobe is the part of the brain that controls spirituality, morality, and the will. “It is the seat of judgement, reasoning, intellect and the will”–Proof Positive p. 259

Key Passage: 1 Corinthians 3:11-13

“The Bible, just as it reads, is to be our guide. Nothing is so calculated to enlarge the mind and strengthen the intellect as the study of the Bible. No other study will so elevate the soul and give vigor to the faculties as the study of the living oracles.”–Ellen White, Mind, Character and Personality volume 1 p. 93

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