Monthly Archives: August 2011

Sunday Morning Sermon for 8/28/11

We had a great time together in the Lord this past Sunday.  My mind was a little distracted because my youngest child was in the hospital over the weekend and I was running on fumes part of the time.  Despite that, I was energized at the opportunity to preach the Word.  We are still talking about discipleship and this sermon highlights the parable of the sower as a picture of four kinds of beginning disciples.  Notes are available below the audio play link.  May God richly bless you through His Word.

The Parable of the Sower and the Seed

Sermon notes 8/28/11

Mark 4:1-20

  1. A Keystone Parable

    1. If they didn’t understand this one they wouldn’t understand any parables – v. 13

    2. The meaning of seeing and hearing without “seeing” and “hearing”

      1. Isaiah 6:9-10

      2. Isaiah 42:18-25

      3. Ezekiel 12:2

    3. The Hebrew word Shema – hear and obey

  2. The Word is the Seed – v. 14

    1. Isaiah 55:9-11

    2. God’s Word must be planted in your life

  3. Four types of soil and four types of hearers

    1. The path –

    2. Rocky ground –

    3. Thorny ground –

    4. Good soil –

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Sunday Morning Sermon for 8/21/11

Sorry for the delay in getting this sermon posted.  Last week was full of some challenges and distractions.  There are no sermon notes to go along with the sermon.  The topic is discipleship.  As we focus on beginning a more intentional phase of discipleship in the life of our church, we will be having a series of sermons that focus primarily on this idea and what it looks like to make disciples and be disciples of Jesus.  May God richly bless you through His Word.

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Got a Funny Friday Post Again

I haven’t had a lot of time to spend blogging, but I have put aside some stories to include for a Friday roundup and it is time to get them out there in the wild finally.  First story up is one that I have been holding on to for several weeks in fact.  It is about a kite surfer who went through a whole lot of trouble to try and get a realistic looking shot of someone “walking on water” without any camera trickery or CGI effects.  I will let you be the judge of how realistic it looks to you.  I wasn’t very impressed with the shot as much as I was intrigued with all of the stuff he had to go through just to get it.  I think even Peter had it easier than this.

On a completely different front, I ran across a blog that had an atheist review of a movie I hadn’t heard a thing about that was interesting all of the same.  Some of you may be familiar with the idea that Hypatia in ancient Alexandria was a “martyr for atheism.”  Apparently the notion was popularized by Carl Sagan and I will admit to having been ignorant of the whole thing.  Of course, it turns out that I hadn’t missed much anyway as the whole notion is bunk anyway.  This atheist blogger does a review of the film, called Agora, and spends a good deal of time debunking the atheist myth with hard facts only to be insulted and impugned in the comment thread by “irrational atheists” who prefer to cling to their mythology.  I found the whole thing very entertaining in a way and figured I would share the fun with those of you who might be interested.

There is a whole new reason being put forth for why we should combat global warming.  I don’t know if you have heard of it yet, but this is a biggie.  I might have to rethink my whole stand on AGW now.  If we don’t, the aliens may kill us all.  We seriously need to get these NASA folks back to work on some kind of manned spaceflight before they catch some kind of space madness or something.

Perhaps they could make bulletproof skin that is actually, you know, bulletproof, instead of merely bulletproof if it is hit by slower bullets.  Could these be the safer bullets we heard about all those years ago?

 

Finally, in political and media news, perhaps the reason that so many in the MSM have trouble remembering Ron Paul’s name is because he hasn’t written any books they like or things they can market on their website.  It does appear that Dr. Paul has a good sense of humor about the whole thing though.

Have a wonderful weekend and keep smiling out there.

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Sunday Morning Sermon for 8/14/11

We had a good service this week.  I am mostly recovered from a rather nasty little virus that took me out of commission for most of last week.  There is just a lingering cough left behind, but I don’t think it affected me while I was preaching this Sunday.  The sermon is a follow up to our work with the Ten Commandments and the text is taken from Romans 3 primarily.  I pray that the Lord will richly bless you through His Word.

The Righteousness of God

Romans 3:9-31

Sermon notes 8/14/11

  1. Paul’s Bible mash – v. 10-19

    1. This passage involves multiple Scriptures

      1. Psalm 5; 10; 14; 36; 53; 140

      2. Isaiah, Jeremiah

    2. No one seeks God

      1. Paul is talking about evil people (Psalm 14)

      2. Righteous people seek God (Psalm 24)

        1. 1 Chronicles 28:9; 2 Chronicles 15:14-15

        2. Deuteronomy 4:29; Isaiah 55:6-7

        3. Jeremiah 29:11-14

    3. God’s Law Stops the Evil Mouth

  2. God’s Righteousness – The Faithfulness of Jesus

    1. From outside the Law – v. 21

    2. Testified by the Law – v. 21

    3. God of All – Only One Way

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Sunday Morning Sermon for 8/7/11

We had a great group in worship this morning and a wonderful time in the Lord together.  Today we wrapped up our look at the 10 Commandments with the final three from Deuteronomy 5:19-21.  The notes are available below for additional material and background study.  May God richly bless you through His Word.

Just Say No (Part 2)

Deuteronomy 5:19-21

Sermon notes 8/7/11

  1. The Duh, Obvious Commandments (Galatians 5:19-21)

    1. Do not steal

      1. Working for a living – Ephesians 4:28

      2. The fairness test

    2. Do not bear false witness

      1. Ephesians 4:25-27

      2. Colossians 3:9

    3. Do not covet

      1. A world built on coveting

      2. The root of trouble – James 4:1-10

  2. Fulfilling the Law – Why the commandments?

    1. Loving our neighbor – Romans 13:8-10

    2. Colossians 3:1-17; James 3:13-18;

    3. 1 John 2:1-6; 3:1-18; 4:7-21; 5:1-5

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Sunday Morning Sermon for 7/31/11

We had a great time in the Lord this past Sunday, but a hectic week got me off my stride for uploading the sermon.  This is the next-to-last in our sermon series covering the 10 Commandments.  The notes are below if you would like to follow along or use them for further study.  May God richly bless you through His Word.

Just Say No (Part 1)

Deuteronomy 5:17-18

Sermon notes 7/31/11

  1. The Duh, Obvious Commandments (Galatians 5:19-21)

    1. Do not murder

      1. Provisions for consequences (Numbers 35)

      2. God is the author of life

    2. Do not commit adultery

      1. Extramarital sex is adultery

      2. Guarding the eyes (Job 31:1)

  2. Don’t overspiritualize the commandments (Matthew 5:21-32)

    1. Safeguards for the commandments

    2. The tough words of Jesus

  3. Ways to love your neighbor

    1. James 2:8-13

    2. Matthew 22:34-40

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