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Sermons from March 23,30, 2014

“Rationalizing Sinful Behavior"- (1 Samuel 13:1-15; 15:1-35)-The belief in sin, and the idea that someone could be referred to as a “sinner,” have all but disappeared from our permissive society.Sinful behavior has been explained away, excused, tolerated, defended, and now accepted by most people.When confronted with sin, king David simply said, “I have sinned against the Lord” (2 Sam 12:13).However, when some Christians are confronted with sin in their life, they become defensive and seek to excuse the behavior that is under question.-MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 3/30/2014

”All Must Honor The Son”-(John 5:16-30)-MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF-- 3/30/2014

”The in-comparable Christ”-(Col. 1:15-23)-Guest Speaker: Nick AngelMP3-3/23/2014

”Wayward Children”-(Col. 1:15-23)-Lesson by Rufus Thrower -MP3-3/23/2014

Other Recent Lessons

“A Portrait of Redemption"- (A Study of the Book of Ruth)-There are many valuable lessons to be gleaned from this beautiful book. This book is verypractical,beneficial and encouraging. This lesson examines many of these lessons and then focusses on the concept of redemption.Boaz “the kinsman redeemer” is a fitting “type” of Christ.Ruth, a Gentile believer redeemed by Boaz, is a fitting “type” of the church.-MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 3/16/2014

”The Growth & Example of Peter”-(Zechariah Smith)-MP3- 3/16/2014

“Divine Providence In The Life of Todays Christian"- (Selected Scriptures)-Problems are a part of life and how one handles these problems is related to his view of God. Believing in divine providence helps one to cope with the vicissitudes of life.The word itself never appears in Holy Scripture in reference to God, (Acts 24:1), but the concept is found Throughout the Bible. This lesson examines what the Bible teaches about this important subject. -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 3/9/2014

”Do You Want To Be Made Well”-(John 5:1-15)- The latest study from the book of John examines the healing of the paralytic in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate pool, i.e., Bethesda.-MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 2/23/2014

“Adding To Your Faith"- (2 Peter 1:1-11)- Most Christians realize the need to grow - but are we really growing as God desires & instructs us to?-MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 3/2/2014

“Wash & Be Clean”- (2 Kings 5:1-27)- [Lessons from the healing of Naaman]Naaman nearly rejected the prospect of physical healing because the conditions did not conform to his expectations (2 Kings 5:1-14).In like manner, many reject God’s terms of spiritual pardon as expressed through the gospel (Acts 2:36-38; 22:6-16; Gal. 3:26-27; 1 Pet. 3:20-21).-MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 2/23/2014

“The Need To Be Teachers”- (Wilton Wesley)-MP3/- 2/23/2014

“Jonah, The Reluctant Preacher"- (Book of Jonah)- Several lessons can be learned from the Book of Jonah. Could we be more like Jonah than we think?-MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 2/16/2014

“The Rich Man & Lazarus”- (Luke 16:19-31)- There are several vital lessons we can gain from this text. What do you have, what are you seeking or what are you doing in this life that is worth forfeiting heaven for? How valuable will any of those things be to you the second after you die? -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 2/9/2014

“Why We Do NOT Use Mechanical Musical Instruments In Our Worship To God”- (Hebrews 13:15)- This lesson attempts to answer one of the most commonly asked questions members of the church of Christ are asked. The principles established in a previous lesson, (Worshipping God In Spirit & In Truth), are built upon and applied to this subject. Hope that all will benefit from this important study, whether you are a member of the church of Christ or not.-MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 2/2/2014

“Worshipping God In Spirit & In Truth”- (John 4:19-26)- What does Jesus mean when he says,“those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth?”Most suggest that it means,“with the right attitude and proper form.” Whie this is true - I want to suggest that there is more involved in the meaning than this.-MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 1/26/2014

“A Scriptural Perspective On Fellowship”- (Karl VanDevender)-MP3/PPT- 1/26/2014

“What Will You Do With Jesus"- (Matthew 27:15-26)-No GREATER QUESTION confronts you than this one.There are but two answers to the question - “Belief” (conviction, trust & obedience), or “Unbelief” - Mt 7:13,14. Unbelief is manifested in many ways, from denial to indifference. The opportunity to believe & obey the gospel is now. The day is coming when the question is,“What will Jesus do with you?-MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 1/19/2014

“Godly Living In Perilous Times"- (2 Timothy 1:3-4:18)-Can any Bible believer doubt that we are living in perilous times? Atheism, Agnosticism, Postmodernism, Pragmatism, Worldliness, False Doctrine & Division are all on the rise! Let us consider seven exhortations from Paul which will help and encourage us to be faithful! -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 1/12/2014

“Putting Off The Old Man & Putting On The New"- (Ephesians 4:17-32; Colossians 3:1-17 - As we start a new year, we need to examineourselves)-Requires that we transform our thinking to harmonize with God’s will -Requires that we feed upon God’s word -Requires that we understand & follow God’s word -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 1/5/2014

“The Voice of The People"- (Standing For & Doing What Is Right Even If It Is Unpopular)-Being in the majority does not make one right - (Gen 6:12; Exo. 23:2; Mat 7:13,14; 1 John 5:19)When we take a stand for truth, we will often find ourselves in the ridiculed minority - (1 Pet 4:3) -The majority can be manipulated by a vocal minority to do what is wrong! - (1 Cor. 5:6)-MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 12/29/2013

"Priscilla & Aquila - Profiling Dedicated Church Members"- (Sean Cavender)-MP3- 12/29/2013

“Woe To Those Who Are At Ease In Zion” -(God Will Judge His People) Amos 6:1-8),Amos says, “A lion has roared! Who will not fear?” (Amos 3:8).Sadly, many are blinded to their own impending doom.Israel taken into Assyrian captivity less than 40 years later (722 B.C.) -Are you prepared to meet your God - (Amos 4:12)-AUDIO/KEYNOTE/PPT/PDF-(12/22/2013)

“Don’t Give Satan ANY Advantage” -Satan is difficult enough to overcome without us helping him out! (Eph 6:10,11; 2 Cor 11:14). What are some things we may do or not do – that gives Satan the advantage he needs to destroy us?-/KEYNOTE/PPT/PDF-(12/15/2013)

“The New Birth”- (John 3:1-21) -In order for one to enter into the kingdom of heaven one must be born again, i.e., born from above. What is the new birth? How can one be born again? Does“born of water” have reference to water baptism? -AUDIO/KEYNOTE/PPT/PDF-(12/1/2013)

“To Be Served, or to Serve?" -Our Attitude Relating To This Question Effects Every Relationship, (Our relationship with God; within our family; within our community; within the local church). Jesus is our perfect example - are we really followers of Christ? -AUDIO/KEYNOTE/PPT/PDF-(11/24/2013)

“Departing From The Living God" -Lessons from Malachai- Sonny Sharp -AUDIO -(11/24/2013)

“Faith Through The Fire”- (1 Peter; Guidance In Troubled Times) -Peter tells us that God keeps us“Through faith”, but persecution will effect our faith. The effect upon our faith however is determined by our attitude & response! (1 Pet 1:7-9; 3:14,15; 5:10)How can we respond properly & in a beneficial way when we’re treated poorly because of our faith?.-AUDIO/KEYNOTE/PPT/PDF-(11/17/2013)

“Living Upright In An Upside Down World" -The world was turned upside down when Adam & Eve committed the first sin. By Genesis chapter 6, the world had become so wicked that God destroyed it with a flood. Only eight people were saved from the destruction. The upright have always been in the minority and with the world around us so ungodly, living an upright life can be a real challenge. -MP3/KEYNOTE/PPT/PDF-(11/10/2013)

"Is It Reasonable To Believe In God" -The Most Reasonable Explanation For Morality, Conscience, & Spirituality?- (Naturalistic Evolution Cannot Explain: . . . 1) Man having rational intelligence. [ability to reason, invent, communicate, discern, decide, etc.] . . . 2)Man having emotions. [He can experience joy, love, anger, hatred, sorrow, etc.] . . . 3)Man having a conscience. [He is able, not only to distinguish right from wrong, but also to have an inherent sense of guilt when he has done wrong and a sense of approval when he has done right.] How can these things originate & evolve from inanimate matter? The only rational explanation is God! -MP3/KEYNOTE/PPT/PDF-(11/03/2013)

“What Selfishness Looks Like" -On some level we all deal with selfishness, but there is no room for selfishness in the life of the devoted Christian. Selfishness is the fountainhead of all sin, and is the root of every troubled relationship. Self-centered people refuse to see the damage they are doing to themselves and others. We are called to surrender our life to Christ - our“self-will” must be conquered and destroyed, and “not my will, but God’s be done.” Every thought is to brought into obedience to Christ! We need to recognize the various ways selfishness manifests itself so we can attack and eliminate it.-MP3/KEYNOTE/PPT/PDF-(10/27/2013)

"The Most Reasonable Cause of Life & Its Complexities" -As the Psalmist said "I am fearfully and wonderfully made" - (Psalm 139:14). This is a fairly detailed look at the problems Atheists face in trying to explain the origin of life on earth. Natural Evolutionist must face the reality - there is really ONLY one reasonable explanation - GOD! -MP3/KEYNOTE/PPT/PDF-(10/20/2013)

"Is It Reasonable To Believe In God" -In This Scientific Age? -The Most Reasonable Cause For The Material Universe & Its Order - (Are there better arguments for God’s existence than against it? - The cause & order of our universe demands an all-wise, all-powerful creator!) -MP3/KEYNOTE/PPT/PDF-(10/13/2013)

"The Law of Unintended Consequences"-We Cannot Act Contrary to God’s Will and Expect a Positive Long-term Result. The Only Sure & Certain Course Is to Live Wholly in the Will of God.Hell will be full of people who did not intend to wind up there!Where will you be for eternity?-MP3/KEYNOTE/PPT/PDF-(10/6/2013)

"Amazing Unbelief"-Why So Many Reject The Truth In Spite of Overwhelming Evidence? -One does NOT have to be an atheist to be classified by the Lord as an unbeliever. This lesson 1) defines unbelief, 2) Givesreasons for unbelief 3) Instructs as to the cure for unbelief -MP3/KEYNOTE/PPT/PDF-(9/29/2013)

"Give of Your Best To The Master"-Learning to Make Spiritual Sacrifices that Truly Please God-MP3/KEYNOTE/PPT/PDF-(9/22/2013)

“The Actual ‘Israel’ of God” -(Galatians 6:11-18) -Final Warnings Concerning The Judaizers - 1) Their motivation - 2) Their inconsistency - 3) Their misguided focus - 4) What they were missing - 5) Paul’s appeal & farewell.-MP3/KEYNOTE/PPT/PDF-(9/22/2013)

“The Dangerous Tongue” -(James 2:1-13) -MP3/PPT-(9/22/2013)

“Strength In Christ” -Wilton Wesley - MP3 -(9/15/2013)

"The Lost Bible"- (2 Chronicles 34:1-35:19; 2 Kings 21:24-23:30) -Knowledge of TRUTH is essential for True worship and acceptable service to God. Proper respect for TRUTH brings hearing, repentance and reform – but unconcern & indifference brings ignorance, compromise, & DESTRUCTION! – 2 Tim. 4:2-4; Hos. 4:6.There is an epidemic of Biblical illiteracy today! -MP3/KEYNOTE/PPT/PDF-(9/8/2013)

"The Importance of Using Our Time Wisely"- Ephesians 5:15-17; Psalm 90:9-12; Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 -Many live over-committed, out of balance, & out of control lives! We need to realize the value of time and how easy it is to waste the time God has blessed us with. What are some steps we can take to make better use of our time?-MP3/KEYNOTE/PPT/PDF-(9/1/2013)

"Why Does God Allow Christians To Suffer?"-The unbelieving critic often asks this question as an argument against God: “Why would a God who is all-good & loving, all-knowing, and all-powerful allow bad things to happen to good people?” However, the question may also be asked in sincerity: “How could God let this happen to me and to mine, why would God not stop this pain and help me?” This lesson examines the question and gives scriptural answers -MP3/KEYNOTE/PPT/PDF-(8/18/2013)

"Uncompromising Faith" [How To Stand Strong When Pressured To Do Wrong] -(Daniel 1;3;6) -Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah . . . Four young men pressured to compromise their faith but refused to do so! -We too live in a world where we are pressured to “compromise” - To tolerate evil / accept wickedness / and to participate in sin.What gave these young men their strength to defy a king, even in the face of death?MP3/KEYNOTE/PPT/PDF(8/11/2013)

"Preaching Jesus Christ And Him Crucified" -(1 Cor. 1:23; 2:2) -Many say: "We Ought To Preach the Man, (Jesus), and NOT the plan." True enough - Jesus IS at the center of ALL TRUE GOSPEL PREACHING! But preaching that ignores HIS teaching is NOT gospel preaching, (Mt 28:18,19; 2 Tim 4:2; Acts 20:27) -Our preaching must include both the man and the plan! –MP3/KEYNOTE/PPT/PDF(8/4/2013)

"What's Down The Road?" -First of all it depends upon which road we are on. Are we on the broad road that leads to eternal death or are we on the narrow road that leads to everlasting life? (Mat 7:13,14).Secondly,It is not within man's ability to “direct his own steps” through this life! (Jer. 10:23). What's down the road in this life for the person following God's instructions compared to the one who doesn't? (Some thoughts for the young, married, parents & local churches)MP3/KEYNOTE/PPT/PDF-(7/21/2013)

"The Better Things In Life Are Most Often The Most Unpleasant" -(Eccl. 7:1-14)For the honorable man, his death day is better than his birthday. The house of mourning is better than the house of feasting, etc. The difficult, hard & unpleasant things in life CAN make us better.Will You Benefit From These Inspired Words of Wisdom?MP3/KEYNOTE/PPT/PDF-(6/30/2013)

Gospel Meeting 2013 -Zechariah Smith

  • We Be Brethren, part 1 (Gen 13:8) - MP3 / PPT
  • We Be Brethren, part 2 (Gen 13:8) -MP3 / PPT
  • Portrait of a Disciple (Luke 14:25-33) -MP3
  • The Jewish Wedding (Mat 22:1-14) -MP3* / PPT
  • But If Not (Daniel 3:18) - MP3
  • Sharp Arrows from Strong Quivers (Deut 6:6-9) -MP3 / PPT
  • Marriage on the Cross (Hebrews 13:4) -MP3 / PPT
  • The Greatest Inauguration: Lifting up our King (Phil 2:5-11) -MP3*
  • (* Will be available soon)

"God's Silence Does Not Mean He Is Absent" - Lessons From The Book of Esther-An amazing true story filled with both good and bad examples. We learn of courage, faith and sacrifice, as well as the evils of hatred, pride and greed. Even though God is not directly mentioned, we can clearly see in the book of Esther God working providentially to protect His people that His will be accomplished.MP3/KEYNOTE/PPT/PDF-(4/14/2013)

"Members One of Another" - Should Christians Be Members of A Local Church?-The Christian, while added to the universal church by the Lord, (Acts 2:47), should seek to join himself to a local church.(Acts 9:26ff).Every Christian should seek out a faithful group of the Lord's people and identify with them in order to fulfill their share of the collective responsibilities.MP3/KEYNOTE/PPT/PDF-(4/7/2013)

"Losing It All To Gain Christ" - The Deal of A Lifetime!-What is MOST important to us? What do we value MOST? It is obvious what was important to Paul i.e., JESUS - all He is, all He has, & all He has promised! With regard to profit and loss, we, as the apostle Paul, should view everything as loss that we may gain the Lord. Our only gain (profit) is in knowing the Lord, being in the Lord, living for the Lord & living with the Lord! – (Philippians 3:1-16) –KEYNOTE/PPT/PDF-(3/31/2013)

"Church Discipline - Dealing With The Disorderly" - (That Their Souls Might Be Saved) -Withdrawing fellowship from those who walk disorderly is a command of the Lord, but what does that mean? How should the faithful view and treat those who have been withdrawn from? These are not easy questions, but they are important questions – and the Bible gives us the answers.(Text examined: Matthew 18:15-17; 1 Corinthians 5:1-13; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15; Galatians 6:1,2).-MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF/VIDEO- 3/17/2013

"The Agony of The Cup" -One of the most moving experiences recorded concerning the life of Christ took place in the garden of Gethsemane. No one who is serious about being a Christian can remain unmoved as they think of Jesus’ agony in the Garden. But why did he “drink the bitter cup”? Because he loved us so! It was our sin, indeed it was my sin (!) that took him there.(Matthew 26:30-56; Mark 14:26-50; Luke 22:33-46)-MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF/VIDEO- 3/10/2013

"A Perverted Gospel Is No Gospel At All" -Some were preaching a different gospel - (Salvation through Jesus & the law of Moses). This so-called gospel was not really another gospel because there is only one. This text demonstrates the danger of altering the gospel of Christ in any way. Any change brings the curse of God. (Galatians 1:6-10)-MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF/VIDEO- 3/10/2013

"What Must I Do To Be Saved?"- When you ask the majority of religious leaders this question you will get several different answers and most of the time the wrong answer. This is the MOST important question anyone could ever ask? So isn't it REALLY important to get the right answer? The right answer can ONLY be found in the Bible - so what answer does the Bible give? -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF/VIDEO- 2/17/2013

"The Bible - The Life Instruction Manual"-The Bible contains necessary information & instructions that we MUST know if we are to get out of this world alive. Some ridicule the idea of the Bible being our instruction manual, but what does the Bible say?-MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF/VIDEO- 2/10/2013

"If The Foundations Are Destroyed"- (What Can The Righteous Do?)-When truth is no longer respected; when justice is no longer practiced; when fraud and violence have taken the place of honesty and honor; when error prevails; when a character for integrity and virtue affords no longer any security, what can we as Christians do? -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF/ VIDEO - 1/27/2013

"I Would Be Happy If . . ."- (Upon What Does Your Happiness Depend?)- Happiness is something we all desire - but too many are looking for it in all the wrong places! What is happiness? What brings about unhappiness? How can we achieve true happiness? -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 1/20/2013

"Politics of Pilgrims"- What role, if any should Christians play in ourgovernment? Do we understand the the implications & obligations of being citizens of heaven? (Phili 3:17-4:1) -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 11/11/2012

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