Marks of a Unified Church

The Church – Unity Ephesians 4:1-6 September 20, 2015 Last week we began a series looking at the universal church and at First Baptist Church all at the same time.  I spent a little time talking about what makes a church effective and I concluded we could debate all the extraneous stuff — we could […]

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What Makes a Church Effective?

What Makes a Church Effective September 13, 2015 Ephesians 4:1-6 Over the next several weeks we’re going to be looking at the church.  We’re going to look at how the church works, what makes a church effective, how to deal with conflict, commitment; and issues of giving time and money. My hope in this series […]

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Working for God

Working for God 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15 September 6, 2015 When you hear the word, “work or job ” what comes to mind?  Maybe its, “I’m glad tomorrow’s a holiday!”  Others think — “I’m glad I have a job.”  Some , “wish I had a job.”  Maybe you’re reminded of the Seven Dwarves as they headed […]

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Remembering God

Remembering God Ecclesiastes 12 August 30, 2015 I wonder how many times I have told people I will remember something and within 10 seconds I have already forgotten what I was supposed to remember.  Does that ever happen to you?  It’s not only the simple things like what were those 3 items to buy at […]

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Life Ain’t Always Fair!

Life Ain’t Always Fair Ecclesiastes 7-9 August 23, 2015 Have you ever done something really nice for someone and it backfired? I read about a man who was running on a trail and saw that a tree had fallen across the path.  Most people were stepping or jumping over it.  As he was approaching it […]

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Three is Better Than One

Three is Better Than One Ecclesiastes 4:1-12 August 2, 2015 We’re in week 4 of looking at Life Lessons from Ecclesiastes. This is not very optimistic literature, but Solomon always includes hope in this book. Solomon, the king of Israel, is the writer and he’s trying to find every avenue to experience pleasure and success […]

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Pursuing . . .

Pursuing . . . Ecclesiastes 1:12-2:26 July 19, 2015 It’s hard to believe that it was only 15 days ago when we celebrated the 4th of July.  We know the Declaration of Independence declared declares we are endowed by our Creator with the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  For many people […]

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God in the Center!

God is the Center of Reality Ecclesiastes 3:9-15 July 26, 2015 Back in the 1960s the mayor of the city of Chicago was Richard J. Daley.  He was famous for being the last of the big time bosses of the city.  Daley was sharp, powerful, and had an enormous ego. One fall a speechwriter who […]

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Dream Big!

Dream Big July 12, 2015 Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 You need to write this very first statement in your sermon notes.  It’s really profound . . .  AND what’s best is I thought this up all by myself.  Here it goes — I hope you’re ready!! Have you ever noticed this . . . the same old […]

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Independently Dependent!

Independently Dependent July 5, 2015 For the past few weeks in Bible Study we’ve been looking at theology.  We are looking at what is called the Order of Salvation.  Now, it can sound really, really boring and dry.  But, it is not.  We have a good time with it.  Lots of discussion and laughter and […]

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