SERMON: “Having Possessions and Being Possessed” (Matthew 6:19-21)

Posted by on Oct 24, 2012 in Matthew, Sermon Manuscripts, Sermons | 1 comment

Here is the video of the sermon I preached Sunday at the Shiloh Church on Matthew 6:19-21. I called it, “Having Possessions and Being Possessed.” In the message, I argued that to have possessions without being possessed by them, you must… I. Be concerned of where your treasure resides (vv. 19-20) II. Be committed to treasure that remains (vv. 19-20) III. Be concerned about what your treasure reveals (v. 21) You can also read...

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Notes from Sunday – 1/15/12

Posted by on Jan 16, 2012 in Matthew, Notes from Sunday 2012, Prayer | 0 comments

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Yesterday ended our 2012 Prayer Emphasis Week. It hasbeen a powerful week of prayer. The week climaxed with our first All-Night PrayerMeeting. It started Friday night at 10 PM and went through Saturday morning at6 AM. What a time! Thanks to all of our staff and volunteers. It was a longweek. But you made it happen! Saturday afternoon, I spoke at the Christian EducationsConference for the Progressive National...

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Out of the Salt Shaker

Posted by on Nov 18, 2009 in Matthew, Sermon Manuscripts, The Sermon on the Mount | 7 comments

THE SALT OF THE EARTHMatthew 5:13 Sodium Chloride – SALT – gets a lot of bad press. It is blamed for everything from hypertension to obesity to heart disease. The need for salt is questioned. Its use is discouraged. And its presence on many tables is often more decorative than anything else. But this was not the case when Jesus announced to his disciples, “You are the salt of the earth.” In the cultural world of the ancient Near East,...

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You Are What You Eat

Posted by on Sep 30, 2009 in Matthew, The Beatitudes, The Sermon on the Mount | 2 comments

I resumed my study of the Sermon on the Mount tonight in our midweek worship service. I am still in the beatitudes. My text was Matthew 5:6: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” (ESV). I entitled the message, “How Is Your Appetite?” I addressed three aspects of this beatitude tonight: The Menu for True Satisfaction: “righteousness“   The Appetite...

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Power Under Control

Posted by on Sep 10, 2009 in Matthew, Sermon Skeletons, The Beatitudes, The Sermon on the Mount | 4 comments

I continued my new study of the Sermon on the Mount. I am presently through the Beatitudes of Jesus in Matthew 5:3-12. What a challenge it is to wrestle with the demands of Jesus. My soul is being stretched and my mind is being renewed. I pray the congregation of SMBC is being blessed by the study so far. Here is the sermon skeleton from last night’s message: Title: “Strength Through Meekness” Text: Matthew 5:5 Series: The...

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The Heart’s Response to God’s Word

Posted by on Feb 27, 2009 in Matthew, Sermon Series | 4 comments

I plan to begin a new series on sermons this coming Sunday on the Parable of the Sower that I am calling: “The Heart’s Response to God’s Word.” It’s recorded in Matthew, Mark, and Luke. But I will do my work from Matthew’s version – Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23. I find it most difficult and exhilarating to preach the parables of Jesus. They are so simple. And yet the profundity of these simple teachings is...

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