Archive for the ‘Witnessing’ Category

Positive Encouragement   1 comment

Would you rather be told what is wrong or shown how to make something right?  Most people prefer positive feedback over demeaning discourses, especially when a word of correction is being delivered.  In a world filled with negativity and harsh realities of just how rough life can sometimes be, we should give encouraging words instead of negative lectures.  Read the rest of this entry »

Random Thought   Leave a comment

How different will the world look tomorrow if I wake up and ask, “How can I bless God today?”

Living Hope – Sermon Summary   Leave a comment

Acts 10:34-43.

So God took hard-headed Peter and showed him that all things are good in God’s sight that He has created.  Then He took Peter to some Gentiles who were anxious to hear the Gospel message that ol’ hard head thought was pretty much just for “his” people. Read the rest of this entry »

Never Ashamed – Always Say Never pt. 3   Leave a comment

2 Timothy 1:8-12.

A Christmas ministry in the association of my first pastorate was really a good idea.  We provided clothing and toys for the less fortunate in a setting where they “shopped” through our donated goods and were witnessed to and prayed with our local pastors while their gifts were being wrapped for Christmas.  This was the first intentional witnessing event of my life and I was quite nervous.  I think it was the 3rd person I spoke with that accepted Jesus into their hearts.  My life has not been the same since. Read the rest of this entry »

Salt Shakers – Sermon Summary   Leave a comment

“You are the salt of the earth.  But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?  It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men,” Matthew 5:13, NIV.

This sounds like one of those “good news/bad news” scenarios.  You are the salt of the earth and that is a great thing – congratulations.  However, if you don’t use what you have been given, its off to the dumpster for you! Read the rest of this entry »

Set an Extra Plate – Sermon Summary   Leave a comment

Acts 10:1-11:18 (10:44-48 focal).

One of my favorite memories of grade school was what happened on our way home on the last day of school.  Our bus would always stop at The Golden Bear, a local ice cream stand typical in small communities where I grew up in Ohio.  I’d ask Mom for money or save pennies or whatever it took to have enough to get an ice cream cone – what a special treat.  I also remember my last day of school in 2nd grade.  Whether I forgot my money or we didn’t have any is not what I recall, but I do know that I did not have any money and I sat in the back of the bus crying while watching all of the other kids get off the bus to go get their treat, laughing and playing and not paying any attention to the one kid being left out. 

I know what it means to be left out of something of which I really wanted to be part. Read the rest of this entry »

A Sunday Walk – Sermon Summary   Leave a comment

Luke 24:13-35.

Sometimes we have to be good and confused in order for things to become clear for us.  Take these disciples, for instance.  They’re walking home on what we know as Resurrection Day, sad because of the crucifixion yet confused because they had heard that Jesus was risen.  But they didn’t stick around to find out with certainty, so they walk along confused and frustrated.  Jesus appears and they still don’t get it but soon it becomes clear, and the results of their encounter should show us three things every Christian should possess. Read the rest of this entry »