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Train up a child in the way he should go...Prov. 22:6a

Minute Sermons

Calling of the Saints

Isaiah—Here am I send me; Isa. 6:8

Amos—A herdman and fruit gatherer, God said go; Amos 7:14, 15

Jeremiah—Be not afraid of their faces; Jer. 1:4-10

Elisha—plowing; I Kgs. 19:19

Abraham—called to a strange country; Heb. 11:8; Gen. 12:1

James & John—mending their nets; Matt. 4:21


Virtuous Women

Esther- if I perish I perish; Est. 4:14-16

Ruth- thy God will be my God; Ruth 1:16, 17

Mary- be it unto thine handmaid as thou hast said; Luke 1:38

Hannah- gave Samuel; I Sam. 1:11

Dorcas- alms giving; Acts 9:36


Consequences of Sin

Wages of sin—Romans 6:23

Reap what ye sow—Galatians 6:7

Be sure your sin—Numbers 32:23

Isaiah 65:12; I Chronicles 10:13


The Prodigal Son   (Luke 15:11-24)

(verses 11-13) The prodigal son had false:


(verses 14-17) The prodigal son lost his:


(verses 18-24) The prodigal son found real:




Heritage of the Godly  (Psalms 61:5)

Enoch- “…and he was not; for God took him.” Genesis 5:24

Noah- “just, perfect in his generations and walked with God”
         Genesis 6:9

Abraham- “For I know him” Genesis 18:19

Joseph- “And the Lord was with Joseph” Genesis 39:2, 21, 23

Moses- “And the Lord spake to Moses face to face,”
             Exodus 33:11  Deuteronomy 34:10

Esther- “…if I perish, I perish.” Esther 4:16

Elisha- “…let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.”
           2 Kings 2:9-14

Ruth- “…and thy God, my God:” Ruth 1:16, 17

Read Hebrews 11 for many more examples of our Godly heritage.


Praise (Psalms 150:6)

        Offered unceasingly- Isaiah 62:6

        For home & friends- Mark 5:18, 19

        Without shame or fear- 2 Timothy 1:8

        Ready constantly- 1 Peter 3:15

        Irrepressible- Acts 4:20

        From within- Jeremiah 20:9

We are admonished to praise the Lord 13 times in Psalm 150.


Is There Not a Cause? (1 Sam. 17)

        Verse 28- criticism from relatives      

        Verse 29- a cause worth fighting for

        Verse 33- looking on the outward       

        Verse 34, 35- preparation

        Verse 37- go                                

        Verse 39, 40- making use of our abilities

        Verse 41- ready for the fight       

        Verse 45- dependence on the Lord

        Verse 47- confidence in God             

        Verse 50- the battle won

2 Samuel 21:15-22 We will face many giants in our walk through life.


Harvest   (Luke 8:5-8)

    Seed- Word of God

    Planting- through preaching, teaching, witnessing, etc.

    Watering- prayer

    Cultivating- follow up

    Harvest- that soul won to God


Blind Beggar   (Luke 18:35-43)

        Verse 35- sin blinds

        Verse 38- realized his need

        Verse 39- oppositions

        Verse 40- Jesus is waiting

        Verse 41- acknowledged his need

        Verse 43- victory came


Blind Bartimaeus   (Mark 10:46-52)

        Verse 46- sin blinds

        Verse 47- realized his need

        Verse 48- oppositions

        Verse 49- Jesus is waiting

        Verse 50- casting away things that hinder

        Verse 51- acknowledged his need

        Verse 52- victory came


Joshua   (Joshua 1:1-9)

        Verse 1- we don’t have to fear death

        Verse 2- Jordan was in flood stage; sometimes what the Lord 
                     asks may seem difficult

        Verse 3, 4- “The steps of a good man…”

        Verse 5- God will not let us down

        Verse 6, 7- be strong for the Lord

        Verse 8- obedience to God’s Word is the key

        Verse 9- God will never leave us nor forsake us


Names of Christ  (Matthew 1:21)

Redeemer- to regain possession of by paying a price. Isaiah 59:20

Advocate- one who pleads the cause of another. 1 John 2:1

Shiloh- tranquillity, peacefulness. Genesis 49:10

Ransom- to set free on payment. 1 Timothy 2:6

Worthy- deserving of respect or honor. Revelation 5:12

Refiner- free from impurities. Malachi 3:2, 3

Christ- the Anointed One. Matthew 1:16

Emmanuel- God with us. Matthew 1:23

Mediator- a peacemaker, an intercessor. 1 Timothy 2:5

Jesus- Savior. Matthew 1:21

Rock- foundation, support, refuge, firm. 1 Corinthians 10:4


Standing in the Gap   (Ezekiel 22:30)

      Daniel - Destroy all the wise men (Dan. 2:12).
                  In the gap (Dan. 2:24)

      Esther - Destroy all the Jews (Est. 3:13).
                   In the gap (Est. 4:16; 7:3, 4)

      Moses - Israelites oppressed (Ex. 3:9).
                   In the gap (Ex. 5:1)

      Joseph - Famine (Gen. 42:2).
                   In the gap (Gen. 45:5-7)

      David - Goliath (1 Sam. 17:4).
                 In the gap (1 Sam. 17:50)

      Noah - Earth to be destroyed (Gen. 6:13).
                 In the gap (Gen. 7:23)

Are you willing to stand in the gap?



John 3:16

     For God- greatest Being 

     So loved- greatest love 

     The world- greatest need 

     He gave- greatest sacrifice

     His Son- greatest gift

     Whosoever- greatest invitation

     Not perish- greatest escape

      Everlasting life- greatest hope


Psalm 23

        Verse 1- satisfies

        Verse 2- leads                                         

        Verse 3- restores

        Verse 4- calms

        Verse 5- provides

        Verse 6- promises


“I AM’s” of Christ taken from the book of St. John

        The Messiah- 4:26                                 

        The Bread of Life- 6:35

        The Light- 8:12; 9:5  

        I Am- 8:58 

        The Door- 10:9   

        The Good Shepherd- 10:11

        The Son of God- 10:36                

        The Resurrection- 11:25                            

        Lord and Master- 13:13                                           

        The Way, Truth, and Life- 14:6                                  

        The True Vine- 15:1


Produce lesson from Hebrews (Lettuce “Let us”)

Chp 4:1 Let us fear: We don’t want to miss heaven.

            Duet. 10:12;   Eccl. 12:13

Chp 4:11 Let us labor: We must put forth an effort.

              2 Tim. 2:15;  Luke 13:24

Chp 4:16 Let us come boldly: We can be earnest in our  praying.

              Matt. 7:7;  1 Thess. 5:17

Chp 6:1 Let us go on: We need to grow spiritually.

            1 Pet. 2:2;  2 Pet. 3:18

Chp 10:22 Let us draw near: We should stay close to God.

                Psa. 73:28;  James 4:8

Chp 10:23 Let us hold fast: We cannot compromise.

                1 Cor. 15:58;  2 Pet. 3:17

Chp 10:24 Let us consider one another: We need to think of others.

                Eph. 4:32;  1 Thess. 3:12

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Divine Relationships

Daniel: “Thou art greatly beloved.” Dan. 9:23

Job: “Hast thou considered my servant Job?” Job 2:3

Moses: “Whom the Lord knew face to face.” Duet. 34:10

Steven: “I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing on the right hand of God.” Acts 7:56

Abraham: “For I know him.” Gen. 18:19

Samuel: “The Lord was with him.” 1 Sam. 3:19

Enoch: “And he was not for God took him.” Gen. 5:24

Noah: “And Noah walked with God.” Gen. 6:9



Psalm 18:2

Psalm 18:2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

Rock- a firm support, something unmovable.

           Isa. 28:16 a tried stone, a sure foundation

           1 Tim. 6:19 a good foundation against the future

Fortress- stronghold, place of security.

           Nahum 1:7 stronghold in the day of trouble

           Psa. 34:7 surrounds and delivers us

Deliverer- one who frees from restraint, evil, danger, etc.

          1 Cor. 10:13 delivers from temptation

          2 Pet. 2:9 the Lord knows how to deliver us

God- whatever we put first in our life.

         Ex. 20:3 He should be first place in lives

         Psa. 73:28 others will pass away but it is good to trust in God

Strength- source of power; reliance on.

         Isa. 40:31 the Lord renews our strength

         Isa. 41:10 He helps and strengthens us

Buckler- small round shield.

          Psa. 91:4 a good place to be

          Ex. 14:14 He will fight for us

Horn- a symbol of glory and power.

           Job 42:2 God is all powerful

           Lk. 1:37 nothing is impossible with God

High tower- a place of security or defense.

          Prov. 3:24 security

          Heb. 13:6 defense

 We are in a spiritual warfare but in Christ we have a refuge.

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.


Serving God (Luke 10:27)

Luke 10:27 (Matt. 27:37; Mark 12:30)
27  And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

Deuteronomy 6:5 (KJV)
 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

Love: a warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion; unselfish concern that freely accepts another. Have a great affection or liking for. A feeling of strong attachment induced by that which delights or commands admiration; kindness or devotion to another; affection; tenderness; especially, devoted attachment to, or tender or passionate affection for.

Heart: The seat of the affections or sensibilities, collectively or separately, as love, hate, joy, grief, courage, etc.: the seat of moral life and character; feelings, emotions, tender attachments.
The whole personality including intellectual as well as emotional functions or traits: the emotional or moral nature as distinguished from the intellectual nature. Compassion, temperament, goodwill, love, affections.

Our love to God is first and foremost.

Psalm 24:4 (KJV)
 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

Matthew 5:8 (KJV)
 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Luke 8:15 (KJV)
 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

Psalm 51:10 (KJV)
 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Proverbs 4:23 (KJV)
 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

Romans 10:10 (KJV)
 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Psalm 119:2 (KJV)
 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.

Proverbs 4:23 (KJV)
 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

Luke 6:45 (KJV)
 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

Colossians 3:2 (KJV)
 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.


Soul- spiritual part in contrast to the material body; the spiritual, rational, and immortal part in man. A man’s moral and emotional nature; spiritual principal embodied in human beings.

Man’s nature is to serve something or Somebody.

Deuteronomy 4:29 (KJV)

 But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.

James 1:21 (KJV)
 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

Matthew 10:28 (KJV)
 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Matthew 16:26 (KJV)
 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

1 Thessalonians 5:23 (KJV)
 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Matthew 16:26 (KJV)
 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

Matthew 10:28 (KJV)
 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Philippians 1:21 (KJV)
 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

Job 14:22 (KJV)
 But his flesh upon him shall have pain, and his soul within him shall mourn.

Genesis 2:7 (KJV)
 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.


Strength- The quality or state of being strong; ability to do or to bear; capacity for exertion or endurance, whether physical, intellectual, or moral; force, vigor, power, impregnability. The power to resist force: moral force, toughness, impregnability.

Take care of your body.

Ecclesiastes 9:10 (KJV)
 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

Hebrews 6:12 (KJV)
 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Colossians 3:23 (KJV)
 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;

Deuteronomy 10:12 (KJV)
 And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,

Ephesians 6:7 (KJV)
 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:

Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)
 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Philippians 4:13 (KJV)
 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Colossians 1:10-11 (KJV)
10  That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
11  Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (KJV)
19  What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. Leviticus 19:28 Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.


Mind- The intellectual or rational faculty in man; the understanding; the intellect; the power that conceives, judges, or reasons. The ability to understand facts and to reason about them; mental acuteness. The element in an individual that feels, perceives, thinks, wills, and reasons.

Develop your mind in accordance with His will, always keeping God in command.

Isaiah 26:3 (KJV)
 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

Romans 8:6 (KJV)
 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

1 Peter 1:13 (KJV)
 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

Philippians 2:5 (KJV)
  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)
 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Philippians 4:8 (KJV)
 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Titus 1:15 (KJV)
 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.

Romans 1:28 (KJV)
 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

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How Do YOU Behave in Church?

Reverence- honor or respect; profound adoring, awed respect

Worship- to honor or reverence as a divine Being

Respect- high or special regard: esteem or honor

We respect or honor God’s house as a place to worship. We show reverence to the things in God’s house.

Ways we don’t respect God’s house:

Writing in the song books              
Cutting up during a service
Carving initials on the pews         
Putting chewing gum under the seats
Leaving trash in our pews
Running in church
Putting our feet on the seat in front of us    
The way we dress for church

References: Leviticus 19:30  Psalm 89:7

Why do we raise our hands? It’s one way of testifying or glorifying God. Sometimes we do it in earnestness while praying.

References: Psalm 28:2; 134:2; 143:6

What about singing and the orchestra?

References: 1 Chronicles 25:6  1 Chronicles 15:16

Selling or eating in church

References: John 2:16  1 Corinthians 11:22, 34

Testifying in church- Do you ever wonder what to say?

References: Isaiah 12:4  Acts 5:20  Isaiah 63:7

Prayer in church

Reference: Acts 3:1

   Is posture important? We kneel as a sign of submission and reverence.

   Mark 11:25  Luke 22:41  2 Chronicles 20:18  Exodus 4:31

Church attendance

References: Luke 4:16  Hebrews 10:25


Effectual Prayer

James 5:16b
The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

the decisive accomplishment of a result or fulfillment of an intention. Able to produce a desired effect.

marked by great warmth of feeling, ardent, glowing, very hot, impassioned.

James 5:16 (AMP)
The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].


Choose you this day whom ye will serve. Joshua 24:15






Ephesians 2:1



A new creature

2 Corinthians 5:17

Isaiah 64:6

Filthy rags


Robe of righteousness

Isaiah 61:10

Isaiah 53:6



Divine protection

Psalm 34:7

Romans 6:23

Will perish


Everlasting life

John 3:16

John 3:19

Love darkness



John 8:12

Romans 7:15




Isaiah 32:17

Proverbs 13:15




Matthew 11:28