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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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Effectual Prayer

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

Prayer- The act of addressing supplication to a divinity, especially to the true God; the offering of adoration, confession, supplication, and thanksgiving to the Supreme Being. The act of praying, or of asking a favor; earnest request or entreaty.

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].




1 Timothy 4:12

1 Timothy 4:12 (KJV)
 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

1 Timothy 4:12 (AMP)
 Let no one despise or think less of you because of your youth, but be an example (pattern) for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.


In word— In doctrine; teach nothing but the truth of God

In conversation—In the whole of your conduct

In charity—In love to God and man

In spirit—In the manner and disposition in which you do all things

In faith—In keeping, preserving, and delivering up when required, whatever is entrusted to our care

In purity—Chastity of body and mind