Jesus answered him, "The first of all the commandments is: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 'And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.' This is the first commandment. "And the second, like it, is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:29-31; Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Leviticus 19:18)

 

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The Converted Mind

Following God Fully  

As we leave the fall feast days behind us, do we continue to replace sin with obedience to God - or do we return to our previous loose standards of living? Do we follow Christ to the end?

Do you know what it means to really be converted? It is more than just having a nice attitude toward others. It is the changing of the human mind from the physical level to the spiritual level of God's mind.

Discouragement  

Do you sometimes feel discouraged with your lot in life or your progress toward living a successful, Godly life? This sermon will help you move from discouragement to encouragement.

Honor  

What is honor and what has been honorís importance in the history of the United States? This sermon provides examples of the importance of honor demonstrated by the founding fathers, military leaders, and others who valued honor - doing what was right.

How do you react to shocking world news you hear every day? By comparison, how did you react to such things ten, twenty, thirty, forty years ago?  How would your grandparents have reacted to scenes like we have today?  Is your conscience being seared?

Strife   
Strife has become a symptom of our time. There is strife among nations, strife in and among governments, strife in and between cities. There is strife where one works,  in peopleís social groups, in and between churches, in families. What causes strife and what can we do to prevent it - at any level? This sermon attempts to shed light on the causes and prevention of strife.

Choices And Decisions  

Life is a series of decisions. Every day we must make decisions. Some are made easily while others are made with great consternation and anguish. Some turn out correctly, others turn out to have been made incorrectly. How well do we make choices and decisions? This sermon will discuss choices and decisions.

The Converted Spirit
Good manners are to be the expected behavior in public places. The expected standard of behavior God requires of Christians is more than just what we do when someone is watching. It is to be our constant behavior guided by the Spirit of God.

"...whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven." The Bible has much to say about the necessity of replacing vanity with humility. This sermon, given on the Last Day of Unleavened Bread, also provides us five steps toward achieving humility. This sermon, given on the Last Day of Unleavened Bread, puts into practice the spiritual themes taught by the Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread.

Holiness 

We often use words and expressions without really knowing their meanings. Do you know what the word "holy" really means? How does God look at holiness and what standards has God established for the term "holy"?

Love  

How easy is it for you to express love? There are three kinds of love expressed in the Bible. Do you know the difference between these different kinds of love? This sermon will describe the difference and show you why true Christians must possess all three kinds of love.

Spiritual Maturity 

Websterís dictionary defines maturity as being complete, perfect, ready. Does that describe you spiritually? What is spiritual maturity? How dangerous or wrong is spiritual immaturity? This sermon will address spiritual maturity.

That Worthy Name 

What's in a name? God's name describes his attributes and embodies his righteousness. The Third Commandment teaches us to uphold God's name to the highest standards. Do you sin by tarnishing "that worthy name by which you are called" through your daily actions and words?

The Leavening of Pride and Vanity 

Each of Godís High Days listed in Leviticus 23 represents an important event in a Christianís growth. What is the significance of the First Day of Unleavened Bread as specified in Lev. 23:6-8? Paul answered that question in 1 Corinthians 5:6-8. This sermon further examines this theme.

Paul said it should always be our ambition to do those things which are pleasing to God. To please our Father, however, we must first know the things which are pleasing to God. Discover the things uppermost in God's mind.

Spiritual Hunger 

Are you attracted to this website by what you have learned from it? Do you want deeper understanding about what you read here? If so, you have spiritual hunger. This sermon explains how to satisfy that hunger.

How To Keep God By Our Side  

Is God near us or far from us? How do we keep God by our side? This sermon will tell us how to be sure God will always be there to help. It isnít anything complicated. Itís done with common decency and the desire to please Him and the people we associate with.

Criticism 

Destructive criticism is a growing bad habit in most of the world. This sermon provides a list of Biblical examples of criticism and what we should all do to react to it and avoid it.

The Converted Body

Godly Anger Management 

The world is a volatile place with uncontrolled outbursts of anger daily. What can we learn from both the Old and New Testaments about how to control our anger in a way that's pleasing to God? We all need to know.

Jesus taught his disciples a pattern of behavior that was to be their "way of life." The laws, statutes, and judgments enumerated in the Old Testament were inconsistently kept by their forefathers but Christ showed a new way of consistency. Are you committed to that Way?

Sin 

We hear about sin all the time but just what is sin? How did it originate? Who is its author and who is guilty of it? What should we do to avoid sin? How can we be forgiven of sin? How do we avoid sinful habits? How do we overcome sin? This sermon will address these questions and more on the subject of sin.

Trials  

Is there a purpose to suffering or is it just random? This sermon examines the scriptural significance and meanings for our sufferings. There is hope because God is in control of our lives.

Evil 

The world is increasingly full of violence but we are instructed "not to be of this world." How, then are real Christians supposed to behave when surrounded by threats and violence and corruption every day of their lives?

God made a distinction between foods for us to eat. Many people think Christ did away with his Father's laws, including the food laws. Is that what really happened? Are all foods, in God's sight, acceptable for us to eat today? Does God want to deprive us of good things?
How responsible are we? God wants responsible sons and daughters. This sermon describes various aspects of responsibility and irresponsibility. . God doesn't approve of irresponsibility. Here are five common ways people deny responsibility and many Biblical examples of responsibility or the lack thereof.
The Calling to Conversion

Will We Make It?  

How many times have you asked yourself, "Will I make it into Godís Kingdom?" This sermon is designed to show you that if you continue in your attempt to please God, you will "make it." Only if we knowingly and intentionally turn our backs on God can we fail.

Worship 

We all know what worship is, donít we? Itís showing reverence or devotion to a deity. But is that all there is to worship? This sermon investigates what our Creator requires in worship.

How can we properly witness for Christ? What kind of testimony would God have us give? Here are about ten categories consisting of about thirty examples of testimonies. We have commented on each.

A Ready Answer   

What is the truth of the hope within you? Are you ready to give a defense when asked to explain it? Christians believe in the hope of eternal life but there's more to it than what most people think the word "hope" means. You need to know.

Reacting to Our Sins 

Last week we were observing the Days of Unleavened Bread. Those days addressed the putting out of sin in our lives. How can we put the lessons of the past week into practice all year long? This sermon describes methods of continuing to rid our lives of sin.

Suffering 

Persecution is a form of suffering. Every righteous Bible personage from Abel to the church at Smyrna suffered persecution. This sermon describes why Godís people must be prepared for suffering and persecution - and be thankful for it.

Temptation is all around us but do you really know how to handle it? Christ was tempted after forty days of fasting by the greatest tempter, Satan the Devil. He came out of Satan's temptation even stronger than before. Can we learn from his example?

Effective Repentance 

According to Jewish tradition, the period between Elul 1 and Tishri 10 represents a period set aside for repentance. This sermon describes our needs for repentance and provides seven New Testament requirements for effective repentance.

Wholehearted Repentance 

Repentance is not just a one-time thing. It is a continual way of life, a self-examination which identifies the wrong, discards it, and seeks to live in a manner more pleasing to our creator. Do you have that attitude in your life?

The Model of Conversion

Today's Mothers 

Mothers are dearly thought and appreciated by nearly everyone. But the role of mothers has changed considerably in the past sixty years. This sermon examines the role of mothers from a Biblical standpoint and compares the Bibleís instructions with current trends of motherhood.

Biblical Marriage  

Marriage is a universal ceremony; but how different is marriage as described in the Bible? This sermon will describe the three parts of Biblical marriage and relate it to Christ the Messiahís (ha Mashiachís) marriage with the Saints.

The Feast of Unleavened Bread just pictured putting sin out of our homes and our lives. Now, the countdown begins to the next of God's Holy Days, Pentecost. As Christ's disciples, we are now in training for positions of authority under the government administered by our soon-coming King. How can we really know if we will be a part of that government? What more is expected of us?

Christ As Our Role Model 

Who do we use as role models? Sports heroes? Political leaders? Military leaders? Or is Christ (Mashiach) our role model? Here are ten traits of Christ we can and should follow.

Love, the Sign of a True Believer  

If you are a true believer, whether you know it or not, you wear a sign on yourself at all times. Even Jesus said to his disciples that they were to have a sign on them for all to see. Do you know what it is? Do you have it for all to see?

Jesus was asked this very question. Do you think his answer was about kindness and forgiveness? He emphasized the importance of keeping the ten commandments and putting into practice the two great commandments of God. Do you know what they are?
The Converted Nation

The Cause Of Riots 

As we see the world in free-fall, as measured by our values and Biblical principles, how can we continue to be reassured of those values? The recent election of pro-Muslim leaning officials does not reassure us of the survival of our civilization. This sermon is intended to reinforce your values.

There are many principles which this country once had which have been compromised in recent decades. This sermon highlights many of those principles by exploring and comparing the many virtues and standards set by one of America's greatest founding fathers.

Watching and Praying  

As national and international problems increase, most people seem to be uninterested, unless the problems affect them personally. Their interest seems to be centered on their own wants and pleasures. This sermon emphasizes our need to be watchful of world events, the relevance of prophesies to these world events, and the importance of prayer.

Political and Civic Virtue 

For the past forty or fifty years, politicians of the United States have had to endure a constant stream of criticism by those who wish them out of office. Much of that criticism has focused on their questionable character. This sermon addresses some of the necessary virtues all good politicians and all Godís people must develop.

 
 
 

 

 
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