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“Abiding at Animal house”

  Acts 18:1 “Abiding at Animal house” The ancient Greek city of Athens’ was a town of about 20,000 and home of the most prestigious of the three universities in the world at that time. Fifty three miles from this university town was a city called Corinth 10 times its size. When you read the…

“Eve of Destruction”

  Joshua 2:12-24 “Eve of Destruction” In 1965 P.F. Sloan wrote a protest song eventually recorded by Barry McGuire called the “Eve of Destruction”. What Sloan wrote and Barry sang in 1965 is a lot closer today than it was then, but it is still Jesus who offers deliverance from the “Eve of Destruction”. In…

Dale Lewis – Mark 5:1-20 “Pigs Parish”

  Mark 5:1-20 “Pigs Parish” Introduction Vs. 1-2a From fear to fear Vs. 2b-6 Six characteristics of demonic influence Vs. 7-13 Even demons believe – and tremble Vs. 14-20 Go from Him or go for Him Introduction This section of scripture from the end of chapter 4 through chapter 5 is Mark’s examination of the…

Dale Lewis – Mark 4:35-41 “Finding Rest During Restless Times”

  Mark 4:35-41 “Finding Rest During Restless Times” Introduction Vs. 35-36 As He was Vs. 37-38 Confidence or carelessness? Vs. 39-41 The only fear Introduction Mark now moves to two situations where the popularity of Jesus effected people’s perception of Him which led them to fear instead of faith. We will look at the first…

Aug.19 Genesis Study

Genesis 32:1-32 “Life’s struggle” I.) Intro. II. Vs. 1-12 Ready to surrender III. Vs. 13-32 Pinning your “self” down I.) Intro. There is perhaps no greater chapter in all the Bible that illustrates the death of the old nature then the one before us. Three times in scripture Paul uses the phrase “old man” in…

“Power tools in the hands of babies”

  Romans 3:1-8 “Power tools in the hands of babies” In the movie “Fiddler on the Roof” Tevye asks God, “I know, I know. We are Your chosen people. But, once in a while, can’t You choose someone else?” Looking at the tragic history of the Jewish people it is hard to see how anyone…

Engaging Mormonism with Compassionate Boldness

Saturday, September 12th 9am—2:00pm With Mormonism Research Ministry’s Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson, co-authors of Answering Mormons’ Questions and hosts of Viewpoint on Mormonism. Together they bring over 60 years experience sharing the gospel of grace with the Mormon people.

Dale Lewis – Mark 4:1-20 “Sacred secrets for the asking”

  Mark “Sacred secrets for the asking” 4:1-20 Introduction Vs. 1-2 What did He say? Vs. 10-12 Two kinds of hearers Vs. 3-9, 14-20 The parable of the sower Introduction Because Jesus’ increased popularity and notoriety He was no longer teaching in the local synagogues and instead His pulpit was a small boat set out…

Dale Lewis – Mark 3:20 – 35 “Love, Lunacy or in league with the devil”

  Mark “Love, Lunacy or in league with the devil” 3:20-35 Introduction Vs. 22-30 No signs in a morgue to the deceased Vs. 20, 21-31-35 Unhinged by Love Introduction Mark offers another liability to Jesus’ increased popularity: Misunderstanding the purpose and intentions behind His actions. This came about as a direct observation of His preoccupation…

“Same God for a new world”

  Judges 2:11-12 “Same God for a new world” In Judges chapter 2 verses 11-12 we read that “The children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served the Baals; and they forsook the Lord God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt; and they…

Dale Lewis – Mark 3:13-19 “A few good men”

  Mark “A few good men” 3:13-19 Introduction Vs. 13-15 Professional verses Relational Vs. 16-19 He chose who? Introduction When examining the text it is important not only to give your attention to what the text says but the broader context as to why the Holy Spirit desired to place the narrative in the location…

Jul.22 Genesis Study

Genesis 30:1-24 “Battle of the brides” I.) Intro. II. Vs. 1-13 Baby boxing III. Vs. 14-24 Where’s the baby? I.) Intro. This story before us is a continuation of chapter 29:31-35. Now as you read this story it appears as though we have flipped your T.V. set on to one of those stupid trash T.V….

Dale Lewis – Mark 3:7-12 “The Penalty of Popularity”

  Mark “The Penalty of Popularity” 3:7-12 Introduction Vs. 7-8 Jesus Christ “Superstar” Vs. 9-10 Unwanted sales Vs. 11-12 Unwanted advertisement Introduction So far in Mark’s record of Jesus we have seen Mark gather stories that illustrate two truths, today we will start the third, all of which distinguish Jesus as superior to what the…

“How much does the heart weigh?”

  Genesis 42:21-36 “How much does the heart weigh?” How much does the human heart weigh? Well according to those in the know for and adult male between 10-12 ounces and for and adult female between 8-10 ounces. Though I’m sure an unrepentant heart may not weigh any more it sure can weigh the person…

Dale Lewis – Mark 2:23 – 3:6 “Rest verses rules”

  Mark “Rest verses rules” 2:23 – 3:6 Introduction Vs. 2:23-28 The sacred secular Vs. 3:1-6 Restored hands and weathered hearts Introduction The final two questions asked or implied by the Pharisees concerning religious life and its place in society both focus in on the Sabbath. The Sabbath in the hands of religious leaders had…

“The Master has a plan”

  Acts 8:1-3 “The Master has a plan” In Acts chapter 7 verses 54-60 we are told of the death of Stephen. I’ve thought about that phrase a lot and perhaps we have it all wrong? You see I think what the last four verses of chapter seven reveal is not how Stephen died but…

Dale Lewis – Mark 2:18-22 “From sobbing to song”

  Mark “From sobbing to song” 2:18-22 Introduction Vs. 18-20 To joyful Vs. 21 To new Vs. 22 To expansive Introduction We move into the second of the four questions asked about the purpose of religion that Jesus answered. Reading this section causes me to believe that if most literate people in the world would…

Jul.01 Genesis Study

Genesis 29:1-35 “A pilgrims process” I.) Intro. II. Vs. 1-20 Romantic comedy III. Vs. 21-35 One for the price of two I.) Intro. Over the next three chapters 40 years of the life of Jacob will be looked at what we will see is a “pilgrims process” as the Lord works on his heart, the…

Dale Lewis – Mark 2:13-17 “The company He keeps”

  Mark “The company He keeps” 2:13-17 Introduction Vs. 13-14 From judged to joined Vs. 15-17 The retirement party Introduction Mark records four great controversies of Jesus time and location marked by the religious leader’s verbal complaints and Jesus’ response to them. In the first two complaints they are leveled at the disciples about Jesus,…

“Making a move”

  Galatians 5:22 “Making a move” For 11 years Merhan Nasseri (who had been expelled from his native country of Iran) was a man without a country. He was allowed to live in Terminal 1 of the Paris airport in 1988. There he stayed for 11 years, writing in a diary, living off of handouts…

Jun.24 Genesis Study

Genesis 27:41-28:22 “Running to be at rest” I.) Intro. II. Vs. 27:41-28:9 The dividends of deception III. Vs. 10-22 Sweet dreams on the rock I.) Intro. As we trace these men of God in the lineage of Jesus we come to a new focus, “Jacob”. His is a story of a man who has a…

Dale Lewis – Mark 2:1-12 “The Healing of Forgiveness”

  Mark “The Healing of Forgiveness” 2:1-12 Introduction Vs. 1-5 Unorthodox faith Vs. 6-12 Right logic, wrong answer Introduction In chapter 2 Mark records for us another day in Capernaum with the Son of God and the authority of His word. The story breaks apart into two sections: Vs. 1-5 The healing of the paralytic…

“Happy Sailing”

  Acts 27:1-20 “Happy Sailing” In the 27th chapter of the book of Acts Luke records the last of Paul’s four shipwrecks and the only one given to us in detail. For the most part this chapter reads like a ship log as Paul is being brought to Rome so that Caesar will hear his…

Dale Lewis – Mark 1:35-45 “Disobedient Praise”

  Mark “Disobedient Praise” 1:35-45 Introduction Vs. 35-39 Intimate exposure Vs. 40-45 Lessons from the leper Introduction After a full day of ministry Mark records two more things about the teaching ministry of Jesus the Son of God, having written of Jesus authority. Vs. 35-39 The source of its authority, communion with the Father Vs….

“Food for the Soul”

  Exodus 16:1-5 “Food for the Soul” All of us live within the realm of two great concerns that at times consume us, they are called “today and tomorrow”. That is where the exiting Israelites found themselves in Chapter 15 right after they left the oasis called Elim. They were refreshed, probably singing the songs…

Jun.10 Genesis Study

Genesis 26:1-33 “In the footsteps of his father” I.) Intro. II. Vs. 1-11 Like father, like son III. Vs. 12-33 From blessed in the world to blessed of the Lord I.) Intro. This is the only chapter devoted exclusively to Isaac the events of his life are summed up in this chapter. His life looks…

Dale Lewis – Mark 1:21-34 “Powerful Preaching”

    Mark “Powerful Preaching” 1:21-34 Introduction Vs. 21-28 Authority and the comfortable Vs. 29-31 Authority and compassion Vs. 32-34 Authority and control Introduction Mark records that when Jesus began His earthly ministry He did so by identifying with humanity at His baptism. Then He showed His supremacy over all that defeats humanity during His…

“Living Demonstration”

  Acts 19:24-27 “Living Demonstration” In Acts chapter 19 verses 24-27 Luke records Demetrius’ the silversmith’s speech before the chamber of commerce in Ephesus, as he delivered his four-fold case against Christianity. Paraphrasing his words he declared, “Christianity is dangerous it could cut into your prosperity, it will cause you to lose your popularity and…

“How To Go To Heaven”

  Matthew 19:16-26 “How To Go To Heaven” In Matthew chapter 19 verse 16-26 we are given the account of Rich Young Ruler’s question about how to get to heaven. There seems to be a lot of questions like this man’s today with regards to who will be in heaven and on what basis. Most…

Dale Lewis – Mark 1:14-20 “The Greatest Preacher”

    Mark “The Greatest Preacher” 1:14-20 Introduction Vs. 14-15 Three elements of Jesus’ preaching Vs. 16-20 Three effects of Jesus’ preaching Introduction The rest of this first chapter will stress the WORK of Jesus as we see His miracles but Mark records that the focus of the work of Jesus was the WORDS of…

“Out of the Jungles and into Joy”

  Romans 5:1-11 “Out of the Jungles and into Joy” On Jan 24, 1972 after 28 years of hiding in the jungles of Guam, local farmers discover Yok-oi, a Japanese sergeant who was unaware that World War II had ended. He was still fighting a war on a 200-square-mile island that had again become a…

Dale Lewis – Mark 1:12-13 “The Emperors Credentials part 2”

      Mark “The Emperors Credentials part 2” 1:12-13 Introduction Vs. 12-13 Temptation Introduction The 2nd part of Jesus’ preparation was his temptation as both Matthew and Luke record this as well, only John leaves this section out. What a comfort it is to realize as the author of Hebrews wrote in chapter 4…

“No 2nd hand experience”

  Judges 2:1-2 “No 2nd hand experience” There are three themes in the book Judges that are repeated over and over: God never breaks His promises God’s people continually break their promises There are always consequences for God’s people breaking their promises Sociologists write of the effects of the “secondhand experience” upon society when the…

Dale Lewis – John 19:25-27 “Hopelessly devoted to you”

John 19:25-27 “Hopelessly devoted to you” I. Intro. II. Vs. 25-27 Words from the wood I. Intro. There is several years ago Mother’s day and Pentecost fell on the same day, this year Pentecost is in 2 weeks on May 24th. You may remember that Jesus’ Mary was in the upper room when the Holy…

Dale Lewis – Mark 1:9-11 “The Emperors Credentials part 1”

Mark “The Emperors Credentials part 1” 1:9-11 Introduction Vs. 9-11 Baptism Introduction Any student of scripture faces the greatest challenges from the Bible not when looking at something that you have never seen but rather when examining something that you are far too familiar with. That is where we find ourselves this morning when we…

“New Outfit, New Outlook”

  Colossians 3:12-13 “New Outfit, New Outlook” In Colossians chapter 3 verses 5-11 Paul wrote to the Colossian Church about putting off and putting to death the “old man” which he called our former life. I’m thankful he didn’t stop there as in verse 10 he told them that they needed to “put on” the…

Dale Lewis – Mark 1:1-8 “God’s Bulldozer”

Mark “God’s Bulldozer” 1:1-8 Introduction Vs. 1-3 Road work for God Vs. 4-5 A radical work Vs. 6-8 A stranger in the wilderness Introduction The gospel is not a discussion or a debate, it’s not good VIEWS; its GOOD NEWS. Each of the gospels present a different picture of Jesus: Matthew presents Jesus to the…

“Friends and family”

  Romans 16:1-16 “Friends and family” The 16th chapter of Romans is no insignificant relic of the past; it’s not just names that are easier to forget and difficult to pronounce! No, it is a chapter of the future not the past, a testimony that what matters most in this life is not our possessions…

Dale Lewis – Philemon 1:11-25 “The Art of Restoration (Part 2)”

Philemon “The Art of Restoration (Part 2)” 1:11-25 Introduction Vs. 11-16 Five reasons to restore Vs. 17-22 Partners in progress Vs. 23-25 Closing thoughts Introduction This letter brings up some great truths from both Philemon and Onesimuses view: Philemon: Reveals to us that the most effective way to handle social evils is not though politics…

“Rubbage or Riches?”

  Judges 14:1-20 “Rubbage or Riches?” A Florida newspaper article appeared with the title: “Garbage Mary”, the piece goes on to describe this lady who was dubbed by the media as “Garbage Mary”. In truth she was a 48 year old woman that she looked twice her age. She was picked up by the police…

Apr.15 Genesis Study

Genesis 23:1-20 “Shalom for Sarah” I.) Intro. II. Vs. 1-9 A resting place for Sarah III. Vs. 10-20 Possessing a promise I.) Intro. The next two chapters of Genesis we will look at two events that draw families together, a funeral and a wedding. A whole chapter is given to the burial of Sarah and…

Dale Lewis – Philemon 1:1-10 “The Art of Restoration”

Philemon “The Art of Restoration” Introduction: 1:1-7 1:1-3 Greetings 1:4-7 Thanksgiving Statement of Purpose: 1:8-10 A Loving Appeal for Onesimus Main Teaching: 1:11-22 1:11-16 The Profitability of Onesimus 1:17-22 The Debt of Philemon Closing: 1:23-25 Philemon “The Art of Restoration” 1:1-10 Introduction Vs. 1-7 Refreshed by love Vs. 8-10 Transformed by love Introduction This little…

“Never a Dull Moment”

  Colossians 2:1-5 “Never a Dull Moment” Webster’s dictionary defines boredom as: The state of being weary and restless through lack of interest. I don’t care what generation you are from; every parent has heard their child say at least once, “I’m bored,… there’s nothing to do!” At the heart of boredom is that people…

Apr.8 Genesis Study

Genesis 22:11-24 “A test of Love (part b)” I.) Intro. II. Vs. 11-24 God will provide Himself I.) Intro. The story of Abraham’s offering of Isaac provides such an opportunity for us to appreciate the “Gift” of the incarnation of Christ in a way in which we can experience the its true value. Last week…

Dale Lewis – Resurrection Service Notes

John 11:38-44 “Loose him, and let him go” I. Intro. II. Vs. 38-44 Two things Jesus didn’t do I. Intro. Those that followed Mary interpreted Jesus tears as being shed because of the loss of a friend, tears that proved He loved him but was unable to help him. They questioned not His power but…

“He is our peace”

  Ephesians 2:14-18 “He is our peace” Have you ever noticed, as far as people are concerned, that there are only two races of people? It does not seem to matter where on the globe people reside, what language they speak, their income bracket, education or age there are only two nationalities: US an THEM’s!…

Dale Lewis – Good Friday Service Notes

John 11:17-28 “Lord, if You had been here” I. Intro. II. Vs. 17-28 Too good to be true I. Intro. Medical science has made great strides in combating many illness that plague the world but death rates have not changed they are still at 100%. You can watch your diet, watch your cholesterol and exercise…

Dale Lewis – Palm Sunday – John 12:12-19

John 12:12-19 “Joyful and Triumphant” I. Intro. II. Vs. 12-15 The hour has come III. Vs. 16-19 A donkeys’ testimony I. Intro. All four gospels record the only public demonstration that Jesus allowed in His earthly ministry. What strikes me when looking at all four accounts is that this event does not seem to be…

“Unending treasures for a wooden nickel”

  I Corinthians 9:13-18 “Unending treasures for a wooden nickel” In First Corinthians chapter 9 verses 13-18 Paul deals with laying aside his rights for compensation as a servant of the Lord for a greater reward. This concept isn’t unheard of as most of us have done just that at some time. If you are…

Mar.25 Genesis Study

Genesis 22:1-10 “A test of Love (part a)” I.) Intro. II. Vs. 1-10 A journey of sacrifice I.) Intro. The 22nd chapter of Genesis is one of the most interesting chapters in the entire Bible. Interesting for several reasons: Theological: Does God ever ask us to do something that is contrary to His own character…

Dale Lewis – Titus 3:9-15 “Dealing with problem people”

Titus 3:9-15 “Dealing with problem people” I. Introduction II. Vs. 9-11 Detractors and Dissenters III. Vs. 12-15 Closing I. Introduction Having given the church specific guidelines on how to be a Christian Citizen it appears that Paul anticipates the natural question, “Paul you said that we need to speak evil of NO ONE, to be…

“What love is this?”

  John 11:1-16 “What love is this?” Jesus had raised others from the dead during His ministry: Jairus’ daughter The widow at Nain’s son who was being carried out for burial But the rising of Lazarus is perhaps the most miraculous, of all the recorded miracles of Jesus. In 1 Cor 13 Paul wrote those…

Dale Lewis – Titus 3:1-8 “Civic Minded”

Titus 3:1-8 “Civic Minded” I. Introduction II. Vs. 1-2 Remind them III. Vs. 3 The way we were IV. Vs. 4-8 What a transformation I. Introduction Having just written Titus about the personal impact that a relationship with Jesus has with the individual believer through: Redeeming Grace, Reforming Grace and Rewarding Grace. Paul now speaks…

“The Popeye Syndrome”

  1 Samuel 25:2-31 “The Popeye Syndrome” The Bible does not write puff pieces concerning those people who grace its pages. In 1 Samuel chapter 25 verse 2-31 is a lesson for those of us who are easily provoked to let our anger rule our life. David’s losing his temper had a prolonged buildup do…

Mar.11 Genesis Study

Genesis 21:1-34 “The God who keeps His promises” I.) Intro. II. Vs. 1-14 Laughter and sorrow III. Vs. 15-21 A lesson in trust IV.) Vs. 22-34 Water in a foreign land I.) Intro. This chapter records three seemingly separate events recorded for us: 1-14 The birth of Isaac 15-21 The provision of Ishmael and Hagar…

Mar.4 Genesis Study

Genesis 20:1-18 “Abraham, what were you thinking?” I. Intro. II. Vs. 1-7 A half truth is a whole lie III. Vs. 8-18 A lack of the fear of God I. Intro. Having just left the ruined life of Lot it is good to be back looking again at the man of faith but we see…