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Overview

This annual best-selling resource for preachers provides a planned preaching program for an entire year, including Sunday morning, Sunday evening, and midweek sermons as well as helps for special occasions such as weddings, funerals, and youth meetings.

A valuable time-saver and preaching program for an entire year Busy, over-stretched pastors will appreciate this time-tested resource that provides a planned preaching program for an entire year. Included are sermons for Sunday mornings, Sunday evenings, and midweek services, as well. Also included are helps for special occasions such as weddings, funerals, and youth meetings.

Author Biography: T. T. Crabtree, now retired, was for many years the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Springfield, Missouri. He has also taught preaching and homiletics in Southern Baptist seminaries.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780310237396
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 8/1/2001
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 5.45 (w) x 8.49 (h) x 1.14 (d)

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The Zondervan 2002 Pastor's Annual

An Idea and Resource Book
By T. T. Crabtree

Zondervan

Copyright © 2001 Zondervan
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-310-23739-4


Chapter One

Suggested preaching program for the month of

JANUARY

* Sunday Mornings

Without a proper response to the Holy Spirit, our lives will be unproductive and our service will be feeble. The suggested theme for the first three messages of the year is "Recognizing and Responding to the Indwelling Spirit."

On the last Sunday of the month, begin a series from John's gospel entitled "Responding to the Living Word."

* Sunday Evenings

The Old Testament prophets were primarily forthtellers rather than foretellers. They communicated the message of God to the needs of the day. The suggested theme is "Listen to the Major Messages of the Minor Prophets."

* Wednesday Evenings

The suggested theme is "Studies in Paul's Letter to the Corinthians."

WEDNESDAY EVENING, JANUARY 2

Title: In All Things Enriched by Him

Text: "That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge" (1 Cor. 1:5).

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:1-9

Introduction

The story is told of a tax collector who went to a poor minister in order to determine the amount of tax the minister owed. The minister replied to the tax collector that he was a rich man. He said he was the possessor of a Savior who earned for him everlasting life and who had prepared a place for him in the eternal city. He also said he had a virtuous wife and that the Bible said her price was far above rubies. He added to these possessions healthy and obedient children and a merry heart. When the minister had told of his wealth, the official said, "You are a rich man, but, fortunately for you, your property is not taxable."

I. The source of these riches is found in Jesus Christ.

The passage says, "in him."

A. God wants the best for his children. God's knowledge is such that it covers all of one's life and all lives that each one touches. His power and presence are such that when his conditions are met whatever happens will ultimately always be the very best.

B. God's promises are riches for all. Philippians 4:19 says, "My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."

A pastor was having a difficult time in the church where he was serving. Because of certain circumstances, he could expect no forthcoming raise in salary. At just about that time, an automobile dealer came to the pastor and said, "I want to furnish you with a car at my company's expense." The car far exceeded the raise the church would have given him.

II. The promise of these riches is that a person is enriched in everything.

A. Christ makes a difference in every facet of life. He makes a difference in what one wants. Paul said, "Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need" (Phil. 4:11-12). Christ also makes a difference in what one does with what one has.

B. This enrichment is "in all utterance, and in all knowledge." "All utterance" is the outward expression and "all knowledge" is the inward. These apply to such areas as husband-wife relations, parent-child relations, and relations with friends and acquaintances. They also apply to one's physical welfare, such as blessings and privileges of health and the sufferings and sorrows of illness. Enrichment can also apply to one's economic life, which would include earnings and expenditures. Most of all, enrichment applies to one's spiritual life.

III. To have this enrichment, certain conditions must be met.

A. One must surrender all aspects of one's life to the Lord Jesus.

B. One must have an abiding faith in Jesus and his promises as set forth in God's Word.

C. One must be obedient to God's will after first determining what it is.

Conclusion

For you and me to appreciate the riches of Christ in our lives, we must focus our attention on him and his promises and not on ourselves.

SUNDAY MORNING, JANUARY 6

Title: Another Comforter

Text: "And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever" (John 14:16).

Scripture Reading: John 14:15-18

Hymns: "Holy, Holy, Holy," Heber "Have Faith in God," McKinney "Holy Ghost, with Light Divine," Reed

Offertory Prayer: Holy Father, we thank you for all of your blessings upon us during the past year. We thank you for the privilege of being alive in this new year of 2002. Help us as we bring our financial gifts that we might do so with loving and grateful hearts, eager to share with those in need. Help us to give our total being in order that our heart might be your royal throne. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Introduction

It is always exciting when a new year arrives before us as a page upon which we will write the history of our life. Let us pray for each other that it might be a good year for our Lord's work, for ourselves personally, and for our families.

When we face the future seriously, we often feel anxious. Particularly is this true if the future looks fearful and if we are plagued with a feeling of our helplessness and insignificance. The disciples of our Lord were horrified at the thought of facing the future without the comfort of his continuing companionship. Our Lord sought to allay their fears and to challenge them to faithfulness with a promise of another Comforter.

Toward the end of his earthly ministry, our Lord concentrated on his twelve apostles. He spent much time with them in seclusion because of his desire to avoid his enemies. At the same time, he wanted to strengthen these men for the task that was before them. He gave them some exceedingly great and precious promises (see John 14:1, 11-14), including the promise that he would give them "another Comforter," a promise they were incapable of understanding at the time. Furthermore, he said, "I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you" (John 14:18). And in John 14:28 he said, "Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I." In order that we might better understand the significance of these promises for the present, let us look at what discipleship meant to these disciples.

I. The call to discipleship is:

A. A call to trust in Jesus Christ.

B. A call to a profound learning experience.

C. A call to leave lesser things.

D. A call that involved the excitement of true fulfillment.

E. A call to partnership and friendship with Jesus Christ.

F. A call to serious self-discipline.

G. A call to high rewards.

II. Jesus invited his disciples to draw close to him.

A. To Philip he said, "Follow me" (John 1:43).

B. To Philip and Nathaniel, Jesus said, "Come and see" (John 1:46).

C. To James, John, Peter, and Andrew, Jesus said, "Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men" (Mark 1:17; see also Matt. 4:19 and Luke 5:10).

D. Jesus chose the Twelve "that they should be with him" (Mark 3:14; see also Luke 6:13). As these men followed Jesus, they experienced a transforming friendship. They visited together in crowded cities. They sailed and fished together on the Sea of Galilee. They prayed together in the mountains and deserts. They worshiped together in the temple. They watched Jesus and listened to him.

1. They saw in Jesus Christ what it meant to make a complete surrender to the absolute claims of God over one's life.

2. They saw what it meant to completely forsake sin.

3. They saw the perfection of love in all attitudes, all ambitions, and all relationships.

4. They saw a supreme example of one who was willing to deny himself for the sake of others.

5. They witnessed one who demonstrated a unique aloofness from attachment to material things.

6. They saw and experienced one who lived totally for eternity.

Eleven of these apostles became so committed to Jesus Christ that they could not even consider their future existence without his companionship. For him to depart was totally unacceptable and unthinkable to them. It was in that context that Jesus continued to tell them that he must go back to the Father. He sought to comfort them with a promise of "another Comforter" (John 14:16) who would be their counselor and helper.

III. Jesus promises another comforter.

A. Note the word that Jesus used in making this promise. In the original language of the New Testament, two different words can be translated by our English word another. The context determines which of these Greek words is used. Allos is used when "another of like kind" is referred to, while heteros is used when "another of a different kind" is referred to. When Jesus spoke of the Comforter who would come, he used allos. Jesus was saying, "I am going to ask the Father, and he will give you another counselor, another comforter, another helper of exactly the same kind as I am." The word translated "comforter" literally means "one called to walk by the side of." This had been Jesus' relationship with his disciples for three years.

B. "To be with you forever." Jesus' bodily presence with his disciples had been very brief, and now it was necessary that he depart. This was devastating to them. He promised that the Comforter would be with them always, forever.

C. "For he dwells with you." Christ as Immanuel is God "with us." Jesus promises the Holy Spirit who will dwell "within us." The Holy Spirit is a far greater blessing that Jesus' earthly presence, for he can be within each one of his disciples.

Conclusion

As we face the new year, we need to accept by faith the presence of this Comforter who came on the Day of Pentecost to dwell in the church. He came on the day of your conversion experience to dwell in your heart (1 Cor. 3:16). We should with joy recognize the Holy Spirit's indwelling presence and find the strength we need for living effectively in this year 2002 (Eph. 6:10).

With eagerness we should listen for the Holy Spirit's voice as he speaks to our innermost being as we study the Scriptures, as we pray, and as we see a needy world (Heb. 3:7-8). With love for our Lord and his people, let each of us decide to cooperate with this divine Comforter and Counselor as we walk through the days of this new year.

If you have come to this first Sunday in the year 2002 without knowing Jesus Christ as Savior, this would be a wonderful time to respond as the Holy Spirit leads you. Invite Jesus Christ to come and live in your heart as Savior, Lord, Teacher, and Friend.

SUNDAY EVENING, JANUARY 6

Title: What Manner of Man Is the Prophet?

Text: "Now the word of Jehovah came unto me, saying, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee, and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee; I have appointed thee a prophet unto the nations" (Jer. 1:4-5 ASV).

Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 1:4-10

Introduction

In the long struggle of the Hebrews to be a people pleasing to God, the prophets, for the most part, appeared in times of crisis as models of what God wanted his people to be. As God's spokesmen for many centuries, they sounded warnings and gave direction to their nation.

In our English Bible we have sixteen books that record the words and deeds of the "writing prophets." Other great prophets in Israel were "non-writing prophets"-they did not write prophetic books. The greatest of these were Moses, Samuel, Elijah, and Elisha. Upon the sole basis of length, the books bearing the names of the writing prophets are classified as "major" and "minor," with Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel called "Major Prophets" and the other twelve "Minor Prophets." The term minor in regard to these twelve books is unfortunate, for there is nothing minor about them. The twelve together cover the whole range of prophecy and illustrate its development from the eighth to the fourth century B.C.

For the following twelve Sunday evenings we will consider this Book of the Twelve, as the Hebrew Bible designates these twelve prophecies, in the order in which they appear in our English Bible. In introducing this series let us ponder this question: "What manner of man is a prophet? Let us consider this from two points of view.

I. First, consider what a prophet is not.

A. A prophet is not a microphone through which God speaks, bypassing the prophet's mind, will, emotions, character, and convictions. Inspiration is not merely mechanical. Revelation does not take place in a vacuum, ignoring the context of history in which the prophet lives and serves.

B. A prophet is not a superhuman being. He does not have near supernatural powers. The prophet is unique but still human. Moses, Samuel, Elijah, Elisha, Jonah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel were indeed human beings with certain faults and frailties despite their unquestioned greatness. James says of the one considered by most Hebrews in Jesus' day to be the greatest of the prophets: "Elijah was a man of like passions with us" (5:17 ASV). Thank God for that word.

C. A prophet is not a windbag. As Moffatt translates it, Jeremiah said of certain pretenders among his contemporaries: "The prophets are but windbags" (Jer. 5:13 MOFFATT). There are many varieties of windbags.

1. For some, the emptiness of their prophecy does not come from the betrayal of their faith; instead, it comes from their failure to have any faith worth proclaiming.

2. Often men who might have been prophets, or even who had been prophets, become windbags just through the process of taking on administrative responsibilities. This is one of the perils of an ecclesiastical hierarchy. Forced to talk unceasingly and feeling the necessity of "judicious" utterance on all occasions, they fall back on wind. Wind is easier and safer than ideas.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 8
Preface 9
Contributing Authors 10
Sermons
Jan 2 - Wed - In All Things Enriched by Him (1 Cor. 1:5) 11
Jan 6 - Sun AM - Another Comforter (John 14:16) 13
Jan 6 - Sun PM - What Manner of Man Is the Prophet? (Jer. 1:4-5) 15
Jan 9 - Wed - God Is Faithful (1 Cor. 1:9) 19
Jan 13 - Sun AM - The Continuing Presence of the Holy Spirit (John 14:16) 20
Jan 13 - Sun PM - Hosea--Time to Seek the Lord (Hos. 10:12) 22
Jan 16 - Wed - Unity in Christ (1 Cor. 1:10) 25
Jan 20 - Sun AM - Your Helplessness without the Help of the Holy Spirit (Zech. 4:6) 26
Jan 20 - Sun PM - Joel--Redeeming Lost Years (Joel 2:25) 29
Jan 23 - Wed - The Preaching of the Cross (1 Cor. 1:18) 32
Jan 27 - Sun AM - The Incarnate God (John 1:14) 33
Jan 27 - Sun PM - Amos--The Prophet of Tekoa (Amos 1:2; 5:24) 36
Jan 30 - Wed - Man's Extremity, God's Opportunity (1 Cor. 1:25) 39
Feb 3 - Sun AM - Playing Second Fiddle (John 1:26-27) 41
Feb 3 - Sun PM - Obadiah--Possessing Our Possessions (Obad. 17) 44
Feb 6 - Wed - That Which Is Prepared for God's Lovers (1 Cor. 2:9) 48
Feb 10 - Sun AM - Giver of Abundant Life (John 2:10) 49
Feb 10 - Sun PM - Jonah--The God Revealed to Jonah (Jonah 4:2) 52
Feb 13 - Wed - The Mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16) 55
Feb 17 - Sun AM - The Angry Jesus (John 2:15-16) 57
Feb 17 - Sun PM - Micah--The Requirements of Real Religion (Mic. 6:8) 60
Feb 20 - Wed - Things Freely Given Us (1 Cor. 2:12) 63
Feb 24 - Sun AM - Look What Love Does (John 3:16) 65
Feb 24 - Sun PM - Nahum--Woe to the Bloody City! (Nah. 3:1) 68
Feb 27 - Wed - God's Fellow Workers (1 Cor. 3:9) 71
Mar 3 - Sun AM - Either He Is or He Isn't (John 5:18) 73
Mar 3 - Sun PM - Habakkuk--The Just Shall Live by Faith (Hab. 2:4) 77
Mar 6 - Wed - The One Foundation (1 Cor. 3:11) 80
Mar 10 - Sun AM - What Do You Do for Hungry People? (John 6:11) 82
Mar 10 - Sun PM - Zephaniah--Jerusalem's Sins of Omission (Zeph. 3:2) 85
Mar 13 - Wed - Everyone's Work Shall Be Made Manifest (1 Cor. 3:13) 88
Mar 17 - Sun Am - When Grief Comes to Your House (John 11:21) 90
Mar 17 - Sun PM - Haggai--Rebuilding the Temple (Hag. 1:8) 93
Mar 20 - Wed - The Temple of God (1 Cor. 3:16) 97
Mar 24 - Sun AM - Moved by the Cross (John 12:32) 98
Mar 24 - Sun PM - Zechariah--Rejoice Greatly ... Your King Comes to You (Zech. 9:9-10) 102
Mar 27 - Wed - The Lord Knows the Thoughts of the Wise (1 Cor. 3:20) 105
Mar 31 - Sun AM - The Darkness Gave Way (John 20:1) 106
Mar 31 - Sun PM - Malachi--Religious Recession and Revival (Mal. 3:7) 110
Apr 3 - Wed - We Have This Treasure (1 Cor. 3:22-23) 114
Apr 7 - Sun AM - The Resurrection and Our Great Salvation (Heb. 7:25) 116
Apr 7 - Sun PM - The Great I Am (Exod. 3:14) 118
Apr 10 - Wed - Fools for Christ's Sake (1 Cor. 4:10) 121
Apr 14 - Sun AM - The Resurrection of Christ and Our Resurrection (1 Cor. 15:20) 123
Apr 14 - Sun PM - I Am the Bread of Life (John 6:35) 126
Apr 17 - Wed - The Kingdom of God in Power (1 Cor. 4:20) 128
Apr 21 - Sun AM - Responding Positively to the Indwelling Holy Spirit (Heb. 3:7-9) 129
Apr 21 - Sun PM - I Am the Light of the World (John 8:12) 132
Apr 24 - Wed - Is There No Wise Among You? (1 Cor. 6:5) 134
Apr 28 - Sun AM - The Holy Spirit and Our Great Salvation (1 Cor. 6:19-20) 135
Apr 28 - Sun PM - I Am the Gate for the Sheep (John 10:7) 137
May 1 - Wed - Kingdom Heirs (1 Cor. 6:9) 141
May 5 - Sun AM - Christ Lives within My Heart (Gal. 2:20) 143
May 5 - Sun PM - I Am the Good Shepherd (John 10:11) 145
May 8 - Wed - You Were Bought at a Price (1 Cor. 6:20) 147
May 12 - Sun AM - What Is a Christian Mother? (Acts 11:26) 149
May 12 - Sun PM - I Am the Resurrection (John 11:25) 151
May 15 - Wed - Keeping God's Commandments Is Everything (1 Cor. 7:19) 154
May 19 - Sun AM - Ten Ways to Guarantee Unhappiness (James 4:17) 155
May 19 - Sun PM - I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6) 158
May 22 - Wed - Christian Influence (1 Cor. 8:13) 160
May 26 - Sun AM - The Increase of Love in the Family (1 Thess. 3:12-13) 161
May 26 - Sun PM - I Am the True Vine (John 15:5) 163
May 29 - Wed - All Things to All People (1 Cor. 9:22) 166
Jun 2 - Sun AM - Being Christian in the Home (Acts 11:26) 168
Jun 2 - Sun PM - Finding God in the Storm (Ezek. 1:4) 170
Jun 5 - Wed - A Lesson from History (1 Cor. 10:6) 174
Jun 9 - Sun AM - The Practice of Forgiveness in the Family (Luke 11:4) 175
Jun 9 - Sun PM - Walking the Hard Road (Ezek. 2:1, 3) 178
Jun 12 - Wed - Beware of Temptations (1 Cor. 10:13) 181
Jun 16 - Sun AM - Parents Who Are Worthy of Honor (Eph. 6:2-3) 182
Jun 16 - Sun PM - Practicing Your Faith Where You Are (Ezek. 3:17) 185
Jun 19 - Wed - Seeking Our Neighbor's Good (1 Cor. 10:24) 188
Jun 23 - Sun AM - Responding Properly When Trouble Comes (Ps. 46:1) 190
Jun 23 - Sun PM - Our Refuge and Our Fortress (Ezek. 11:16) 191
Jun 26 - Wed - The Design and Importance of the Lord's Supper (1 Cor. 11:26) 195
Jun 30 - Sun AM - Responsible Christian Citizenship (1 Tim. 2:1-2) 196
Jun 30 - Sun PM - Responsibility: Individual or Collective? (Ezek. 18:20) 198
Jul 3 - Wed - Examining Self (1 Cor. 11:28) 202
Jul 7 - Sun AM - Where Is the Far Country? (Luke 15:13) 203
Jul 7 - Sun PM - The Price of Success (Ezek. 28:17) 207
Jul 10 - Wed - Spiritual Gifts (1 Cor. 12:7) 210
Jul 14 - Sun AM - How Well Do You Hear? (Matt. 13:9) 211
Jul 14 - Sun PM - The Shepherds and the Flock (Ezek. 34:11-12) 215
Jul 17 - Wed - The Church, the Body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:27) 218
Jul 21 - Sun AM - Only God Knows and He Refuses to Tell (Matt. 13:30) 219
Jul 21 - Sun PM - Can These Bones Live? (Ezek. 37:3) 223
Jul 24 - Wed - The More Excellent Way (1 Cor. 12:31) 226
Jul 28 - Sun AM - Whatever Happens, God's Work Will Go On (Matt. 13:31-32) 227
Jul 28 - Sun PM - A River in the Wilderness (Ezek. 47:5) 230
Jul 31 - Wed - The God of Order (1 Cor. 14:33) 234
Aug 4 - Sun AM - Silent Forces Are Often the Strongest (Matt. 13:33) 236
Aug 4 - Sun PM - What Jesus Preached about God (John 1:18) 239
Aug 7 - Wed - The Gospel We Preach (1 Cor. 15:1) 242
Aug 11 - Sun AM - To Be a Christian Is Worth More Than All Else (Matt. 13:44) 243
Aug 11 - Sun PM - What Jesus Preached about Himself (John 14:11) 246
Aug 14 - Wed - The Body That Pleases God (1 Cor. 15:38) 248
Aug 18 - Sun AM - Compare Honestly and You Will Choose Jesus (Matt. 13:46) 250
Aug 18 - Sun PM - What Jesus Preached about the Holy Spirit (John 14:15-18) 253
Aug 21 - Wed - Concerning the Collection (1 Cor. 16:1) 256
Aug 25 - Sun AM - God's Kingdom Excludes Only the Unbeliever (Matt. 13:48) 258
Aug 25 - Sun PM - What Jesus Preached about His Death (Mark 10:45) 261
Aug 28 - Wed - A First Worship Service (Gen. 4:4) 264
Sep 1 - Sun AM - We Need Both the Old and the New (Matt. 13:52) 267
Sep 1 - Sun PM - What Jesus Preached about His Church (Matt. 16:18) 270
Sep 4 - Wed - The Rupture of a Relationship (Gen. 4:8-9) 272
Sep 8 - Sun AM - Give the Gift of Forgiveness (Mark 11:25) 274
Sep 8 - Sun PM - What Jesus Preached about Sin (Luke 11:4) 277
Sep 11 - Wed - The Best Exercise (Gen. 5:24) 280
Sep 15 - Sun AM - Give the Gift of Encouragement (Philem. 7) 282
Sep 15 - Sun PM - What Jesus Preached about Salvation (John 3:16) 285
Sep 18 - Wed - A Faithful Man (Gen. 6:9) 288
Sep 22 - Sun AM - Give the Gift of Your Personal Testimony (Mark 5:19-20) 290
Sep 22 - Sun PM - What Jesus Preached about His Kingdom (Matt. 4:17) 293
Sep 25 - Wed - Blurred Vision (Gen. 13:10) 296
Sep 29 - Sun AM - Give the Gift of Affirmation (John 1:42) 298
Sep 29 - Sun PM - What Jesus Preached about Property (Acts 20:35) 301
Oct 2 - Wed - The Foundation for Life (Col. 1:2-5) 304
Oct 6 - Sun AM - When Dreams Come True (Matt. 1:22-23) 306
Oct 6 - Sun PM - The Man of Faith (Gen. 15:6) 310
Oct 9 - Wed - A Prayer for the Knowledge of God's Will (Col. 1:9) 311
Oct 13 - Sun AM - The Joy of Unselfish Service (Mark 9:35) 313
Oct 13 - Sun PM - A Cure for the Blues (1 Kings 19:4) 317
Oct 16 - Wed - The Absolute Supremacy of Jesus Christ (Col. 1:15-17) 319
Oct 20 - Sun AM - A God Who Understands (Luke 15:1-2) 321
Oct 20 - Sun PM - The Problem of Suffering (Job 1:20-21) 325
Oct 23 - Wed - An Open Secret (Col. 1:25-26) 328
Oct 27 - Sun AM - Simply Divine! (John 20:31) 330
Oct 27 - Sun PM - Lessons Learned in the School of Life (Hos. 3:1) 334
Oct 30 - Wed - The Marks of Faithfulness (Col. 2:6-7) 336
Nov 3 - Sun AM - The Church Triumphant (Acts 1:8) 339
Nov 3 - Sun PM - Conversion As a Result of Receiving the Word (Acts 2:41) 343
Nov 6 - Wed - The Well of Wisdom (Col. 2:9-10) 345
Nov 10 - Sun AM - Living for Treasures or Trash (Matt. 6:19-21) 347
Nov 10 - Sun PM - The Conversion of the Ethiopian Eunuch (Acts 8:37) 350
Nov 13 - Wed - From Shadow to Reality (Col. 2:17) 352
Nov 17 - Sun AM - What Giving Does for You (Phil. 4:17) 354
Nov 17 - Sun PM - The Conversion of Saul of Tarsus (Acts 9:6) 356
Nov 20 - Wed - New Life with Christ (Col. 3:1) 358
Nov 24 - Sun AM - Thanks Be unto God (Ps. 119:62) 360
Nov 24 - Sun PM - The Conversion of the Philippian Jailer (Acts 16:30-31) 362
Nov 27 - Wed - Thanksliving (Col. 2:6-7) 364
Dec 1 - Sun AM - The Stewardship of Life (1 Cor. 4:2) 367
Dec 1 - Sun PM - The Candle of Hope (Isa. 9:6) 369
Dec 4 - Wed - The Garments of the Ungodly (Col. 3:5-7) 372
Dec 8 - Sun AM - What If There Were No Christmas? (Isa. 12:4-5) 374
Dec 8 - Sun PM - The Candle of Peace (Matt. 2:17-18) 376
Dec 11 - Wed - The Clothing of a Christian (Col. 3:12-13) 379
Dec 15 - Sun AM - God Is My Salvation (Isa. 12:2) 380
Dec 15 - Sun PM - The Candle of Joy (Matt. 1:21) 383
Dec 18 - Wed - When God's Word Dwells in You (Col. 3:16-17) 385
Dec 22 - Sun AM - Christmas Gifts and Christmas Giving (Matt. 2:11) 387
Dec 22 - Sun PM - The Candle of Love (Luke 2:5) 390
Dec 25 - Wed - Principles for Personal Relations (Col. 3:23-24) 392
Dec 29 - Sun AM - Drawing Water from the Wells of Salvation (Isa. 12:3) 394
Dec 29 - Sun PM - Why Is Jesus Coming Again? (John 14:2-3) 397
Miscellaneous Helps
Messages on the Lord's Supper
Thanks Be unto God (2 Cor. 9:15) 400
An Affirmation of Divine Love (1 Cor. 11:24) 401
The Memorial Supper of Our Lord (1 Cor. 11:24) 403
Messages for Children and Young People
Be on Guard against Your Enemy (1 Peter 5:8) 404
How to Study the Bible (Ps. 1:2) 405
Learning How to Pray (Matt. 6:9) 407
Gifts You Can Give to Your Parents (Acts 3:6) 408
Funeral Meditations
He Continues to Speak (Heb. 11:4) 410
Happy Are the Dead (Rev. 14:13) 412
Overcoming Our Fear of Death (Heb. 2:14-15) 413
Weddings
Conducting a Premarital Conference 415
Marriage Ceremony 418
The Responsibilities and the Rewards of Marriage 419
Sentence Sermonettes 422
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Index of Scripture Texts 424
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