Sermons on Biblical Characters

Sermons on Biblical Characters

What God Sees in Us

March 29, 2020. What God Sees in Us. 16:1 The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go. I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.” 2 And Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me.” And the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you…

“Is Your Life In God’s Hands?”

Pastor Craig Ham concludes this Lenten series on “The Road To Abundant Life” by challenging us with the stories of Job and the Apostle Paul to allow God to guide and direct our path each day – resting in His hands. Scripture:  14 But I trust in you, O Lord;I say, “You are my God.” 15 My times are in your hand;rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors! 16 Make your face shine on your servant;save me in…

“In Times Of Adversity…Remember”

Pastor Craig Ham continues his Lenten series on “The Road To Abundant Life” by examining the story of Lazarus being raised from the dead, whereby Jesus tells us that all adversity is for the glory of God, and for us to persevere. Scripture:  38 Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. 39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, by…

“Are You Blind, Too?

Pastor Craig Ham continues his Lenten series on “The Road To Abundant Life” by illustrating our blindness and need for spiritual sight through the story in of Jesus healing the blind man. Scripture:  9:1 As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God…

“Some Things Are More Important/Nicodemus”

Pastor Craig Ham continues his Lenten series about “The Road To Abundant Life” by sharing the encounter with Nicodemus and how Jesus challenges us all with the truth that abundant life comes not from our beliefs or our morality, but by our relationship with Jesus Christ. Scripture:  3:1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a…

“The Magi’s Story”

Pastor Craig Ham shares this Christmas Eve message relating the Magi’s and their discovery of the Christ child, with our own needed discovery of Christ in our lives. Scripture:   2:1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship…

“Simeon’s Story”

Pastor Craig Ham shares the story of Jesus’ presentation at the temple and Simeon’s prophecy at hearing and seeing Him as the Christmas challenge for us all to answer the question, “what are you going to do with Christ?” Scripture:    25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by…

“The Shepherd’s Story”

Pastor Craig Ham shares the Christmas story through the lens of the shepherd’s and how they carried the gospel story to everyone, and we are challenged to do the same. Scripture:  8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. 10 And the angel said to them,…

‘Living The Christmas Life”

Pastor Craig Ham begins the season of advent focusing in on Mary and her encounter with the angel, Gabriel, and her response to his calling.  God is calling us to love the Christmas life of courage, faith, and surrender. Scripture:  26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary.…

“A Hard Word”

Pastor Craig Ham utilizes the encounter between the Apostles Paul and Peter to illustrate how we as believers should lovingly hold each other to the accountability of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Scripture:  11 But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. 12 For before certain men came from James, he was eating with the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party. 13 And the rest of…

“Spirit and Truth”

Bruce Smith, Associate Director of Music, shares a message based on the encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well, where Jesus reveals God wants worshipers who worship in spirit and in truth, and the benefits for us in that kind of worship. Scripture:  4 And he had to pass through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus,…

“The Fields At Anathoth”

Dr. Warren Smith, Professor at Duke Divinity School, shares a message of hope from the prophet Jeremiah, and reinforces how we long for words of hope from our creator God. Scripture:  32:1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord in the tenth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar. 2 At that time the army of the king of Babylon was besieging Jerusalem, and Jeremiah the prophet was shut up in the court of…

“Real Courage”

Pastor Craig Ham uses the story of David and Goliath to challenge us to put on the armor of God and cultivate courage in our faith life. Scripture: 45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you…

“Dealing With Negativity”

Pastor Craig Ham shares the story of Elijah’s escape from the hands of Queen Jezebel and his ultimate acceptance of provision and direction from God as an illustration of how we should overcome negativity by casting our care to God. Scripture: 19:1 Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. 2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So may the gods do to me and more also, if I…

“What To Do When Life Seems Uncertain”

Pastor Craig Ham uses the inspiring story of Hezekiah preparing the people of Jerusalem for the Assyrian attack as an illustration of how we should get our house and heart in order, and pray for God’s provision during times of uncertainty in our lives. Scripture: 32:1 After these things and these acts of faithfulness, Sennacherib king of Assyria came and invaded Judah and encamped against the fortified cities, thinking to win them for himself. (ESV)

“Yes! This Is Good News!”

Pastor Craig Ham shares this Easter message of how we should be encouraged in the world of bad news to share the good news of Christ’s resurrection power for all! Scripture: 20:1 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. 2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved,…
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