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Jul
15

The Potter’s Wheel

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THE POTTER’S WHEEL
by Eddie Lawrence

INTRO– You will want to share more background to the passage than I do in the brief outline below and maybe begin with a question like:

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Seeing Through Heaven’s Eyes
by Leif Hetland ( Leifhetland.com )
**Leif has recently released a book by this same title–SEEING THROUGH HEAVEN'S EYES. You can purchase a copy through Amazon or through Leif's site.

TEXT: For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: “Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth”; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously (1 Peter 2:20-23). 

INTRODUCTION: It is vital to see the world through the eye's of Heaven; but more importantly, we must see people through Heaven's eyes. Its easy to love people you want to love, but it's another thing to love the ones that hurt you. In Matthew 5:43-45, Jesus says to love your enemy and bless them, which is contrary to the cultural norm. Let's study the way Jesus loved his enemies, despite everything.

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Feb
04

5 Steps of Recovery – Sermon

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(The following came from a friend of mine, Leif Hetland. You can learn more about his ministry at leifhetland.com)

5 STEPS OF RECOVERY
by Leif Hetland

INTRODUCTION: GOD HAS GIVEN ME A "NOW" WORD FOR 2012

I have tried to operate my ministry using the five steps of David's recovery for many years. As 2011 drew to a close I began to cry out to the Lord for a WORD for 2012. I felt a stirring in my spirit and I believe that God told me, "TELL MY PEOPLE 2012 IS THE YEAR OF UPGRADE!"

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FIVE FAITH BUILDERS FOR LIFE'S PROBLEMS 
By Eddie Lawrence

Recently Bible Gateway which is one of the largest Bible access sites online asked their Facebook fans to share with them the Bible verses they go to when they are struggling with doubt. The five verses that follow were the winners. I have taken those five verses and made a little outline out of them, developed it a bit, and given it a title.

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May
03

Alabama Tornado Relief- Thanks

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As many of you know, I live here in North Alabama. Cities all around us have been hit by the terrible outbreak of tornadoes that occurred on April 27th. Here in Florence, we suffered very little damage but just south and east of us, there is terrible devastation. I want to thank each of you who have prayed, given, and encouraged in any way. It has been amazing to see the outpouring of love and compassion from around the country.

The congregation I pastor is involved in relief efforts like countless other congregations and organizations across the nation. It seems that in the worst of times you often see the very best in people arise. I have sat and talked with survivors and am amazed at the strength, hope and courage that so many of them exhibit. The needs are great but God is at work to bring good out of all that has happened.

Please continue to pray for families who are grieving the loss of loved ones, the loss of property, and all the workers and agencies involved in the relief efforts. Thanks again for all you are doing.

You can hear the message 4 THINGS TO REMEMBER AFTER THE STORM that I shared with my congregation this past Sunday at this Sermon Page on our Site. I share several stories and lots of information about what is happening here and challenged our congregation with four simple words as to what should be our response.

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Apr
30

What Will I Cry? – sermon

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One of my sermon subscription subscribers requested an outline on Isaiah 40. As I studied it, this is a message of encouragement I begin to see.

WHAT SHALL I CRY?
by Eddie Lawrence

Isaiah 40:3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness:

      “ Prepare the way of the LORD;
      Make straight in the desert[a]
      A highway for our God.
       4 Every valley shall be exalted
      And every mountain and hill brought low;
      The crooked places shall be made straight
      And the rough places smooth;
       5 The glory of the LORD shall be revealed,
      And all flesh shall see it together;
      For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
       6 The voice said, “Cry out!”
      And he[b] said, “What shall I cry?”

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Mar
26

A Bold Faith – sermon outline

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A Bold Faith
by Eddie Lawrence
 

Romans 4:16 Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all 17 (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; 18 who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” 19 And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. 20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. 22 And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.”

Notice that a bold faith:

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Feb
17

Favor With God — sermon

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Favor with God,  a sermon about favor with God and how it unfolds in our lives.
by Eddie Lawrence

favorkeyText: Luke 1:6 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by 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. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” 29 But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. 30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS…..38 Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. (NKJV)  

1. An Announcement from God (v26-28)
-Mary was made aware that God was speaking to her. In her case, it was an angel. God has a way of getting our attention when He desires to call us into action for His plans and purposes.

-(List the ways that God can speak to us and briefly share those here in the sermon)

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The following sermon outline and sermon notes focus on the importance of the resurrection of Jesus to our faith.

By Clicking Below, You Can Hear a Six Minute Audio Overview of this Sermon While You Read the Outline.

AUDIO OVERVIEW OF THIS SERMON

Seven Reasons that You Must Believe in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ
by Eddie Lawrence

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Dec
29

Wikipedia Grace

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Wikipedia Grace

by Eddie Lawrence

INTRODUCTION: Many of you are probably familiar with the fantastic success of wikipedia on the internet. Wikipedia is a consortium of sorts. Anyone can participate in bringing information to a particular subject assisting in building a colossal encyclopedia online that is constantly and fluidly changing. Users can also correct and edit the material. In this way, it is truly a continual work in progress.

God’s grace works in a similar way. There are incomplete areas in our life that are seeking fulfillment. There are areas that need to be edited and adjusted. God will send grace to bring these changes about. How He sends His grace is similar to wikipedia as well. He sends all kinds of people to touch our lives and leave a deposit that enriches, equips, corrects, and changes us. We too are a continual work in progress.

TEXT: Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.

1. Grace Brings Us Salvation
v11a
The word salvation is a word that means we are made whole and complete in alignment with God’s original intentions. What sin has effects, grace can correct. Just like a wikipedia, grace comes and starts adding to your life making you more complete. As you live, the story of God’s deposits build. What a beautiful living "article" you become for others to read.

2. Grace Is Accessible by All v11b
Just like Wikipedia, all are invited. Grace has been made available to all people through Christ. Whosoever wills may come and partake.

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