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Free Sermon Illustrations for May 30, 2010 from SermonStudio -- John 16:12-15, Romans 5:1-5, Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31, Psalm 8 -- Douglas B. Bailey -- 2010
Instead of the triune, self-giving God at the center of our lives, the self-seeking god we idolize a

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Language tools in reference to our understanding of the nature of God -- Douglas B. Bailey -- 2001
A. The mystery of God as the Divine Spirit
Language tools in reference to the role of Jesus Christ as our Savior -- Douglas B. Bailey -- 2001
A. The birth of Jesus, Christmas, and the mystery of the incarnation
Language tools in reference to the process of redemption -- Douglas B. Bailey -- 2001
A. Our human predicament
Language tools in reference to the life of the Christian -- Douglas B. Bailey -- 2001
A. Prayer and our relationship with God
Language Skills For A Prophetic Ministry -- Douglas B. Bailey -- 2001
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A Prize Worth Waiting For - Or Worth Working For? -- Genesis 29:15-28 -- Douglas B. Bailey -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - A -- 2001
Is a wife worth waiting for or worth working for?
An Honest And Painful Wrestling Match -- Genesis 32:22-31 -- Douglas B. Bailey -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - A -- 2001
Jacob's wrestling match at Peniel is much different from the wrestling matches we see on television
When Life Is The Pits! -- Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 -- Douglas B. Bailey -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A -- 2001
Joseph got thrown in a big hole by his brothers, and he quickly discovered what life is like down in
When It Hurts To Forgive -- Genesis 45:1-15 -- Douglas B. Bailey -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2001
How could Joseph possibly forgive his brothers after all they did to him?
I Really Am Who I Am! -- Exodus 3:1-15 -- Douglas B. Bailey -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 2001
Have you ever been driving down the road and seen something so irresistible that you ended up going
Saved Through The Blood Of The Lamb -- Exodus 12:1-14 -- Douglas B. Bailey -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 2001
Many times, especially during Lent, we hear that Jesus is the Lamb of God who shed his blood on the
Coming Through In The Clutch -- Exodus 14:19-31 -- Douglas B. Bailey -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 2001
The highest compliment that can be said about an athlete is that he or she can be counted on to come
Living On One Day's Rations -- Exodus 16:2-15 -- Douglas B. Bailey -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A -- 2001
Preparing for an outdoor adventure of hiking, camping, mountain climbing, or canoeing includes plann
Does God Help Those Who Help Themselves? -- Exodus 17:1-7 -- Douglas B. Bailey -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A -- 2001
People can survive longer without food than they can survive without water.
When God Is Not "User Friendly" -- Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20 -- Douglas B. Bailey -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - A -- 2001
Someone has suggested that if we simply posted the Ten Commandments on the wall in every school buil
Nothing Left But A Baby In A Basket -- Exodus 1:8--2:10 -- Douglas B. Bailey -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2001
Every head of a family would like to do everything possible to make life better for the next generat
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Leader: Let us come together and bring praise for our salvation in Christ!
All: Blessed be the name of the Lord!

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