THE REFUSED GIFT

“THE REFUSED GIFT” (2 Kings 5:14-16)
Christmas 2014 Series #2
FBC Earlville 12-7-14 10:30 AM
Rev. J.B. Stopford, Pastor

INTRODUCTION Today’s Special: “A Reindeer Funny”
Did you know that according to the song, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, Santa has twelve reindeer?
Sure, in the introduction it goes “There’s Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen…” That makes eight reindeer.
Then there’s Rudolph, of course, so that makes nine.
Then there’s Olive. You know, “Olive the other reindeer used to laugh…” That makes ten.
The eleventh is Howe. You know, “Then Howe the reindeer loved him…” Eleven reindeer.
Oh, and number 12? That’s Andy! “Andy shouted out with glee.”
The proof is in the song!

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“THE ONE WITH THE GIFTS MEETS THE GIVER OF THE GIFTS”

“THE ONE WITH THE GIFTS MEETS THE GIVER OF THE GIFTS”
Genesis 32:17-21 Christmas 2014 Series #1
FBC Earlville 11-30-14 10:30 AM
Rev. J.B. Stopford, Pastor

INTRODUCTION Today’s Special: “A Shopping Funny””
The judge was in a kind mood as he questioned the prisoner: “What are you charged with?” he asked.
“Doing my Christmas shopping early,” replied the defendant.
“That’s not a crime,” replied the judge. “How early were you doing this shopping?”
“Before the store opened.”

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“AN UNUSUAL THANKSGIVING PRAYER” (2 Chronicles 20:1-30)

“AN UNUSUAL THANKSGIVING PRAYER” (2 Chron. 20:1-30)
FBC Earlville 11-16-14 10:30 AM
Rev. J.B. Stopford, Pastor

INTRODUCTION Today’s Special: “One for the hunters”
A bear walks into a bar and says, “Give me a whiskey and … um, a cola.”
“Why the long pause?” asks the bartender.
The bear shrugged.
“Not sure. I was born with them.”

We’ve had some great “thanksgivings” voiced this morning during our special “Thanksgiving Service.” But I noted something uniform about all of them – they all were thanksgivings for something either which HAS happened or which is ABOUT someone – like about the Lord. When was the last time you gave thanks BEFORE the reason for the thanksgiving took place? Our text tells why – and how. PRAYER

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ONE THING I DO KNOW (John 9)

“ONE THING I DO KNOW” (John 9)
FBC Earlville 11-16-14 10:30 AM
Rev. J.B. Stopford, Pastor

INTRODUCTION Today’s Special: “Mystery Shopper” [pasted below]
Our Scripture reading for this morning is a familiar passage. Jesus meets a young blind man – we’re not told how old he is, but his parents comment “he is of age” which implies a certain level of maturity and independence. Through an amazing use of mud, the Savior heals the man. The ensuing confrontations are quite the clash with the ruling religious parties.
Use of “know” (v. 12): 10 times in this passage the word “know” is used. It is not used so much today, is it? “I suppose so.” “Maybe” “It doesn’t really matter what you believe.” But if we place ourselves in this former blind man’s shows, to “know” was very important in his newfound faith.
The young man’s testimony is the heart of this passage: “this one thing I do know” (v. 25). Let’s examine this passage in light of that testimony. PRAYER

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“JESUS FEEDS THE 5,000 – HOW DID HE DO THAT?”

“JESUS FEEDS THE 5,000 – HOW DID HE DO THAT?”
FBC Earlville 11-9-14 10:30 AM John 6:1-15
Rev. J.B. Stopford, Pastor

INTRODUCTION Today’s Special: “An Election Funny” [pasted below the message – disclaimer: be aware that the “theology” of the “funny” is a tad distorted from Scripture!]
We had great joy in feeding our community yesterday at our annual “Community Harvest Supper” – with the theme, “As the love of God in Christ is free, so is this meal.” In light of that, let’s look at another familiar community meal, the feeding of the 5,000 – and see if we can answer the question, “how did He do that?” PRAYER

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