Why Choose Hell?


Read Luke 16:19-31

There are close to 60,800 places to live in our nation. Some have interesting names like Acres of Diamond, Florida; Fearnot, Pennsylvania; Happyland, Connecticut.
Some prefer Boring, Maryland; Pitts, Georgia; and Hell, Michigan.
But none are happy in that eternal place of suffering the Bible calls Hell.
One who went there cried, “I am in anguish in these flames.”

And he didn’t want others to go there. He said, “I have five brothers…warn them about this place of torment lest they come here when they die.”

Want to escape it? The Bible says, “Anyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Father, we come to Thee with our worries seeking confidence and courage; with our problems asking for wisdom and light; with our sorrows looking for comfort and strength; and with our sins praying for forgiveness: in Christ. Amen.

Dr. Guido prepared the following devotion and I reprint it here for your benefit.  Look at the title and read his simple presentation.  Very good.

Read Ephesians 5:22-33

If you change the position of one letter in the word “united,” you get another word, “untied.” That letter is “I.”

One couple was about to be untied. The wife prayed, “Lord, please take one of us home to heaven, so I can go and live with my mother.”

The root of most problems between the husband and wife is sin, and the root of all sin is selfishness.

When the love of the husband for his wife is sacrificial, and she loves her husband in a satisfying way, they’ll overcome selfishness.

As they submit to the Lord and each other, they’ll live for each other and for the Lord. Then they’ll stay united.

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Daily Devotional - December 2009
December 29, 2009


Dr. Michael A. Guido

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Sermon Outline

Have you been by Sermon Seedbed lately?
This is just a brief email reminding you that new material is being added all the time from simple outlines and seed ideas to novel approaches to familiar topics.
The Sermon Seedbed Forum is also a good spot to give and receive as you interact and share with other Bible teachers and preachers.
Thanks for taking the time to read this reminder. Here’s a simple outline for you to use sometime:

Fearless Love (1 John 4:18)

18There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. (NIV)
1. The Protection of Perfect Love (there is no fear)
This gives us security and when we have perfect love we will make other people
feel secure around us.
2. The Power of Perfect Love (drives out all fear)
This enables us to change and experience freedom from fear and all its forms.
3. The Potential of Perfect Love (being made complete in love)
-living without condemnation
-living free from rejection
-living free from judgment
-living free from fear of man
-living freely in a love that totally accepts you, forgives you, and restores you
4. The Problem of Imperfect Love (the one who fears…)
When we are not living in the knowledge of God’s true love for us, we
cause other   people to become enslaved through what we teach about God.
Thanks Again for being a friend of Sermon Seedbed. Take the little message above and build it into a solid teaching that will encourage people to live in God’s fearless love.
Eddie Lawrence

How to Lead Someone to Christ


By Eddie Lawrence, Sermon Seedbed

Dr. Eddie Lawrence
Dr. Eddie Lawrence

How it comes about?

* Burdens-There are times when God burdens us to share the Gospel with a particular person. In such cases we should pray and seek the opportunity.

* Promptings-There are times when you may be prompted on the spot to share the Gospel with a person. It may be a total stranger.

* Inquirers-There may be times when someone approaches you with questions about the Christian life.

* Desire-There seems to be times when we are motivated to witness. We make opportunities.

The Approach

*You should be gentle-You will never force anyone into the kingdom. You may force someone into saying they are in the kingdom.

* You should be sincere-you are not witnessing to get another notch in your Bible. You are witnessing to see lives changed from darkness to light.

*You should be persuasive-This is not being pushy. This means that you do not give people an out. They must choose for or against Christ.

*You should be compassionate-You were once also lost.

Phases of approach-

1. Initial contact and conversation

2. Transitional phase-The point where you turn from what you are talking about to the spiritual arena. Think of this as a bridge. You are to build a bridge from where the conversation is to where you want it to be.

3. The Question

The question is the point at which you directly confront the individual with the subject of spiritual things. Some examples are:

*Do you ever do much thinking about spiritual things?

*What do you think about God?

*If you were to die tonight, would you go to heaven? Why?

*Do you know for certain that you have eternal life and that you will go to heaven when you die?

* Have you ever thought about where a man goes after he dies?

*Are you prepared to die?

*How do you think a man can prepare to die?

4. The Request

*May I take just a few minutes and share with you how you can be sure to go to heaven when you die?

*May I take a few moments and share with you some spiritual truth that has changed my life?

*You know, there was a time in my life when I was filled with uncertainty about these things we’re discussing but then something happened that has changed my life, may I share it with you?

5. The Roman Road

A. Man has a sin problem

Romans 3:23

B. Sin Carries a penalty

Romans 6:23

C. God has provided a way to pay your penalty

Romans 5:8

Romans 4:25

D. You must personally respond to God’s provision

Romans 10:9-10

6. The Invitation

*Are you ready right now to give your life to Jesus Christ?

*I want to pray for you. (As you are praying stop and ask the person if they are willing to give their life to Christ to reach out and take your hand. If they do, then lead them in a simple prayer of faith and trust that contains the truths of the Gospel.)

7. Follow up

*If they prayed to receive Christ share with them the importance of baptism and Church membership, Daily Bible reading, prayer, and witnessing.

*If they did not pray to receive Christ, assure them of your love and continued prayer. Leave the door open for future contact. You have planted seed that may come to harvest later.

Eddie Lawrence, Minister for 25 years


Protect Your Family


Simple Safety PlanThanks to my cousin, Max Sewell, for this important safety tip.  This tip may save your life or the lives of your loved ones.  A PERSONAL NOTE: Had I practiced this one It would have saved my car.  It was stolen out of my garage (Keys were inside the car). 

Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents your Dr’s office, the checkout girl at the market, everyone you run across.

Put your car keys beside your bed at night. If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies.

This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this:

It’s a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar rapist won’t stick around… After a few seconds all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won’t want that. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there …… This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime..

P.S. I am sending this to everyone I know because I think it is fantastic. Would also be useful for any emergency, such as a heart attack, where you can’t reach a phone. My Mom has suggested to my Dad that he carry his car keys with him in case he falls outside and she doesn’t hear him. He can activate the car alarm and then she’ll know there’s a problem.

Please pass this on even IF you’ve read it before. It’s a reminder.