Sermon Notes: The Glorious Death of Lazarus

A picture of a man running on the beach with the sun setting in the distance: Used for the sermon notes on the "Death of Lazarus."


The Bible recounts a total of nine incredible accounts of people who were raised from the dead. The OT itself records three miracles out of the nine: the Shunammite Woman’s son (2 Kings 4:32-37), a dead man in prophet Elisha’s tomb (2 Kings 13:20-21), and the son of the Widow of Zarephath (1 Kings 17:17-24). In the NT, we’re told about numerous saints in Jerusalem that came back to life (Matthew 27:53), Jairus’ daughter (Mark 5:22-23; 35-43), the Widow of Nain’s Son (Luke 7:11-17), Lazarus (John 11:38-44), Dorcas (Acts 9:36-43), and Eutychus (Acts 20:7-12). Today I want to consider the death of Lazarus. Some may argue that considering one miracle as superior to another is unwise. However, this miracle stands out because it revolves around the death of Lazarus, serving as the central theme of the narrative. There are eight valuable lessons that we can glean from his death even in today’s context.

Sermon Notes: A Prophet who Lied and a Prophet who Died

A photo of a beach in Israel during the sunset.


Imagine I asked you, “What’s the weirdest novel or film you’ve ever come across?” Your answers would likely differ. Now, consider this: what if I told you that the Holy Bible documents some of the most bizarre events in history? Today, let’s explore one such incident found in 1 Kings 13:1-34. In a nutshell, a man of God predicts judgment on King Jeroboam. God instructs him not to eat or drink in the area, but an older prophet deceives him.

Sermon Notes: 3 Unsung Heroes in the Bible

A man wearing a cape is depicted as a silhouette against a red background.


I want to begin this message with a rhetorical question: When the term “hero” is mentioned, who comes to your mind? For some, it might be “reel-life” characters like “Spider Man” or “Wonder Woman,” while others may recall real-life luminaries such as Nelson Mandela or Mother Teresa. Regardless of whether they exist in “reel-life” or real life, they universally share a defining characteristic—they willingly sacrifice themselves to better the world for others.

Sermon Notes: You can’t attend a Wedding Feast in Workout Clothes

A closeup photograph showing a man wearing a beige-colored bow tie.


Although I am not a British person living in Great Britain, on April 29th, 2011, I had the opportunity to watch the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Kate Middleton, his beloved bride, thanks to modern technology. It was an extravagant wedding where numerous luxury brands were represented. The women wore dresses designed by expensive brands like Dior, Gucci, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton, while the men showed off their prestigious Rolex and Omega wristwatches. Now, allow me to provide you with some interesting facts about Royal Weddings.

Sermon Notes: The Wedding Feast You can’t RSVP

A closeup photo of a table laid out for a wedding feast.


The royal wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer held at St. Paul’s Cathedral on July 29, 1981, was famously known as “The Wedding of the Century.” This title was primarily due to the extravagant and lavish atmosphere that permeated the entire event. The wedding was broadcast in 74 countries and captured the attention of 750 million viewers worldwide. In the United Kingdom, the day was even declared a national holiday to allow more people to witness the occasion. A staggering number of over 600,000 spectators filled the streets of London, hoping to catch a glimpse of the royal couple.

Sermon Notes: The Exorcism of a Gerasene Demoniac

A photo of a statue resembling an angel holding a cross in a cemetery. The exorcism of the Gerasene demoniac happened in a burial site.


I have witnessed many exorcisms during my ministry of over twenty-five years, but none have been as horrifying as the exorcism described in the gospel of Matthew chapter 8 and repeated by Mark in chapter 5, and finally by Luke in chapter 8. It surpasses the terror of movies like The Exorcist, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, or any novel by Stephen King. It is far more terrifying than any other exorcism mentioned in the Bible. This is because it provides the most detailed account of a person possessed by demons.

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