CCC :: Audio Podcast

CCC :: Audio Podcast

An archive of audio lessons from Jamie Allen, Senior Pastor of Central Christian Church in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.... Show More

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July 14, 2019 31 min

In Matthew 13, Jesus compared Christianity to a man who found a valuable treasure in a field he was plowing.  This parable shows the importance of the kingdom of God and why Jesus deserves full devotion.  It shoots down the myth Christians shouldn’t be too dedicated to their faith.

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July 12, 2019 28 min

These parables show Jesus wants Christians to make a positive difference in the world.   The parable of the mustard seed describes Jesus, the first church, and Central.  The mustard seed parable also shoots down the idea, “The church shouldn’t get too big.”  The parable of the yeast reminds us Christians are supposed to make a positive, vital difference in the world.          

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July 12, 2019 29 min

We will look at definitions of faithfulness, a demonstration of faithfulness (Jesus going to Jerusalem even though He knew what awaited Him) and some tips for developing faithfulness. The tips are: expect your faithfulness to be tested, establish regular spiritual habits, pray for the Holy Spirit’s support, and get back up when you fall down.

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June 28, 2019 25 min

High School Pastor Trevor Ile talks about self-control and how we can better implement this in our lives.

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June 28, 2019 28 min

We look at the parable of the Good Samaritan and give some tips for becoming a kind person. The tips are: see the needs of others, sympathize with people’s pain, seize the moment to be kind, and spend whatever it takes.

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June 28, 2019 29 min

We will look at several definitions of patience, the difficulty we have in being patient, give some ideas for developing patience.

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June 6, 2019 26 min

We look at the peace Adam and Eve enjoyed in the Garden of Eden and how they messed it up. We will look at God’s peace plan (sending Jesus to bring peace). We will close with three lessons about the peace Jesus offers; it is an internal peace, and eternal peace, and a conditional peace.

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May 27, 2019 31 min

We look at some enemies of joy (reasons so many people have no joy) an example of joy (Jesus as He went to the cross) and close with suggestions for having joy in your life (have a relationship with Jesus, give yourself sacrificially in service to other people, and focus daily on the eternal and not the temporary).

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May 24, 2019 28 min

A life of love is rooted in Jesus.  A life of love is extended to a variety of people.  A life of love for others is vital for continuing spiritual growth.  A life of love is shown by sacrifice of selfish interests.

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May 17, 2019 25 min

Special Mother's Day lesson. Children's Pastor Phoebe Ile and Women's Pastor Maria LeCrone join Senior Pastor Jamie Allen in a lesson that focuses on parenting.

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May 17, 2019 25 min

We look at the cross through the eyes of four bystanders.  Simon (who carried His cross), the Roman Centurion, Joseph of Arimethia, and Nicodemus. All were there and were changed.

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April 30, 2019 34 min

We look at the cross and the resurrection through the eyes of the 2 disciples on the road to Emmaus.  Once they realized they had been in the presence of the resurrected Jesus, they were filled with excitement and couldn't wait to tell others what they had witnessed.  When Jesus shows up in our lives, it should wake us from our dazed slumber and give us a passion for sharing our faith.  Knowing that Jesus is alive ma... Read more

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April 21, 2019 18 min

We look at the cross and Easter through the eyes of Thomas.  Thomas wanted to believe but wouldn’t say he did when he didn’t.  

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April 15, 2019 31 min

We look at the cross through the eyes of the one thief who was saved while on the cross.

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April 6, 2019 29 min

We look at the cross through the eyes of Jesus’ enemies.  They loved seeing Jesus on the cross because of their envy and hatred.  Christians today should expect opposition but remain confident.

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April 5, 2019 29 min

We look at the cross through the eyes of Jesus’ closest friends.  They are devastated because of wrong expectations about Jesus.  The resurrection and purpose of the cross would change them.

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March 28, 2019 30 min

An important expectation we have of everyone who calls Central their church is to share faith with people who don’t know Jesus.      Jesus said this about Himself in Luke 19:10; “The Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.”   If that was Jesus’ life mission, it should be ours too.

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March 18, 2019 27 min

An important expectation we have of everyone who calls Central their church is to share faith with people who don’t know Jesus. Jesus said this about Himself in Luke 19:10; “The Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.” If that was Jesus’ life mission, it should be ours too.

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March 9, 2019 28 min

We want Central people to spend time studying the Bible with people who love God’s Word. It may be in one of our adult Sunday School classes. It may be in a women’s Bible study, a men’s study, another specialized study. For many people it will be in a small group. 2 Timothy 2:15 says, “Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive His approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly expla... Read more

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March 2, 2019 27 min

We talk about the commitment to worship every weekend. We look at why we should worship each weekend and how we can all make worship better.

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