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The Christian’s Completeness In Christ

Posted by Harrison on May 23, 2012
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Reverend Harvey Alford Matney discusses the difference between religion and fellowship with Jesus. The sermon is based on Colossians 2:8-15.

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Writing On The Wall

Posted by Harrison on July 29, 2011
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In this sermon, my Grandfather examines the writing on the wall story from Daniel 5.

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The Coming of Christ

Posted by Harrison on July 29, 2011
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In this Christmas sermon, my grandfather compares and contrasts the Roman Empire, the greatest power on the earth at the time, with the simple beginnings of Christ.

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Preached almost a century ago, my grandfather’s sermon examines Easter morning.

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The Pharisee and the Publican

Posted by Harrison on July 29, 2011
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In this sermon, my grandfather uses the parable of the Pharisee and Publican to examine the most important aspect of worship.

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The Gain of Godliness

Posted by Harrison on July 28, 2011
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There is enormous value to living a Godly life both in this life and the life to come. This is the message of this sermon. A message that needs to preached to every generation.

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The Christian’s Hope

Posted by Harrison on July 28, 2011
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True Christianity is not about a bunch of ceremonies and rules. It is a personal relationship with a loving Father. This is what separates Christianity from all the manmade religions of the world. In this sermon, my grandfather examines the hope of all true Christians: the desire to be like Christ.

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The Promise Fulfilled

Posted by Harrison on July 26, 2011
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The Promise Fulfilled
 

Sermon Notes of
Reverend Harvey Alford Matney
(1868 – 1951)
February 25, 1917 – San Felipe, Texas

Introduction

Jesus told his disciples to wait in Jerusalem to receive the promised Holy Spirit. This was very important to the early church. They were encouraged while Jesus was with them, but they still weren’t ready to do all that was required. After the Holy Spirit came, there was nothing that could stop them.

In this sermon, my grandfather discusses the Holy Spirit’s arrival at Pentecost. — Harrison Woodard

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Pressing On

Posted by Harrison on July 25, 2011
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In this sermon, my grandfather encourages believers, like Paul did, to press on towards the very best that God has planned for your life.

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Practical Christianity

Posted by Harrison on July 25, 2011
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A sermon based on Micah 6:8 and Romans 14:17-18 discussing what is most important in your Christian walk.

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Nail Prints

Posted by Harrison on July 24, 2011
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In this Easter sermon, Reverend Matney teaches that if unbelievers see our “nail prints” they would believe too. The sermon notes are based on John 20:24-29 and the story of doubting Thomas.

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Mother’s Day

Posted by Harrison on July 24, 2011
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A Mother’s Day sermon by Reverend H. A. Matney in which he describes the value of mothers and their responsibility. The sermon notes are based on the story of Deborah in Judges 5.

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Lessons

Posted by Harrison on July 24, 2011
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In this sermon, my grandfather compares the final moments in life of Jesus, David and Paul, and the lessons we can learn from all three. Sermon notes based on Luke 23, 2 Timothy 4, John 19, and 1 Kings 2.

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Jesus’ Conception of Himself and His Mission – Part 2

Posted by Harrison on July 23, 2011
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Jesus’ Conception of Himself and His Mission – Part 2

Sermon Notes of
Reverend Harvey Alford Matney
(1868 – 1951)
March 28, 1926 – Glenwood UMC (Tyler), Texas

Introduction

Jesus never demanded anyone worship or accept Him. He came to the door and knocked, but never kicked the door down. He did the will of God for His life – healing the sick, walking in love and teaching people how the Kingdom of God operates. He would often tell people that had been delivered to “tell no man.” But His fame spread nonetheless.

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Jesus’ Conception of Himself and His Mission – Part 1

Posted by Harrison on July 23, 2011
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Jesus’ Conception of Himself and His Mission – Part 1

Sermon Notes of
Reverend Harvey Alford Matney
(1868 – 1951)
March 14, 1926 – Glenwood UMC (Tyler), Texas

Introduction

A major challenge Jesus faced during His time on earth was appealing to the many competing views on the Messiah’s purpose. Jesus came to do God’s will for His life and demonstrate God’s love to the world. For many, a loving, healing, problem-solving, burden-bearing, sin-removing Savior was not what was expected.

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The Birth of Salvation

Posted by Harrison on July 8, 2011
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The Birth of Salvation

Sermon Notes of
Reverend Harvey Alford Matney
(1868 – 1951)
December 25, 1921 – Rocky Springs, Texas

Introduction

In this Christmas sermon, my grandfather examines the birth of Jesus and the magnificent simplicity of God’s plan for our redemption. The little baby in a manger was truly the start of something extraordinary. — Harrison Woodard

Luke 2:8-20 KJV

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

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The Search For Christ

Posted by Harrison on July 7, 2011
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The Search For Christ

Sermon Notes of
Reverend Harvey Alford Matney
(1868 – 1951)
December 24, 1911 – Chappell Hill, Texas

Introduction

One of my favorite Christmas stories is the story of the wise men that came to worship Jesus. I always wondered about how these men were so moved to travel across the continent to search out a little child. They had a star as their guide we are told in the Bible. They obviously had divine wisdom or had studied the Word. How else could they have known Jesus was “King of the Jews?”

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