Carpe Diem
Sermonette; Given 3/10/2007
There is a positive context for the carpe diem ('seize the day') philosophy; we must draw near to God while there is still time, holding fast to the faith.
Hidden Blessings in the Interruptions and Thorny Trials
Sermonette; Given 1/27/2007
Bill Onisick reflects about interruptions in our routine causing devastating upheavals and readjustments. Sometimes these unwelcome or seemingly tragic interruptions …
God Does Sweat The Small Stuff
Sermonette; Given 12/16/2006
Bill Onisick, alluding to Richard Carlson's Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, and Jeffrey Kluger's article on "Ignoring Real Dangers," marvels that humans have a …
Upholding our Commitments
Sermonette; Given 11/11/2006
Bill Onisick, focusing on commitments we make to God and other people, asserts that Christianity is a lifetime commitment. Commitment starts with a choice and ends …
Demonstrating Our Love for the Brethren is Alive
Sermonette; Given 10/10/2006
Bill Onisick asserts that our love for our brethren indicates whether we love God. We cannot become aware of God by sight, but by loving our brethren with agape love. …
Love Without Works Is Dead
Sermonette; Given 9/23/2006
Bill Onisick asserts that the Feast of Trumpets depicts an event which will be different from any other day, a day when those who have overcome will have qualified for …
Important Lessons of Life
Sermonette; Given 8/19/2006
Bill Onisick refers to a book called Tuesdays with Morrie about a mentor's and mentee's reunion which took place after the mentor contracted the life-destroying ALS …
Impatience
Sermonette; Given 7/1/2006
Bill Onisick, focusing on James 1:2, reminds us that God allows trials in our lives so that we exercise patience to incrementally build faith. Patience and faith are …
Maintaining Christian Zeal
Sermonette; Given 5/20/2006
Bill Onisck, focusing on the topic of Christian zeal, insists that where we place our time and energy reveals the source of our zeal. Although most people have a zeal …
Count It All Joy
Sermonette; Given 3/25/2006
Bill Onisick, focusing upon the admonition in James 1:2 to count it all joy when we fall into trials, reminds us that what we think about is entirely our choice. What …
Attributes Of Godly Leadership
Sermonette; Given 2/25/2006
Bill Onisick, focusing upon the example of Nehemiah, cupbearer to Medo- Persian King Artaxerxes I, after the end of the Babylonian captivity, illustrates four …
Aligning to God's Will
Sermonette; Given 12/31/2005
The only way we can take control of our lives is by admitting we are not in control. Peace of mind comes from aligning ourselves to God's sovereign will.
Don't hit the snooze - Wake up!
Sermonette; Given 10/29/2005
Bill Onisick, reflecting upon the disgusting trait of human nature to drift back into our pre-feast habits, recognizes that the spirit is often willing while the flesh …
A Time of Great Sacrifice
Sermonette; Given 10/21/2005
Bill Onisick, reflecting upon the anticipation and joy of the Feast of Tabernacles, suggests it is a time of joy and sacrifice. In the book of Numbers we find a …
Change Readiness
Sermonette; Given 7/30/2005
Using Ephesians 4:21-24, Bill Onisick reminds us that we are obligated to undergo a total change to become a "new man" conformed in Christ's image. We need …
Mitigating the Risk of Sin
Sermonette; Given 6/11/2005
Bill Onisick advocates using the principles of risk management to (1) identify sin, (2) quantify sin, and (3) develop controls to detect sin or prevent sin from …
First Do No Harm
Sermonette; Given 5/7/2005
Bill Onisick, focusing upon the admonition of Christ to become a peacemaker in Matthew 5:9, reminds us that to reconcile with each other, we must first reconcile with …
Mary's Eternal Memorial
Sermonette; Given 3/5/2005
Mary anointed the royal Priest who would make atonement for her (and all of our) sins. We must emulate Mary in our willingness to sacrifice all we have.
The Origin of Hanukkah
Sermonette; Given 12/11/2004
Bill Onisick explores the origin of the Feast of Dedication, Feast of Lights or Hanukah, the only civil or national Jewish holiday mentioned in the Bible. Greek tyrant …
Emulate God's Lovingkindness for Unity's Sake
Sermonette; Given 10/2/2004
Bill Onisick, focusing upon the betrothal and marriage covenant in Hosea 2:19, compares our betrothal to Christ with the customs of the traditional Jewish wedding …