Sermon Notes | The Victim

Sermon sketch notes page 1 on "The Victim" by Steve Southards
Sermon Copyright ©2017 Steve Southards, Salem Church of God. Sketch notes by Kevin Spear
Sermon sketch notes page 2 on "The Victim" by Steve Southards
Sermon Copyright ©2017 Steve Southards, Salem Church of God. Sketch notes by Kevin Spear

Have you ever dealt with someone who plays the victim? Have you ever felt like one? Steve Southards preached on May 21, 2017, about Difficult People: The Victim. Continue reading “Sermon Notes | The Victim”

Do it Today | Sketch Notes


These notes are based on Proverbs 6:4-11. Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today. It’s so easy to talk about, and so hard to do, isn’t it? The pastor really hit me with the remark, “Inspiration doesn’t change your life if you do nothing with it.” We must be intentional with our time. I have learned this as I have managed my time over the last year. When you are working for yourself, being a self-starter is critical!

These sermon notes are based on Salem Church of God‘s New Years Day 2017 sermon from Nathanael Lyon. Here is the video link.

Getting Your Worship Face On

cartoon of a guy talking to a pouting boy. They guy says, "Well! Someone doesn't have his worship face on!"
©2014 Kidzmatter & Speartoons Inc.

Sometimes, when I teach, I like to scan the audience while the kids sing during worship. Frequently, I will find kids that are getting into the music. But I also find the one or two faces that clearly do not have their “worship face” on. Continue reading “Getting Your Worship Face On”

How to solve the biggest problem with marriage

Man in knight armor says to receptionist, "If anyone needs me, I'll be counseling a couple."

I am not a certified marriage counselor, but I’ve been married for twenty-five years and am looking forward to the next twenty-five. We’ve had out ups and downs, but I am relieved to say my bride has stuck with me. What has been our secret? Mutual submission.

“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” Ephesians 5:21

The biggest problem with all marriages is that it contains two selfish people. When I entered into marriage, I selfishly thought my bride would take care of all my needs. And she thought the same. We had to learn to work together, show humility and to think of the other person.

It isn’t easy, and our culture won’t help. It will tell you it is all about your needs and your desires. That is why the more selfish we get as a society, the more marriage has suffered.

If you are a Christian, I would encourage you to read Ephesians 5:21-33.  It contains some tough instructions for a husband and wife to follow.  But I have found that it works.

It never was just about our needs.

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Easter Smiles

Cartoon of a boy and girl in church. The boy says, “Have you noticed Easter isn’t funny, but it makes everyone smile?”

I drew this for the CHOGnews e-newsletter.