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Living in the Protective Custody of God
Living in the Protective Custody of God

Introduction

In the Believer's Bible Commentary, William MacDonald begins his comments on Psalm 91 by telling of a five-year-old boy who was dying of diphtheria ...


The Lord will protect the one who trusts in him.


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Blessed Are Those Who Do Not Stumble over Jesus

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If you pay close attention to the Advent wreath, you'll notice that it contains three purple candles. We talked last week about how the purple ...


It's okay to have questions and doubts about God, but we must not allow ourselves to become trapped by them.


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Through the Valley

Introduction

It was near the twilight of his life, and quite possibly he sat on one of the curvaceous slopes of the hills of Judea, looked out into one ...


When we are in the valley, God is preparing a blessing for us on the other side.


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What to Do When Your Fig Tree Doesn’t Blossom

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Picture Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes. He's swinging on a swing in the school playground. Picture a bully named Mo, twice as big as Calvin. ...


We can trust the person of God even when we can't grasp the plan of God.


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God Is Still Loving

There are times in our lives when it seems like God is against us. I mean, we know that God is for us, but there are times when it seems like God is treating ...


God's Love is still with us, even in life's darkest seasons.


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Building on the Right Foundation

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The words in Matthew 7:24-27 conclude one of the greatest sermons ever preached. Jesus Christ brings to culmination the great Sermon on the ...



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The Audacity to Hope

Editor's note: In light of current political controversy, questions have been raised about the following sermon by Jeremiah Wright. Preaching Today published ...



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Unlistened to Lessons of Life

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It was in 1965 that I graduated from Moody Bible Institute, and a week later to the day, Charlene and I were married. Then 10 days after that ...



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Yet Will I Praise Thee

Introduction

Have you ever asked God questions and felt you haven't received a good answer? I heard about a little boy once who said to his father, "How ...



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The Whys Have No Answer

Introduction

In these last few days, most of us have witnessed what we have never seen before. I never could have imagined the fury of the most devastating ...



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Rebuilding the Walls

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In the countryside near Leicester, England, there stands an ancient church whose walls are inscribed with an eloquent memorial. The inscription ...


The Israelites' recovery from calamity serves as an example of what we can do today.


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When You Really Want to Quit

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We all struggle with the reality that sometimes bad things happen to good people. Adding to our inner turmoil is the reality that sometimes ...


Trust in God during life's disappointments, and never, never give up.


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Asleep at the Wheel

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Chances are, you've probably preached the story of Jesus calming the storm. The account is recorded in three of the four Gospels (Matthew, ...


When the storms of life come and God seems silent, our doubts come to light and we must decide who we believe Jesus is.


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The Strangest Gift

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In her book Tramp for the Lord, Corrie ten Boom tells the story of an old woman she met in Russia in the time of the Communist persecution ...


It is in our weaknesses that Christ is most clearly revealed.


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Jesus Uncensored

Introduction

I want you to replay a video in your head about coming to chapel this morning. You leave your room, checking your watch to make sure you have ...


Jesus didn't just bring love and peace—he brought a sword, too.


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Those Who Rise

Introduction

The story is told of a farmer's donkey who stumbled into an old, dry well. For hours the animal cried piteously as the farmer tried to sort ...


Why suffering is a necessary part of building great families


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Why Is There So Much Suffering and Evil in the World?

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Here are two photos, both showing scenes from two earthquakes of similar magnitude that happened within just days of each other just last ...


Three answers to the problem of evil


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Triumphing Over Trials

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Connie Wertenberger is facing a major trial. Connie is a 30-year-old mother of two boys, a woman of faith who is excited about the birth of ...


To overcome suffering, we need comfort and honesty from others as well as a creative and faithful response to it.


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When You've Been Good and Life Goes Bad

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God's Word teaches us there are three sources of trouble in our lives. Number one is the most general and most often experienced: You and ...


True followers of Jesus will have troubles, and they will endure.


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Getting In the Last Word

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When we began this series, I mentioned that First Peter deals with some topics that Americans don't always immediately relate to. Peter ...


If you are willing to endure suffering, you can fulfill God's calling on your life.


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Get Ready for a Rough Ride

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This is the sixth message in our series on First Peter: Living Bold in Tough Times. Peter wrote this letter to encourage believers to live a ...


Things get rough from time and time, but you can prepare yourself for the difficult days ahead.


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You're In Good Hands

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Have you ever noticed that the fear of getting a shot is often worse than the shot itself? You dread the moment, dread the moment, dread ...


You are in good hands here, because you are in God's hands.


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Practice of Patience

Someone handed me a little clipping this past week. A couple of young men from Chicago decided they were tired of the hustle and bustle of city life. ...


Real discipleship is seen by our response to trials.


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Life in the Penalty Box

I'd like to just read an excerpt of someone who wrote to me from out of state and addressed the letter to me personally.

He said, "I'm 31 years old." ...


We can learn some of God's lessons only through times of failure.


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Overcoming Discouragement

Life is hard. Life is a battle. Saint Paul says we struggle in life, not just against the world and the flesh, but against invisible powers that struggle ...


Face your problems relying on God.


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Singing in the Rain

The psalmist is singing again. It's not exactly like singing in the rain, but it's kind of like singing in the rain, because he's in trouble ...


Because we are special to God we can rejoice, even in difficulty.


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Yet I Will Praise Thee

Have you ever asked God questions and felt you haven't received a good answer? I heard about a little boy once who said to his father, "How many people ...


When we can't escape our circumstances we must trust God's ultimate plan


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Pain is the Name of the Game

Paul said that he not only wanted to know the power of Jesus' resurrection but the fellowship of his sufferings. Paul was making a expression of his desire ...


Since we all suffer, it is better to suffer with Christ than without him.


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The Foolish and the Wise

Jesus teaches a parable at the close of the most famous expositional sermon ever givenour Lord's exposition of the Torah, the Lawwhich is recorded in ...


Building your life upon Jesus enables your faith to weather life's storms.


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Practice of Patience

Someone handed me a little clipping this past week. A couple of young men from Chicago decided they were tired of the hustle and bustle of city life. ...


Real discipleship is seen by our response to trials.


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A Generation with Purpose

Daniel spent his entire adult life in Babylon in exile, captive by a foreign power. Daniel lived in a perverse and twisted culture. He was part of a system ...


Every generation must be willing to be different from the culture in order to remain faithful to God.


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Through the Valley

It was near the twilight of his life, and quite possibly he sat on one of the curvaceous slopes of the hills of Judea, looked out into one of the valleys, ...


When we are in the valley, God is preparing a blessing for us on the other side.


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The Struggle to Hope


Our dreams must be shattered so God's power can be released in us.


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By Faith, Miracles!

Introduction

I sometimes feel when I get to a passage like Hebrews 11 that I'm almost like a little boy walking through the Hall of Fame wearing sneakers ...


Rather than trusting in people, trust in God, because he might have a miracle to get you through.


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