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Heavenly Reality
Heavenly Reality

Introduction

Happy Easter everyone! When you think about the future, how do you feel?

For most of us, when we think about the future, it brings all sorts ...


Because of the Resurrection your future is secure.


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It’s Time for a Fresh Start
It’s Time for a Fresh Start

Introduction: The Story

(Read John 21:1-14)

It was an early morning on the North Shore of the Sea of Galilee. A light haze of fog hung over the water making ...


The resurrection of Jesus forgives your past and restores your future.


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'Remember!'
'Remember!'

Introduction

There were three sisters—ages 92, 94, and 96—who lived together. One night, the 96-year-old drew a bath. She put one ...


Remembering the gospel, gives us strength for the present and hope for the future.


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Unshakeable Hope
Unshakeable Hope

Introduction

Happy Easter! Welcome to the largest digital Easter the world has ever seen, as thousands of churches are online right now!

It’s been ...


The resurrection of Jesus offers us unshakable hope because we have God’s peace, presence and power!


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An Event That Changes Everything
An Event That Changes Everything

Introduction

Philippians is Paul's final letter to a church. He writes it from his imprisonment in Rome. In Philippians 2:6-11, we listened to St. ...


We can wager on truth and we can wager on life because of God’s love, God’s love that is the event that happened.


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More Than Your Personal Savior
More Than Your Personal Savior

Introduction

For over three decades, Paul Harvey made a name for himself by telling “the rest of the story.” Day after day he came on our radios ...


Jesus our Savior is Christ the Victor.


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Lazarus the First
Lazarus the First

Introduction

When Jesus heard that his friend Lazarus was gravely ill, the first thing he did was nothing.

To be fair: I don’t know exactly what it ...


If Jesus could conquer death for this one man, maybe he could conquer death for us all.


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A Tale of Two Basins
A Tale of Two Basins

The entire story of Holy Week can be told with two basins. And maybe the entire story of your life, and my life, can be told with two basins.

Here is that ...


Will we choose the basin of service or the basin of power, we can only choose one.


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Taken Up Into Glory
Taken Up Into Glory

Introduction

In this series we have been walking in the footsteps of Jesus during his final days on earth. I have sought to employ the metaphor of being ...


We are to fulfill the mission God has called each of us to complete.


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Our Suffering Servant
Our Suffering Servant

Introduction

With every step we have taken, the cross has slowly been coming into view. Certain death is looming over the Savior. As the tour continues, ...


The death and burial of Christ sets the stage for the true victory that every believer has in Christ.


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Burning Hearts
Burning Hearts

Introduction

Several months ago, my wife and I had the privilege of going to the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte (If you are ever in Charlotte, NC you ...


Jesus appeared to strengthen the faith of those who would carry the message after him and for us today to understand that Jesus is truly alive.


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Believing Is Seeing
Believing Is Seeing

Introduction

As our tour comes to an end, we will watch one more story featuring an important discussion between Jesus and Thomas, the disciple who doubted. ...


Stop disbelieving and become a believer!


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Anguish in the Garden

Introduction

We have left the upper room where Jesus has identified the one who will betray him as he reclines at a table to celebrate Passover and institute ...


We ought to submit and surrender as Christ submitted and surrendered to his Father.


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An Upper Room Revelation
An Upper Room Revelation

Overview of Sermon Series

Many years ago, my wife and I visited Alcatraz Prison in San Francisco, CA. Let me emphasize visited! We toured the prison via ...


A ceremony instituted to remind us of Christ’s sacrifice for our sin.


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A Tale of Two Trees
A Tale of Two Trees

Introduction

This is the highest of holy days for the Christian church. This is the day where not only do we remember that Jesus died and he was buried, ...


Are you living your life according to the Judas tree or the Jesus tree?


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Cursing the Tree and Curing the Temple
Cursing the Tree and Curing the Temple

Introduction

When the emergency room staff at a Rhode Island hospital viewed the scans of this 86-year-old man, they discovered a blood clot, a hematoma, ...


Jesus demonstrates through two action parables that he came to restore us to right relationship with God and with each other.


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I Am King, You Say
I Am King, You Say

Introduction

Do you remember what happened this week? This week, as he rode into Jerusalem, they put their cloaks before him and took branches from date ...


The ones guilty of Christ death aren’t those in the passage, but those reading it.


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Resurrection on Trial
Resurrection on Trial

Introduction

Have you heard of Snopes.com? If you want to check out a rumor or a legend that’s online—you get some email that says some guy ...


The earnest listener and honest inquirer has been invited to see that Jesus is the real deal, to believe, and therefore to live.


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All About the Resurrection
All About the Resurrection

Introduction

Are you really who you say you are?

We are doubted every day. Every time we log in. Every time we swipe. Every time we try to unlock our phones. ...


Pastors don’t just get to preach resurrection; we get to live it.


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Jesus Shows Up in Mary Magdalene's Darkest Hour
Jesus Shows Up in Mary Magdalene's Darkest Hour

Introduction

(Read John 20:1-18)

When we come to the resurrection, we first have to consider some questions that many of our friends have and why some believe ...


There is no one who can call our name like Jesus can.


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Crossed Over
Crossed Over

Introduction

(Read John 5:24-25)

A few years ago I was talking to a friend at a coffee shop a couple days before Easter. "I know you aren't much of a churchgoer," ...


Every time someone hears and believes Jesus’ good news now, it is an Easter story.


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God Wins
God Wins

Introduction

(Read John 20:19-29)

On election night in 1976, I sat in a little dark storage closet at the back of a campaign headquarters in Yonkers, New ...


Because of the hope of the resurrection, we do not have to live without hope.


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Easter Hope
Easter Hope

Introduction

This is part of my story with my dad.

September 18 of this past year was profoundly memorable for me. My dad, who was almost 84, passed away. ...


The reality of Easter is something worth celebrating.


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Surprise Ending
Surprise Ending

Introduction

We like our Bible stories to end with a bang: Israel escaping from Egypt through the watery walls of the Red Sea, the walls of Jericho tumbling ...


Rejoice in the many personal endings to the Gospel of Mark's ending.


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The Key to a Meaningful Life
The Key to a Meaningful Life

Introduction

Maybe this is the first time you've ever stepped foot into a church. Or maybe you don't normally go to church unless it's Christmas ...


The Resurrection happened—and the Resurrection matters.


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Not What We Expected
Not What We Expected

Introduction

(Illustration: Description of seeing the Mona Lisa for the first time.)

Have you ever had an experience where things didn't turn out as you ...


What happens when Jesus opens our eyes to recognize him?


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The Incognito Christ
The Incognito Christ

Introduction

April 12, 2007: A 39-year-old man stationed himself next to a trash bin at the L'Enfant Plaza subway station in Washington, D.C. He had on ...


Sometimes Jesus shows up when we least expect it.


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Stories Converge at Easter
Stories Converge at Easter

Introduction

Read (Mark 1:1)

I started to read Unbroken: A WWII Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. On the front cover is the title, the subtitle, ...


The storylines of Eden, Israel, and Rome converge with the resurrection of Jesus.


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Maundy Thursday: It's About You
Maundy Thursday: It's About You

Introduction

Every Maundy Thursday, I am reminded of a particular event that occurred during my time at Seattle Pacific University. My senior year, I took ...


Jesus' call to love one another begins with Jesus' love for you.


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Heaven: Hope for the Long Tomorrow
Heaven: Hope for the Long Tomorrow

Introduction

Don't you love Easter? There's something about it, isn't there? Here are a few fun facts about Easter you may not have known: The word, "Easter" ...


Through the Resurrection there is hope in a new life in Christ.


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The Death of Death
The Death of Death

Introduction

There are moments in time when all of a sudden something happens and everything changes. There are so many examples of this that it's almost ...


The Resurrection is real and changes everything.


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Resurrection Realities
Resurrection Realities

Introduction

Concerned with the quantity of church growth and the quality of church life confronts us on every hand. We are barraged at conferences with ...


We need a passion for Jesus and his presence above all else.


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The Final Week, Were You There?
The Final Week, Were You There?

Introduction

Artist Hieronymus Bosch painted Christ carrying his cross in 1505. Christ was surrounded in the painting by such notably ghoulish and revolting ...


Jesus takes expediency, injustice, and selfishness into himself, and offers us resurrection.


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The Resurrection Matters—Really Matters!
The Resurrection Matters—Really Matters!

Introduction

Like many of you, this Easter, I celebrate a radical truth—that Jesus died and rose to pay the price for our failures and affirm he ...


The resurrection matters to how we live.


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Two Graves, Two Gardens
Two Graves, Two Gardens

Introduction

Read Genesis 3:8-22 and John 19:38-20:18

There were no streetlights, headlights, or even flashlights. There was just darkness, and some women ...


Jesus not only reverses the story of Adam, but he reverses our story as well.


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The Empty Niche
The Empty Niche

Introduction

During Spring Break recently, my son Reed and I drove through upstate New York and passed near the town of Saratoga. Saratoga is a lovely ...


Jesus challenges our culture's understanding of perks, power, and piety.


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What Happens When We Die?

Introduction

A few months ago, Google made this announcement:

Not many of us like thinking about death—especially our own. But making plans for what ...

To understand death today we must take hold of the future.


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Hope Is a Who

Introduction

Life has a way of killing dreams, doesn't it? You set out with high hopes—for your schooling, your career, your family, and your ...


If life has a way of killing dreams, Christ's resurrection has a way of bringing them back to life.


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The Best Is Yet To Come

Introduction

It all began with Mary and Martha—that cool Easter morning—coming to a lonely Palestinian tomb. I don't think they had any idea ...


Smelling the sweet aroma of the Christ's resurrection.


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Jesus Vindicated
Jesus Vindicated

Introduction

Luke 24, verses 1 to 53—this stuff is too wonderful for words. It's very easy to outline this chapter:

  • Lk 24:1-12, The empty tomb;

The Resurrection makes the future certain, personal, and unimaginable.


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Your New Identity

Introduction

At age 95, Rabbi Hershel Schachter died in the Bronx, New York. A name that doesn't mean much to most of you, but a few of you will remember ...


Easter means that we have the identity of Christ: we're dead and alive in him.


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Resurrection Hope Every Day

Introduction

I have a friend in Minnesota who is a landscape architect. A few years ago, shortly after she had moved to a new place, she led me around ...


Christ's life-changing, cosmic-reordering resurrection power is good news for us every day of the year.


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Good News When You're Confronted by Death

Introduction

Luke 7:11-17 says this:

Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. As ...

As you shuffle toward the grave, take heart; Jesus has conquered death.


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What's Your Story?

Introduction

Have you heard of Storycorps? Storycorps is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to celebrate the lives of everyday Americans by inviting ...


The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the world's greatest story—and it's entirely true.


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Encounter on Golgotha Road
Encounter on Golgotha Road

From the editor:

We recently posted an Easter message by John Ortberg, because the themes like atonement, the Cross, resurrection, etc. are never out of ...


God is always at work, leading us to times and places where we might meet him.


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The Uncomfortable Truth of Easter
The Uncomfortable Truth of Easter

From the editor:

At the 2008 National Pastors Conference in San Diego, Preaching Today got to interview N. T. Wright about his book Surprised by Hope and ...


As Easter people, it is our duty to make Christ's kingdom and justice known in his world.


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Life and Death Advice

In Psalm 49, a man steps out of the pages of the Bible with a riddle in his hand, and he's desperate we hear it. In fact, he calls on us in verse 1 to ...



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Forgiven, Forgotten

Introduction

Guilt runs rampant in the body of Christ. Though you already know you often feel guilty, it's important that we say it, because you would ...



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The Good News Is the Bad News Is Wrong

Introduction

I'd like you to use your imagination this morning and picture our world, your world, as a terrarium. You know what a terrarium is. My version ...



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The King Whose Scepter is a Towel

Introduction

It was time to celebrate the Passover, the most sacred of Jewish feasts. Upwards of three million people might spend the week in Jerusalem. ...



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