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The Myth of Balance

Introduction

I'm going to read from Matthew chapter 6 verses 24 through 34. These are the words of Jesus,

No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate ...

If you're not living for Christ, your life is failing even if you're "winning."


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Single and Single-minded

Introduction

A recent census reported that about 86 million single people live in the U.S. As people get married later, as the divorce rate climbs, and ...


God wants single people to serve him without distraction.


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Broken but Bold

Introduction

We all are going to face giants. We all are going to be on battlefields where we will face things bigger than we are, things we cannot defeat ...


God will help us in our battles when we trust in him.


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Right on the Money

"The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it." That thought from Psalm 24:1 captures the core of our thinking on ...



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Listen, Look, and Stop

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Doubts, a "dark night of the soul," a feeling of divine absence, isolation (either voluntary or involuntary), disappointment, disillusionment, ...


When you are in danger of drifting spiritually, you must listen to God's Word, look at the signs which confirm that message, and then stop to assess whether or not you're drifting.


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Let's Get This Straight

Introduction

The first thing I noticed about our story today was the stories on either side of it. When we last saw Jacob, he finally had been reconciled ...


Experiencing God in the midst of great suffering


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Our Fathers Who Are on Earth
Our Fathers Who Are on Earth

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Father's Day is just around the corner (June 21), and should you decide to offer a message for the occasion, Mark Mitchell's look at a ...


An earthly father should reflect the heavenly Father.


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Facing North When the Market Goes South

Text: 1 Kings 17:7–16
Topic: Claiming God's promises in the midst of hard times

From the editor:

Though many experts believe we've entered an economic ...


With the right attitude toward money and God, we can face financial uncertainty with confidence.


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Do You Like Where You Live?

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Here's a sermon from the old Preaching Today Audio archives that we've never put on our site until today. What is striking is how relevant ...


You are made for more than this world.


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What Would Jesus Say When the Dow Drops 700 Points?
What Would Jesus Say When the Dow Drops 700 Points?

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What would Jesus have us do in the midst of economic crisis? Mike Woodruff offers answers to that question that push us to gain new perspectives ...


In the midst of any kind of crisis, do not be anxious; nothing of ultimate importance has changed.


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Remember God in the Moment
Remember God in the Moment

Introduction

"Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near when you will say, 'I have ...


Live in continual communication with God and with a constant awareness that he created you.


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Praying the Savior's Way

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The Lord's Prayer is one of the more popular passages in all of the New Testament—believers and non-believers alike have even taken ...


Jesus is training our hearts to turn us to the bread that really satisfies.


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The Unseen Footprints

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Timothy George packs a lot into this sermon. Besides showing us an effective way to preach an individual psalm—paying careful attention ...


Even in the depths where questions loom large, remember that God is at work.


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Jesus Uncensored

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Here's a sermon Michael Quicke preached at Wheaton College that tenders the meek and mild Jesus with the mean and wild Jesus. Few passages ...


Jesus has the right to shock disciples with teaching they don't like to hear, because he's Lord.


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Gone Fishin'

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John 21 is a powerful story of a fallen disciple, Peter, being restored by Christ. Many a sermon has been preached on the varying uses ...


If we love Christ, we will care about what he cares about.


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Free and Focused

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Bev Savage's sermon on Philippians 3 has a few "twists" here and there. We're used to focusing on the biblical mandate to remember; Savage ...


Press on toward the goal—knowing Christ.


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Ready or Not, Here I Come!
Ready or Not, Here I Come!

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Simply put: it's easy to mess up a difficult passage like Luke 21. You may find yourself applying something regarding Jerusalem's ...


If we know what to look for and act accordingly in faith, we'll be ready for the Second Coming.


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Cross Over

Introduction

It was an ordinary day of commuting Cameron Hollopeter. The 20-year-old film student made his way down the steps into a New York City subway ...


When you come upon people in pain


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The Problem of Growth

Introduction

The map of global Christianity our grandparents knew has been turned upside down. At the beginning of the twentieth century, only 10 percent ...


How to counter challenges with sound leadership and encourage growth.


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My Favorite Heroes: Esther

Introduction

Some time ago I went on a retreat, and one of the topics at this retreat was how we're all created for a mission; everybody was made for a ...


Why we all need to watch out for shadow missions


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Standing Your Ground

Introduction

In light of this passage, today I’d like to talk a little bit about conflicts and how we all deal with them. How do you deal with interpersonal ...


Christians can stand their ground if they make sure of the ground their standing on, check their motivation, know when to compromise, and stay on target.


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A Reason for Living

NOTE: This message can also be used in the "Jesus the Messiah" series

There's an old country song that goes...

There goes my reason for living, There ...


Three commitments will give your life meaning and purpose beyond anything else.


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Getting Focused

For the past two weeks I've talked about the change that occurred in Peter's life. He went from being failure prone, impulsive, and brash to ministering ...


If you're ready to make a comeback, you need to get focused.


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A Reason for Living

NOTE: This message can also be used in the "Jesus the Messiah" series

There's an old country song that goes …

There goes my reason ...


Three commitments will give your life meaning and purpose beyond anything else.


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