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Advent: Joy
Advent: Joy

Introduction

Christian Wiman, the celebrated poet, professor of literature at Yale and Christian intellectual, in his book Joy, which is a collection ...


Three steps to find joy: give thanks, draw near to God, and curate your mindstream.


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Back to the Start
Back to the Start

Introduction

Merry Christmas! One thing is for sure, Christmas is looking much different than of us expected this year. But I wonder if that’s actually ...


God the Father sent his Son to show us his love.


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The Sudden Turn of Joy
The Sudden Turn of Joy

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It’s a wonderful day and I’m really honored to be preaching on the first Sunday of the New Year it’s a great joy. I have ...


In our journey with Christ we need the work of faith, the labor of love, the uppomano of hope, and the sudden turn of joy.


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Miraculous Births: John the Baptist
Miraculous Births: John the Baptist

This sermon is part of the “Miraculous Births” sermon series. See the whole series here.

Introduction

It's Christmas Eve 1945 in Bedford ...


Even when God seems silent or unresponsive, he is working out his plan and will be faithful.


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Miraculous Births: The Church
Miraculous Births: The Church

This sermon is part of the “Miraculous Births” sermon series. See the whole series here.

Introduction

Getting Things Done, Deep Work, First ...


We ought to rejoice that God has given the church, the anticipated new birth through Christ.


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A Feast Without End
A Feast Without End

Introduction

This morning as we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving this Thursday, I wanted to talk about the importance of contentment. And who better to ...


The essence, importance, and experience of contentment are rooted in relying on God.


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Don't Forget to Remember
Don't Forget to Remember

Introduction

If we have no memory, we are adrift—because memory anchors us to the past, interprets the present, and charts a course for the future. ...


Without memory, we are lost souls.


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How Easter Turned the World
How Easter Turned the World

Introduction

When my dad was a young man in his thirties, he was working for an import/export trading company in Tokyo, Japan. One day he happened to be ...


Christ's resurrection gives us joy, courage, and a vision for change.


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Feeding on God's Word
Feeding on God's Word

Introduction

I think it's important at the end of every year to preach a sermon on the importance of God's Word in our lives, both personally and ...


God's Word will be our delight.


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Joyful Service

Introduction

We are looking at John 13 and drawing out four themes—four pillars of a healthy community. The first week we looked at "Humble Leadership." ...


A healthy community should be characterized by joyful service to others.


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Perfectly Provided For

Introduction

The reason we are looking at John is to learn what it means to meet the Lord Jesus on his terms. John is a little different than the other ...


How the wedding at Cana manifested Christ's glory.


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True Relationships

Introduction

As we wrap up our series on 1 and 2 Thessalonians, we are going to continue our focus on Christ's second coming.

I am a member at Sam's Club ...


How does Christ's return impact our relationships today?


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Zechariah's Song

Introduction

Starting last week, this week, and next week, we are taking some time in our preparation for and anticipation of the holiday season to look ...


God breaks through silence in unexpected ways.


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The Life Was Made Manifest

Introduction

Christmas is definitely a wonderful time of year. But it's also a bit of a production, right? On average there will be $800 spent for every ...


How to experience the real life that fills the void in our heart.


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Joy in Liberty over Legalism
Joy in Liberty over Legalism

The story behind the sermon (Jared Alcantara)

This sermon was the fourth of five messages in the series "The Joy Genome." The image of a genome ...


Legalistic religion kills the spirit, but knowing Christ sets us free.


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God Will Bring Justice for You

Introduction

When the Scripture was read, you may have thought, This is a strange message for a weekend when we are welcoming large numbers of first-time ...


Resting in the hard truth of God's justice softens our hearts towards God and others.


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What to Do When Your Fig Tree Doesn’t Blossom

Introduction

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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Remembering Your Creator

Introduction

Today I want us to look at the Book of Ecclesiastes. I feel this text deeply every time I get into it. I pastor a very large, very young church. ...


We're only on this earth for a short time, so remember God and believe the gospel.


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Deep Joy

Story behind the sermon series (Bryan Wilkerson)

This fall series was prompted by some listening sessions with congregation members the previous spring. ...


Are you experiencing the fullness of Christ?


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The Joy You've Always Wanted
The Joy You've Always Wanted

The topic today is joy. And the chief question is: how do we get it? How do we have more joy more often? How can we be happy?

We are looking at Paul's ...


In order to experience true and lasting joy, we must cultivate thanksgiving.


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A Christian's Happiness
A Christian's Happiness

Introduction

If you're a Christian, you know that Christianity is supposed to be about joy. You probably also know that you're supposed to experience ...


Paul offers three principles for finding joy in suffering.


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Victory for Us

Introduction

There are two things we discover at Easter. They both have to do with the victory of Jesus Christ, the victory he won on this the first day ...



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Regaining Lost Joy

Introduction

I remember talking to a girl here in this church two or three years ago. She said, "Jill, I've lost my joy, I've lost my peace, ...



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It Doesn't Sting Anymore

Introduction

Tony Campolo, at the end of a sermon titled, "The Year of Jubilee," tells this story:

I went to my first black funeral when I was 16 years ...

Christ has swallowed up death.


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Happiness

Introduction

Peggy Noonan currently writes for the Wall Street Journal. She was at one time the speechwriter for Dan Rather for his radio program, as well ...


It's what I deserve


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God's Protection and Delight


Zephaniah paints a picture of love.


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Total Freedom
Total Freedom

From the editor:

Here's another great sermon from one of our featured preachers, John Ortberg. This is actually John's message from Palm Sunday (2009). ...


Surrendering to Christ is not easy, but it leads to freedom and life.


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The Joy Network

Introduction

Several years ago a German researcher studied a thousand churches of every size and denomination all over the world. His goal was to identify ...


The deepest joy comes in relationship.


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The Long Tomorrow

Introduction

An 85-year-old couple died in a car crash after having been married almost 60 years. They had been in good health the last ten years mainly ...


Meditation on our future home


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Purpose
Purpose

Introduction

What would you do if you suddenly won $34.5 million? It happened to a family from Hauppauge, New York, this week. Dad spent $5 on a winning ...


Living as a Servant


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Focus

Introduction

There's good news and bad news about our gospel passage. First the bad news: this is one of the most difficult, disturbing, and surprising ...


Freeing Your Heart


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Summer

Introduction

I grew up in a small mining town in northern Canada, a place memorable for its hard, cruel winters. But on the first day of summer in 1975, ...


A foretaste of heaven


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Spring

Introduction

I spent many early years in a northern mill town—a town with a heavy reputation. It's a place that made ice in winter and mud in summer, ...


God breaks through the desolate places.


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Wait for the Morning

Introduction

Right after the Virginia Tech University massacre, the worship leader at a community worship service turned to this text. On behalf of those ...


Sometimes we have to wait for God to lift us out of the depths.


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The Christian's Happiness

Text: Romans 8:28–30
Topic: Our joy can be constant no matter our life circumstances.

From the editor

Romans 8 is such a beloved, oft-quoted section ...


Your bad things turn out for good, your good things can never be lost, and the best things are yet to come.


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To Live Is Christ

From the editor

In this sermon Ed Rowell looks to tackle the tricky issue of joy and happiness. Most would agree that the two words have become synonymous, ...


You must give your life to the purpose God has for you, no matter the cost.


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It's All About You, Lord

Introduction

A poet once complained to a friend, "Life's not fair. A banker can write a bad poem, and nobody says anything about it. But if a poet writes ...


Judging our circumstances from God's perspective


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Take an Inside Look

Introduction

I have had the opportunity to speak to hundreds of people over the past twenty years. I think I've come to one major conclusion about people's ...


If we explore our inner pain and give up self-protection, we can know joy.


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Be Prepared

Introduction

Most of us have heard of Billy Graham. Since the 1950s, Dr. Graham has conducted hundreds of evangelistic crusades throughout the world. Most ...


Are you ready to receive what God is offering this Christmas?


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How To Expierence Everlasting Joy

Often, when I read a passage of Scripture, I ask myself two questions: Is there something here that God wants me to know? And, Is there something here ...


God has promised to reward those who are about his business with everlasting joy.


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Eliminating Envy

In 1975 country music was going through some major changes. The old Nashville style of slicked back hair, rhinestone suits, and songs about trains, ...


Whether or not others succeed is not your concern; your concern is to keep pursuing the path God has called you to take.


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Happiness Is Not the Goal

Introduction:

We're in the second of a series of messages on the Ten Commandments. We started last Sunday with a look at what is, in the Hebrew mindset, ...


Of the many idols we may worship, idolizing our own happiness is the most dangerous.


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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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For Those Who Are Disappointed

Will you agree with me that the Christmas season is the most , time of the year? Would you also agree with me that the Christmas season can be the ...


Our expectations are fully realized in the complete work of Jesus.


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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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Happy New Year!

Introduction

Have you ever wondered how many seconds in this year you'll be unhappy? Have you ever thought how much can happen in a second? When you say, ...


Happiness comes from knowing that God works through every moment of life.


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If I Should Wake Before I Die

Illustration: In graduate school, I took a course in Chinese philosophy. The Buddhist monk who taught the course said to me, "As a Christian, you teach ...


When we fully grasp the meaning of the gospel, we’ll really come alive.


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Running Through the Cemetery

Have you noticed how much running there is in this text? This is a breathless text. It's got sweat all over it. Everybody in this text is running. You ...


Knowing that Jesus has come for us and called us by name should send us running with joy.


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The Liberty of Obedience to God

Introduction: An architectural wonder.

My husband and I had the opportunity to go up into the top of that great arch in St. Louis. I was fascinated to ...


We often think that freedom means doing whatever we want, when we want. But true freedom comes from only one place: Obeying the Lord.


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The Present Power of a Future Possession

Hebrews 10:32-39: "Remember the former days when after being enlightened you endured a great conflict of sufferings, partly by being made a public spectacle ...


When we find our joy in Christ, we can sacrifice for others.


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