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Pray for God's Help
Pray for God's Help

Introduction

Let me describe a relationship, and you see what you think. It's a relationship with no expectations, so there's no shame, and there's no ...


Communication, desire, and expectation are part of our relationship with God.


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A Journey of Hope

Introduction

Today I'd like to look at Psalm 84. Someone once called the book of Psalms "the soul's medicine chest," and I think that's a good description. ...


Like a marathoner set your heart on one thing—finishing the good journey of enjoying God's presence.


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Deep Desire

A love/hate relationship with the world

Christians have always had a "love/hate" relationship with the world. On the one hand, the most famous verse in ...


Where do you take your hungry heart?


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Prayer: A Journey of Desire

One of the toughest things in life is living with unfulfilled desire. To experience desire is a normal part of life. It's as natural as an infant ...


In God's sovereign plan, our unfulfilled desires drive us to pray and to grow in our faith.


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Waiting for the Fullness of Time

Introduction

Last Saturday I wrote these words:

I'm at the airport—waiting. I arrived at 7:15 A.M. It's now 9:40. My 8:38 flight was canceled and ...

Advent reminds us that God's plan always includes seasons of waiting.


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Heart Throb

If you've picked up nothing else from our study over these past weeks, I hope you've absorbed this simple truth: the heart of God throbs for human hearts. ...


What does God do with a half-heart?


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Learning from Tiger Woods

From the editor

In late November 2009, a series of events led to a bevy of stories about infidelities on the part of golf's greatest player, Tiger ...


Let's find satisfaction in God alone, keep in mind that our sin will always find us out, and surround ourselves with good friends to keep us in check.


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The Power of Hope

Introduction

In this Advent season, we are looking at the theme of God's promise of better days for our lives. That is the hope of Advent and Christmas: ...


Jeremiah prophesies the movement of God.


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Blessed Are Those Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness

Introduction

A businessman decided to throw a party for some of his clients, and because he was doing so well, he spared no expense. He hired the most ...


The purpose of our emptiness


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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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Openness

Introduction

I don't know many people who want to come to the end of their lives and say, "I never made an impact on anything or anyone?but I'm okay with ...


Receiving God's grace


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Simeon: A Song of Hope

Introduction

In the 1960s, psychologist Walter Mischel conducted a famous experiment that has come to be known as "The Marshmallow Test." Groups of 4-years ...


The reward is worth the wait.


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Desperate Hearts

Introduction

Some years ago I experienced something that just about every stressed-out, 40-something American male experiences - chest pains. You know, ...


Being poor in spirit isn't a virtue to aspire to; it's a condition to confess.


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Wrestling with God

Introduction

Soon after my wife and I married, we began decorating our house by putting things on the walls. When we came to the kitchen, I came up with ...


We find our identity and value in God when we are honest enough to wrestle with him.


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A Sacred Romance

Sermon One

Introduction

A few months ago, Karen and I went to the movies. We were in the mood for a romantic comedy, so we went to see a film called Love, ...


What's God got to do with it?


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Doing It God's Way

Sermon Two

Introduction

More than ever, people want to know what love is. More than ever, people are confused. Last Sunday, we introduced this series by ...


The beauty of sex done rightly


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A Holy Longing

Sermon Three

Introduction

When I was doing youth ministry, we had a standard joke that whenever kids began to lose interest and drop out, all we had to ...


When love hurts


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God's Great Idea

Sermon Four

Introduction

Before we leave this series called "Love and the City," we need to say something about marriage. It seems there's an awful lot ...


Marriage, as God designed it, is wonderful


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