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Patience While You Wait
Patience While You Wait

Introduction

As a planet, a nation, a city, a church, and individuals we’ve been through some testing times since we began this study in James. I ...


Don’t grumble, don’t swear. God is patient, and it will be better in the end.


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Simeon's Song

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I've been reading a gift somebody got for me. It's a fascinating book called Medieval Views of the Cosmos. When I say it's fascinating, ...


We're all in the waiting business. How we wait on God makes all the difference.


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Praying While Running
Praying While Running

Editor's Note: Throughout this document Dr. Jeffrey Arthurs has provided a running commentary on his sermon. It's an invaluable guide for how ...


When you experience painful times of waiting follow David's example—run and pray.


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Broken but Chosen

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It took Michelangelo four years to craft his statue of David. It is 13-feet tall. He used flawed marble. We know the exact quarry the marble ...


David was broken, but God loved him and used him because his heart was devoted to God.


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Mediation

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There was once a couple who had been married for 60 years. Throughout their life they had shared everything. They loved each other deeply. ...


Cross bridging


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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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Love in Spite of Differences

Every sailor could agree on one fact. Had it not been for the captain, they never would have survived. The storm came suddenly, and in a matter of moments ...



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The Shortest Distance Between Two Points is a Zig Zag

Early in geometry we learned that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. That means if I'm at point A and want to get to point B, ...



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Love Does Not Boast

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Over the next few months, PreachingToday.com is going to run an entire transcript series from Haddon Robinson on 1 Corinthians 13. The ...


Love builds community; it does not break down community through envy, boasting, or pride.


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What Is This Thing Called Love?

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Over the next few months, PreachingToday.com is going to run an entire transcript series from Haddon Robinson on 1 Corinthians 13. The ...


The Christian life often boils down to being patient and kind with people—even impossible people.


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Good Riddance

Introduction

"Isn't there somewhere else you're supposed to be?" Has God ever said that to you? God seems to be saying that a lot around here lately. He ...


Finding our way to God's place of blessing


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The Really Good Shepherd

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According to the United States Social Security Administration, Jacob was the number one male baby name for the year 2007. In the Bible the ...


Recognizing God as the architect of blessing


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The Messy Family of God

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"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." So reads the first line of Leo Tolstoy's famous novel, Anna ...


Learning to choose the right way over the hard way


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A Fine Mess

Introduction

What a great promise from God: "I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go." We talked about this great promise in the last sermon—a ...


Exploring the implications of God's presence


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The Voice from the Top of the Stairs

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There's a story oft-told on the Internet—true or not, I don't know—about Susan, a 34-year-old woman who lost her sight due to ...


Trusting in the God who is near


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Odd Man Out

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Some wedding requests pose a dilemma for pastors. Most of us will not officiate at a wedding between a believer and an unbeliever, believing ...


Recognizing the immense value of God's blessing


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The Strange Blessing of God

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Do you live a blessed life? I did a Google search on the phrase, "I live a blessed life." I stumbled upon one guy who wrote, "I live a blessed ...


Making sure you don't manhandle the blessing of God


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I'll Stand by You

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So far in our series we've talked about three big ideas—love, joy, and peace. These Christ-like qualities offer a grand vision for our ...


The patience of the Holy Spirit


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Winter

Introduction

Confession: I've lived nearly 50 years and, for most of them, have never heeded the truth of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. For everything there is a ...


The wasteland of spiritual barrenness


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God Is Big Enough to Comfort My Suffering


There is purpose in our pain.


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Simeon: A Song of Hope

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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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The House of Love
The House of Love

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This message concludes our series on the four best places to live. We've looked at the House of Worship, the House of Prayer, and the House ...


The one power that can conquer hatred, cast out fear, overcome evil, and endure through time is love.


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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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Finding God in Desperate Places

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I'd like to write a book someday called Desperate Places: How God Shines Through Our Weakness. These desperate places are places of weakness, ...


Experiencing God's strength in our weakness


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Beyond Comfort

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Where do you turn for comfort when you encounter loss, pain, or disappointment? Some people turn to food. For some reason, certain foods—like ...


God gives comfort enough to share.


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Unbreakable?

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M. Night Shyamalan's film Unbreakable begins with a train wreck. Everyone on board is killed—over a hundred people—except for ...


We demonstrate the power of Christ by enduring hardship.


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Peace in the Church

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When I was a pastor in Arizona, there were two men in the church who were greatly admired. They were both successful businessmen who desired ...


The peace of God can only permeate the church when its members live at peace with one another.


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It's All About You, Lord

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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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The First Extreme: Conformity

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We have already met Jonah, a scowling, spiteful little man in a chronic state of bellyache. The meaning of his name—"dove"—just ...


We must follow God without fear or compromise.


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Between Memory and Imagination

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Last week we learned that Deuteronomy is a book about transition. The people of Israel are standing on the banks of the Jordan River with ...


How the past can give you an identity and a hope


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The Hardest Part of the Journey

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Today marks the beginning of a four-week series on the one book of the Bible that perhaps is read less often than any other. If we took a ...


It's okay to ask, "Are we there yet?"


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You Don't Have to Be Good to Come to Christ

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The description of the early church that is found in the opening chapters of the Book of Acts almost sounds like paradise revisited. Two events ...


The tiniest crack in the door into honest acknowledgement of our sinfulness is the real beginning of growth toward grace.


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The Process of Transformation

Text: 1 John 3:1–10
Topic: How to attain holiness

Introduction

Imagine that you've been asked to write a book on marriage. Your publisher says, "We ...


Christians defeat sin by abiding in Christ.


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The Right Way to Handle Church Conflict

Introduction

I am by nature an idealist. I start almost everything in life by thinking about the best-case scenario. As a young man, I had a best-case ...


The church can disagree in a way that does not threaten its unity and integrity.


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Praying Through God's Silence

Introduction

Hear these words from the Word in Matthew 15:21–28:

Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. A Canaanite woman ...

When we worship and humbly persist, God will speak.


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Getting In the Last Word

Introduction:

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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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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In the Day Of Trouble

Note: This message was first written for the Sunday following 9/11.

Our world changed Tuesday morning. In many ways, things will never be the same. The ...


You don't have to face this alone; you can lean on Christ.


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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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The Patience of Job

"Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy" (James 5:11). The end ...


Looking at suffering from God's perspective allows us to see that, in the midst of trials, God is in control, increases our blessings, glorifies us, and makes us a blessing to others


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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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Some Way to Run a Farm

I would wager that the two predominant reasons I've heard people give for not being active in a church are: (1) people in the church seem just as lousy ...


God uses inefficient methods to bring as many people as possible into his family.


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God's Marshmallow Test

Back in the 1970s a research team of psychologists from Stanford University performed on a group of 4 an experiment they called the "marshmallow test." ...


To wait well, our hearts must be filled with hope that is focused on Jesus.


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