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A Story to Tell
A Story to Tell

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Last September, Pat Payaso ran for an open seat on Boston’s city council—and he got an idea for a creative way to campaign. Payaso ...


Sometimes God calls us to go out of our way to share the Way.


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Get into Jail Free
Get into Jail Free

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A couple of hunters are out in the woods when one of them falls to the ground. He doesn’t seem to be breathing; his eyes are rolled ...


God is not only understanding of our disappointments, but he can use them for his plans.


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Successful Suffering
Successful Suffering

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Give me an S.
Give me a U.
Give me a C.
Give me a C.
Give me an E.
Give me an S.
Give me an S.

What does that spell? "SUCCESS."

Success—that's ...


We all have pain in our lives—but where do we look for comfort?


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Keyholders
Keyholders

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Across from the residence where I lived in college stood a mysterious building known as Scroll and Key. This great stone-clad mausoleum was ...


What will you do with the key Christ has given you?


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Will You Forgive?
Will You Forgive?

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Anybody you're having a hard time with these days? Ever forgiven anybody who doesn't deserve it? If so, this sermon's for you. And if you've ...


Our ability to forgive starts with realizing we are forgiven.


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

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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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The Love Reaction
The Love Reaction

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(Read 1 Thessalonians 3:6-10)

A single mother struggles to pay for a college education for her only child. She hates her job but knows she ...


How the spiritual condition of those we love can inspire us to persevere.


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The Love Expression
The Love Expression

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(Read 1 Thessalonians 3:1-5)

God is the source of love, Jesus is the proof of love, and believers must be the agents of love in this world.


In this world, believers must be the agents of love.


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More Than Meets the Eye
More Than Meets the Eye

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Life is really about perspective. Last night, my wife went to a concert in Dallas with some friends and family. I got home, and my son was ...


Christ is our salvation—and also our example.


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The Heart of a Pastor

The Story Behind the Sermon

This message represents an unusual approach to sermon prep and delivery. Jim Singleton and Matthew Kim, both professors at ...


Pastors genuinely care for others and genuinely care about the gospel.


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Preaching God's Unchained Word

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Second Timothy 2:8-9: "Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David. That is my gospel, for which I suffer hardship ...


Chained to the unchained word to declare the unchanging word to an ever changing world.


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The Bucket List

The Story Behind the Sermon (Dan Meyer)

This sermon was the third-to-last installment of a year-long survey of the Bible's great stories and themes that ...


It's time to revise your bucket list and live according to God's priorities.


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The One That Got Me

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Let me begin this final sermon in our series with our Scripture text:

What shall we say then? Is the Law sin? May it never be! On the contrary, ...

Understanding the tenth commandment through Paul’s eyes


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When the Roll is Called Down Here

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I hope you will not feel guilty if your heart was not all aflutter during the reading of the text. It's not very interesting. It's a list ...



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Not in Vain

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I was talking to a friend the other day. "I know you aren't much of a churchgoer," I said, "but I'd like to invite you to church this Sunday ...


The effectual power of Christ's resurrection


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Balcony People
Balcony People

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John Ortberg points out that we are surrounded by basement people—folks who drain the life from us. This reality makes it all the ...


That the least will be the greatest is the deepest reality in the kingdom.


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To Live Is Christ

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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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A Strange Résumé

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It's the most dreaded question of the job interview, and when the time comes, you can't seem to push the words out of your mouth. "Tell me," ...


God turns our weakness into incredible strength.


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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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How Should a Pastor Think About His People's Giving?

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When I mentioned the title of this sermon to a group of pastors at our monthly denominational meeting, it elicited considerable response. ...


Giving indicates spiritual growth and participation in the gospel.


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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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All I Really Need to Know I Learned by Suffering Triumphantly Until I Died

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In All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, Robert L. Fulghum writes:

All I really need to know about how to live and what to do ...

To know Christ, we must share in his sufferings.


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The Christian Subculture: Righteous or Rubbish?

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As believers, we sometimes feel pressured to act in certain ways, fit in with certain norms, or participate in certain activities. The pressure ...


When we try to live up to others' standards of righteousness, we miss the life Christ intended.


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Weighing Others Heavy

Text: Exodus 20:13; Matthew 5:21–24; Romans 12:14–21; Romans 13:8–10
Topic: How to apply the sixth commandment

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The sixth commandment ...


The sixth commandment is ultimately positive: treat all people with love and respect.


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We Don't Have Men Like That

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[Editorial comment: Sunukjian delivers this sermon as a first-person narrative. References to props or stage directions will appear in italics.] ...


We are called to live in service to the King.


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It's Not Thinking Less of Yourself; It's Thinking of Yourself Less

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A few years ago, one of my students was speaking to our class about his denominational background. He told the class that the average church ...


How to maintain harmony in the church


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Where's the "Gift Return" Receipt?

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Let's suppose there's a small town on the edge of Iraq, near the Saudi border. Let's call the town Mosel. It's a small community with no other ...


How to appreciate the gift of suffering


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A Win-Win Situation

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Every so often we find ourselves in a win-win situation. No matter which way it goes, we come out ahead.

For example, at school we decide to ...


Gaining a biblical perspective on life and death


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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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Choosing What Is Best
Choosing What Is Best

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There were about 20 of us: the engaged couple, their parents, the bridesmaids and groomsmen who were going to be in the wedding the next day, ...


Increasing discernment by growing in love


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Insights from the Valley

Voices are being raised more and more that tell us our attitude, our state of mind, has a great effect on our health. Our attitude toward ourselves, ...


Like Paul, we can learn to be content and focused on Christ.


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Encounter: The Vision of Witnessing

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Several years ago, I was enjoying a day of recreation on a ski slope in central Wisconsin. While other friends from the church had gone ...


To reach the lost, we must see them with the compassionate eyes of the Father.


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