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The Prayer Test
The Prayer Test

Introduction

If you knew James way back then you might have known him by the nickname he had, “Camel Knees” because he spent so long on them ...


James calls us to pray, praying.


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Persevering Through Suffering
Persevering Through Suffering

This sermon is part of the “More Than a Holiday” sermon series. See the whole series here.

Introduction

Isaiah 53, a very familiar chapter for ...


Knowing God is sovereign helps us persevere through suffering with peace in our hearts.


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Sent to Sacrifice
Sent to Sacrifice

Introduction

I was gathered around a huge bonfire many years ago in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I was part of a larger Christian camp and I had students ...


The sacrificial life is connected to Jesus sending you.


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Surviving Today's Opposition
Surviving Today's Opposition

Introduction

Several years ago, Woody Allen began a commencement address with this observation: "More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. ...


We will face trials, but with God as our hope, and because of his faithfulness and sovereignty, we will overcome them.


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Living in the Protective Custody of God
Living in the Protective Custody of God

Introduction

In the Believer's Bible Commentary, William MacDonald begins his comments on Psalm 91 by telling of a five-year-old boy who was dying of diphtheria ...


The Lord will protect the one who trusts in him.


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Facing Up to Depression
Facing Up to Depression

Back Story to the Sermon

Editor's Note: Matt Woodley had a chance to interview Mark Meynell about preaching on depression. This interview provides ...


God did not create us to be strong without him, which is why he is interested in our weaknesses.


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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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It’s Good to Get Out Alive
It’s Good to Get Out Alive

The tourist brochure said that you can catch the bus to Yosemite Lodge up to Glacier Peak. When you get there, you can stand on the rock where a hundred ...


Pastoral ministry isn’t about our success and fame; it’s about God’s power to help us survive.


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Through the Valley

Introduction

It was near the twilight of his life, and quite possibly he sat on one of the curvaceous slopes of the hills of Judea, looked out into one ...


When we are in the valley, God is preparing a blessing for us on the other side.


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The Church at War
The Church at War

Introduction

If you have a Bible, and I hope you do, I invite you to open with me to 1 Timothy 6, as we prepare to finish out tonight our journey through ...


We're in a constant spiritual war. But Christ has already won the victory.


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Love Keeps Going

Introduction

Several years ago there appeared on Broadway a political satire called Of Thee I Sing. The opening scene of that musical took place in a smoke-filled ...


When love is rooted in Christ, it will hope and endure in all things.


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Running with Endurance

Introduction

Hebrew chapter 12, verses 1, 2, and 3 is the focus today. Let's read the Word of the Lord:

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses ...

The race of faith isn't a sprint; it's a marathon of enduring for and with Jesus.


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Speed Dial

Introduction

Jesus had some very specific things to say about prayer, and often they're different than some of the things we've been raised thinking about ...



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A New Philadelphia

Introduction

There is something in a name. My name is Mike. Actually, Michael's not my first name; my first name is Jerry. I'm Jerry Michael Breaux. On ...



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Suffering

Introduction

One summer Stuart and I had a ministry experience that took us literally around God's world. I learned many significant lessons. First, I ...



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The Audacity to Hope

Editor's note: In light of current political controversy, questions have been raised about the following sermon by Jeremiah Wright. Preaching Today published ...



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The World's Greatest Step

The story behind the sermon (from John Ortberg):

For Easter I wanted to present some of N. T. Wright's material on the Resurrection. I love his work on ...


The story of the resurrection is not just good news; it's true news.


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Death Is Life

From the editor:

Easter draws closer and closer (April 4), and we're here to help out with sermon ideas to inspire you in your own preaching. This week ...


Life isn't really life, and death isn't really death. But death is life.


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Worth Your Attention

From the editor

More helpful resources for Easter! This week we're featuring a message from Mike Woodruff, pastor of Christ Church Lake Forest in Lake ...


In an age of information overload, we need to pay careful attention to the message of the Resurrection.


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The Last Enemy

From the editor:

This week we continue to roll out great Easter resources to help inspire ideas for your own preaching. Below is a sermon by Donald Sunukjian ...


We must put our faith in the one who has conquered our greatest enemy.


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Easter: The Benefits Package

From the editor:

This week we are featuring Leith Anderson's Easter sermon from 2009 to help inspire ideas for your own sermon for Easter 2010. As you ...


The benefits of the Resurrection are great, but salvation from sin forever is the goal.


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If God Is Great, Where Is He in World of Suffering?

Introduction

Of all the reasons for rejecting the claims of Christianity, the one most frequently offered comes in the form of a question: "If God is so ...


A cross of loss can be gathered up into God's redemptive plan.


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If God Is Great, Where Is He in a World of Suffering?

Text: Matthew 27:27-46
Topic: Dealing with the reality of suffering

From the editor

Easter really isn't that far away—April 4, 2010—so we'll ...


A cross of loss can be gathered up into God's redemptive plan.


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The Refining Love of God

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, ...


Malachi bring assurance and warning.


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God Is Strong—Am I?
God Is Strong—Am I?

From the editor:

Here's another great sermon from one of our featured preachers, Francis Chan. A few noteworthy items: Just below this editor's ...


We must be people of courage, with faith in our mighty God.


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You Can Count on Me

Introduction

On Dec 5, 1914, Ernest Shackleton embarked on what he called "the last great polar expedition." His goal was to cross Antarctica by dogsled—an ...


The Holy Spirit's work of faithfulness


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I'll Stand by You

Introduction

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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Courage
Courage

Introductory remarks from Mark Buchanan:

"Courage" was the third week in a 10-week series on Philippians entitled I Can Do Everything: Paul, Jesus, the ...


Courage encourages others to be courageous, exalts Christ, and displays God's supremacy.


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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

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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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Blessed Are the Persecuted

Introduction

Imagine you are in the market for a new car. You visit the dealer and the salesman who is showing you the latest model takes you for a test ...


Enduring for the reward


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Fall

Introduction

My wife, Cheryl, and I had an opportunity in 2004 to spend a week in New Brunswick. We started in St. John, spent a couple of days in the ...


Reaping a spiritual harvest


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When You Really Want to Quit

From the editor

We all struggle with the reality that sometimes bad things happen to good people. Adding to our inner turmoil is the reality that sometimes ...


Trust in God during life's disappointments, and never, never give up.


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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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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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Mary: A Song of Trust

Introduction

A lot of people travel at Christmas. During this time of the year, many of us would like to be with family to celebrate, so we load up the ...


Moving from anxiety to adoration


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Angels: A Song of Peace

Introduction

We've been looking at Christmas songs preserved for us in Scripture. Some, like Zechariah's song last week, are completely foreign to most ...


Surpassing our understanding


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Zechariah: A Song of Faith

Introduction

As familiar as we are with the songs of Christmas, there are four songs recorded in the Bible sung by people surrounding the birth of Jesus ...


Even in silence, God is at work.


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In the Father's Arms

Text: Job 36, 38
Topic: How a Christian should respond to suffering

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As you read Jill Briscoe's sermon, notice how she takes a classic story-story-story ...


God watches over, comforts, and delivers us in and through suffering.


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A New Name for Philadelphia

Text: Revelation 3:7–13
Topic: We have a new name, and we're going to live in a new city that cannot be shaken.

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Like Dave Stone of Southeast ...


God opens doors and provides what we need so we can live in his will and be known by his name.


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Finding God in Desperate Places

Introduction

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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The Prime Principle

Introduction

Abiding in Christ is simply staying near a friend who loves you. But what happens to a person who abides in Christ? If I really walk with ...


Abiding in Christ results in growth, cleanness, productivity, security, and power.


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Beyond Comfort

Introduction

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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Doubts in Belief

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I once participated in a very interesting conversation. A group of sixteen evangelical pastors, who believed the Bible and had good ministries, ...


Trusting Christ is not an issue of Christ's ability, but rather an issue of our faith.


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Facing Off Without Falling Apart

Introduction

In Acts 4 we witness an epic battle between a David-like underdog and a behemoth giant. In one corner you have two unschooled, unimpressive ...


Seven principles for proclaiming the gospel in hostile territory.


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

Introduction

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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What to Expect on Payday

Introduction

It takes 8½ hours for the winners to complete the Ironman world championship triathlon. One year, the networks featured a firefighter ...


Our faithfulness to God on Earth will increase our commendation, responsibility, and fellowship with him in heaven.


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Where's the "Gift Return" Receipt?

Introduction

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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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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The Blazing Fastball That Gives Us Confidence

Introduction

On July 15, 1986, Roger Clemens came to bat in his first Major League Baseball All-Star game. Roger was the sizzling right-handed pitcher ...


How to know God is at work in your life and congregation


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