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The Crook in the Lot

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One of the first people that I hope to meet in heaven is the Scottish theologian Thomas Boston, who was the subject of my doctoral research ...


Trusting in the sovereign will of God


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The Good Life

Introduction

People may not sing it much anymore, but the following Herb Magidson song was popular in its day:

You're gonna take that ocean trip, no matter, ...

Rightly relishing the pleasures of God


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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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Satan Strikes Out

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In the second half of Mark's sermon, he shares that C. S. Lewis once wrote that we often fall prey to two equal yet opposite errors concerning ...


We mustn't fear Satan; we must overcome him.


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The Uncomfortable Truth of Easter
The Uncomfortable Truth of Easter

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At the 2008 National Pastors Conference in San Diego, Preaching Today got to interview N. T. Wright about his book Surprised by Hope and ...


As Easter people, it is our duty to make Christ's kingdom and justice known in his world.


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A Christian's Happiness
A Christian's Happiness

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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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Heaven, Our Real Home

Why don't we talk much about heaven? Maybe it's because all the biblical imagery sounds a bit off—streets of gold, gates of pearl, rainbow thrones, ...



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Yet Will I Praise Thee

Introduction

Have you ever asked God questions and felt you haven't received a good answer? I heard about a little boy once who said to his father, "How ...



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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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It's All in Your Head

Story behind the sermon (from Mark Buchanan)

When I first came to New Life Church, I established the practice that every January I would preach a month-long ...


Just as we have a kingdom responsibility to manage the material things that God gives us, so we have a kingdom responsibility to manage the immaterial things he gives.


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The Eyes of a Doctor

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Here's a sermon from Donald Sunukjian on what we ought to do when we encounter someone who has yet to know God. We've mentioned before ...


We must have the eyes of a doctor, not the eyes of a judge.


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Same Old, Same Old

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After 15 years at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Philip Ryken accepted the call to become the next president ...


There is nothing new on this earth; but when we look above, God gives us new life each day.


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Death Is Life

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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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Coming to Grips with the Authority of Christ
Coming to Grips with the Authority of Christ

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Donald Sunukjian is a master at making a text come alive for a congregation, carefully and memorably pointing out all the details that ...


We must come to grips with the authority of Christ and live accordingly.


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The Christmas Plunge

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Who doesn't love reflecting on the amazing story of Mary, a teenage girl swept up in something so unexpected, so epic? The Incarnation ...


God's willingness to step into our mess comforts us—and calls us to a new standard of living.


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Worship and Love

Text: Malachi 1:1-5
Topic: The first steps toward restoring right worship

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The Story Behind the Sermon (from Steve Mathewson)


The first step in restoring our worship is restoring our confidence in God's love.


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Let's Get This Straight

Introduction

The first thing I noticed about our story today was the stories on either side of it. When we last saw Jacob, he finally had been reconciled ...


Experiencing God in the midst of great suffering


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The Blessed Limp

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A blessing is a mysterious thing. In her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Gilead, Marilynne Robinson's narrator is an elderly pastor named John ...


Learning to accept the blessings of God


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Your Arm's Too Short to Box with God

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Jacob was facing the biggest crisis of his life. Esau, the twin brother he had conned out of both birthright and blessing, was coming his ...


A look at life's hardest—but most important—battle


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Journey Mercies

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Unless you go to the theater regularly, you may not be used to thinking of stories in terms of acts. But most of the stories you read, or ...


Seeking God's mercy through prayer in the midst of crisis


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Good Riddance

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"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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The Stew Is Divine

Introduction

Jacob, at 130 years of age, stood before Pharaoh, the great ruler of Egypt. Jacob was the grandson of Abraham and the son of Isaac. He was ...


Having the faith and foresight to treasure the life God blesses


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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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Desperate for God

Introductory remarks from John Ortberg:

I remember reading that when baseball great Ty Cobb was in a slump, he would battle it by resorting to bunting. ...


Once you hit bottom, you'll find that God is there, doing something great.


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Do You Like Where You Live?

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Here's a sermon from the old Preaching Today Audio archives that we've never put on our site until today. What is striking is how relevant ...


You are made for more than this world.


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God Is Big Enough to Comfort My Suffering


There is purpose in our pain.


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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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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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The Unseen Footprints

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Timothy George packs a lot into this sermon. Besides showing us an effective way to preach an individual psalm—paying careful attention ...


Even in the depths where questions loom large, remember that God is at work.


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Your Whole Life Matters to God
Your Whole Life Matters to God

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I once read an article in the New York Times entitled "How the Worm Turns." The article focused on a group of scientists who spend ...


All of life is an act of worship and an opportunity to serve and please God.


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Remember Who You Are

Introduction

The Woodley family has a number of family picture albums. Each picture album contains an assortment of photos of people that matter to our ...


We must remember who we are and that we belong together.


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The Miracle of Christmas

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In Luke 11:33–35, Jesus says, "Your eye is a lamp, lighting up your whole body. If you live in wide-eyed wonder and belief, your body ...


God wants us to celebrate the mystery of Jesus' birth.


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Secrets of Financial Contentment

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When I was a kid, my dad told me two stories all the time.

In the first one, a couple goes to Harvard University and asks to see the president, ...


Contentment is a daily decision about how you address your financial anxieties.


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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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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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Sense Out of Nonsense

Text: Luke 24:1–11
Topic: How to make sense of chaos and suffering

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Ancient sailors puzzled over why some of their colleagues who sailed ...


We find peace by trusting that God creates order in the midst of chaos.


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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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