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Praise
Praise

Introduction

These Psalms of Ascent remind us that we are on a journey through our lives with God. These 15 psalms, from 120 through 134, were sung and ...


God, the One who made heaven and earth, truly blesses us.


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Majestic Beauty, Incomparable Glory
Majestic Beauty, Incomparable Glory

Introduction

Recently while riding on an airplane, I was doing some light reading. As usual, this book had endorsements on the back, and one caught my ...


Seeing God for who he truly is results in joyful worship and compelling commendation.


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Reasons to Be Thankful
Reasons to Be Thankful

Introduction

As a little boy I recall thumbing through an old church hymnal. I came across a piece that has become one of my favorite Thanksgiving songs. ...


The more we think about God and his provisions, the more reasons we have to be thankful.


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What Difference Does Christmas Make
What Difference Does Christmas Make

Introduction

Here we are, at the very beginning of the Christmas season. Oh, I know the malls and stores have been playing Christmas music and hanging ...


Many questions we ask about Christmas today were asked at the first Christmas, too.


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A Heart of Gratitude
A Heart of Gratitude

Introduction

Stone Mountain is a very large, naked hill of solid granite that is located about 15 miles northeast of Atlanta. If you've been there, you ...


Christians can bless the Lord by concentrating on all of the benefits we receive from him, and by giving him praise.


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The Lawful Pleasure of Praise
The Lawful Pleasure of Praise

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The key insight of this sermon is this: God will lavish his people with praise on the Last Day. Those who are in Christ can expect to find ...


It's not only okay to seek praise from God—it's absolutely necessary.


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Pointing Fingers
Pointing Fingers

Introduction

We live in an age of finger-pointing. Some of this finger-pointing is regrettable, I think. One expression of it is inspirational, I believe. ...


Is God a Republican or a Democrat?


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A Picture of Praise
A Picture of Praise

Introduction

Thanksgiving Day was near. The first grade teacher gave her class a fun assignment—to draw a picture of something for which they ...


God is worthy of our worship.


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A Psalm for Giving Thanks
A Psalm for Giving Thanks

Introduction

Psalm 100 reads:

A psalm for giving thanks. Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his ...

You have a duty to give thanks to God for who he is and what he has done for you.


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God Knows What He's Doing
God Knows What He's Doing

Introduction

There is a pattern in the New Testament Epistles of Paul. He begins by explaining doctrine and then exhorts us to duty, reminding us that ...


God is worthy to be praised because he knows what he's doing, even when we don't.


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As Good As It Gets

Introduction

In 1969, Malcolm Muggeridge, a British journalist, broadcaster, and the editor of Punch, a satirical magazine, went to Calcutta to make a ...


Let us use what God has given us to build something beautiful for him.


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Good Music

A few years ago I read a story in the Chicago Tribune with the headline, "City Tries to Pump Up Its Crews Down Under." There was a new guy in charge of ...


Worshiping together is vital for our souls and for the world.


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When the Bottom Falls Out

I remember the events that led to her tears. My wife, Kathy, had come home from a weekly grocery trip with more than groceries to be concerned about. ...


Daniel shows us a godly response in the face of great suffering.


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Faith in the Furnace

How do you win the World Series? A few decades ago, when the New York Mets were the underdog darlings of the National League, two young pitchers told ...


Daniel shows us how to truly trust God through great trial.


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It's Not About You

Introduction

Today we're going to look at Matthew 8:23-27:

And when he got to the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm ...

Jesus may allow or even send trials our way, but his beauty and power shine through our darkest storms.


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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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An Empowering Presence

Introduction

Some years ago I had a conversation with a guest after one of our services. It was her first or second time at our church, and she offered ...


Pursuing real worship


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The Whats and the Why of Worship

Introduction

What does God want? What would please him? Did you ever ask those questions about worship? If I only knew, I would do it. If I only knew what ...



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Worship: What We're Doing & Why

Introduction

If a visitor from another planet attended a service of Christian worship anywhere in the world, he wouldn't have to be especially perceptive ...



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Hallelujah Chorus

Introduction

I've heard before that if you want to get along with people, you ought to avoid discussing politics and religion. But a list of taboo topics ...


The picture of true worship in Psalm 150


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The ABC's of Praise
The ABC's of Praise

Introduction

This is a Psalm that begins with a commitment that on the surface seems rather simple: "I will exalt you, my God the King; I will ...


Learning God-honoring worship from Psalm 145


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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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The Messy Family of God

Introduction

"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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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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The House of Worship

Introduction

Where is the best place to live? Every year, the UN asks this question about countries, and every year they release their recommendations ...


By ascribing to God his attributes, we draw near to the place where he is.


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Dangerous Worship

Introduction

Have you considered that many of the things we do every day are inherently dangerous? Yet we hardly think about it. Every morning, I take ...


We must avoid dishonest worship, calculated worship, and thoughtless worship in order to truly present ourselves at Jesus' feet.


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Giving Thanks for God's Enduring Love

Introduction

I want you to imagine a special, highly festive event. Psalm 118 was written for such an occasion. It began with a blare of trumpets, the ...


God's 'chesed' love is active, ongoing, and the basis of our thanksgiving.


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A Christmas To-Do List

Introduction

Most of us have heard the Christmas story so many times that we think we know what it's all about, but the fact is we might have passed over ...


What's at the top of your list this season?


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Elements of Worship

Introduction:

One of the most interesting points of a pastor’s week is greeting people after Sunday morning worship. People say the most interesting things ...


The greatest acts of worship are acts of simple obedience to God each day of the week.


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Eternal Worship

Introduction:

I want to begin this message on worship in eternity by sharing with you a line from a hymn by William Cowper. One of the great hymns of our ...


In worship, we see things as they really are, not as they appear to be.


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Expressions of Worship Part 2

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As we continue our series on biblical worship that I’ve entitled, “A Summer of Praise,” I want to remind you that last week, I shared a message ...


Worship is not a passive experience; it demands our whole self.


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In Spirit and in Truth

Introduction

In her powerful little book Up With Worship – How to Quit Playing Church, Anne Ortlund writes:

"When I was little we used to play church. We’d ...


Lessons on worshiping God in spirit and in truth.


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Thanksgiving: The Truth About Thanksgiving

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The first Thanksgiving dinner I ever ate outside of the United States was in Belgium. The people of Belgium are as thankful as any other ...


All good gifts come from God.


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The Source of Celebration

Introduction

We love celebrations, don’t we? Celebrations are an important part of our lives. For example, we celebrate our birthdays, anniversaries, and ...


We celebrate in worship because of what God has done, what he is doing, and what he will do.


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The Coming of the King
The Coming of the King

Sermon One

Introduction

Jesus and his disciples were on the Jericho road. They had already climbed most of the treacherous pathway that twisted and turned ...


What Christ's triumphal entry means to you


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Enter the King of Glory
Enter the King of Glory

Introduction

First they heard the noise of the crowd, the cheering and shouting. As they drew closer they could hear what everyone was saying: "The ...


What Christ being King really means


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My Redeemer Lives

Sermon Three

Introduction

At Westminster Abbey in London there is an impressive monument to G. F. Handel, sculpted by the Frenchman Louis-Francois Roubiliac. ...


The promises of Christ's Resurrection


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At the Last Trumpet

Sermon Four

Introduction

Nearly everyone believes in the crucifixion of the body. Even historians who deny the deity of Jesus Christ nevertheless accept ...


What Christ's last week on Earth means for you


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Getting Your Day Off To a Great Start

About 20 years ago I heard a teacher say, "The experts say how you spend the first hour of your day plays a major role in determining how the rest of ...


If you want to get your day started right, get in God's presence as quickly as possible.


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Humble and Proud of It

Introduction

Bob Hope tells this story: "I got a call from a fellow who said I'd been named Man of the Year by his organization because I was an ...


Humility does not cause us to think less of ourselves; it allows us to think of ourselves less.


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When You Feel Like Dancing

Introduction:

One day an expert in time management spoke to a group of business students. He said, "Okay, time for a quiz." Then he pulled out a one-gallon, ...


Genuine praise is something God takes seriously.


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Singing in the Rain

The psalmist is singing again. It's not exactly like singing in the rain, but it's kind of like singing in the rain, because he's in trouble ...


Because we are special to God we can rejoice, even in difficulty.


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Worship: What We're Doing & Why

If a visitor from another planet attended a service of Christian worship anywhere in the world, he wouldn't have to be especially perceptive to discover ...


We must worship God in Spirit and in truth.


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The Praise of an Old Man

Shortly after David came to power, he brought the ark to Zion. The ark was a box about the size of a piano bench, and in it were some famous artifacts. ...


In the midst of all sorts of troubles, David still found comfort and rest in God.


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How to Behave in a Worship Service

When I was a boy, I grew up in a war zone. I lived halfway between Chicago and St. Louis, in the heart of baseball country. I remember many playground ...


In this Psalm, we learn not only how to worship God enthusiastically, but why we should do so


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Thanksgiving and Faith

In a yard near us, a sign recently appeared with these words on it: MOM ON STRIKE. Michelle had "moved" into her children's tree house and vowed she wasn't ...


Everything right about us, the Lord did.


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