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Our Journey with God
Our Journey with God

Introduction

“Life’s a journey, not a destination,” Steven Tyler sang in the rock band Aerosmith’s 1993 song, “Amazing.” ...


Our journey begins with the LORD in our distress, trusting his truth over falsehoods, and living for peace in the midst of conflict.


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The Prayer Test
The Prayer Test

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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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The Plans of a Fool
The Plans of a Fool

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My wedding ring is inscribed with one of my favourite verses in the Bible: Jeremiah 29:11, maybe you may know what it says already. It talks ...


God guarantees to give us all the power we need to fulfil his purposes.


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Anguish in the Garden

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We have left the upper room where Jesus has identified the one who will betray him as he reclines at a table to celebrate Passover and institute ...


We ought to submit and surrender as Christ submitted and surrendered to his Father.


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Cursing the Tree and Curing the Temple
Cursing the Tree and Curing the Temple

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When the emergency room staff at a Rhode Island hospital viewed the scans of this 86-year-old man, they discovered a blood clot, a hematoma, ...


Jesus demonstrates through two action parables that he came to restore us to right relationship with God and with each other.


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Paying Attention to God
Paying Attention to God

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The Christian life is about a muscle. Simon Vay said that the only way we can love people is if we know how to pay attention. The most generous ...


God’s invitation for us is to hear his voice, trust him in the valley, see his beauty, and receive his love.


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Receiving Power
Receiving Power

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

Introduction

We’re in the fourth week of our ...


The Holy Spirit gives us the power to become more Christlike.


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Miraculous Births: Samuel
Miraculous Births: Samuel

This sermon is part of the “Miraculous Births” sermon series. See the whole series here.

Introduction

On December 1, 1863, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ...


Sometimes it is in the midst of our troubles, when all hope seems gone, that God carries out his purposes.


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A Feast Without End
A Feast Without End

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This morning as we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving this Thursday, I wanted to talk about the importance of contentment. And who better to ...


The essence, importance, and experience of contentment are rooted in relying on God.


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Hope Through the Night
Hope Through the Night

Introduction

Let's consider the Psalm where our God tells us that lament is appropriate but never the final word—never the final word—as we ...


We can name our pain and pray in our pain before God.


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Filled with All the Fullness of God
Filled with All the Fullness of God

Introduction

(Read Ephesians 3:14-21)

We are often impressed and inspired to greater heights of living as we observe the world around us. Many times, we ...


Prayer is essential if we are to experience the fullness of God.


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Hope in God
Hope in God

Introduction

The beautiful thing about the Psalms is that they are so applicable to our own lives, and they also give us guidance as we minister to others. ...


Let your cry of anguish be heard—and then remember.


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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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What Do We Want in Prayer?
What Do We Want in Prayer?

Introduction

In the event of a fire in your home, the last thing you want to do is run around in the burning house (as is often seen on TV). The temperature ...


Prayer is a gift—and it brings us back to reality.


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Why Pray?
Why Pray?

Introduction

Even though we know we should pray constantly, many—if not most—of us would confess we don't pray as often as we should. But I ...


What if the purpose of prayer is knowing God—not getting answers?


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National Reflections
National Reflections

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This past week, our elders met to pray and talk about our church and the level of churning in our nation these days around issues of political ...


How to think biblically in times of political chaos.


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Anger Mis-Management
Anger Mis-Management

Introduction

If pride is the most subtle of the seven deadly sins, anger is the most obvious. For one thing, it's visible. The other sins are internal—lust, ...


What you do with your anger will either be helpful or hurtful.


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The Love Reaction
The Love Reaction

Introduction

(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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Faith in the Storm
Faith in the Storm

Introduction

We are in Mark's gospel, at the end of Mark 4, and let me remind us all of the context. Mark is writing to a group of believers who are ...


What do we do when the rain and the wind start to hit us—when it seems like Jesus is sleeping?


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The Freeing Power of Silent Prayer
The Freeing Power of Silent Prayer

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A young man goes through a very painful breakup with his girlfriend. He genuinely wants to honor God and live a life of integrity, but he ...


Being still before God makes us whole and sets us free.


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Pray for God's Help
Pray for God's Help

Introduction

Let me describe a relationship, and you see what you think. It's a relationship with no expectations, so there's no shame, and there's no ...


Communication, desire, and expectation are part of our relationship with God.


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R-Rated: What Really Happened at Sodom and Gomorrah?
R-Rated: What Really Happened at Sodom and Gomorrah?

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What happened at Sodom and Gomorrah? Whether you have been to church one time or 1,000 times you have probably heard something about ...


God calls us to intercede for others.


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Yet . . .

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I'm sure there are times when you have wondered, "What will become of me?" Were you standing, bewildered, outside of your boss's office door? ...


We receive strength from God to climb above the dark powers of this world.


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Wrong Question?

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Corey Brooks is a pastor in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. It's a very tough place. While crime has been declining in most of ...


Sometimes we must wait to hear from God.


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What Kind of Heart Does God Desire?

Introduction

David is often described as "a man after God's own heart." That is how Samuel described him at the point that he was going to be anointed ...


In crisis moments we are challenged as people of God not simply to just survive, but to actually thrive.


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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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Who Am I After I Sin?

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Last week we started a series called "Wicked." We're attempting to wrestle with one of the defining realities of our life: we screw up. We ...


Stop hiding and blaming others when you sin; repent and be forgiven.


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Who Is God After I Sin?

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I once read a book called The Book of Failures. It was filled with all kinds of failures that people have made. For instance, the book introduces ...


Even when we sin repeatedly, God offers forgiveness and a new beginning.


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A Journey of Hope

Introduction

Today I'd like to look at Psalm 84. Someone once called the book of Psalms "the soul's medicine chest," and I think that's a good description. ...


Like a marathoner set your heart on one thing—finishing the good journey of enjoying God's presence.


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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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Mission Accomplished!
Mission Accomplished!

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When I was a kid, I was awestruck by the Apollo space missions. President Kennedy had set this audacious mission of landing a man on the moon ...


When Christ ascended to heaven he opened the door for us to experience his power anytime and anywhere.


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Finding God in the Dark

Introduction

Surely you know the Chronicles of Narnia movies, right? Well, those movies actually come from children's novels written by C. S. Lewis. The ...


By bringing our laments to God, we engage God and declare our trust in him.


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Praying Our Hate

The story behind the sermon (from Darrell Johnson)

This sermon was the second in a series for the summer on "Praying the Psalms in the City." I preached ...


As we pray our hurt and even our hate, Jesus can free us to love our enemies.


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Church: The Wisdom of God on Display

The last couple of weeks, we've been going through a series in the Books of Acts and looking at this very important question: What is the church? ...


The church exists for a supernatural purpose: to declare God's wisdom to the world's rulers and authorities.


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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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Prayer: A Journey of Desire

One of the toughest things in life is living with unfulfilled desire. To experience desire is a normal part of life. It's as natural as an infant ...


In God's sovereign plan, our unfulfilled desires drive us to pray and to grow in our faith.


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More
More

Introduction

As we continue in our series in the book of Exodus, today we are in chapter 33, and in chapter 33 we encounter Moses at prayer. And I think ...


In order to know God deeply, we must long for him more passionately.


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When God Doesn't Listen

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Introduction

I did something I thought I would never do in my life: I went to a NASCAR race. I know some of you are big ...


Prayer is a serious business that should not be taken lightly in connection with individual and communal sin.


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An Empowering Presence

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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 Muchness of God

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In this very moment, God is ready to pour out upon you—from the lavish abundance and overflow of his reserves—blessings that will ...



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The Breath of God

In The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C. S. Lewis introduces us to four children who find their way into a wondrous land through the back of a wardrobe ...



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How Does God Keep His Promises?

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Several years ago, my father passed away at 88 years of age. During his last adult years, my father lived with us in Texas. Before that he ...



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Songs of Our Tears

Illustration: A couple of weeks ago, I attended a worship conference. One of the classes focused on the different purposes and styles of worship. A music ...



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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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Tide Riding

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During the troubled years of the Second World War, the Italian forces were driven out of Eritrea in North Africa. In an effort to make the ...



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Hallelujah Chorus

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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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Knowing the God Who Knows You

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Have you ever asked yourself how many times you are photographed in a day? When you walk into the bank or return your cart to the corral in ...


A study of Psalm 139


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Why It's Hard to Worship

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A few years ago, songwriter Michael Card wrote a book and recorded an album focusing on the subject of lament. The project grew out of a series ...


Studying lament in Psalm 137


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Torn by Pain

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In 1997 Sara McLachlan wrote a song entitled "Dear God." It's a searing complaint against God—raw, brutally honest, and irreverent. ...


Humans need to lament their losses.


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