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Justice and Judgment

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The closing ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics featured a children's choir singing John Lennon's Imagine while a giant replica ...


God's judgment is a good thing that will bring healing to the planet—and us.


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Crime, Punishment, and Vindication

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A few years ago I got an unexpected phone call from an old college friend. She had given up a promising medical career to get married, put ...


God will set all things right, punishing and showing mercy through his divine justice.


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The Warrior Rises

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Do you ever watch wrestling? If you do, are you afraid to admit that you watch it? I recently read that you probably watch too much wrestling ...


Jesus died in our place, satisfied God's justice, and rose from the dead to give us life.


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The Warrior Returns

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There is a distinctive facial expression that is common to all countries and cultures. There is something that can happen to any human being ...


One day Christ will return to forever defeat Satan, sin, and death.


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God Will Bring Justice for You

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When the Scripture was read, you may have thought, This is a strange message for a weekend when we are welcoming large numbers of first-time ...


Resting in the hard truth of God's justice softens our hearts towards God and others.


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The Price of Pride

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You've probably heard the expression, "Into every life, a little rain must fall." I was reading an article about a movie star who was having ...


Understanding the consequence of our sin and the mercy of God


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Judgment at Ai

Today we're going to look at the Book of Joshua, chapter 8, beginning in verse 18. We recall that Israel has once before been defeated by the little town ...


There's good news within even God's harshest acts of judgment.


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The Writing on the Wall

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William Willimon tackles the difficult subject of God's temporal judgment in a direct yet conversational way. He begins by mentioning Rabbi ...


God's temporal judgment is more common than we are willing to believe.


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How Do We Handle Dangerous People?
How Do We Handle Dangerous People?

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When people gather for worship on a Saturday night or Sunday morning, they bring with them their questions. The questions vary, but it's ...


Jesus creates the way so that when God destroys evil he doesn't have to destroy you.


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Annihilate the Amalekites

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One of the chief hang-ups people have with God is the wrath he pours out in the Old Testament. How can a loving God call for the slaying ...


The wrath God exhibits in the Old Testament is true to his merciful and just character.


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John the Baptist's Story

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Very early in his sermon, Kevin Miller says, "I have the hard job of telling you a hard truth." Indeed he does. The hard truth is that ...


God is a God who sorts things out, and not every life pleases him.


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It's About the People
It's About the People

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Recently our church softball thoroughly trounced our opponents. The game ended with what's called the mercy rule: when one team is ahead ...


True worship results in justice.


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Why Would a Good God Send People to Hell?
Why Would a Good God Send People to Hell?

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I thought long and hard about a clever, lighthearted way to introduce this morning's message. I thought about praying for a really hot day ...


Hell is necessary in God's economy, but he has given us hope in Jesus.


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Expect God's Visitation

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In Charles Dickens' novel A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge lies down on Christmas Eve hoping to enjoy a good night's rest. In the course ...


God visits to test, punish, and bless his children.


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You Can't Fool the Lord

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One of the ministers at this church the television show 24 because of the things that Jack Bauer never has to do: eat, charge his cell phone, ...


God judges the sin of deceit.


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The Grieving Heart of God

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On the first day teaching his class for 250 college freshmen, R. C. Sproul carefully explained the assignment of three term papers. Each paper ...


Divine judgment is sprinkled with the tears of divine pain.


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Cain-R-Us

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I was reading an article in the New York Times about the abundance of new wealth in Khartoum, Sudan. The article featured pictures of well-dressed, ...


We're bad, too, but not beyond the loving reach of God.


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Why Is There So Much Suffering and Evil in the World?

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Here are two photos, both showing scenes from two earthquakes of similar magnitude that happened within just days of each other just last ...


Three answers to the problem of evil


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Light at the End of the Tunnel

What does death tell us about life? In recent decades the door of death has sometimes seemed to have been turned into a revolving door. Through advances ...


Near-death experiences affirm the Scriptures' teaching that we need to receive Christ before we die.


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Playing with Fire

When we talk about hell, we can go to two extremes. One is that we can get into lurid descriptions of the flames of hell and the torments of the doomed ...


The Bible makes it clear that hell is our certain destiny unless we accept Jesus Christ.


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