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Skipping Christmas
Skipping Christmas

Introduction

“Always winter, but never Christmas.” That memorable line comes to us from C. S. Lewis’ beloved children’s classic ...


We may skip Christmas but we dare not skip Christ.


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God's Solution for Our Temptation
God's Solution for Our Temptation

Introduction

You probably heard about the now famous Stanford Marshmallow Test (1972). Walter Mischel put 32 young children in the study. He reported over ...


The Father wants to give you what you need, not what you deserve.


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How to Live When You Learn You Aren’t a Super-Hero
How to Live When You Learn You Aren’t a Super-Hero

Introduction

I’ve been a pastor for over 27 years, but during that time I’ve always worked as a low-level, volunteer superhero. This is true. ...


In the midst of life’s woundability, what is your foundation?


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I Am King, You Say
I Am King, You Say

Introduction

Do you remember what happened this week? This week, as he rode into Jerusalem, they put their cloaks before him and took branches from date ...


The ones guilty of Christ death aren’t those in the passage, but those reading it.


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Miraculous Births: Samson
Miraculous Births: Samson

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

Introduction

We are officially in the Christmas season. ...


Through the promise of the birth of Samson, we are given a foretaste of the salvation that will come through Christ.


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Miraculous Births: The Church
Miraculous Births: The Church

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

Introduction

Getting Things Done, Deep Work, First ...


We ought to rejoice that God has given the church, the anticipated new birth through Christ.


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God Wins
God Wins

Introduction

(Read John 20:19-29)

On election night in 1976, I sat in a little dark storage closet at the back of a campaign headquarters in Yonkers, New ...


Because of the hope of the resurrection, we do not have to live without hope.


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The Gift of the Son: Everlasting Father
The Gift of the Son: Everlasting Father

This sermon is part of “The Gift of the Son” sermon series. See the whole series here.

Introduction

We're looking at Isaiah 9—at names ...


How can we know God as Father? Through his Son.


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The Man the King Delights to Honor
The Man the King Delights to Honor

Introduction

[Read Esther 3:1-6 and 6:1-10]

Esther is a Jewish woman who becomes queen of Persia, and as we have seen and will continue to see, she uses ...


All pride is deadly—but there is a cure.


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Don't Forget to Remember
Don't Forget to Remember

Introduction

If we have no memory, we are adrift—because memory anchors us to the past, interprets the present, and charts a course for the future. ...


Without memory, we are lost souls.


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The Promise
The Promise

Introduction

I first got to know my friend Muhammed in the summer of 2001. I'd stop at the Mobil station near our house on Sunday mornings to get a cup ...


God requires a sacrifice that will be the death of us—but he has provided the life that saves us.


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The Test
The Test

Introduction

Elie Wiesel, the great Jewish writer known best for his writing about the Holocaust, wrote many other things as well, including Messengers ...


God's tests of faith are not trials by ordeal but the refining of gold.


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Easter Hope
Easter Hope

Introduction

This is part of my story with my dad.

September 18 of this past year was profoundly memorable for me. My dad, who was almost 84, passed away. ...


The reality of Easter is something worth celebrating.


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Surprise Ending
Surprise Ending

Introduction

We like our Bible stories to end with a bang: Israel escaping from Egypt through the watery walls of the Red Sea, the walls of Jericho tumbling ...


Rejoice in the many personal endings to the Gospel of Mark's ending.


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A Hunger for Glory
A Hunger for Glory

Introduction

Something happened in the fall of 1976 that sent shockwaves through the senior class of Edina-East High School in Edina, Minnesota. During ...


Got glory-hunger? Meet Jesus at the Cross


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Our Felt Need, Our Deepest Need
Our Felt Need, Our Deepest Need

Introduction

I promise I will not fall into that well-worn tradition of preaching on those well-intentioned, moralistic oaths, doomed to fail, that we ...


Following the Messiah means finding a new perspective on our greatest needs.


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The Gift of the Son: Mighty God
The Gift of the Son: Mighty God

This sermon is part of “The Gift of the Son” sermon series. See the whole series here.

Introduction

For this Advent sermon series leading up ...


Relying on Jesus as the mighty God who saves us.


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The Gift of the Son: Wonderful Counselor
The Gift of the Son: Wonderful Counselor

This sermon is part of “The Gift of the Son” sermon series. See the whole series here.

Introduction

The first Sunday of Advent marks the beginning ...


Finding encouragement in what God has already done for us.


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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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Becoming a 'Thanksgiver' at Thanksgiving
Becoming a 'Thanksgiver' at Thanksgiving

Introduction

"Don't forget to say 'thank you.'" If you are like me, then you probably heard this phrase often when you were a child. If you are a parent, ...


How can we turn our 'grateful' into 'thankful'?


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The King Liked to Listen
The King Liked to Listen

Introduction

The king liked to listen to him. So did most people.

"Repent. Stop what you're doing. You know it's wrong, so stop it. Make a ...


Hearing the call to repentance and acting on it.


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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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The Love Expression
The Love Expression

Introduction

(Read 1 Thessalonians 3:1-5)

God is the source of love, Jesus is the proof of love, and believers must be the agents of love in this world.


In this world, believers must be the agents of love.


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The Love Connection
The Love Connection

Introduction

Dick Purnell, in his 2003 publication Finding a Lasting Love, makes the following statement: "We all need to love and accept the love of other ...


God's love keeps people together—even when distance, time, and the Enemy try to tear them apart.


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Running to the Lost
Running to the Lost

Introduction

Should God have any enemies?

The popular answer these days is basically this: "No, God shouldn't have any enemies … if there is a God, ...


Often, we're like Jonah—but we belong to Jesus.


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God Is in Pursuit
God Is in Pursuit

Introduction

What happens when what God wants is different than what you want?

That's one way to summarize what's so difficult about this life, ...


We may be running away from God, but God is still running after us.


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Mourning to Joy
Mourning to Joy

Introduction

Haman hated the Jews, and he was in a position to do something about it. Around 480 B.C., Haman was the second-most powerful man in the vast ...


God's saving power gives us a reason to celebrate.


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Born Again?
Born Again?

Introduction

One of the most familiar stories of Jesus, found at the opening of John 3, begins this way: "Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus ...


We become new creations through Christ.


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The Blessing, the Curse, the Calling
The Blessing, the Curse, the Calling

Introduction

How many hours in a day? 24. Let's break a 24-hour day down. First off, the average human sleeps how many hours a night? Not counting ...


God wants all of your life to matter.


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God is the Center of Reality

Introduction

Back in the 1960s the mayor of the city of Chicago was Richard Daley. He was famous for a number of things, most notably for being the last ...


God is great, he's at the center of reality, so focus your life on him.


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The Death of Death
The Death of Death

Introduction

There are moments in time when all of a sudden something happens and everything changes. There are so many examples of this that it's almost ...


The Resurrection is real and changes everything.


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The Resurrection Matters—Really Matters!
The Resurrection Matters—Really Matters!

Introduction

Like many of you, this Easter, I celebrate a radical truth—that Jesus died and rose to pay the price for our failures and affirm he ...


The resurrection matters to how we live.


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The World's Greatest Talk: Choices
The World's Greatest Talk: Choices

Introductory Remarks from John Ortberg

This message was designed to do one thing: challenge people to decide to follow Jesus wholeheartedly.

Part of ...


We all have to decide whether we will be merely an admirer of Christ or a devoted follower of Christ.


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True Relationships

Introduction

As we wrap up our series on 1 and 2 Thessalonians, we are going to continue our focus on Christ's second coming.

I am a member at Sam's Club ...


How does Christ's return impact our relationships today?


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Authentic Faith

Introduction

In this series, we're going to be looking at 1 and 2 Thessalonians. These letters will emphasize two perspectives: They put a laser focus ...


Authentic Christians are transformed by the Holy Spirit.


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Party of Three
Party of Three

Introduction

Oprah recently interviewed Diane Nyad, the 64yr old who completed a 53 hour solo swim from Cuba to Florida. In the interview Nyad said that ...


Our vision of God as Trinity determines how we see everything else.


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Humanity's Mission Statement

Introduction

If you have your Bible I'm going to read Genesis1:26-31. I want to read the events of the sixth day of creation as it is recorded for us here. ...


Humanity's nature and relationships are intended to be a visible expression of God.


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Treasury Notes in Heaven

Introduction

Our son-in-law, Keith, works on the trading floor of the commodities market exchange in Chicago. I've been there to watch him. You stand in ...


To make investments that will last forever, value what God values.


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What's the Big Deal with "John 3:16"?

The story behind the sermon (Craig Brian Larson)

The background of my approach to this sermon: As I began work on this sermon, I realized that it has been ...


John 3:16 is the best known Bible reference in the Western world. What's the big deal?


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The Parable of the Good Samaritan

Introduction

I haven't field tested the theory, but I suspect that this is the best known parable of Jesus. Whether in Christian circles or non-Christian ...


Are you seeking self-justification or God's justification?


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A God Who Redeems

Introduction

Today, we're not only talking about a God who is with us, but also a God who redeems us. I want to talk to those who feel helpless and hopeless ...


God promises, we mess it up, Jesus redeems.


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Lost and Found

Introduction

Some of you may have heard of Anthony Bourdain. He has a reality show on The Travel Channel called "No Reservations." He's a chef who travels ...


Jesus' encounter with Zacchaeus is a fulfillment of his mission.


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Deep Truth

Liz is friends with people of many religious backgrounds, and she's just starting to realize that what she claims to believe about Jesus necessarily has ...


Jesus came to rescue and redeem his creation.


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The Song of a Broom

Sunday school pictures of a ruddy faced lad in a lions' den have scant resemblance to the actual situation described in this sixth and last chapter of ...


God's call through Daniel to trust and live


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The Larger Story of Christmas
The Larger Story of Christmas

Introduction

It's just after ten o'clock on Christmas Eve, which means there are a handful of questions floating around this room: Did I remember ...


The story of Christmas sweeps us into God's larger story to rescue his people.


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Encounter on Golgotha Road
Encounter on Golgotha Road

From the editor:

We recently posted an Easter message by John Ortberg, because the themes like atonement, the Cross, resurrection, etc. are never out of ...


God is always at work, leading us to times and places where we might meet him.


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Doubters Anyonymous

Introduction

"He is risen": it's the heartbeat of the message of the Christian church. These three English words are translated from one Greek word, egeirō, ...



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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 Uncomfortable Truth of Easter
The Uncomfortable Truth of Easter

From the editor:

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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The Testimony of a Tax Collector

I want to begin reading at verse 1: "Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, who was a chief tax collector, ...



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