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The Great Interruption
The Great Interruption

Introduction

Some of the most significant spiritual lessons are learned from the most unlikely people. Such is the case with the story of Simon of Cyrene. ...


Following Jesus in the great interruptions of life.


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The Glory of the Groan
The Glory of the Groan

Introduction

God started a revival with the preaching of Charles Haddon Spurgeon. The people came to hear the preacher in the church instead of the preacher ...


God can bring glory out of our groanings.


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God Pleasers

Introduction

Eddie Chapman was a British citizen in the early 1900s. He lived a life of low-level crime. During one of his stints in prison, he met two ...


You’ll know who you’re serving by whom you’re seeking to please.


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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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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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Loving Enough to Speak Truth

The story behind the sermon (from John Ortberg)

I preached this sermon right after I preached the sermon on giving God blessings to others. It was part ...


We grow in Christ only as we receive honest and loving feedback from others.


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Falling Madly in Love with God
Falling Madly in Love with God

We'll be looking at Ephesians 3:14-19 today. Paul says, "For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and ...


Let the Holy Spirit work a miracle in your heart—loving the God who loves you.


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Why the Biggest Loser Wins

Introduction

In Mark 10:17-27, we meet a man who is a lot like us. For one thing, he has clearly been through the part of the spiritual journey where a ...


The saddest thing in the world is someone who clings to this world's concept of wealth and, in so doing, misses the treasure of heaven.


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Spiritual Growth - My Job or God's?

Whose job is spiritual growth? Psychologists say one of the primary causes of conflict in households involves dispute over what's generally called division ...



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A Brand New You

Introduction

I've got hundreds of things around the house that I would like to see made new—sofa cushions that have begun to sag, kitchen cabinets ...


What happens when the old has gone


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Welcome to the Pearly-Gated Community

Introduction

In the first sermon in our series, I talked about the primary person we will get to see in heaven: Jesus, face to face. Now I want to talk ...


What Jesus requires to be a neighbor in heaven


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Faith in Tough Times

From the editor

I'm confident we all would agree that 2008 was a tough year: war, a tumbling stock market, natural disasters, the continued threat of terrorism, ...


Only faith in a worthy object can see us through hard times.


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Winter

Introduction

Confession: I've lived nearly 50 years and, for most of them, have never heeded the truth of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. For everything there is a ...


The wasteland of spiritual barrenness


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A Bleeding Hearts Club?

Introduction

Suppose someone were to describe you as "a bleeding heart?" How would you feel about that? That expression is often attached to ...


Mercy required a tender heart.


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The House of Love
The House of Love

Introduction

This message concludes our series on the four best places to live. We've looked at the House of Worship, the House of Prayer, and the House ...


The one power that can conquer hatred, cast out fear, overcome evil, and endure through time is love.


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The Shadow of Jesus
The Shadow of Jesus

Introduction

Well over a hundred years ago, Robert Robinson wrote a hymn that resonates with many of us. One line reads like this: "Prone to wander, ...


There is no one who cannot return to God, because he can do everything we cannot.


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Prepare for God's Visitation
Prepare for God's Visitation

Introduction

I have a friend named John who is a medical doctor. He was once making a commercial flight across the Atlantic Ocean, when a teenage boy who ...


God's visitation demands a response.


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Expect God's Visitation

Introduction

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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The Prime Principle

Introduction

Abiding in Christ is simply staying near a friend who loves you. But what happens to a person who abides in Christ? If I really walk with ...


Abiding in Christ results in growth, cleanness, productivity, security, and power.


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Cravings and Conflicts

Text: James 4:1–2
Topic: Identifying and addressing the source of conflict

Introduction

There is a relational conflict in your immediate future. You ...


The source of all conflict is internal craving, but we can experience reconciliation by humbling ourselves before God and others.


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Life on Wings

Introduction

The biblical image of the kind of life Christians are called to live is, "The way of an eagle in the air." I have lots of experience with ...


To live in victory, we must be reborn in Christ and yielded to the Holy Spirit.


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How to Live Beyond Yourself

Introduction

I don't know if you are like me, but I imagine you are. I imagine there are times in which you feel boxed in by life; not only by what others ...


We can experience fullness of life by acknowledging our weakness, putting our past behind us, striving toward a worthy goal, and going for broke.


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The Christian Subculture: Righteous or Rubbish?

Introduction

As believers, we sometimes feel pressured to act in certain ways, fit in with certain norms, or participate in certain activities. The pressure ...


When we try to live up to others' standards of righteousness, we miss the life Christ intended.


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A Win-Win Situation

Introduction

Every so often we find ourselves in a win-win situation. No matter which way it goes, we come out ahead.

For example, at school we decide to ...


Gaining a biblical perspective on life and death


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You Don't Have to Be Good to Come to Christ

Introduction

The description of the early church that is found in the opening chapters of the Book of Acts almost sounds like paradise revisited. Two events ...


The tiniest crack in the door into honest acknowledgement of our sinfulness is the real beginning of growth toward grace.


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Come Die with Me

Introduction

Matthew's gospel says that, toward the end of his three years of public ministry, "Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go ...


When Jesus really scares me


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The Process of Transformation

Text: 1 John 3:1–10
Topic: How to attain holiness

Introduction

Imagine that you've been asked to write a book on marriage. Your publisher says, "We ...


Christians defeat sin by abiding in Christ.


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We Need a Downpour

Text: Hosea 6:1
Topic: Why we need revival

Where would we be without the Lord? Where would we be individually; where would we be in our family? Where would ...


Christians view life not as a process, but as a series of crises where we continually return to God and his plan for our life.


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Knowing Jesus

Today we're beginning a new series on the book of 2 Peter called Transformed by Truth. I began the series on 1 Peter with the comment that not many ...


Knowing Jesus is the key to experiencing God's blessings, victorious living, and personal transformation.


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Putting God's Promises To Work

Peter used a phrase that many of us have heard before. In the King James it is written:

(v. 4) Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious ...


We can become godly if we make it a priority, measure our progress, and maintain our perspective.


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A House on Hope Street

For many years John Cox and his wife, Wendy, did their best to provide a home for themselves and their three daughters. He was an itinerant youth minister, ...


How justification clears the way for a new life built on hope.


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Anakin's Choice

The TV makeover craze began a few years ago with a couple of shows that promised to transform ordinary looking people into beauty queens and chick-magnets. ...


God's work of sanctification is a process of daily decisions.


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Setting Sail

You know, I really don't understand myself sometimes. I want to do what's right, but I don't do it. Instead, I do the very thing I hate. I know perfectly ...


Catching the Holy Spirit's wind of transformation.


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The Great Reveal

It's the most dramatic moment in any makeover show. It's the reason the participants endure 3 months of surgery, workouts, coaching, and separation from ...


Glorification, our completed makeover, will be amazing.


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A Spirit-Filled Church

Introduction:

The text before us is one of the most fascinating passages in the New Testament, because it interweaves the mystery of Christ and his body—his ...


As the body of Christ, we are intimately related to Jesus Christ and one another.


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A Spirit-Filled Marriage

Introduction:

John Maxwell gave his congregation an article entitled "The Ideal Wife." Under the subtitle "What Every Man Expects," it said: "Always beautiful ...


Both women and men have a spiritual role to play in marriage: women, to submit; men, to love.


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Plan BE

Last week we examined the seemingly impossible command to "imitate God"—and we saw that we imitate God by walking in love: showing forgiveness, ...


There is unbreakable connection between being and doing.


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How to Keep It Going

This morning one of the daily news telecasts mentioned the New York marathon. I thought of the Boston Marathon and a woman by the name of Ruiz. You might ...


We must persevere through the emotional lows of faith.


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Spiritual Growth—My Job or God's?

Whose job is spiritual growth? Psychologists say one of the primary causes of conflict in households involves dispute over what's generally called division ...


Sanctification involves a mysterious partnership with God.


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The Rocky Soil
The Rocky Soil

Luke 8:4—15 contains one of the most remarkable, unforgettable, and important parables our Lord ever taught: the parable of the soils.

The good news ...


The superficial believer appears genuine but withers in difficulty.


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The Goat Has Left the Building

Leviticus 16 deals with the Day of Atonement. In the Jewish feast calendar there are seven major feasts—four in the spring, three in the fall. The ...


We can live in forgiveness and freedom, because Jesus took away our sin.


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