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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

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 Muchness of God

Introduction

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

Introduction

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

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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Knowing the God Who Knows You

Introduction

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

Introduction

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

Introduction

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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Guide

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The story behind the sermon (from John Ortberg)

I have grown to love the theme of God's guidance. This is a chance to ...


We need to learn to recognize and follow God's guidance.


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Journey Mercies

Introduction

Unless you go to the theater regularly, you may not be used to thinking of stories in terms of acts. But most of the stories you read, or ...


Seeking God's mercy through prayer in the midst of crisis


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The Abundant Life Commitment
The Abundant Life Commitment

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The debate over embryonic stem cell research rages on and on. It was a center-stage issue in the last presidential election, and probably ...


We need to be informed about the embryonic stem cell debate to be effective advocates for this tiniest form of human life.


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I Pray the Lord My Soul to Keep

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Here's another great sermon from one of our featured preachers, Bryan Wilkerson—an in-depth look at the last few lines of the Lord's ...


Whatever may come, we must ask God to lead us in a way that honors him, blesses others, and advances his good purpose for our lives.


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The Really Good Shepherd

Introduction

According to the United States Social Security Administration, Jacob was the number one male baby name for the year 2007. In the Bible the ...


Recognizing God as the architect of blessing


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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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A Fine Mess

Introduction

What a great promise from God: "I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go." We talked about this great promise in the last sermon—a ...


Exploring the implications of God's presence


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The Voice from the Top of the Stairs

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There's a story oft-told on the Internet—true or not, I don't know—about Susan, a 34-year-old woman who lost her sight due to ...


Trusting in the God who is near


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Odd Man Out

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Some wedding requests pose a dilemma for pastors. Most of us will not officiate at a wedding between a believer and an unbeliever, believing ...


Recognizing the immense value of God's blessing


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The Strange Blessing of God

Introduction

Do you live a blessed life? I did a Google search on the phrase, "I live a blessed life." I stumbled upon one guy who wrote, "I live a blessed ...


Making sure you don't manhandle the blessing of God


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Rebuilding the Walls

Introduction

In the countryside near Leicester, England, there stands an ancient church whose walls are inscribed with an eloquent memorial. The inscription ...


The Israelites' recovery from calamity serves as an example of what we can do today.


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Summer

Introduction

I grew up in a small mining town in northern Canada, a place memorable for its hard, cruel winters. But on the first day of summer in 1975, ...


A foretaste of heaven


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Asleep at the Wheel

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Chances are, you've probably preached the story of Jesus calming the storm. The account is recorded in three of the four Gospels (Matthew, ...


When the storms of life come and God seems silent, our doubts come to light and we must decide who we believe Jesus is.


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Wait for the Morning

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Right after the Virginia Tech University massacre, the worship leader at a community worship service turned to this text. On behalf of those ...


Sometimes we have to wait for God to lift us out of the depths.


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Remember God in the Moment
Remember God in the Moment

Introduction

"Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near when you will say, 'I have ...


Live in continual communication with God and with a constant awareness that he created you.


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Praying the Savior's Way

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The Lord's Prayer is one of the more popular passages in all of the New Testament—believers and non-believers alike have even taken ...


Jesus is training our hearts to turn us to the bread that really satisfies.


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The House of Prayer

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"My temple should be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves." That stands as one of the harshest indictments ever uttered ...


When we pray believing and pray forgiving, we give our hearts to God and his kingdom.


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Finding God in Desperate Places

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I'd like to write a book someday called Desperate Places: How God Shines Through Our Weakness. These desperate places are places of weakness, ...


Experiencing God's strength in our weakness


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You Go Your Way; I'll Go God's Way.

Introduction

Many people who study the times say that there isn't much we can trust today. Andy Crouch put it this way in Christianity Today:

The emptiness ...

God's way is the way of truth and trust.


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What Have We Done?

Introduction

After the Chicago Cubs lost their 96th baseball game in 2006, manager Dusty Baker, was called in to meet with the general manager. We all ...


When something has to change in your life, turn to your unchanging God and serve the Lord with all your heart.


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Keep the Dust off the Highchairs

Text: Luke 2:52
Topic: Why the young people of a church are important

Introduction

I once attended the funeral of a relative of mine. The service was at ...


The church has a responsibility to place a high priority on youth.


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Comfort for the Troubled Heart

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The Allies had planned Operation Overlord for years, amassing vast armies, an incredible navy, and enough arms to release Europe from the ...


The cure for turmoil of the soul is trust in God's character and obedience to him.


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The "Muchness" of God

Text: James 5:13–16
Topic: How to experience God's provision and power

Introduction

In this very moment, God is ready to pour out upon you—from ...


The fervent prayers of the righteous release God's provision and power into our lives.


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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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A Strange Résumé

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It's the most dreaded question of the job interview, and when the time comes, you can't seem to push the words out of your mouth. "Tell me," ...


God turns our weakness into incredible strength.


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Don't Go To Church!

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D. L. Moody was visiting a prominent Chicago citizen when the idea of church membership and involvement came up.

"I believe I can be just as ...


Being the church demands more than attendance.


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Don't Just Do Something, Sit There

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Have you ever wondered how Jesus spent his evenings and his nights? Some of his disciples came to him early on to ask about the fringe benefits ...


Spending time with God is more important than getting many things done or doing all things well.


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Peace in the Church

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When I was a pastor in Arizona, there were two men in the church who were greatly admired. They were both successful businessmen who desired ...


The peace of God can only permeate the church when its members live at peace with one another.


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Remember Me

Introduction

Several years after Jimmy Cagney had become famous portraying gangsters in Hollywood films, he and his wife were getting into a car in New ...


Even if it seems like we have been forgotten, God remembers us when our hearts are broken, when we pray, and after our prayers have been answered.


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The Fifth Dimension

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There are five parts of me and (probably) you: Part of myself that I know and like and let my friends see; part of myself that I know and ...


There is a part of you that only you and God know—and it should stay that way.


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My Favorite Heroes: Nehemiah

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The hero that we are going to look at today is a man named Nehemiah. I want to say just a couple of things as we get ready to walk into his ...


Five characteristics of Difference Makers in this world.


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Elements of Worship

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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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Prayer Priorities

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When you pray, what do you pray about? What are the priorities in your prayer life? When you really get down to business with God, what rises ...


The priority of our prayers should include spiritual strength, love, and fullness.


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The Battleground of Prayer

Introduction

Have you ever visited a battlefield? From the Civil War siege at Vicksburg, Mississippi, to the final advance of the German army on Leningrad ...


Once they have their armor, Christians engage in spiritual warfare through prayer.


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R-E-S-P-E-C-T

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I had originally announced that I would be speaking today on the Christian's relationship to government, but in recent days the Lord has put ...


7 keys to living under authority


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The Agony of Victory

Introduction

Some years ago a 14-foot bronze crucifix was stolen from Cemetery in Little Rock, Arkansas. It had stood at the entrance to that cemetery ...


Through the rejection of the cross Jesus is exalted as king


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Wasted on Jesus

Sermon One

Valentine's Day is tomorrow and I'm jittery. I love my sweetheart—no doubt about that—but I confess that Valentine's Day gives me ...


The cross calls us to worship in ways others would call waste


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The Dinner Guests of God

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Mary Poplin, professor of education and Dean of the School of Educational Studies at Claremont Graduate University, attended a Methodist church ...


How Communion searches and strengthens our hearts


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