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The Counterintuitive Life
The Counterintuitive Life

Introduction

I'm going to say something you can't argue with, and in fact, if you try to argue with it, you will simply prove my point. You ...


Dying to ourselves to see life spring up.


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Deny Ability
Deny Ability

Introduction

Years ago Clarence Jordan started an interracial Christian community, Koinonia Farm, down in Georgia. He suffered greatly for his stand, ...


Being a true disciple means following Jesus on his own terms instead of your own.


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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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Strong Grace, Hard Word, Good Memories

Introduction

Be strong. Suffer hardship. Remember Jesus Christ. These are Paul's words of counsel to Timothy in a fallen world and imperfect church. Timothy ...



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The Use of Money
The Use of Money

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From time to time, we like to feature a classic sermon from a celebrated preacher of old. Bill White, a frequent contributor to PreachingToday.com, ...


Gain all you can, save all you can, and give all you can.


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Jesus and John - Together to Trust

Introduction

The year was 155 AD and the place was Smyrna, in the Roman province of Asia. There was a new wave of persecution that was sweeping against ...



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The Discipline of Communal Examination
The Discipline of Communal Examination

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Next week we start to roll out all of our new Easter sermons, but seeing as many congregations have just begun observing the Lenten season, ...


In the life of the church, communal examination is just as important as self-examination.


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Lent: Preparing Our Garden for Growth
Lent: Preparing Our Garden for Growth

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Despite its rich history in the church, many of us don't observe Lent. Maybe it's time to reconsider. As Skye points out in his ...


Lent is a time to remove obstacles and dedicate ourselves anew to growing in Christ.


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Take the Risk

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As the country sinks further and further into a time of recession, financial issues will be weighing heavily on the minds of listeners. ...


Tithing is risky business, but it begins with the heart.


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Purpose
Purpose

Introduction

What would you do if you suddenly won $34.5 million? It happened to a family from Hauppauge, New York, this week. Dad spent $5 on a winning ...


Living as a Servant


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What Child Is This Who Came Not to Bring Peace?

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One of the more popular texts in the Advent and Christmas season is Isaiah 9:1–7. Preachers love to explore the beauty of our having ...


Jesus came not to bring immediate peace, but to divide us from our illegitimate allegiances.


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The World's Greatest Talk: Choices

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Just below, you'll find a few introductory remarks from Ortberg about his sermon. With that in mind, there really doesn't need to be much ...


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


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Jesus and John—Together to Trust

Text: Assorted texts from the Gospel of John
Topic: A probing question for Christ-followers

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John is one of the more intriguing people ...


You trust Jesus, but can Jesus trust you?


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Strong Grace, Hard Work, Good Memories

Text: 2 Timothy 2:1–9
Topic: A sobering look at what the Christian life entails

From the editor:

Every once in a while a sermon comes along that is ...


Sacrifice and hard work are part and parcel of the Christian life.


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Cross Here

Introduction

One of the great ironies of history is that those who took Jesus to Calvary believed they were forcing him to his dead-end; in reality, Jesus ...


When you can't get there from here


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Cross Talk

Introduction

There are times when the greatest power to change the world proceeds not from an act of forceful self-assertion, but from an act of gracious ...


When silence is not golden


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Cross Bow

Introduction

I recently turned on the news and found myself confronted with another one of those stories that have become so common; my great fear is that ...


When homicide feels justified


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Cross Over

Introduction

It was an ordinary day of commuting Cameron Hollopeter. The 20-year-old film student made his way down the steps into a New York City subway ...


When you come upon people in pain


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Cross Out

Introduction

In August of 2003, the Church of the Holy Cross in New York City was broken into twice. In the first break-in, thieves made away with a metal ...


When we'd like the Cross to be just for Jesus


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Facing Off Without Falling Apart

Introduction

In Acts 4 we witness an epic battle between a David-like underdog and a behemoth giant. In one corner you have two unschooled, unimpressive ...


Seven principles for proclaiming the gospel in hostile territory.


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A Day in the Life of Simon of Cyrene

Text: Mark 15:21
Topic: What it might have been like for Simon of Cyrene to take up Jesus' cross.

Introduction

My time on the road of history was brief. ...


We are all called to take up the cross for Christ.


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Insiders and Outsiders

Introduction

It was all going well. The worshippers at these special services rated them as the best ever. Suddenly, a motorcycle gang drove up with a ...


You must live for Christ—but it'll mean your death.


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Can Jesus Trust Us?

Introduction

The year was A.D. 155, and persecution against Christians had swept across the Roman Empire and come to the city of Smyrna. The proconsul ...


John is an example for all Christians of a person that trusted Jesus, and was trusted by Jesus.


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What's a Single to Do?

Oneness, the Bible says, is where two people in a miraculous, God designed way, become one. It is a beautiful thing. Dating is designed to prepare you ...


God is not a killjoy. He is just smart, with a protective perspective on sex for our welfare.


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Don't You Believe It! The Myth of No-Consequence Sex

Introduction:

Today we're looking at the seventh of the Ten Commandments—"You shall not commit adultery." I will admit to you that I approach this ...


Sex is given by God to strengthen absolute commitment to our spouse.


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Jesus' Formula for Success

Introduction

The University of Chicago did a five-year study of leading artists, athletes, and scholars. The research was conducted by Dr. Benjamin Bloom, ...


True success if found in denying ourselves and working hard to serve others.


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Lift High the Cross

Introduction

Over the last several centuries, there has been a gradual, progressive, and continual exaltation of the self. The poet Walt Whitman wrote ...


Christians are called to honor Jesus for his self-giving love; we do that best by imitating him.


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The Reality of a Trusting Heart

Charles Bridges, that great Puritan, said of this text that it's the polar star of every Christian life. You and I can't live the Christian life without ...


Trusting in God means to live with complete and utter devotion to him.


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Great People Do for Others

In the recent NCAA basketball Final Four playoffs here at Dallas, I was interested in the statement made by one of the coaches prior to the game. He was ...


Truly great people commit to serving others and trusting in God's provision.


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