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Through Love, Serve One Another
Through Love, Serve One Another

Introduction

Have you ever been loved in a way that really astounded you? Have you ever been served in a way that, when you sat back and thought about ...


Use your Christian freedom as an opportunity to love through serving others.


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A Good Man in a Hard Place
A Good Man in a Hard Place

Introduction

God's servants are found in some of the most surprising places. Elijah served in a very dark time in the history of God's people. King Ahab ...


God's servants are found in some of the most surprising places.


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God's Love Language
God's Love Language

Introduction

Why does it take so long to learn how to love the important people in our life? Am I the only slow learner in this crowd? When our kids were ...


Live and love in a way that makes God smile.


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Looking Otherward
Looking Otherward

Introduction

Many years ago, I had dinner at a place called Windows on the World. The restaurant sat atop a skyscraper so high that the wait staff literally ...


Jesus is what our world needs most—will we conceal him or reveal him?


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For the Sake of Others
For the Sake of Others

Introduction

One of the hardest-to-get, most-difficult-to-live-into, toughest-to-hold-onto ideas of the truly Jesus-like life is this: A Christian lives ...


We need to practice the art of 'othering.'


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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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The Good of Our Work
The Good of Our Work

Introduction

When you read the word, "job" what comes to mind? You might think, "I'm glad tomorrow's a holiday!" Still others think, "Boy, am I glad I ...


When we work we are doing good for the kingdom of God.


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Joyful Service

Introduction

We are looking at John 13 and drawing out four themes—four pillars of a healthy community. The first week we looked at "Humble Leadership." ...


A healthy community should be characterized by joyful service to others.


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Personal Transformation
Personal Transformation

Introduction

Today we are asking the question what does it mean to be whole people in the presence of others. What does it mean to be shaped into wholeness, ...


A healthy community is huddled around the holy presence of God.


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The Gift of Celibacy

The Story behind the sermon (an interview with Stewart Ruch III)

Preaching Today.com: Why did you choose to preach on "celibacy" and not "singleness"?

Stewart ...


What makes humans truly human is union with God, not union with another human.


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BFFs

Introduction

There's a famous speech in Shakespeare's play Henry V. It's the night before the battle of Agincourt. As a young king, Henry prepares to lead ...


Deep, spiritual friendships are formed when believers share experiences of serving God together.


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Renewing Work: Cupcakes and the Glory of God

Introduction

We're in a series called (re)new and we're looking at how the gospel makes everything new again. How does the gospel change the way I look ...


The gospel changes the way we view work, transforming drudgery into mission and worship.


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Deep Love

I want to know what love is.

Sooner or later, it had to come around to love. For six weeks now, we have been considering tests of true faith—the ...


We show true love through sacrifice.


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Brother, Interrupted

Introduction: A tale of two brothers

In 1989, two brothers from Boston started a T-shirt business. For five years Bert and John traveled the East Coast, ...


Jesus called us to his kingdom so we may do good for the world.


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Consequential Strangers

Introduction: Everyday people

So who have you bumped into lately? Think for a minute about the multitude of people—strangers or acquaintances—whose ...


Seeing others as Jesus sees them


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A Hard Saying

Introduction: A hard saying

This morning we come to one of the hard sayings of Jesus. There are quite a few of them, actually. I have a book on my shelf ...


Doing good to the least of these


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No Strings Attached

Introduction

For the last several weeks, we've been sowing the seeds of a revolution around here. Being in Massachusetts, this area is familiar with revolutionary ...


Doing good for the kingdom of God


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What Can One Person Do?

Introduction: What now?

For five weeks we have been teaching ourselves to see what Jesus sees and feel what Jesus feels, as we make our way through our ...


Giving what we have for Jesus


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WWJS?

Introduction: Shouldn't we be saying something?

There are certain words or phrases that are almost guaranteed to make people really uncomfortable: root ...


Communicating the Good News as Jesus would


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What Christmas Love Always Does

From the editor:

Every year at Christmastime, news stations run video segments of crazy shoppers pushing and shoving each other to get their hands on the ...


God gave lavishly to us, and we will be blessed when we give lavishly to others.


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How to Be a Redemptive Person

Introduction

Evangelism is like strong horseradish: people praise it with tears in their eyes.

There are other word associations we could make with the ...



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A Heart for Service

Introduction

Once upon a time there was a wonderful church that suddenly found itself in trouble. After an exciting season of growth, things just didn't ...


Discovering your gifts for ministry


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If Jesus Lived in My Neighborhood
If Jesus Lived in My Neighborhood

Introduction

Mark 10:35–45 offers several reasons why we should be servants in our community, in our work environment, and in the neighborhood in ...


Serving promotes unity, fosters teamwork, imitates Jesus, and changes us.


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Who's the Boss?
Who's the Boss?

Story behind the sermon (from Lee Eclov)

I wonder if people aren't a little suspicious when we preach about work. When we say that all work is a calling, ...


At the core of the Christian work ethic is not what we do, but whom we serve.


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The Sermon That Inspired Murder
The Sermon That Inspired Murder

From the editor:

We feel that this featured sermon from regular contributor Kevin Miller can inspire ideas for two different sermons: a sermon on the divinity ...


God is on a rescue mission to deliver this world—a mission that was started in Christ and continues with us.


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The Discipline of Communal Examination
The Discipline of Communal Examination

From the editor

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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Life After Victory

Introduction

Early in his career, the great American playwright Eugene O'Neill wrote an imaginative play called "Lazarus Laughed" about Lazarus's life ...


The real power of Christ's resurrection


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Brothers, Interrupted

The story behind the sermon (from Bryan Wilkerson):

This sermon was preached early in September to launch our ministry focus for the year, which we're ...


Jesus called us to his kingdom so we may do good for the world.


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The Basic Need

From the editor:

Here's a great sermon from one of our featured preachers, Haddon Robinson.

Introduction

T. S. Elliott, in one of his poems, asked a penetrating ...


Many things matter in life, but the most important thing is to do everything in love.


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A Lesson Wise Moms and Other Influential People Can Teach the Next Generation
A Lesson Wise Moms and Other Influential People Can Teach the Next Generation

From the editor:

Mother's Day is just around the corner (May 9), and should you decide to offer a message for the occasion, Steve Mathewson's look at Proverbs ...


A mom who fears the Lord teaches her kids to use their strength to serve people in need.


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Halos, Wings, and Harps

Introduction

I want to explore another person you meet in heaven. I use the term "person" loosely because of who we're talking about today: Angels. When ...


What Scriptures has to say about angels


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Calling on Family Support

Introduction

A mother entered her daughter's bedroom one afternoon and saw a letter on the bed. With trembling hands, she read:

Dear Mom, It is with much ...

Remembering the Ties that Bind


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Stop Witnessing, Start Working

Introduction

A few months ago, I came across an article in The Boston Globe about religion in the workplace. The columnist, who is one of the few Jewish ...


Why the quality of our work matters


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Good to Great

Introduction

Suppose someone were to show up at your workplace tomorrow, shove a microphone in your face, and ask, "How do you think your work affects ...


How our work continues to shape God's creation


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The Job

Introduction

One of the most talked-about shows on television today is called, The Office. The Office gives us a glimpse into the cubicles and consciousness ...


Work done as for the Lord is good.


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The Flames of Heaven

Text: Revelation 21:1–3
Topic: What would happen if heaven crashed into earth

Introduction

In Revelation 21:1–3, John gives us a glimpse—a ...


The flames of heaven will illuminate, expose, and refine our lives on Earth.


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Older People: The Future of Our Church
Older People: The Future of Our Church

Introduction

On October 29, 1998, the space shuttle Discovery launched with a seven-member crew. One of them, John Glenn, was 77 years old. John Glenn ...


Older Christians should model what God wants the next generation to become.


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Body Life

Introduction

That the church is the "body of Christ" is more than simply a figure of speech. The church is the chief means by which Christ works today; ...


Like the members of our physical bodies, each member of the body of Christ is significant and dependent on one another.


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Beyond Comfort

Introduction

Where do you turn for comfort when you encounter loss, pain, or disappointment? Some people turn to food. For some reason, certain foods—like ...


God gives comfort enough to share.


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Unbreakable?

Introduction

M. Night Shyamalan's film Unbreakable begins with a train wreck. Everyone on board is killed—over a hundred people—except for ...


We demonstrate the power of Christ by enduring hardship.


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The Problem of Growth

Introduction

The map of global Christianity our grandparents knew has been turned upside down. At the beginning of the twentieth century, only 10 percent ...


How to counter challenges with sound leadership and encourage growth.


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Don't Go To Church!

Introduction

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

Introduction

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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Weighing Others Heavy

Text: Exodus 20:13; Matthew 5:21–24; Romans 12:14–21; Romans 13:8–10
Topic: How to apply the sixth commandment

Introduction

The sixth commandment ...


The sixth commandment is ultimately positive: treat all people with love and respect.


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Follow the Leader

Introduction

A church fails for one of two reasons.

The first reason is poor leadership—the failure of those whom God has called to lead, to lead well, ...


The health of a local fellowship depends on each member's submission and responsible participation.


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The Problem of Discrimination

Introduction

The physician of the soul, as of the body, must be capable of doing three things. He must be able to diagnose the malady, to prescribe the ...


The only way we can reject discrimination, as James exhorts us to, is to make ourselves servants who care about others more than ourselves.


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What God Wants From Us

It seems that there was once a clerk in a large candy store who always had people waiting in line, even when the other clerks were standing around with ...


Christians who worship God, serve God, and obey God will please God.


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Like a Living Stone

Introduction

"How does it feel," Bob Dylan asks. "How does it feel to be on your own, with no direction home, a complete unknown, like a rolling stone?" ...


Finding identity, belonging, and significance in the body of Christ


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The Difference-Making Difference

Introduction:

Have you ever noticed that some passages of Scripture are crystal clear and easy to understand—the previous passage, for example? And ...


Christians are to be different, different in such a way that we make a difference in the world.


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A Leader Tough and Tender

Introduction:

Today when we read this passage, we tend to think of how it applies to the pastor and the rest of the church staff. In fact, in several ...


Leaders need to learn to be tough enough to pay the price and tender enough to take care of their people.


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