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The Danger of Descending into Sin
The Danger of Descending into Sin

Introduction

To err is human—am I right? We as human beings, we often do things wrong. We mess up. We sin. And when we sin, when we mess up, we usually ...


David lusts, rapes, attempts deception, and kills—and yet God’s grace is big enough to redeem him.


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God Takes Sin Seriously
God Takes Sin Seriously

Introduction

Has it taken you a long time to get where you are today? Maybe you’re in a good place in life right now, but it was a long road getting ...


God can build a temple out of our sin.


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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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Well, What Do You Know?
Well, What Do You Know?

Introduction

"Well, what do you know?"

Knowledge plays a huge role in our Gospel reading today. The man born blind repeatedly admits, "I don't know." Where's ...


How has Jesus opened our eyes?


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Greed and Envy: The Twin Terrors
Greed and Envy: The Twin Terrors

Introduction

Let's begin with a story I read in The New York Times. It's a story told by a young Wall Street trader who found himself addicted to money—not ...


When we set our sights on God, we're freed from greed and envy by practicing generosity and gratitude.


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Sloth? Seriously?
Sloth? Seriously?

Introduction

Of all the deadly sins, surely sloth is the lightweight. I mean, sloth? Seriously—a deadly sin? When it comes to the other six, we get ...


We need to combat sloth with devotion and attentiveness.


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Freedom from Lust
Freedom from Lust

Introduction

The voices of lust are varied—young and old, male and female, single and married—but all of them are strained, brittle, and sad. ...


What we were made for, what we long for, is something greater.


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Anger Mis-Management
Anger Mis-Management

Introduction

If pride is the most subtle of the seven deadly sins, anger is the most obvious. For one thing, it's visible. The other sins are internal—lust, ...


What you do with your anger will either be helpful or hurtful.


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It's Not About Me
It's Not About Me

Introduction

"What is it, Doc? What do I have? What's wrong with me?"

It's a question we all ask ourselves from time to time. When we ...


When we remember who we are before God and in Christ, we're freed.


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Suffering and the 'U-Curve' of Life
Suffering and the 'U-Curve' of Life

Introduction

A story that I think about from time to time may also be one that you are familiar with. There was a wise man who lived on the northern frontier ...


What we consider to be the worst can result in God's best for us.


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Your Best Life Is Not Now
Your Best Life Is Not Now

Introduction

This room is full of hopes: fans hoping for a championship season, all of us hoping for another beautiful summer. Hopes can be more personal, ...


In the midst of hopelessness, there’s only one place where true hope can be found.


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God Uses Suffering for Our Good
God Uses Suffering for Our Good

Introduction

I remember standing next to the late Joan Rivers. It was May 2006, and I had been in Sydney, Australia, preaching in some Anglican churches ...


Suffering under the supervision of our good God should have good results in our lives.


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Christians Aren't Always Happy
Christians Aren't Always Happy

Introduction

You may have come here this morning seeking happiness. In one sense, how could you not? Seeking happiness is as natural for us as our desire ...


Following Jesus transforms our lives—but it doesn't mean we'll always have a smile on our face.


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God's Anger and Mercy Toward Sin
God's Anger and Mercy Toward Sin

Introduction

If you want to know the three points that I'm going to walk through this morning, they are very simple. I want to talk about God's heaviness ...


We are called to turn from our idols and 'seek him and live.'


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R-Rated: The Bible's Flawed Superman
R-Rated: The Bible's Flawed Superman

Introduction

There are a lot of heroes in the Bible, but there's really only one superhero, and that's Samson. If you think about it, Samson ...


God takes sinful people and turns them into true heroes.


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R-Rated: Genocide and Jericho
R-Rated: Genocide and Jericho

Introduction

I think if you're at all human, there are tensions that come up. The idea of genocide, or of this powerful people massacring innocents, ...


God's plan is to evict the world of sin.


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Your Body: Under New Management
Your Body: Under New Management

Introduction

Sometimes when we read the Bible we fail to appreciate the way it was first experienced. For example, most of the New Testament books were ...


Use your body in a way that honors the One who owns it.


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God's Big Story: The Bible on Homosexuality
God's Big Story: The Bible on Homosexuality

Editor's Note: This sermon was originally part of a three-sermon series given by Jim Nicodem. (That's why you'll notice that this sermon ends ...


How should Christians view homosexuality within the Bible's larger gospel story?


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The Potential of the Church
The Potential of the Church

Introduction

The great English author, C.S. Lewis, is one of my intellectual and spiritual mentors and not too long ago I was re-reading one of my favorite ...


A Spirit-filled church is the answer to the problems of the world.


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Satan Strikes Out
Satan Strikes Out

Introduction

Years ago Scott Peck wrote a book called The Road Less Traveled. He began that book with these memorable words: "Life is difficult. This is ...


Satan is a defeated foe.


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The Final Week, Were You There?
The Final Week, Were You There?

Introduction

Artist Hieronymus Bosch painted Christ carrying his cross in 1505. Christ was surrounded in the painting by such notably ghoulish and revolting ...


Jesus takes expediency, injustice, and selfishness into himself, and offers us resurrection.


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Two Graves, Two Gardens
Two Graves, Two Gardens

Introduction

Read Genesis 3:8-22 and John 19:38-20:18

There were no streetlights, headlights, or even flashlights. There was just darkness, and some women ...


Jesus not only reverses the story of Adam, but he reverses our story as well.


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God's New World Now
God's New World Now

Introduction

Well, I am a bit of a news junkie and so it's a good day for me when I go out to the mailbox at the end of the driveway and there ...


The kingdom is at hand.


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There Must Be Some Mistake

Introduction

Do you know who TIME magazine's Person of the Year was for 2011? The Protester. Protesters were the big story in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, ...


God reigns and all will know it.


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The World is in Trouble
The World is in Trouble

Introduction

What's wrong with the world? That's a question that many people are asking, and there's no shortage of answers being given: the ...


The gospel exposes our desperate need before God.


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Who Am I When I Sin?

Introduction

The early Christian movement had a list that is famous to this day: "The Seven Deadly Sins." The seven sins on the list were pride, envy, ...


We're not just "mistakers" who need self-help; we're sinners who need a Savior.


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Who Am I After I Sin?

Introduction

Last week we started a series called "Wicked." We're attempting to wrestle with one of the defining realities of our life: we screw up. We ...


Stop hiding and blaming others when you sin; repent and be forgiven.


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Who Is God When I Sin?

Introduction

If you follow sports, you are well aware of the news that broke this week. Major League Baseball's highest paid player, Alex Rodriguez, admitted ...


Because he is holy, God crucifies our sin on the cross of Christ.


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Who Is God After I Sin?

Introduction

I once read a book called The Book of Failures. It was filled with all kinds of failures that people have made. For instance, the book introduces ...


Even when we sin repeatedly, God offers forgiveness and a new beginning.


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Who Am I When I Sin?

Introduction

The early Christian movement had a list that is famous to this day: "The Seven Deadly Sins." The seven sins on the list were pride, envy, ...


We're not just "mistakers" who need self-help; we're sinners who need a Savior.


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The Three Gifts of Christmas
The Three Gifts of Christmas

Introduction

I'd like to begin by reading the entire passage of Hebrews 2:5-18 this morning, and then we're going to talk about how this passage helps ...


Through the glory of Christ in his humanity, we receive wonderful gifts.


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How God Brings Light into a Dark Situation

Introduction

Today we will be looking at 1 Samuel 2:12-36, although we'll focus on verses 12-26. About a year ago now, the Arab Spring was just starting, ...


In the midst of political and spiritual corruption, God raises up leaders who listen to his word.


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Broken and Repentant

Introduction

Last week I talked about the road to compromise and the road to integrity. We are either on one or the other. David eventually walked the ...


God will forgive us and use us for his purposes when we repent of our sin.


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The Warrior Rises

Introduction

Do you ever watch wrestling? If you do, are you afraid to admit that you watch it? I recently read that you probably watch too much wrestling ...


Jesus died in our place, satisfied God's justice, and rose from the dead to give us life.


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The Warrior Returns

Introduction

There is a distinctive facial expression that is common to all countries and cultures. There is something that can happen to any human being ...


One day Christ will return to forever defeat Satan, sin, and death.


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Grace Alone

True North Backstory

One reason I enjoyed preaching the sermons in this series was the contrast between a "head" message and a "heart" message.

The message ...


Only Christ’s grace, not our works, can give us the love, acceptance, and forgiveness we want.


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The Bible Alone

True North Backstory

One reason I enjoyed preaching the sermons in this series was the contrast between a "head" message and a "heart" message.

The message ...


God's Word accomplished creation, it brings hope in times of despair, it brings power in times of weakness, and it brings guidance in times of darkness. Only God’s Word has authority over your life.


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For the Glory of God Alone

True North Backstory

One reason I enjoyed preaching the sermons in this series was the contrast between a "head" message and a "heart" message.

The message ...


We can give God glory and share in God's glory because of Christ's redemptive work.


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Generational Sins, Soul Ties, Curses
Generational Sins, Soul Ties, Curses

Introduction

In this last session of our series, we're going to talk about three subjects that bring a lot of questions and even opposition: generational ...


Breaking free from generational sins, soul ties, and curses enables us to realize the gifts, passions, and truth God has given us.


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Ignoring Clear Directions

Introduction

I'm known among my family and friends for having a terrible sense of direction. It doesn't matter whether I am driving or walking. It doesn't ...


When we underestimate the depth of our sin we also downplay the power of the cross.


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Liberation

Introduction

Richard Stearns, the president of World Vision, has a book called The Hole in Our Gospel. In this book he tells a remarkable story about a ...


Free to forgive


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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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God Is Present and Powerful

Introduction: Our struggle with sin

We've been trying to renew together our vision of who God really is. Everything good in life flows from the person ...


Becoming who we are in Christ


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Defiled and Cleansed

Introduction

Today we're going to look at Numbers 5:1-10. This chapter is easy to outline because of the phrase that is repeated three times, in verses ...


In Christ the defiled and excluded are now healed and accepted.


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The Price of Pride

Introduction

You've probably heard the expression, "Into every life, a little rain must fall." I was reading an article about a movie star who was having ...


Understanding the consequence of our sin and the mercy of God


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Getting Out
Getting Out

Introduction

I want us to look at the account of the crossing of the Red Sea. You might call it the climax or epitome of Exodus. It's hard to overstate ...


The Good News of Jesus, like the Exodus, enables us to walk into a brand new life.


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Danger! Worship in Progress

My hometown, Britton, South Dakota, celebrated its 125th anniversary last weekend on the 4th of July. The population sign on the edge of town says 1,328, ...


We must inquire of the Lord, because he is holy.


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Deep Clean

Whatever became of sin?

Some years ago a Harvard psychiatrist wrote a provocative book entitled Whatever Became of Sin? In it he expressed his fear that ...


Our sin is real, but our God willingly forgives.


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Community: The Context for Change

Story behind the sermon (from John Ortberg)

I am a huge N. T. Wright fan, and I think some of his material on the role and destiny of human beings is a ...


The Bible contains the incredible story of our calling to become God's image bearers.


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Jesus Christ: His Human Nature

"The gospel of God … regarding his Son, who as to his human nature was a descendent of David …" (Romans 1:3).

Paul says, "Jesus Christ is ...


Jesus Christ meets us in our great weakness.


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