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Men and Women in Biblical Perspective - Genesis 1-3 - Oct 18, 1992 - 132

I find myself in a peculiar position this morning. No matter what I say, or how carefully I say it, someone is bound to disagree with me. But that doesn’t begin to cover the subject. Not only will some people disagree with me, even the people who agree with me will probably not agree with ever ... More

Adam's Rib: How God Arranged the First Marriage - Genesis 2:18-25 - May 26, 2002 - 223

Yesterday I performed a wedding ceremony for Chris Hall and Kara Hansen. It was a lovely occassion, as weddings usually are, and everything seemed to go well. As I stood on the platform with the happy couple only two or three feet away, I looked into their hopeful faces, and the same thought I have ... More

Equal But Not Identical: Men And Women In The Local Church - Jul 21, 1991

In this day of social upheaval, many traditional views held by the Christian church are being questioned. Not the least important of these is the issue of women in ministry. During the past several decades, the feminist movement has had significant impact on the church; this impact is such that the ... More

A Time to Disobey - Daniel 3 - Nov 28, 1999 - 154

Is it ever right for a Christian to disobey the law? Or are we always obligated to obey the law under all circumstances? What do you say? What does the Bible say?More and more we are faced with this question—not as an abstract idea but as a live possibility. My own personal background leads me ... More

Will Everyone Eventually Be Saved? - II Peter 3:9 - Jul 24, 2005 - 143

I can think of only four ways to answer the question raised in the title of this sermon:1) Everyone will eventually be saved.2) No one will eventually be saved.3) Some will be saved and some will be lost.4) There is no way to know.Let’s consider answer #1, which is becoming increasingly popula ... More

Is Jesus the Only Way to Heaven? - John 14:6 - Jul 31, 2005 - 144

In preparing this message, I faced several important challenges:First, many of us already know the answer to this question. We’ve thought it, we’ve discussed it with others, and we know what we believe. Second, we know that most of the world gives a different answer than we give. That po ... More

"In Jesus' Name, Amen" - John 14:13-14 - Apr 16, 2000 - 7

"And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it” (John 14:13-14).These words of Jesus contain a remarkable promise. They tell us that whatever we ask—anything at all!—if we ask it in ... More

Praying for the Lost - I Timothy 2:1-6 - May 14, 2000 - 12

"Prayer is the lifeline of New Testament evangelism, the oxygen for its holy fire. The New Testament was born in prayer. It knows no evangelism without prayer, and no prayer which does not lead to evangelism.” Those are the words of Armin Gesswein, a man God used to ignite a prayer movement in ... More

Is Jesus the Only Way? - Mar 26, 2000

The following e-mail arrived a few days ago: There is one fundamental thing I still have such a problem with. That is that Jesus Christ is the only way to God. What about the people who just don’t get it? I can’t seem to reconcile Jesus Christ and God with not giving good people another ch ... More

Solus Christus: By Christ Alone - Matthew 16:13-18 - Jun 29, 1997 - 677

"When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, ’Who do people say the Son of Man is?’ They replied, ’Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets’” (Matthew 16:13-14). We live in a day of u ... More

The Shepherd's Gift - Ephesians 4:11 - Jun 24, 1990 - 576

About the time I graduated from seminary in 1978, a leading Christian magazine published an article entitled, “Things They Didn’t Tell You at Your Seminary Graduation.” It is subtitled, “Some aphorisms for the brand-new pastor.” I cut it out and saved it because at th ... More

God in Three Persons: A Doctrine We Barely Understand - Jan 12, 1997

My problem this morning is simple: to explain a doctrine that all Christians believe but no one really understands. And I have to do it in 30 minutes!So let’s start at the very beginning. All Christians believe the doctrine of the Trinity. If you do not believe this—that is, if you have ... More

God Is So Good! - Psalm 107:1 - Apr 20, 1997 - 474

"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.” 1 Chronicles 16:34a “The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.” Psalm 145:9 “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” Psalm 34:8 Let’s begin with a definition, ... More

Love One Another Deeply - 1 Peter 1:22-25 - Oct 31, 2004 - 590

I have three things on my mind that I want to talk to you about. These are really three different things, and apparently unconnected, but perhaps by the end of the message, you will see there is a common thread running through all of them. ... More

Is Jesus Really the Only Way to Heaven? - John 14:6 - Jun 17, 2010 - 1250

Kathleen Parker isn’t a big fan of Franklin Graham.She made that perfectly clear in her recent column criticizing the popular evangelist (and son of Billy Graham) for saying that Muslims need to be saved. Mr. Graham’s bold assertion got him removed as the speaker for the National Day of ... More

Portrait of a Godly Leader - I Timothy 3; Titus 1 - Mar 17, 1993 - 418

We begin with the words of Robert Cook: “There is no substitute for character. You can buy brains, but you can’t buy character.” When it comes to selecting leaders, nothing is more important than godly character. You can buy talent … or brains … or knowledge &helli ... More

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