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Now I See - 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:6 - Feb 19, 2010 - 1239

This time Christopher Hitchens got it exactly right. During a recent trip to Portland, Oregon, noted atheist Christopher Hitchens laid down some seriously good theology. Most people recognize Hitchens as the author of the bestselling book God is Not Great: Why Religion Poisons Everything. Since the ... More

Why God Prefers Losers - 2 Corinthians 4:7 - May 3, 2010 - 1246

God prefers losers.That statement sounds positively un-American. As General George Patton famously remarked, ”Americans love a winner. America will not tolerate a loser.” Then we have this from Coach Vince Lombardi: “Show me a good loser, and I’ll show you a loser.” We ... More

Knocked Down But Not Knocked Out - 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 - May 10, 2010 - 1247

Late night phone calls rarely bring good news.I was reminded of that not long ago when the phone rang in the middle of the night, waking me from a deep sleep. Startled and groggy, I wondered who could be calling at such an hour. It was a friend who lives in a distant state. ... More

Always Dying, Always Living - 2 Corinthians 4:10-12 - May 18, 2010 - 1248

“What a privilege to live for our Lord and to die for Him as well.” That’s what Mehdi Dibaj wrote to his son from his Iranian jail. Raised in a Muslim family, Mehdi Dibaj became a Christian in the 1950s, later becoming a pastor. In 1983 he was arrested and charged with apostasy for ... More

Why We Never Give Up - 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 - Sep 19, 2010 - 1258

“That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day" (2 Corinthians 4:16). “My God is much bigger now.” That’s what my friend Pastor Peter told me when we talked a few days ago. Peter leads a house church and for the last s ... More

Swimming Upstream - Romans 12:2 - Oct 15, 2006 - 726

There are times when we need to see a familiar verse in a new way. The ESV translates the first part of Romans 12:2 this way: “Do not be conformed to this world.” Simple, clear and concise. But what exactly does Paul mean? Other translations bring out various shades of meaning:“Do ... More

God's Altar Call - Romans 12:1 - Oct 5, 2006 - 728

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship” (Romans 12:1).I must have been about eight or nine years old when I first responded to an altar call. For those who don& ... More

What the World Doesn't Know - I Corinthians 2:6-9 - Oct 26, 2003 - 667

"We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of t ... More

We Believe, Therefore We Speak - 2 Corinthians 4:13-15 - Jun 6, 2010 - 1249

It turns out there are a lot of preachers in my family tree. I had no idea about that until recently when I attended our first family reunion in 20 years. All the cousins of our generation met in Oxford, Mississippi, the center point of the Pritchard-Mayfield clan. The whole day was very instructive ... More

Sola Gratia: By Grace Alone - Titus 3:7 - Jul 6, 1997 - 679

I’d like to begin this sermon with a thought-provoking quotation from Kim Riddlebarger. He works with Michael Horton in an organization called CURE: Christians United for Reformation and Evangelism. When we use the term “grace alone”, what we mean is that our salvation from the wra ... More

Is Anything Too Hard For God? The Doctrine of God's Omnipotence - Jeremiah 32:17 - Mar 9, 1997 - 472

This is the third and final sermon on the “omni” attributes of God. I have remarked earlier that these attributes are difficult to grasp because they describe truths about God that have no analog in human experience. We are limited as to place, power and personal knowledge. God is not. T ... More

TIME FOR A CHECKUP - MATTHEW 13:1-23 - Jan 1, 1990 - 404

Most of you know that I come from a medical background. My father was a doctor and my three brothers are doctors. And although I am in the ministry, their influence remains strong in my life. Actually the two fields–medicine and the ministry–are not as widely separated as they might a ... More

Christian Aerobics - 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22 - Dec 1, 1996 - 316

"The mark of true Christian faith is that it changes everything you do and say.” Ray StedmanWe have come to the last few verses of 1 Thessalonians. As we begin our study, I would like to remark for a moment upon the words quoted above from Ray Stedman. In his sermon on this text h ... More

Chariots of Fire - 2 Kings 2 - Mar 8, 2006 - 193

What would you do if you knew that you were going to die today? What if you knew with absolute certainty that today was going to be your last day on earth? Suppose you had less than 24 hours to live. What would you do? Where would you go? How would you spend your last few hours on planet earth? If y ... More

If God Is Sovereign, What Then? - Psalm 103:19-22 - Dec 11, 2008 - 1181

“The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all. Praise the Lord, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word. Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will. Praise the Lord, all his works everywhere in his do ... More

Four Cracked Pots - Hebrews 11:32 - Feb 16, 2009 - 1190

“And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah” (Hebrews 11:32).Long-winded preachers, take note of this verse. When you know you are running out of time, summarize and get to the main point as fast as you can. Rookie preachers make the mista ... More

Why I Believe in God - Genesis 1:1 - Sep 30, 2009 - 1214

The Bible never argues for the existence of God. It begins instead with a simple, majestic sentence: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). The Bible begins with a declaration, not with an argument. There is a God who created all things. If you do not s ... More

The God-Dependent Life - 2 Corinthians 3:4-6 - Jan 30, 2010 - 1237

Do you know why God put you where you are right now? That’s a tough question for some of us to answer. Have you wondered about that? Why has God put you right where you are right now? Do you think it happened by chance that you are single (or married), with children at home (or long since mov ... More

The Blessing No One Wants - Matthew 5:4 - May 12, 2012 - 1309

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted” (Matthew 5:4). This is one of the strangest statements in the Bible. It is a paradox and a mystery. “Blessed are those who mourn,” said Jesus. Happy are the sad! What do these strange words mean? Who are the mourners, ... More


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