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This Same Jesus: The Blessed Hope of the Church - Acts 1:10-11 - Apr 5, 1998 - 638

"They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. ‘Men of Galilee,’ they said, ‘why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way ... More

Death is Not the End of Our Story - 2 Corinthians 5:1-5 - Sep 30, 2010 - 1264

Of all the fears that plague the heart of man, none is greater than the fear of death. It is our greatest fear, the sum of all other fears. We are afraid to die.We are afraid of what happens when we die. Death is the fundamental human problem. Several years ago a friend sent me an email containing ... 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

Will We See Our Loved Ones Again? - 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 - Nov 20, 2007 - 801

My subject is one that we don’t often talk about. In the nearly 30 years I have served in pastoral ministry, I have had very few conversations on this topic. The reasons are not hard to understand.Death in the best of circumstances is not easy to discuss. Even as an academic topic, most of us ... More

He Became Sin for Us: What the Cross Meant to Christ - 2 Corinthians 5:21 - Feb 28, 1999 - 672

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). This is one of the most magnificent verses in the all the Bible. Spurgeon called it the heart of the gospel. It is the gospel in one verse. Everything you need to k ... More

Out On A Limb With Shirley MacLaine: Is Reincarnation True? - Various - Jun 4, 2000 - 216

This is a sermon about reincarnation, which means that I have a serious problem right off the bat. It is also a sermon about Shirley MacLaine, which poses a second problem. My first challenge is to convince you that reincarnation matters enough to warrant a full sermon. Perhaps this will help. Over ... More

Acorns to Oak Trees: How Are the Dead Raised? - 1 Corinthians 15:35-58 - Jul 2, 2000 - 218

No question is more fundamental to the human race than this: What happens when we die? Since death comes to all of us sooner or later, we are all forced to face this question and to come up with some kind of answer. There are a number of opinions in current circulation: Some say that nothing happens ... More

Image is Everything: Highly Valued, Deeply Fallen, Greatly Loved - Genesis 1:26-28 - May 5, 2002 - 224

Upon reading these verses, the thought comes to mind that we’re not in Eden anymore. Whatever else you can say about the first chapter of the Bible, the world of the 21st century is far removed from the world of Genesis 1. Things have changed. These days we wake up every morning to find out wh ... More

How a Terrorist Became an Evangelist: The Amazing Story of Paul's Conversion - Galatians 1:11-24 - May 13, 2001 - 249

Christianity is supremely a religion of conversion. Everything we say and everything we believe is built upon one fundamental and revolutionary premise: You don’t have to stay the way you are. Your life can be radically changed by God. Conversion is a miracle that happens when the life of God ... More

Real Hope for Lasting Change - I Corinthians 6:9-11 - Oct 3, 2004 - 264

“Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of Go ... 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 There Life After Death? Can We Be Sure? - Job 14:14 - May 28, 2000 - 212

When Barry Grunow left for work on Friday morning, he had no idea he would never come home again. It was the last day of classes at the Lake Worth Community Middle School, just a few miles south of West Palm Beach, Florida. Mr. Grunow was teaching a seventh grade English class at 3:30 p.m. when a 13 ... More

God’s Guarantee - 2 Corinthians 5:5 - Feb 15, 2012 - 1305

“It is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come” (2 Corinthians 5:5). Not many things in life are truly guaranteed. If you have a job today, you might not have one tomorrow. If you are healthy today, you might be sic ... More

What Happens When We Die? Article L: Future Reward and Punishment - Various - Jul 5, 1992 - 752

We live in a time when there is great fascination about life after death. S A few years ago Raymond Moody wrote a best-seller called Life After Life, which purported to detail the near-death experiences of men and women who “died” and then came back to tell remarkably similar stories o ... More

He Ascended Into Heaven: Why It Still Matters Today - Acts 1:9 - Mar 29, 1998 - 634

"After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight." Acts 1:9This is one of the most remarkable statements in Holy Scripture. We call it the ascension of Christ into heaven. All the major creeds mention it and every Christian group believes it. There ... More

Sense and Nonsense About God's Love - 1 John 4:8 - Apr 27, 1997 - 475

I’d like to begin my message with a simple observation. No attribute of God is so widely believed as the love of God. This observation is quite easily testable. Take a microphone to the streets of Chicago and ask them to tell you what God is like. I will assert without fear of contradiction th ... More

What is Heaven Like? - Philippians 3:20-21 - Jan 18, 1998 - 521

"Heaven is a place, just as much a place as is New York or Chicago.” Charles Ferguson Ball I begin this sermon with two statements that I believe to be almost universally true: Everyone wants to know about heaven and everyone wants to go there. Recent polls suggest that nearly 80% of all Ameri ... More

Justification: Not Guilty! - Various - Feb 26, 1995 - 375

Some of you may recognize the name P.P. Bliss. If you know evangelical music and hymnology, you may have seen his name in our hymnal. He was a man who served as a musical song writer and associate evangelist for the great D.L. Moody. In the early years of Moody’s career, P.P. Bliss was his fav ... More

Reconciliation: Enemies No More - Various - Mar 12, 1995 - 376

The year was 1968 and America was a troubled nation. That summer the inner cities of America’s great cities burst into flames. That fall America’s campuses were filled with protest against the war in Southeast Asia. As the time for the presidential election neared, it seemed as if the en ... More

Will We See Our Loved Ones Again? - 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 - Nov 3, 1996 - 315

My subject this morning is one that we don’t often talk about. Over the twenty years I have served in pastoral ministry I have had very few conversations on this topic. The reasons are not hard to understand.Death in the best of circumstances is not easy to discuss. Even as an academic topi ... More

Doing the Right Thing in the Wrong Way - Genesis 16 - May 5, 1996 - 22

This week my friend David Puckett was in town. I have known David ever since our days at Dallas Seminary. After we graduated I took a pastorate in California and he entered a doctoral program at the University of Chicago. Our paths crossed again a few years later when he attended the church I past ... More

Don't Get Fleeced! - Judges 6 - Oct 24, 1993 - 387

Gideon said to God, “If you will save Israel by my hand as you have promised—look, I will place a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is dry, then I will know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you said.” And that is wha ... More

The Strangest Part of the Creed: He Descended into Hell - I Peter 3:18-19 - Apr 4, 2004 - 654

What happened to Jesus between his death and resurrection? We know his body was buried, but what about his spirit? Where was he and what was he doing between his death at 3:00 p.m. on Friday and his resurrection sometime before sunrise on Sunday morning? Christians have wondered about these things f ... More

Overcoming Fear of the Future - Esther 4:12-16 - Dec 29, 2002 - 708

Current headlines tell a chilling story: “Americans Revel Under Watchful Eyes”“Riots Erupt in Bahrain”“The High Cost of Peace”“Thousands of Troops Head for Gulf”“Terrorism on the High Seas”“Kuwait Prepares for War”“Pr ... More

Breaking Down Walls: Racial Prejudice and The Christian Gospel - Psalm 139:23-24; 2 Corinthians 5:17 - Mar 13, 1994 - 134

On a sweltering August day in 1963, a quarter-million people gathered in Washington, D.C. for the largest civil rights demonstration in American history. Massing in front of the Lincoln Monument, the multitudes heard the words of a 44-year-old preacher named Martin Luther King, Jr. That day, he said ... More

Praying for the Sick–Part 2 - James 5:14-16 - Aug 28, 2009 - 1211

A few days ago I received an email from a friend whose daughter has recently been diagnosed with a very serious brain tumor that will, unless something unusual happens, take her life in the next 12-24 months. She and her husband are missionaries with a very effective outreach to the men and women se ... More

Paid in Full - John 19:30 - Oct 18, 2009 - 1228

“When he had received the drink, Jesus said, ‘It is finished’” (John 19:30.)Unfinished Business­ . . . The evidence is all around us. -During a visit to Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, I learned that the sculptor, a man named Gutzon Borglum, never finished his work. If y ... More

Unfading Glory - 2 Corinthians 3:7-11 - Feb 10, 2010 - 1238

Nostalgia can be deadly to your faith. I suppose there is always a temptation to look back at the past and imagine that it is better than the present, especially if you find yourself in a hard place. If you are old, you may wish you were young again.If your children have left home, you may wish the ... More

Living on a Spiritual Plateau, Part 2 - Galatian 5:16-17 - Mar 15, 2010 - 1241

In Part 1 of this message I argued that since plateaus occur naturally in many parts of the world, they serve a particular purpose in creation. While we tend to look at “spiritual plateaus” negatively, they are actually natural, normal and necessary. Necessary.Hmmm. How could plateaus be ... More

Sleeping With the Enemy - Revelation 2:18-29 - Nov 8, 2011 - 1298

“To the angel of the church in Thyatira write.” (Revelation 2:18). It was not exactly a vacation spot. You wouldn’t go there on a honeymoon. If you went there at all, you were usually just passing through. Of the seven cities of Revelation 2-3, Thyatira was the least important. And ... More

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions About The Christian Life - Chapter 12 - Jul 9, 2012

The ABC’s of Wisdom: Building Character with Solomon - Peacemaking - Jul 31, 2012

Something New Under the Sun: Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living - 4. RAINBOWS, IF YOU SEE THEM - Aug 5, 2012

The Forsaken Christ - Matthew 27:45-46 - May 5, 1991 - 545

Until a few days ago most of us had never given any serious thought to a place called Bangladesh. We knew it was somewhere on the other side of the world, but that’s all we knew. Then a typhoon hit the Bay of Bengal and suddenly Bangladesh was front page news. The latest reports suggest that 12 ... More

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