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Sola Scriptura: The Bible and Only the Bible - 2 Timothy 3:16 - Jun 15, 1997 - 676

"Your word, O Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.” Psalm 119:89 “You have exalted above all things your name and your word.” Psalm 138:2b “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” Matthew 24:35 “The Scripture cannot be brok ... More

God's Inerrant Word - Article A: The Scriptures - Various - Feb 9, 1992 - 750

Allan Bloom begins his ground-breaking work, The Closing of the American Mind, this way: There is one thing a professor can be absolutely certain of: almost every student entering the university believes, or says he believes, that truth is relative. If this belief is put to the test, one can count ... More

Every Home a Little Church: - Deuteronomy 6:1-9; 2 Timothy 3:14-17 - May 2, 1999 - 300

As the home goes, so goes the church. Everything we believe begins in the home where we learn to worship, to pray, to sing, and to read God’s Word. When Christian homes are strong, the church is strong. But when the homes are weak, the church cannot make up the difference. Deuteronomy 6:7 tell ... More

Perilous Times - II Timothy 3 - Jul 27, 2003 - 490

You’ve probably heard the old joke about the fellow who was told, “Cheer up. Things could be worse.” So he said, “I did as I was told. I cheered up, and sure enough, things got worse.” That in a nutshell is the message of II Timothy. The Apostle Paul, writing from a pri ... More

What We Believe About the Bible - II Timothy 3:16 - Sep 16, 1990 - 753

"Modern theology of almost every shade is in crisis.” With those words Clark Pinnock begins his monumental work Biblical Revelation: The Foundation of Christian Theology. He goes on to say, “While there is no lack of religious verbosity, a sure word resonant with Divine authority is s ... More

How Will You Be Remembered? - II Timothy 2:1-13 - Jun 22, 2003 - 489

How will you be remembered? It’s a simple question that defies a simple answer. After you are dead and gone, after you’ve lived your 40 or 60 or 80 years, when your time on earth has come to an end, when you are here no more, how will you be remembered? What will you leave behind as the ... More

How To Kill A Giant - I Samuel 17 - Aug 27, 2000 - 344

As the mist cleared from the valley, the men on both sides knew the time had come. Before this day was done, many men would die. The soldiers of the army of Israel checked their weapons, made sure their uniforms were ready, and grabbed a quick bite of bread and cheese. Older soldiers took a swig of ... More

Seven Signs Of The Second Coming - Aug 13, 2006

(Revised and Expanded January 9, 1991)The following things have happened in the last 72 hours:*Yesterday the Iraqi Revolutionary Council met with Saddam Hussein and reaffirmed that there would be no withdrawal from Kuwait either before or after January 15. “The idea of withdrawal exists only i ... More

War in Heavenly Places - Daniel 10 - Mar 5, 2000 - 162

This is one of those times when the sermon title is important. The title “War in Heavenly Places” not only describes this sermon, it also tells us what Daniel 10 is all about. This chapter, which is often overlooked, reveals to us a cosmic struggle between the forces of good and evil. It ... More

Bestseller and More - Sep 18, 2009

We begin with the simple observation that the Bible is the bestselling book of all time. More copies have been printed in more languages and read by more people than any other book in history. It is so far out in front of every other book ever written that it stands in a category all by itself. Over ... More

Bestseller and More: Why I Believe in the Bible - Various - Oct 15, 1995 - 791

We begin with the simple observation that the Bible is the best-selling book of all time. More copies have been printed in more languages and read by more people than any other book in history. It is so far out in front of every other book ever written that it stands in a category all by itself. ... More

Beyond the Crystal Ball: Why I Believe in the Second Coming of Christ - Various - Dec 31, 1995 - 799

Consider the events of the last few weeks: *In Washington, the government shut-down has entered its sixteenth day, with no end in sight. While politicians argue where to place the blame, hundreds of thousands of workers remain idle. *In Israel, a religious Jew shot and killed Prime Minister Yitzak ... More

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

Allied Force Questions - Various - Jan 4, 1998 - 522

When we surveyed the congregation asking for their questions a few months ago, our high school ministry (called Allied Force) turned in their own set of questions. On October 12, the students joined me on the platform and participated in a live question-and-answer session. The questions that follow ... More

How to Spot Counterfeit Christianity - I Corinthians 12:10 - May 27, 1990 - 573

I’d like to begin by quoting from an article published in 1988 in Celebrity magazine. The article is entitled, “The Cult Rage Possesses the Stars,” and is subtitled “Shirley Maclaine, Linda Evans and Sharon Gless believe in spirits beyond the grave—Do you?” In t ... More

Babbling for Jesus: Speaking Truth to Highly Intelligent People - Acts 17:18-21 - Jun 7, 1998 - 242

I’d like to begin by telling you about a new mission statement that has just been approved by the elders of the church. Several months ago the pastoral staff and the elders began working together to write a new mission statement for our church. Although we’ve done this several times in t ... More

Dreams, Visions and Supernatural Signs - Numbers 12:6-8 - Nov 21, 1993 - 390

Whenever dreams, visions and supernatural signs are discussed, three questions immediately come to mind. Number one, are such things really possible today? Number two, if they are, what part do they have in determining God’s will for your life? Number three, if you think you have had a drea ... More

How to Kill a Giant - 1 Samuel 17 - Jul 17, 2009 - 1207

As the mist cleared from the valley, the men on both sides knew the time had come. Before this day was done, many men would die. The soldiers of the army of Israel checked their weapons, made sure their uniforms were ready, and grabbed a quick bite of bread and cheese. Older soldiers took a swig of ... More

Six Miles From Jesus - Matthew 2:1-6 - Dec 22, 2009 - 1233

How long would it take to walk six miles? If you are in good shape, you could walk it in a couple of hours. If the terrain is relatively flat, you could easily cover six miles in an afternoon. That’s not much of a hike. If you wanted to walk from Jerusalem to Bethlehem, it’s only six m ... More

Why I Believe in a Last-Days Worldwide Awakening - Jul 10, 2010

This topic has been on my mind for quite a while. I first delivered this talk at a missions conference in Montreal several years ago. It came to mind again this week after I was asked a question about the Second Coming during a question and answer session at Cannon Beach Conference Center in Oregon. ... More

Trouble in the Church! - Romans 16:17-20 - Sep 15, 2007 - 744

Greet one another with a holy kiss … but don’t go kissing everyone.That will serve as a useful summary of our text. Sometimes it’s not what you say but when you say it that matters. Paul writes these stern words immediately after a long paragraph extending personal greetings to va ... More

Clarification of Certain Doctrinal and Practical Issues - Various - May 23, 1996 - 563

The following material is presented by the Elders as a means of clarifying the church’s position on certain issues. As you read this, please remember that this is not meant to be a comprehensive statement of what we believe in every area. You may consult the Articles of Faith for a full statem ... More

Acts of the Apostates - Jude 1-25 - Sep 7, 1997 - 461

I’d like to begin my message with a word we don’t often use. Though it has been around for many generations, this particular word unfamiliar to most of us. Few of us use it in ordinary conversationsand some of us have probably never heard the word at all. It is a word with an ugly, omino ... More

First Century Patterns For 21st-Century Churches - Various - Apr 5, 1992 - 332

I. The Purpose of This Mini-SeriesA. To provide a biblical background for some of the key issues surrounding the proposed revision of our church constitution. There are three primary issues that need special discussion: the role of elders, the role of deacons, and the biblical basis for congregation ... More


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