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From Oak Park to the Ends of the Earth: God's Plan for Calvary Memorial Church - Acts 1:8 - Mar 22, 1998 - 633

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Acts 1:8Last week we talked about the first half of this verse. At the end of the sermon I asked each person to do two things: 1) Pra ... More

The Church on its Knees: Unleashing the Power of United Prayer - Acts 1:12-14 - Apr 19, 1998 - 636

"Prayer is that slender nerve that moves the muscles of omnipotence." Charles SpurgeonI don’t often begin a sermon with a confession but this week it seems the appropriate thing to do. Over the years whenever I have prepared to preach on prayer, I have always approached my task with a b ... 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

Dice in the Prayer Meeting: Making Tough Decisions with God's Help - Acts 1:21-26 - May 3, 1998 - 640

4 … 9 … 30 … 34 … 48 … 8. Do you know what those numbers mean? Frank and Shirley Capaci of Streamwood know because those numbers won them $104 million this week in the largest lottery in American history. On Tuesday and Wednesday millions of people in 20 states ... More

40 Amazing Days: The Original Founders Week - Acts 1:1-3 - Feb 1, 1998 - 628

If you are a regular listener to Moody radio, you know that the annual Founder’s Week Bible Conference begins tomorrow night. What you may not know is that this historic conference started in the 1890s when D.L. Moody asked that the students at the Institute be dismissed from class on his bir ... More

The Adventure Begins: How Jesus Works Through Ordinary People - Acts 1:1 - Jan 25, 1998 - 627

Today we are beginning a brand-new sermon series from the book of Acts. I find myself excited as I think about this series because Acts is one of the most exciting books in the New Testament. It is also aptly named because Acts is preeminently the book of action. It is the story of how the Christ ... 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

The Scripture Had to Be Fulfilled: Can We Still Believe the Bible? - Acts 1:15, 20 - May 10, 1998 - 639

It is sometimes asked why the early church grew so explosively. We know, for instance, that after Jesus ascended into heaven, approximately 120 men and women gathered in the upper room to wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit. While there were doubtless other disciples scattered across Israel, this ... More

How God Uses Bad People to Do His Will: Another Look at God's Providence - Acts 1:15-26 - May 3, 1998 - 641

Two questions confront us as we consider the story of Judas: 1. Why did he do it? 2. Why did God allow it?Last week’s sermon dealt with the first question. We concluded that the Bible doesn’t give us a final answer regarding why Judas betrayed Jesus Christ. This week we’re looking ... More

Is It Time Yet? Don't Forget the First Rule of the Spiritual Life - Acts 1:6-7 - Mar 8, 1998 - 635

So when they met together, they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.” Acts 1:6-7 A few days ago I happened to be in my car at no ... More

You Will Be My Witnesses: God's Job Description for Every Christian - Acts 1:8 - Mar 15, 1998 - 632

I first heard the question 27 years ago from my friend, Ben Wilkinson, a Presbyterian evangelist. He came to the First Presbyterian Church of Russellville, Alabama for a week of evangelistic meetings. During the mornings he trained a team of young people to share the gospel door to door. Although it ... More

What Happened to Judas? The Man Who Kissed the Door of Heaven But Went to Hell - Acts 1:15-26 - Apr 26, 1998 - 637

"Woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born." Mark 14:21b“If you are not born again, the day will come when you will wish you had never been born at all." Warren WiersbePerhaps the place to begin is at the end of the story. It is now early Fr ... More

Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? Why Christ May Come at Any Moment - Matthew 24:36-51 - Nov 11, 2001 - 689

Whenever I speak on Bible prophecy, one question always comes up sooner or later: When is Jesus coming back? No matter what else people want to know, it always comes back to a question of timing. “How close are we to the Second Coming? Do you think these are the last days? Could the Rapture ha ... More

Sound the Trumpet! Christ's Second Coming to the Earth - Matthew 24:29-35 - Nov 4, 2001 - 692

The most significant event in Bible prophecy is the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. It is an event so important that there are over 300 separate prophecies relating to it in the Word of God, making it one of the most important doctrines in the Bible. It is the key that unlocks the door that leads to ... More

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit: The Source of Our Power - Acts 1:4-5 - Feb 22, 1998 - 630

“I believe baptism in the Holy Ghost is exactly on the same plane as baptism in water—we never need to repeat it." W. H. Griffith Thomas With this topic we venture deep into the waters of theological controversy. While those outside the church may have no knowledge of it, evan ... More

THE P.U.I.H. - Acts 2 - Apr 17, 1994 - 807

I don’t know what image comes into your mind when you hear the word Pentecostal. When I hear the word, my mind always goes back to the small town in Alabama where I grew up. Back then, there were only four churches you could belong to—Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian and Church of Chri ... 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

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

In God’s Waiting Room: Lessons from the “Down Time” of Life - Acts 1:4 - Feb 15, 1998 - 629

On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: ‘‘Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.” Acts 1:4Have you ever heard of the American prayer? It goes this way: “Lord, give me patience, ... 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

The God We Hardly Know - Sep 22, 2006

David Mains caught me off guard with his question. “If you had to grade your congregation on their knowledge of the Holy Spirit, what grade would you give them?”Up until that moment, the interview had gone well. David and his daughter Melissa had thrown me fast pitches right over the cen ... More

I Will Pour Out My Spirit On All People - Joel 2:28-32; Acts 2:14-21 - Jul 10, 2005 - 205

A few days ago I happened to see my son Mark intently reading a paperback book. When I asked him what he was reading, he named a title I recognized as being very popular with Christians in their 20’s and early 30’s. It is, in fact, a bestseller with that group. How did Mark like it? &ldq ... More

The Whole Bible in One Message - Nov 9, 2010

(This sermon owes a great deal to a message on the same theme by my friend Ryan Whitley, pastor of Crosspoint Church in Trussville, Alabama.) What can you do in 30 minutes?How much can you read?How much TV can you watch?How many projects can you start and finish?How many calls can you return?Su ... More

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The God We Hardly Know: Why I Believe in the Holy Spirit - Various - Oct 29, 1995 - 793

David Mains caught me off guard with his question. “If you had to grade your congregation on their knowledge of the Holy Spirit, what grade would you give them?” The interview, broadcast nationally on the program You Need to Know, centered around my book Names of the Holy Spirit. I g ... More

Payday Someday: Why I Believe in Heaven and Hell - Various - Nov 26, 1995 - 797

This morning we come face to face with the most basic question of all: What happens when we die? For thousands of years men and women have pondered this question and offered differing answers. The materialist says that there is no such thing as a soul or spirit so that when we die, we simply ceas ... More

Many Infallible Proofs: How We Know Christ Lives Today - Acts. 1:3 - Feb 8, 1998 - 631

"Without the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ the Christian faith would have been stillborn, for a living faith cannot survive a dead Savior." Peter LewisThe time: 6:00 a.m. The place: A garden tomb. The date: Sunday, April 5, AD 33. In the early-morning hours a group of women walks quietly and ... More

Great Joy in the City - Acts 8:4-8 - Jan 9, 2005 - 664

“Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Christ there. When the crowds heard Philip and saw the miraculous signs he did, they all paid close attention to what he said. With shrieks, evil spirits came out of man ... More

Can I Lose My Salvation? - Philippians 1:6 - Nov 2, 1997 - 525

I would like to begin with the observation that this is a controversial question in Christian circles. It would be difficult to find a subject about which believers are more deeply divided. To the question, “Can I lose my salvation?” there are whole denominations that answer yes: The Met ... More

When is Jesus Coming Back? - Matthew 24:32-51 - Dec 28, 1997 - 528

"He may come at any time. He’s sure to come some time. Let’s be ready when he does come.” Andrew Blackwood Several weeks ago (December 15, 1997) U.S. News and World Report carried a cover story called “Dark Prophecies.” In it the author reported that according to a rece ... More

My Favorite Teacher - Romans 12:7; I Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:11 - Apr 22, 1990 - 568

It’s not hard for me to remember my favorite teacher. I first met her on a bright September morning in 1962. Her name was Mrs. Witt. We were her new fifth-grade class. She was a big, strong woman, which meant she could take care of us without any trouble. To me she looked like she had bee ... More

The Power of a Book - Various - Dec 6, 1998 - 414

Message to the R. G. Mitchell Christmas BanquetToronto, CanadaThank you. It is a great honor to be with you tonight. This is my first visit to Toronto and is really my first visit to Canada, if you don’t count a twenty-minute border crossing a few years ago. Our family was on vacation in north ... 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

The Easter Conspiracy - Matthew 28:11-15 - Apr 7, 1996 - 179

"The resurrection of Christ is either the greatest miracle or the greatest delusion which history records." Philip SchaffIt’s been a good week for Jesus if you count cover stories as good news. For the first time in my memory Jesus is on the cover of the three major newsmagazines in the same w ... More

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