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Living by Faith in an Uncertain World - Hebrews 11:8-10 - Sep 16, 2001 - 51

He must have been in a hurry to get home to see his family. That’s the only reason his friends could think of to explain why Thomas Burnett of San Ramon, California changed his reservations and took an earlier flight last Tuesday morning. All his friends knew how much he loved his wife and his ... More

Level Three Faith and How to Get There - Hebrews 11:13-16 - Sep 14, 2003 - 695

Every time a church enters a stewardship campaign, there is danger and there is also opportunity. The main danger is that the church will talk so much about money that people will begin to equate the whole of Christianity with money and will therefore begin to equate spirituality with how much or ho ... More

At Home with the Lord: What is the Christian View of Death? - Hebrews 11:20-22 - Jul 16, 2000 - 217

One of the first prayers I learned to pray was my bedtime prayer. I do not remember how old I was when I first learned it but I know I was just a young boy. Over the years it has helped millions of children get ready to go to bed. You probably know it by heart:Now I lay me down to sleepI pray Thee, ... More

The Fifth Law: Active Faith Releases God's Power - Hebrews 11 - Mar 24, 2002 - 552

Let’s begin by reviewing the first four laws of the spiritual life:Law 1: He’s God and We’re Not.Law 2: God Doesn’t Need Us But We Desperately Need Him.Law 3: What God Demands, He Supplies.Law 4: What You Seek, You Find.Each law covers a major area of our relationship with Go ... More

By Faith - Hebrews 11:1-2 - Jun 12, 2008 - 1156

With this message we are beginning a new series on Hebrews 11 called Outrageous Faith. I have a personal interest in this chapter that goes back to the first church I pastored immediately after graduating from seminary in May 1978. Two months later I preached my first sermon as pastor of a small chu ... More

The Incredible Journey - Hebrews 11:8-10 - Jul 10, 2008 - 1158

I received an email from someone who is struggling with some decisions that have not worked out the way they expected. The details don’t matter except to say that the person took what seemed to be a step of faith and the result has been a great big mess. “What did I do wrong?”That ... 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

It’s the Faith, Brother - Hebrews 11:3-7 - Jun 19, 2008 - 1157

“It’s the faith, Brother.”That’s what Tim Russert said to Jon Meacham when he invited him to appear on Meet the Press to debate noted atheist Christopher Hitchens. He told Meacham he had a “great deal” for him. “You gotta come down and defend the faith, Brot ... More

Why We Keep Believing - Hebrews 11:13-16 - Aug 12, 2008 - 1160

If you don’t believe in heaven, you can skip this sermon.That may seem like an odd way to begin, but it’s a true statement, and truth is always a good place to start. Everything in this sermon is about heaven. And if you don’t believe in heaven, then a lot of this sermon won’ ... More

The Blessing of a Believing Spouse - Hebrews 11:11-12 - Jul 23, 2008 - 1159

This is the story of Sarah’s faith. It is the story of one woman who together with her husband believed God and received a very great reward. It is also a story about the enormous blessing of having a believing spouse. If man has a wife who believes in Jesus, he is greatly blessed, and if a wi ... More

Miracles Come in Many Varieties - Hebrews 11:33-38 - Feb 22, 2009 - 1191

The Next Hero - Hebrews 11:39-40 - Mar 8, 2009 - 1192

Twice recently Marlene has brought up a song by Steve Green called Find Us Faithful. It’s a song that any Christian would find moving, but parents especially will ponder its message.  Marlene said she has been thinking about this particular verse: After all our hopes and dreams have come ... More

Murder One: Why Do We Hate Each Other? - Genesis 4:1-16 - Jul 7, 2002 - 231

This is the story of Cain and Abel. It is a story that is so well known that many people who never read the Bible know that Cain killed Abel. It has even entered our language as a synonym for troublemaking—Raising Cain. The phrase is appropriate because this story is dark and tragic from begin ... More

If I Should Die Before I Wake - Hebrews 11:20-22 - Sep 10, 2008 - 1164

One of the first prayers I learned to pray was my bedtime prayer. I do not remember how old I was when I first learned it, but I know I was just a young boy. Over the years it has helped millions of children get ready to go to bed. You probably know it by heart:Now I lay me down to sleep   ... More

The Final Difference Between the Church and the World - Hebrews 11:29 - Oct 13, 2008 - 1168

“By faith the people passed through the Red Sea? as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned” (Hebrews 11:29).My aim in this sermon is to show you the final difference between the church and the world. The key word is “final,” by which I mean the ... More

How Will You Be Remembered? - Genesis 50 & Hebrews 11 - Dec 12, 2013 - 1498

One of the first prayers I learned to pray was my bedtime prayer. I do not remember how old I was when I first learned it, but I know I was just a young boy. Over the years it has helped millions of children get ready for bed. You probably know it by heart:   Now I lay me down to sleep&nbs ... More

From Adam to Noah: Lessons from a Genealogy - Genesis 5 - Jul 21, 2002 - 229

I begin this sermon with a confession. In my quarter-century as a pastor, I believe this is the first sermon I have ever preached from a genealogy. There is a reason for that, which I’m sure you already understand. To most people, the genealogies are the most boring part of the Bible. If you r ... More

The World According to God - Daniel 2 - Nov 21, 1999 - 153

This is one of the pivotal chapters of the Bible. Daniel 2 contains important truth about world history from God’s point of view. You won’t learn what this chapter teaches at any secular university, yet it is entirely trustworthy. One writer calls Daniel 2 “the Prophetic Alphabet&r ... More

Shall We Kill Our Children Today? - Hebrews 11:23 - Sep 23, 2008 - 1166

Are children a burden or a blessing?I suppose it all depends on who you ask or what you mean or why the question even matters at all. If you have to ask the question, you are bound to come to the wrong answer. The Bible is clear enough on this point. “Sons are a heritage from the Lord, childre ... More

From Rahab to Jesus - Hebrews 11:31 - Feb 7, 2009 - 1189

“By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient” (Hebrews 11:31).There are certain occupations that we associate with certain biblical characters. To say a particular name immediately brings a certain occupation to mind. Abra ... 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

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

But If Not - Daniel 3:17-18 - Dec 5, 1999 - 156

The word martyr has the sound of antiquity about it. It’s a word that belongs to the days of Jesus and the apostles, and to the persecuted early Christians who were thrown to the lions in Rome. A few of us have read in Foxe’s Book of Martyrs about the persecution of God’s children ... More

It's Okay Not to Know - Mar 29, 1996

So much of what we need to know can’t be learned quickly. Nor can it be learned in a classroom. The things that really matter are discovered only in the laboratory of life. Finding God’s will is often like that. As a pastor I am often asked questions about the will of God. I have dis ... 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

What Is Your Isaac? - Hebrews 11:17-19 - Aug 27, 2008 - 1162

Certain Bible stories need no introduction. They are so well known that even people outside the church who may never actually read the Bible have heard them. Adam and Eve. Noah and the ark. Moses at the Red Sea. Joshua and the walls of Jericho. David and Goliath. Daniel in the lions’ den. An ... More

Why Jericho Fell - Hebrews 11:30 - Oct 30, 2008 - 1171

“By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the people had marched around them for seven days” (Hebrews 11:30). Few stories in the Bible are better known than the story of Joshua and the battle for Jericho. We know it so well that when someone starts to tell the story, we subconsciously s ... More

Did I Make a Mistake? - Romans 8:28; Hebrews 11:8 - Oct 16, 2010 - 1265

What do you do when you think you’ve blown it but you aren’t quite sure?Maybe you shouldn’t have changed jobs. Maybe you shouldn’t have bought that new house. Maybe you shouldn’t have moved to a new city. Maybe you shouldn’t have taken that big promotion. Maybe yo ... More

The Greatest Risk You’ll Ever Take: "I Believe in God” - Hebrews 11:6 - Jan 18, 2004 - 643

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11:6). The Bible declares God’s existence. It does not attempt to prove it. Certain things are so true that ... More

The Fourth Law: What You Seek, You Find - Matthew 6:33 - Mar 17, 2002 - 551

In this sermon series we are looking at the Seven Laws of the Spiritual Life. These “laws” are not exactly doctrines, not exactly duties,not exactly promises and not exactly rules. Each one represents a major truth that Christians need to know. They are like pillars that hold up a large ... More

The Third Law: What God Demands, He Supplies - Mar 3, 2002

In this sermon series we’re looking at the basic laws of the spiritual life that apply to all Christians everywhere. These are the principles that every Christian needs to know because they meet you right where you are and then take you all the way home to heaven. The First Law states a fundam ... More

Samson and the Fine Art of Self-Control - Sep 24, 2006

In December 2004 I received an email that changed my life. Right after the tsunami that devastated Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and India, Ramesh Richard, a professor at Dallas Seminary, sent an email that contained a simple, one-sentence prayer. He called it a “dangerous” prayer. The ... More

Nitty-Gritty Faith - Hebrews 11 - Dec 3, 1989 - 487

It is a pleasure to salute our young people today. They are the future of this church. And it is a pleasure to have our teenagers share in the morning service. In case you didn’t know, Bruce Smith made the announcements, Elizabeth Morris read the Scripture, and Tom Krumsieg led in prayer. A ... More

How a Good Man Dies - Genesis 48-50 - Nov 22, 1992 - 353

"Fear not that your life shall come to an end, but rather that it shall never have a beginning.” John Henry NewmanSuppose you had three minutes to live and your loved ones were gathered around you waiting to hear your last words. What would you say? Perhaps you are in the hospital dy ... More

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