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Ten Sleepy Virgins: Are You Ready for Christ's Return? - Matthew 25:1-13 - Nov 18, 2001 - 690

Here is a nighttime wedding where everything seems to go wrong. The groom shows up so late that the bridal party falls asleep by the side of the road. When the groom finally arrives at midnight, half the bridesmaids have forgotten to bring enough oil for their lamps and end up banned from the celebr ... More

Repent! The Forgotten Doctrine of Salvation - Acts 17:30 - Oct 6, 2006 - 510

In 1937 the American Tract Society sponsored a contest in which they offered a prize of $1,000 for the best new book written on one of the “essential evangelical doctrines of the Christian faith.” Sixty-one years ago, $1,000 was a lot of money and a great many well-known Christian author ... 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

Every Tree But One: Why Freedom Isn't Free - Genesis 2:4-17 - May 19, 2002 - 222

What is freedom? Ask the question of ten people and you will get at least ten different answers. One person says that freedom is the right to get drunk every weekend. Someone else says that freedom means doing whatever you want, whenever you want to do it. To another man freedom is sleeping with as ... More

Forward-Leaning Defense - Sep 16, 2006

“There is no victory at bargain basement prices.” General Dwight Eisenhower“World War IV began in a long string of terrorist attacks, whose real nature went unrecognized until on September 11, 2001, huge billows of black smoke curled above New York City, Washington, D.C., and a fie ... More

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

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

"But Do It Soon" - Jun 13, 2004

“BUT DO IT SOON” by Ray Pritchard Last night my wife Marlene shared with me an e-mail she received from a woman she has never met. It all started several years ago when Nick was diagnosed with an autoimmune blood disorder. After a series of failed treatments, he underwent surgery that rev ... More

Postcards From the Edge: Why I Believe in Angels and Demons - Various - Nov 19, 1995 - 796

Angels are in. In the words of the Wall Street Journal, “after a hiatus of almost 300 years and much skepticism, angels are making a comeback.” A recent survey confirmed this fact: 58% of Americans in households making over $50,000 believe in angels, as do 55% of college graduates, 5 ... 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

From Temptation to Triumph - Nov 12, 1996

Playwright Oscar Wilde once jokingly remarked, “I can resist everything except temptation.” We smile when we read those words because they speak an important truth about the human condition. Temptation pays a visit to each of us every day and most of us struggle to say no.“Pastor ... More

Here, There and Everywhere: The Doctrine of God's Omnipresence - Psalm 139:7-12 - Feb 23, 1997 - 469

The scene: A young boy and his mother are having a serious discussion over lunch one day. “Where is God?” he asks innocently. “He’s in heaven,” his mother replies. “Does He live there?” “Yes.” “Where’s Jesus?” “He’s ... 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

Living in the Fear of God - 1 Peter 1:17-21 - Oct 24, 2004 - 589

After a six-week break, we are returning to our study of I Peter. I want to begin by reminding you that Peter wrote this letter to believers scattered across ancient Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey). Widely separated and facing persecution, Peter encourages them to stand fast in the grace of God in sp ... More

Come Before Winter - 2 Timothy 4:9-22 - Aug 31, 2003 - 494

Three things—apparently unrelated—have come together in my mind as I have prepared this message. First, in just a few days we will come to the second anniversary of the terrorist attacks that took place on September 11, 2001. A survey released this week shows that 80% of Americans b ... More

Come Before Winter - 2 Timothy 4:21 - May 27, 2008 - 1155

The Bible has a lot to say about time. The most important thing it says is something we know already—that our time is limited. Time can be used or wasted, it can be invested or squandered, but either way, once used, it can never be regained. Time matters because we have such a limited supply. ... More

John Sergey Funeral Service - Jan 5, 2009

John Sergey Funeral ServiceJanuary 5, 2009It was about ten years ago when Marlene and I made a hospital visit together. We went to West Suburban Hospital to visit Eugenie Longinow who was not long for this world. She was then in her eighties, her husband have died sometime earlier. And she was ready ... More

Who is the Real Enemy? - Ephesians 6:12 - Apr 29, 2009 - 1198

Not long ago I received the following email:I am studying Ephesians 6 about the Armor of God & and there is one verse that I’m afraid I don’t get the full meaning of. It’s verse 12 “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the autho ... More

Invitation to the Heart of God - Matthew 6:9 - Oct 3, 2009 - 1216

“This, then, is how you should pray." Matthew 6:9 Before we begin: How old were you when you first learned the Lord’s Prayer? How often do you pray the Lord’s Prayer? Why does this prayer (of all the prayers in the Bible) matter so much? Come with me to Stuttgart, Germany in ... More

Proving God’s Faithfulness - Malachi 3:6-12 - Jun 1, 2003 - 1262

One day a man called his church and said, “Can I speak to the head hog at the trough?” The secretary thought she heard right but asked, “I’m sorry. Who would you like to speak with?” The caller repeated, “Can I speak to the head hog at the trough?” The ... 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

If God is Sovereign, Why Pray? - Matthew 6:8 - Jun 21, 2012 - 1313

“I listen more than I talk.” That’s how a well-known pastor described his prayer life in a sermon I heard recently. It was the reason he gave that arrested my attention. “After all, it seems like God is going to do whatever he wants to do anyway.” There are various way ... More

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

The ABC’s of Wisdom: Building Character with Solomon - Initiative - Jul 30, 2012

Do You Know Why You Were Born? - Genesis 37 - Sep 11, 2013 - 1490

We begin with the words of Mark Twain who said, “There are two great days in a person’s life - the day we are born and the day we discover why.”   One is easier than the other. One is a date in time. It’s October 4 or March 29 or February 12 or September 26. It’s ... More

“One Little Word Shall Fell Him": What the Cross Meant to Satan - Colossians 2:15 - Mar 14, 1999 - 673

By 6:00 p.m. the party had started in earnest. It was Friday evening and that meant the party would probably last all night and perhaps even into the next day. Everyone who heard the news could hardly believe it, but they knew that if it were true, this would be the party to end all parties. So they ... More

Faithful to the Defeated - Lamentations 3:22-23 - Jun 13, 1999 - 682

The year was 1866, and in a log cabin in the little town of Franklin, Kentucky, Thomas Obadiah Chisholm was born. Although he never went to high school or college, he became an elementary school teacher at age 16. Five years later he was named associate editor of the Franklin Favorite, the local new ... More

A Tale of Three Men - 3 John - Aug 31, 1997 - 460

John’s third epistle has often called a “Tale of Three Men.” That is indeed an appropriate title for if you know these three men, you know what 2 John is all about. Verse 1 speaks of Gaius—the man to whom John wrote his letter.Verse 9 speaks of Diotrophes—an opponent of ... More

Empty on the Inside: How God Reveals Himself to Us - Acts 17:26-28 - Jun 28, 1998 - 241

In his book, Therefore Stand (written in 1945), Wilbur Smith has a chapter on Paul’s speech to the Areopagus (Acts 17:16-34). Along the way he comments on the similarity between ancient Athens and modern America. For all the obvious differences in culture and language, there is a similar appro ... More

Repent! The Forgotten Doctrine of Salvation - Acts 17:30 - Aug 9, 1998 - 246

In 1937 the American Tract Society sponsored a contest in which they offered a prize of $1,000 for the best new book written on one of the “essential evangelical doctrines of the Christian faith.” Sixty-one years ago, $1,000 was a lot of money and a great many well-known Christian author ... More

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