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Playing with Fire: Can We Still Believe in Hell? - Luke 16:19-31 - Jun 18, 2000 - 214

It’s easy to go to extremes whenever the topic of hell comes up. Either we focus on lurid descriptions of the damned burning in eternal torment or we avoid the topic altogether. Earlier generations tended to stress the former. In his classic sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,& ... More

What Jesus Would Say to Jim Bakker - Luke 16:1-13 - Nov 26, 1989 - 484

When the history of this turbulent decade is finally written, no doubt a large chapter will be reserved for the strange, sad story of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. It is the story of the rise and fall of one of the great religious empires of modern times. It is a story of how an obscure preacher and ... More

Playing with Fire: Can We Still Believe in Hell? - Luke 16:19-31 - Apr 3, 2011 - 1277

It’s easy to go to extremes whenever the topic of hell comes up. Either we focus on lurid descriptions of the damned burning in eternal torment or we avoid the topic altogether. Earlier generations tended to stress the former. In his classic sermon Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, Jonatha ... 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

Looking for a Second Chance: What About Purgatory and Postmortem Salvation? - Hebrews 1:3 - Jun 11, 2000 - 213

Most people think that Catholics believe in purgatory and Protestants don’t. That statement needs qualification in two ways. First, the various Orthodox churches also believe in purgatory, though we don’t often hear about it. Second, there is a sense in which Protestants in general and e ... 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

Fear Factor - Acts 20:35 - Apr 10, 2005 - 746

For the past few months I’ve been preaching a series of sermons from I Peter. We’re taking a break from that series for the next two weeks so we can focus on Christian giving. That fact is noteworthy for two reasons:1) We rarely take time to address the issue of giving from the pulpit. I ... 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

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

What Happens When We Die? - Hebrews 9:27 - Sep 28, 1997 - 532

We live in a time when there is great fascination about life after death.• 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 storie ... More

Death of a Princess - Genesis 23 - Jul 7, 1996 - 28

Some years ago an artist painted a picture showing a mountain of skulls. At first glance all the skulls seem to be the same, but when you look closely you notice some writing on each skull. One said, “doctor,” another “teacher,” another “secretary,” another &ldq ... 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

What Money Can’t Buy - Jan 2, 2005

WHAT MONEY CAN’T BUY by Ray Pritchard “A feast is made for laughter, and wine makes life merry, but money is the answer for everything” (Ecclesiastes 10:19). Commentators differ on the meaning of the last phras”“money is the answer for everything.” Is this an ir ... More

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions About The Christian Life - Chapter 11 - Jul 9, 2012


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