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Forgiveness: Healing the Hurt We Never Deserved - Matthew 18:21-35 - May 4, 2003 - 757

This is the first sermon in a series I never planned to preach. The story of how it came to be starts in February when I spent a week preaching at Word of Life Florida. One day I ate lunch with George Theis, former executive director of Word of Life. He told me about a book called Total Forgiveness ... More

How Can I Learn to Forgive? - Matthew 18:21-35 - Sep 21, 1997 - 531

Here are some of the questions people asked about forgiveness: • What really is forgiveness? • How can one do it? • What does it do for the forgiver? • How do you find it in yourself to forgive when you think you can’t or don’t even want to because of anger and ... More

Unless You Forgive - Matthew 6:12 - Oct 9, 2009 - 1222

“Forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors.” Matthew 6:12 Before we begin: Which is more difficult for you: asking God to forgive you or forgiving a person who has sinned against you. The fifth petition of the Lord’s Prayer seems simple enough, but simple things ca ... More

Suffer the Little Children - Matthew 18:1-6; 19:13-15 - Jan 16, 2013 - 1473

“Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God” (Mark 10:14 KJV). On January 20 we will observe Sanctity of Human Life Day. Each year we choose the Sunday closest to the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that l ... More

Sheep on the Right, Goats on the Left: The Final Separation of the Saved and the Lost - Matthew 25:31-46 - Dec 2, 2001 - 693

My text describes an awesome event, the Judgment of the Nations, which takes place when Jesus returns to the earth to set up his kingdom. There are three reasons why this judgment must take place:1) Evil must be exposed and finally punished.2) Righteousness must be revealed and finally rewarded.3) J ... More

Bad Manners at the Dinner Table: A Powerful Lesson in Biblical Confrontation - Galatians 2:11-14 - Jun 3, 2001 - 254

This is a sermon about conflict in the church—where it comes from and how to handle it. As a place to begin, I’d like to start with the observation that most church conflicts fall into one of two categories. Let’s talk first about the second category.Category 2 conflicts are those ... More

Arrows From Heaven: - Psalm 127-128 - Apr 25, 1999 - 298

What a difference a day makes. Tuesday morning dawned bright and clear and peaceful in Littleton, Colorado. At Columbine High School the students were still buzzing about the prom the previous Saturday night. Little did they know that their tranquil world was about to be shattered forever. At 11:15 ... More

Dear Sarah: A Letter About Forgiveness at Christmastime - Dec 14, 2006

(A few days ago I received a letter that took over a month to finally reach me. It came from someone I have never met. Because of the unusual nature of the letter, I began to think about the question, “What does forgiveness mean at Christmastime?” This week’s message is actually th ... More

Stumbling Stone or Cornerstone? - Romans 9:30-33 - May 12, 2006 - 763

Last week’s sermon was called Straight Talk About Predestination. If I were giving someone else advice, I would say that a title like that is just asking for trouble. I think it’s called leading with your chin. It’s hard to think of many topics that get people hot and bothered fast ... More

Stop, Thief! - Exodus 20:15 - Jul 19, 1992 - 720

Although it is not a matter of any particular importance, this is not the first time I have preached on the Ten Commandments. About 12 years ago I preached through the Ten Commandments at the church I pastored in Downey, California. After I finished that series of messages, I put my sermon notes i ... More

Who Is Jesus Christ? Article D: The Person and Work of Jesus Christ - Various - Mar 15, 1992 - 751

Tonight we are coming to the most critical doctrine in the Articles of Faith. Other doctrines are important as establishing foundational truth (the inerrancy of the Bible, the Trinity) or as explaining what we believe in a particular area (eternal security, the premillennial return of Christ), but ... 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

Marriage Conference - Various - Jul 19, 1993 - 428

Doing the Right Thing in the Wrong Way - Genesis 16 - May 5, 1996 - 22

This week my friend David Puckett was in town. I have known David ever since our days at Dallas Seminary. After we graduated I took a pastorate in California and he entered a doctoral program at the University of Chicago. Our paths crossed again a few years later when he attended the church I past ... 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

Getting Along With Cantankerous Christians - Philippians 2:1-4 - Oct 18, 1998 - 363

Here is the text taken from The Message, a contemporary translation of the New Testament by Eugene Peterson: If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a he ... More

What Children Can Teach Us At Thanksgiving - Psalm 131 - Nov 24, 1991 - 626

Once again the holiday season has rolled around and people are saying, “Where did the year go?” Already the stores are filled with Christmas decorations, children are wondering what they will find under the tree, and Mom and Dad are wondering how they will pay for it. These days Thanks ... More

Choose Life! - Deuteronomy 30:19-20 - Oct 29, 2008 - 182

(I first delivered this sermon in November 2000, just before the national elections that year. I have slightly edited the sermon and added a few new links. Otherwise the sermon is as I preached it eight years ago. I am posting it with a 2008 date because I still believe today what I wrote back then. ... More

Do Not Neglect Your Spiritual Gift - 1 Timothy 4:14 - Jan 11, 2007 - 165

Ever since the new year rolled around, I have been pondering one verse of Scripture and thinking about its implications for life and ministry, and what it would mean if we started to take it seriously. That verse is 1 Timothy 4:14. Here it is in several different versions: “Do not neglect ... More

Leading Others Upward - Malachi 2:1-9 - May 11, 2003 - 1259

There are some things that only a mom can teach… My mother taught me about anticipation: “Just wait until your father gets home!” My mother taught me about medical science: “If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they’re going to stay that way.” My mother ... More

How God Views Children - Psalm 127-128 - Jan 22, 2011 - 1271

“The end of a war and the death of a president got bigger headlines. But in a quiet way, a third event last week may have as lasting an influence on American life.” So began the Newsweek article from the February 5, 1973 edition about the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in A ... More


This is not the first itme I have preached this sermon at Northeast Bible Church. As a matter of fact, I have preached it twice before — the first time in the summer of 1983 and the second time in the summer of 1987. This is a sermon about forgiveness. Not about God’s forgiveness of ... 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

How to Handle Trouble in the Church - Jun 7, 1992

Some subjects require special justification by the pastor; others are self-evident. This one requires no justification. Wherever you have two or more people gathered in one place, you will have trouble sooner or later. Whenever you have hundreds of people in one place, you’ll probably have ... More

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