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Do You Have the Courage to be Happy? - Matthew 5:3-12 - Nov 10, 1991 - 787

It started on a Friday night 17 years ago in Lansing, Michigan when a young sophomore came off the bench to lead Everett High School to victory. He scored 36 points, had 18 rebounds, 16 assists and 10 steals. It was the most remarkable high school performance Fred Stabley had ever seen. As he wro ... More

The Salt and Light Brigade - Matthew 5:13-16 - Nov 19, 1989 - 483

The year was 1970, the tail end of the wild period of modern American history. Dr. E. Stanley Jones, the famous Methodist missionary/author/evangelist, was asked to name the number one problem of the church. He replied quickly that the number one problem was irrelevance. He went on to say that 3/ ... More

The Winds Of War - Matthew 24:6 - Aug 6, 2006 - 142

(Date: January 20, 1991)What a week it’s been for all of us! This has been one of those rare moments when time, which had been rolling smoothly along, suddenly came to a total halt. Do you remember where you were when you heard the news?It was late Wednesday afternoon and I was rushing home so ... More

The Blessing No One Wants - Matthew 5:4 - May 12, 2012 - 1309

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted” (Matthew 5:4). This is one of the strangest statements in the Bible. It is a paradox and a mystery. “Blessed are those who mourn,” said Jesus. Happy are the sad! What do these strange words mean? Who are the mourners, ... More

God Is So Good! - Psalm 107:1 - Apr 20, 1997 - 474

"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.” 1 Chronicles 16:34a “The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.” Psalm 145:9 “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” Psalm 34:8 Let’s begin with a definition, ... More

How to Make Peace with Your Enemies - Genesis 21:22-34 - Jun 23, 1996 - 25

Slain Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin said it, “You don’t make peace with your friends, only with your enemies.” He uttered those words soon after Israel signed an historic peace treaty with the PLO in 1993. Harshly criticized by many of his countrymen who felt he had given ... More

Murder in My Mouth - Exodus 20:13 - Jul 5, 1992 - 722

They had only been married 11 days when she had him killed. It all started when Louie Weber met Eva Garcia. Louie was 41 and she was 17 and a senior in high school. A romance blossomed and they were married in November 1988. Six days after getting married Eva learned that she had won a scholarsh ... More

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

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

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

WMBI Commentaries - Various - Aug 23, 2001 - 434

The Miserable Millionaire: Christ Speak to the Problem of Misplaced Priorities - Matthew 19:16-26 - Feb 18, 2001 - 116

It has been almost ten years since I last preached on the story of the Rich Young Ruler. That fact wouldn’t matter except that in 1991 I started my sermon with the story of a man named Lee Atwater. In the estimation of many people, he was the man most responsible for electing George Bush presi ... More

The Tower That Fell: Why God Stopped the Building Program - Genesis 11:1-9 - Sep 29, 2002 - 236

"Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth” (Genesis 11:4).Think of it! A tower that reaches to the heavens. And we thought that we had big ambitions. This one ta ... More

Staying Pure in an X-Rated World - Various - Sep 19, 2004 - 266

(This particular sermon was a “tag team” effort where I preached the first part, and Pastor Bob Boerman preached the last part. I have added a conclusion beginning with the section called “Rise and Walk.")“The moment sex ceases to be a servant it becomes a tyrant.” G. K ... More

Full Stomachs and Empty Hearts - Matthew 5:6 - Jan 28, 1996 - 54

“You are what you eat.” This is not good news for most of us, especially on Super Bowl Sunday. But it is true.  Nutritionists tell us your appetite determines your diet, your diet determines your intake, and your intake determines your health. We know, for example, that too much ... More

The Salt and Light Brigade - Matthew 5:13-16 - Mar 17, 1996 - 59

All of us were shocked and saddened by the tragic events in the Scottish highlands this week. On Wednesday a deranged gunman slaughtered sixteen schoolchildren and their teacher for no apparent reason. Commenting on the tragedy, the Chicago Sun-Times wrote an editorial entitled “We Must Not ... More

Eighth Day Savior - Luke 2:21 - Dec 26, 2004 - 80

"On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise him, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he had been conceived” (Luke 2:21).Today we’re going to explore a forgotten corner of the Christmas story. If you doubt that it is forgotten, consider this: Whenever church ... More

What is Saving Faith? - Sep 5, 2001

The question, “What is saving faith?” is not as easily answered as one might assume. It is evident from reading the New Testament that not everyone who “believes” truly possesses saving faith. Jesus Himself warned in Matthew 7:21-23 that on the Day of Judgment many will claim ... 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

The Second Law: God Doesn't Need Us But We Desperately Need Him - Feb 17, 2002

Last Sunday we started a new sermon series called The Seven Laws of the Spiritual Life. In this series we are discovering the basic principles of the Christian life that meet us where we are and take us all the way to heaven. The First Law teaches us a fundamental truth: He’s God and We’ ... More

How to be a Godly Rebel - Romans 13:1-7 - Dec 8, 2006 - 732

Winston Churchill once remarked that “democracy is the worst form of government until you consider the alternatives.” How true. Democracy is messy and difficult and maddeningly slow because it depends on the will of the people. But who among us would prefer to live under a dictatorship ... More

A Visit to the Dentist - May 16, 2004

A VISIT TO THE DENTIST by Ray Pritchard Rambling thoughts before, during and after my visit: 1) I wonder what he’ll find this time? 2) You don’t think about your teeth until there is a problem. 3) If dentists are so friendly, why do they have sharp tools in their hands? 4) I wonder how m ... More

When You Are Unfairly Accused - Matthew 5:11 - Aug 4, 2010 - 1254

Adultery in My Heart - Exodus 20:14 - Jul 12, 1992 - 719

This is easily the most difficult sermon to preach in this series. It is also the hardest Commandment to deal with fairly. Perhaps I can illustrate. A few years ago a writer introduced a chapter entitled “The Devil and Sex” with these words: “To the adolescents among my readers ... More

What We Believe About the Bible - II Timothy 3:16 - Sep 16, 1990 - 753

"Modern theology of almost every shade is in crisis.” With those words Clark Pinnock begins his monumental work Biblical Revelation: The Foundation of Christian Theology. He goes on to say, “While there is no lack of religious verbosity, a sure word resonant with Divine authority is s ... More

The Cradle And The Cross: Simeon's Song - Luke 2:25-35 - Dec 22, 1991 - 712

It’s a good question, isn’t it? If Jesus were born today, would it be any different than it was 2,000 years ago? We like to think the answer is yes, that we would be ready, that we wouldn’t make the mistake of turning the Son of God away. There would be room in our inn, we confi ... More

The Comeback Kid - Judges 16:23-31 - Mar 18, 1990 - 519

As the morning light broke across the horizon, men began to stir all over the prison compound. In a corner cell, heavily guarded and barricaded behind an enormous iron door, another man heard the noises and woke with a start. He had been dreaming of other, better days. Dreams of sunshine and blue ... More

The Gift that Never Grows Old - Romans 12:8 - Apr 8, 1990 - 570

Some of you have heard this story, but it bears repeating. About 16 years ago some researchers decided to find out if seminarians really were Good Samaritans. In order to conduct their experiment, they enlisted 40 volun-teers from a major American seminary. They divided the volunteers into two gro ... 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

THE HOLY SPIRIT - Various - Apr 13, 1988 - 422

God's Catfish - Genesis 29-31 - Oct 11, 1992 - 350

In one of his books Chuck Swindoll tells the following story. It seems that in the northeastern United States, codfish are not only delectable, they are also a very big commercial enterprise. A vast industry has grown up around catching, preparing and shipping codfish to every part of the country. ... More

Happy are the Sad - Matthew 5:4 - Jan 14, 1996 - 52

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” This is one of the strangest statements in the Bible. It is a paradox and a mystery. “Blessed are those who mourn,” said Jesus. Happy are the sad! What do these strange words mean? Who are the mourners, why are ... More

The Right Stuff - Matthew 5:5 - Jan 21, 1996 - 53

I clearly remember the first time the Beatitudes caught my attention. During the summer of 1980 Marlene and I traveled to Bogota, Columbia, to spend two weeks working with some missionaries we had met six years earlier. Our oldest son was six months old at the time. During our visit we spent seve ... More

The Making of a Disciple - Matthew 5:1-3 - Jan 7, 1996 - 55

This being the first Sunday of a new year, it’s appropriate that we should make a new beginning as a congregation. For the last five years we have adopted a theme for each year. In honor of our 80th Anniversary 1995 was The Year of Celebration. It was a great year and the Lord was very good ... More

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