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Full Speed Ahead One Step at a Time: How You Can Walk in the Spirit Every Day - Galatians 5:16-18 - Aug 26, 2001 - 259

"I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you don’t do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are ... More

God's Mountain Man - 1 Kings 17:1 - Mar 7, 2006 - 187

Last December right after the tsunami disaster, my friend Ramesh Richard, a professor at Dallas Seminary, sent an email that contained a simple, one-sentence prayer. He called it a “dangerous prayer.” The moment I saw that prayer I knew that it was going to be my prayer for 2005. It goes ... More

Truth or Consequences - Exodus 20:16 - Jul 26, 1992 - 721

When I was growing up my mother had a little rhyme she often repeated to her four sons. You probably heard it many times while you were growing up: Sticks and stones may break my bones But words will never hurt me.As much as I hate to admit it, my mother (who wasn’t wrong about many thing ... More

Cheerfulness: The Healing Power of a Merry Heart - Proverbs 17:22 - Nov 13, 1994 - 619

I am a little more exhausted than usual because I’m coming off a week and a half that has been a personally draining time for me and my family. About 10 days ago, Marlene went in to see the doctor, who found something she didn’t like. On Friday, Marlene had three hours of surgery and is ... More

A Few Good Men - Genesis 18:16-33 - May 26, 1996 - 21

On this Memorial Day we honor the men and women of the armed forces, both those who have served with distinction in the past and those who serve our country today. Most of you are familiar with the Marine Corps slogan: “We’re looking for a few good men.” That’s appropriate ... More

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

The Scripture Had to Be Fulfilled: Can We Still Believe the Bible? - Acts 1:15, 20 - May 10, 1998 - 639

It is sometimes asked why the early church grew so explosively. We know, for instance, that after Jesus ascended into heaven, approximately 120 men and women gathered in the upper room to wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit. While there were doubtless other disciples scattered across Israel, this ... More

Good, Pleasing, Perfect - Romans 12:2 - Nov 4, 2006 - 730

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” – Romans 12:2Bible translators handle the last phrase of verse 2 in various ways. Here are a few exa ... More

The Best Defense for a Bad Memory - Oct 3, 2004

“An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips” (Proverbs 24:26). This verse will suggest different things to different people. What exactly does it mean and what is the relationship between an honest answer and a kiss on the lips? I think there are three points of comparison: 1) Just as i ... More

Kingdoms in Conflict - Matthew 6:10 - Oct 6, 2009 - 1219

“Your kingdom come.” Matthew 6:10Before we begin: What is the kingdom of God? In what sense is it a present reality? In what sense is it yet to come? How would things be different if you had a “God invasion” in your life? Your family? Your workplace? Your neighborhood? Someti ... More

We’re Just Like Jonah - Jonah 1 - Jun 3, 2011 - 1286

Is there a better story in the Bible than the story of Jonah? Generations of Sunday School children have listened with wide-eyed amazement at the story of the fish that caught a man. We love this story, yet for all our telling and re-telling, we barely understand what it means. With this message we ... More

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

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

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

The ABC’s of Wisdom: Building Character with Solomon - Perspective - Jul 31, 2012

The ABC’s of Wisdom: Building Character with Solomon - Security - Jul 31, 2012

The ABC’s of Wisdom: Building Character with Solomon - Self-Control - Jul 31, 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

The Tongue: Life and Death Are In Your Mouth! - Proverbs 18:20-21 - Oct 9, 1994 - 618

Proverbs has a lot to say about what we say. In fact, the subject of the tongue and how we use our words is perhaps the preeminent theme of this book. Over 150 times in this book alone, Proverbs refers to our lips, our mouth and our tongue. One of the central issues of the Book of Proverbs is how yo ... More

Hard Work: The Reason We Get Out of Bed - Proverbs 6:6-11 - Sep 4, 1994 - 624

Turn in your Bible to the Book of Proverbs, beginning in Chapter 6. We are going to begin the sermon with a number of verses from Proverbs. Proverbs 6:6 “Go to the ant, you sluggard. Consider its ways and be wise. It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in ... More

Christian Boldness in an Age of Tolerance - Genesis 18:16-33 - Feb 13, 1998 - 415

I would like to thank the Moody Married Students Fellowship for the invitation to address you this morning. As much as I am glad to be here—even on Friday the 13th—I am much more thankful for the topic assigned to me. When Denise asked if I would come, she suggested that I speak on the f ... More

The Green-Eyed Monster - I Samuel 18-19 - Sep 3, 2000 - 349

There are two words you need to keep in mind as you read this sermon. They are almost-but-not-quite identical. One is the word jealousy, the other is the word envy. If you look up both words in the dictionary, you will find definitions that are similar but not identical. Jealousy is the fear that yo ... 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


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