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The Blessed Benefits - Psalm 103:1-5 - Nov 17, 2008 - 1173

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with ... More

What God Remembers That We Forget - Psalm 103:6-18 - Dec 2, 2008 - 1174

“He remembers that we are dust” (Psalm 103:14).Have you wondered what God really thinks about you?Our greatest barrier to knowing God better may be how much we know about how much God knows about us. We struggle with God because we feel so bad about ourselves, and if we know the truth ab ... 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

The Hardest Prayer You Will Ever Pray - Matthew 6:10 - Oct 26, 2007 - 382

Some prayers are harder to pray than others. I learned that thirty-three years ago when my father died. One October day he felt a pain in his shoulder. The doctors later said it was transferred pain from a bacterial infection elsewhere in his body. It did not seem serious at first, but he got no bet ... More

Will Everyone Eventually Be Saved? - II Peter 3:9 - Jul 24, 2005 - 143

I can think of only four ways to answer the question raised in the title of this sermon:1) Everyone will eventually be saved.2) No one will eventually be saved.3) Some will be saved and some will be lost.4) There is no way to know.Let’s consider answer #1, which is becoming increasingly popula ... 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

How to Recognize Satan's Accusations - Nov 14, 2004

HOW TO RECOGNIZE SATAN’S ACCUSATIONS by Ray Pritchard This morning I happened to hear the end of a sermon in which Erwin Lutzer addressed an important question: “How do you distinguish between the conviction of the Holy Spirit and the accusations of the devil concerning our sin?” Dr. ... More

If God Is Sovereign, What Then? - Psalm 103:19-22 - Dec 11, 2008 - 1181

“The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all. Praise the Lord, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word. Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will. Praise the Lord, all his works everywhere in his do ... More

Marriage Conference - Various - Jul 19, 1993 - 428

A Forgotten Doctrine: The Wrath of God - Romans 1:18-20 - Apr 6, 1997 - 476

Sometimes the title tells the whole story. My sermon today is about the wrath of God. It is truly a forgotten doctrine, even in the evangelical church. I’ll dare say that many of you have never heard a sermon on God’s wrath—that is, not a full sermon devoted to this one topic. The ... More

The Text That Changed the World - Romans 1:16-17 - Jan 26, 1992 - 276

Certain texts of the Bible are so familiar to the Christian that they require almost no introduction. They are the texts we learned from our very first days in Sunday School. We know them, we love them, their words are etched on our hearts. They are the “Great Texts” of the Bible. John 3 ... More

Did Mickey Mantle Go to Heaven? Why I Believe in the Forgiveness of Sin - Various - Nov 12, 1995 - 795

Like many others of my generation, Mickey Mantle was a household when I grew up. Back then, in the late fifties and early sixties, he was one of the most famous sports figures in America. Schoolboys by the millions imitated his swing and dreamed of the day when they could make it to the big league ... More

Is Total Forgiveness Realistic? - Ephesians 4:29-32 - Jun 1, 2003 - 758

A few days ago I received an e-mail with a comment about these sermons on forgiveness:Since you started this series, I have made some important discoveries in my life, but am enjoying it all the same. Maybe ‘enjoying’ is not the right word, but I hope you know what I mean. It’s lik ... More

God’s Scapegoat: “Buried” - Leviticus 16 - Mar 28, 2004 - 651

“I believe in Jesus Christ ¼ who suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.” The Apostles’ Creed This is a sermon based on a word that doesn’t seem necessary. We know Jesus died. We know he rose from the dead. If we know what happened on F ... More

The Positive Power of Forgiveness: “I Believe in the Forgiveness of Sins” - Psalm 130:3-4 - Jun 13, 2004 - 659

If you know a bit about church history, you know that before Martin Luther became the father of the Protestant Reformation, he was a Catholic priest. As part of his training, he spent years studying Greek, Hebrew, Latin, the church fathers, and the doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church. By all accou ... More

Why Jericho Fell - Hebrews 11:30 - Oct 30, 2008 - 1171

“By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the people had marched around them for seven days” (Hebrews 11:30). Few stories in the Bible are better known than the story of Joshua and the battle for Jericho. We know it so well that when someone starts to tell the story, we subconsciously s ... More

Why I Am Not a Pessimist - Ephesians 5:15-17 - Mar 18, 2009 - 1194

My text today is very short, only three verses. And the verses themselves are short. They are often overlooked because they are sandwiched between two passages that are very well known. As is often the case in the Bible, little verses say a lot. The question posed in the title comes from the middle ... More

God Our Father - Matthew 6:9 - Oct 4, 2009 - 1217

“Our Father in Heaven.” Matthew 6:9 Before we begin: What words describe your earthly father? Do you feel comfortable addressing God as “Father?” Why or why not? “Who is God?” The interviewer looked at me expectantly while I fumbled to find an answer. Since the ca ... More

Nothing More, Nothing Less, Nothing Else - Matthew 6:10 - Oct 7, 2009 - 1220

“Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” Matthew 6:10 Before we begin: Why is it difficult to sincerely pray “Your will be done?” How would your life change if doing God’s will became your first priority? Some prayers are harder to pray than others. I learned tha ... 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

Praying From the Footnotes - Matthew 6:13 - Oct 12, 2009 - 1225

“For yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever. Amen.”  Matthew 6:13 Before we begin: Why does the Lord’s Prayer end with these words? What does this teach us about God? About our own limitations? About our need to pray? We come now to the final phrase in the Lord& ... More

The Year of Good Riddance - 2 Corinthians 2:5-11 - Dec 30, 2009 - 1234

Did you hear about Good Riddance Day? Probably not unless you happen to live in New York City. Last Monday (December 28) was Good Riddance Day in Times Square.  Organizers encouraged people to write their grievances down and then throw the lists into shredders symbolizing the act of letting go ... More

How to Inherit a Blessing - 1 Peter 3:8-12 - Feb 20, 2005 - 597

“Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For, ‘Whoever would love life a ... More

Making a Marathon Marriage - Malachi 2:10-16 - May 18, 2003 - 1260

After breaking up with his fiancée, a young man realized the error of his ways when he wrote: “Dearest Marie, No words could ever express the great unhappiness I’ve felt since breaking our engagement. Please say you’ll take me back. No one could ever take your place in my he ... More

Something New Under the Sun: Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living - 31. HERE COMES THE JUDGE - Aug 6, 2012

He Became Sin for Us: What the Cross Meant to Christ - 2 Corinthians 5:21 - Feb 28, 1999 - 672

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). This is one of the most magnificent verses in the all the Bible. Spurgeon called it the heart of the gospel. It is the gospel in one verse. Everything you need to k ... More

He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands - Daniel 4 - Jan 26, 1997 - 465

I’d like to begin by talking about the problem of spiritual indigestion. That’s a brand-new term that I learned this week after reading a chapter written by Dr. J. Grant Howard, who taught for many years at Western Conservative Baptist Seminary in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Howard says that s ... More

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