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Why Good People Won't Go to Heaven - Romans 10:1-4 - May 20, 2006 - 765

I’d like to talk to you about who goes to heaven. We all know that the Bible teaches the reality of heaven and the reality of hell. Jesus himself spoke of both places many times. All of us, I’m sure, would like to go to heaven if we could. Even if you are not a Christian, I’m s ... More

How Shall They Hear? - Romans 10:14-21 - Jun 2, 2006 - 769

This passage brings us face to face with a very important question, one that we face in a variety of ways. The question is, What is the church’s responsibility to those who have never heard the gospel? Sometimes it is phrased this way: “What happens to those who never heard about Jesus?& ... More

God's Simple Plan of Salvation - Romans 10:5-13 - May 26, 2006 - 766

This is a very familiar passage of Scripture. Most of us know certain parts of it by heart. I have asked the Lord to do me a favor and not let me say anything new. I don’t want to say anything you haven’t already heard. All I want to do is reinforce a truth that you already know to be tr ... More

What is Saving Faith? - Romans 10:9-10 - Oct 24, 1999 - 305

The question posed by my title 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 to have worked mir ... More

Praying for the Lost - I Timothy 2:1-6 - May 14, 2000 - 12

"Prayer is the lifeline of New Testament evangelism, the oxygen for its holy fire. The New Testament was born in prayer. It knows no evangelism without prayer, and no prayer which does not lead to evangelism.” Those are the words of Armin Gesswein, a man God used to ignite a prayer movement in ... More

God's Freedom - Romans 9:6-18 - Apr 26, 2006 - 761

While studying Romans 9, I was struck by Paul’s question in verse 14: “Is God unjust?” In our hearts we already know the answer. God is not unjust. But oftentimes he seems inconsistent. The very examples Paul chooses seem to uphold that inconsistency.He chooses Isaac over Ishmael.H ... More

Has God Lost the Battle? - Romans 11:1-10 - Jun 11, 2006 - 767

In this sermon series we are looking at Romans 9-11, arguably the three most difficult chapters in the New Testament. I’ve called it “Understanding God’s Plan” because these chapters help us understand the flow of events in history from God’s point of view. To us in the ... More

No Hopeless Cases - Romans 11:11-16 - Jun 12, 2007 - 768

I first met Jacob Gartenhaus about forty years ago. When I was a teenager growing up in a small town in Alabama, our pastor invited Dr. Gartenhaus to speak to us on the subject of Jewish evangelism. It was the first time I had ever heard a Jewish Christian speak. It was also the first time I had hea ... More

Who Do Men Say That I Am? - Matthew 16:13-17 - Mar 19, 2006 - 780

If you ever travel to the Holy Land, one of the places you may visit is an Arab town called Banias. To get there you will have to travel north from Jerusalem to some place like Tiberius or Capernaum and from there travel even farther north into the finger of Galilee. You will pass through a kibbutz ... More

God's Freedom - Romans 9:6-18 - Jun 25, 2006 - 425

While studying Romans 9, I was struck by Paul’s question in verse 14: “Is God unjust?” In our hearts we already know the answer. God is not unjust. But oftentimes he seems inconsistent. The very examples Paul chooses seem to uphold that inconsistency.He chooses Isaac over Ishmael.H ... More

Real Hope for Lasting Change - I Corinthians 6:9-11 - Oct 3, 2004 - 264

“Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of Go ... More

Every Home a Little Church: - Deuteronomy 6:1-9; 2 Timothy 3:14-17 - May 2, 1999 - 300

As the home goes, so goes the church. Everything we believe begins in the home where we learn to worship, to pray, to sing, and to read God’s Word. When Christian homes are strong, the church is strong. But when the homes are weak, the church cannot make up the difference. Deuteronomy 6:7 tell ... More

"In Jesus' Name, Amen" - John 14:13-14 - Apr 16, 2000 - 7

"And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it” (John 14:13-14).These words of Jesus contain a remarkable promise. They tell us that whatever we ask—anything at all!—if we ask it in ... More

I Will Pour Out My Spirit On All People - Joel 2:28-32; Acts 2:14-21 - Jul 10, 2005 - 205

A few days ago I happened to see my son Mark intently reading a paperback book. When I asked him what he was reading, he named a title I recognized as being very popular with Christians in their 20’s and early 30’s. It is, in fact, a bestseller with that group. How did Mark like it? &ldq ... More

Dear Abby - Jan 9, 2000

The phone rang and the voice on the other end came from a high school student. “Pastor Ray, could I talk to you for a moment?” It was a “Dear Abby” sort of question. She wanted my advice on how to speak up when she is the only Christian in a class of 30. Actually, there may b ... More

No Other Gods - Exodus 20:3 - May 31, 1992 - 714

We live in strange times, don’t we? A recent Gallup Poll revealed that 84% of Americans believe that the Ten Commandments are a valid guide to life. That’s encouraging until you realize that another survey revealed that only 30% of those polled could name even 3 of the Commandments. S ... More

You Gotta Serve Somebody - Romans 6:15-23 - Jan 6, 1993 - 447

We’ll call him Bill, but it doesn’t matter. He’s been a Christian for three or four or five years. Although he comes to church, he’s not very faithful and he doesn’t seem very interested in growing in his walk with Christ. In fact, as you think about Bill and as you obs ... 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

You Are What You Believe: Why the Apostles’ Creed Matters - Romans 1:16 - Jan 11, 2004 - 642

Today we are beginning a new sermon series on the Apostles’ Creed. Twelve years ago I announced to the congregation that I intended to preach through the three foundational documents of the Christian church—the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Apostles’ Creed. So ... More

The Incomparable Christ: “Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord” - Philippians 2:9-11 - Feb 15, 2004 - 647

Who is Jesus Christ? Of all the questions that might be posed to modern men and women, none is more important than this. It is no exaggeration to say that this is the central question of history and the most important issue anyone will ever face. Who is Jesus Christ? Where did he come from? Why did ... More

Dry Brook University - 1 Kings 17:2-7 - Mar 7, 2006 - 184

Several generations ago British Bible teacher F. B. Meyer wrote a short book called Elijah and the Secret of His Power. In his introduction he notes that some people may think it rash to study Elijah’s life because he is such a great man that we can never hope to be like him. We may admire him ... More

Dirty Feet - John 13:6-10 - Jul 24, 2009 - 1208

Thursday night In the Upper Room In JerusalemThe disciples gather with Jesus for their final meal. They are all there-James and John, Judas, Peter, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Simon the Zealot, and all the rest. Reclining around the low table, they chatter in a nervous tone. The men know that som ... More

Why We Keep Believing - Hebrews 11:13-16 - Aug 12, 2008 - 1160

If you don’t believe in heaven, you can skip this sermon.That may seem like an odd way to begin, but it’s a true statement, and truth is always a good place to start. Everything in this sermon is about heaven. And if you don’t believe in heaven, then a lot of this sermon won’ ... More

Taking God Seriously - Matthew 6:9 - Oct 5, 2009 - 1218

“Hallowed be your name.” Matthew 6:9 Before we begin: What does the word “hallowed” mean? What does God’s name represent and why does it matter so much? It was late on Wednesday afternoon and my three sons and I had just arrived at a motel in Page, Arizona.  Looki ... More

Paid in Full - John 19:30 - Oct 18, 2009 - 1228

“When he had received the drink, Jesus said, ‘It is finished’” (John 19:30.)Unfinished Business­ . . . The evidence is all around us. -During a visit to Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, I learned that the sculptor, a man named Gutzon Borglum, never finished his work. If y ... More

What I’ve Learned About Preaching - Apr 25, 2010

Not long ago I was asked to give a lecture on preaching. More specifically I was asked to talk about what I have learned about preaching over the years. My only qualification to address this topic comes from 40 years of trying to preach. I am what you might call a working preacher as opposed to a pr ... More

Tetelestai! - John 19:30 - Jul 7, 1991 - 547

Unfinished Business … We were reminded of several good examples this week. —On Wednesday, President Bush flew to Mt. Rushmore for a special 50th Anniversary celebration. It’s a little-known fact that the sculptor, a man named Gutzon Borglum, never finished his work. If you study t ... More

From Athens to Oak Park: Why God Put Us Here - Acts 17:16-17 - May 31, 1998 - 238

Let me imagine a situation for a moment and ask how you would respond. Let’s suppose that you are a missionary arriving for service in a country you have never visited. Although you didn’t plan to visit the capital city, your itinerary was suddenly changed and now you find yourself alone ... More

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