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Changing Your Mind - Romans 12:2 - Oct 20, 2006 - 727

“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 12:2).We would all like to make some changes, wouldn’t we? Suppose you could change anything ... More

The Agape Factor: 12 Ways to Love - Romans 12:9-16 - Nov 17, 2006 - 729

There is an amazing scene at the end of the 1996 movie Marvin’s Room. Bessie, played by Diane Keaton, has cared for her ill father and her aunt for 20 years. After learning that she has leukemia, she receives a visit from her estranged sister Lee, played by Meryl Streep. Bessie tells Lee, &ldq ... More

Swimming Upstream - Romans 12:2 - Oct 15, 2006 - 726

There are times when we need to see a familiar verse in a new way. The ESV translates the first part of Romans 12:2 this way: “Do not be conformed to this world.” Simple, clear and concise. But what exactly does Paul mean? Other translations bring out various shades of meaning:“Do ... More

God's Altar Call - Romans 12:1 - Oct 5, 2006 - 728

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship” (Romans 12:1).I must have been about eight or nine years old when I first responded to an altar call. For those who don& ... More

Hot Coals: Loving Those You'd Rather Hate - Romans 12:17-21 - May 21, 1995 - 740

This week I ran across the words of Booker T. Washington, founder of the world-famous Tuskegee Institute in my home state of Alabama. As a black man growing up in the segregated South, he knew more than his share about hatred, prejudice and unfair treatment. But as a Christian, he also knew that a ... More

Lord, Please Change Me! - Romans 12:2 - Sep 12, 2011 - 1293

Suppose you could change anything about yourself, where would you start? Lots of us would start on the outside. Would you be . . .Skinnier?Taller?Shorter?Better looking?Would you change . . .Your eyes?Your hair?Your teeth?Your legs?Your bulges?If you could wave a magic wand and change your outw ... More

My Favorite Teacher - Romans 12:7; I Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:11 - Apr 22, 1990 - 568

It’s not hard for me to remember my favorite teacher. I first met her on a bright September morning in 1962. Her name was Mrs. Witt. We were her new fifth-grade class. She was a big, strong woman, which meant she could take care of us without any trouble. To me she looked like she had bee ... 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

Martha's Vineyard - I Corinthians 12:28; Romans 12:7 - Apr 29, 1990 - 569

I first met Bill Petch twelve years ago this summer. I was fresh out of seminary and starting my first pastorate. It happened that my church was like most churches pastored by men right out of seminary—small and struggling. When I arrived on the scene, there were about 50 people left in a c ... More

What Moves Your Mountain? - Romans 12:8: I Corinthians 12:9 - May 20, 1990 - 572

I’m sure you’ve heard this definition of a football game: It’s an event where 50,000 people who desperately need exercise sit in the stands watching 22 men on the field who desperately need rest. Unfortunately, that definition fits more than a football game. It also fit the typi ... More

The Barnabas Factor - Romans 12:8 - Jun 3, 1990 - 577

If someone were to give you a name indicative of your personality, what would it be? What nickname or adjective would sum up who you really are? We do that sort of thing all the time. For instance, if I mention Honest Abe, you immediately know that I am talking about Abraham Lincoln. If we are d ... More

When Christians Disagree - Acts 15:36-41 - Oct 31, 1993 - 388

We Christians disagree a lot, sometimes about the craziest things. I don’t know if you know it or not, but Christians have been disagreeing with each other since the very beginning. It goes all the way back to the days of the New Testament. When you read Romans and I Corinthians, you discov ... 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

Blueprint for a Healthy Church - Romans 12:3-8 - Nov 9, 2006 - 731

What makes a great church? We hear that expression often–"a great church"–but no one knows exactly what it means. How do you know when a church has truly become “great?” Perhaps it refers to bigness. I think that’s what most people mean. A great church is a bi ... More

When Christians Disagree - Acts 15:36-41 - Mar 12, 2007 - 776

Christians disagree about almost everything. And when we disagree, we usually start a new church. Which reminds me of a story I heard a few years ago. A Scottish Presbyterian is rescued after many years of living alone on a desert island. When he is picked up, the captain says to him, “I thoug ... More

Risky Business: The Other Side of Christian Freedom - Galatians 5:13-15 - Aug 12, 2001 - 258

"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free” (Galatians 5:1a). What exactly is this Christian freedom that Paul talks so much about in Galatians? In order to help us understand the answer, I’d like to borrow a definition and an illustration used by Pastor John Piper of Bethlehem Bapti ... More

The Value of a Broken Heart - Romans 9:1-5 - Apr 5, 2006 - 762

This week we are beginning a new series called “Understanding God’s Plan” from Romans 9-11. This is one of the most overlooked passages in the New Testament. It is certainly the most overlooked section in the book of Romans. I have in my library a book by a very famous preacher who ... More

Behind Closed Doors - Hebrews 13:4 - Apr 9, 2006 - 540

There are times when a writer knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that he doesn’t have to worry about getting the reader’s attention. Certain subjects require no gimmicks, tricks or elaborate introductions. Some subjects–there are only a few–call forth such universal interest ... More

Unwrapping Your Spiritual Gifts - Various - Apr 1, 1990 - 567

The name Peter Drucker will be familiar to you if you are a student of business or economics. To put it simply, he is one of the great minds of the 20th century. His writings include Managing for Results, The New Society, The Effective Executive, and America’s Next Twenty Years. For over a ... More

Confessions of a Xenophiliac - I Peter 4:9-10 - Jun 10, 1990 - 574

They say that true confession is good for the soul, and in that spirit, I want to begin my sermon with a simple confession. Although I am preaching a series of sermons on spiritual gifts, I am not entirely sure that what I am preaching about this morning actually is a spiritual gift. I think it is ... More

Dear Abby - I Samuel 25 - Oct 8, 2000 - 340

In our survey of the early years of David’s life, we have come to a little-known episode that ought to be better known. The story of David and Nabal and Abigail is riveting. It’s got it all. There is intrigue, injustice, conflict, anger, revenge, attempted murder, an impassioned plea, su ... More

The Four Freshmen: How the World Tries to Seduce the Church - Daniel 1:1-7 - Nov 7, 1999 - 155

This morning we begin a brand-new series called Daniel: Courageous Living in Turbulent Times. With Y2K only 55 days away, and with the recent Newsweek cover story on Bible prophecy called “The Way the World Ends,” this seems like the right time to investigate this ancient book.Why study ... More

Portrait of a Godly Pastor - Romans 15:14-21 - Aug 19, 2007 - 741

In 1978 Michael Hart wrote a book called “The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential People in History.” In it he ranked the most important people in the history of the world, taking into account the people they influenced, they movements they started, the impact they made, and the legac ... More

Are We on the Brink of Revival? - May 30, 2004

ARE WE ON THE BRINK OF REVIVAL? by Dr. Ray Pritchard Is America poised for a great spiritual awakening? Many factors argue against it. Several years ago Chuck Colson issued a solemn warning about the decline of our culture. He spotlighted three ominous trends: partial-birth abortion, euthanasia, and ... More

Rejoicing and Weeping - Romans 12:13-15 - Jun 20, 2009 - 1203

A young man wrote me the following note several weeks ago:I wondered your theological opinion of Christian fellowship. It is a term that’s been thrown around a lot in my circles lately but to be honest, what I see in churches is not much different from a TV show like Cheers or even less than t ... More

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions About The Christian Life - Chapter 7 - Jul 9, 2012

The Battle Is On - II Chronicles 20 - May 16, 1993 - 810

The date—750 B.C.The place—Jerusalem.The man—Jehoshaphat, King of Judah, a good king, the son of Asa. During his reign there was peace and prosperity because Jehoshaphat was a man of the Book. More than anything, he wanted to do what God said. God honored him for that commitment an ... More

Allied Force Questions - Various - Jan 4, 1998 - 522

When we surveyed the congregation asking for their questions a few months ago, our high school ministry (called Allied Force) turned in their own set of questions. On October 12, the students joined me on the platform and participated in a live question-and-answer session. The questions that follow ... More

Are We a Non-Prophet Ministry? - I Corinthians 14:29-33 - Jun 17, 1990 - 575

What image comes into your mind when you hear the word prophet? If you are like most people, several images may flash across your mental screen. You may think of a white haired old man in a prison cell on an island in the middle of the ocean. With wrinkled face and a long white beard, he ponders ... More

REACHING PEOPLE WITH GOD'S LOVE - Various - Mar 11, 1991 - 581

Friday morning I did something I had not done since becoming pastor of this church. I took a few minutes and sat on the steps in front of the sanctuary. It was a typical March day in Chicago–clear and cool with just a touch of wind coming from the north. The sun was high overhead and partia ... More

When God Comes to Dinner - Genesis 18:1-15 - May 19, 1996 - 20

Last Tuesday night I sat on the platform at the UIC Pavilion for the Say Yes Chicago campaign with Luis Palau. During the evening Luis told the story of an evangelist named Mordecai Ham who came to Charlotte, North Carolina in 1934 for a citywide tent campaign. One night only six people came forwa ... More

Back to Basics - John 7:16-17 - Jan 4, 2004 - 645

Each year at Calvary we choose a theme and a theme verse that serve as our ministry focus. We started doing that in 1991 and have continued every year since then. Sometimes we don’t know until October or November what our theme for the next year will be. And sometimes there is quite a bit of d ... More

Calling All Servants - Romans 12:8; I Corinthians 12:28 - May 13, 1990 - 571

The name Lee Roberson is perhaps only vaguely familiar to most of you. But if you lived in the Chattanooga area, you would certainly recognize the name. In 1942 he came to the Highland Park Baptist Church in Chattanooga as its new pastor. At the time the church was small, struggling, and virtuall ... More

Welcome to the Priesthood - 1 Peter 2:4-10 - Nov 21, 2004 - 592

As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him—you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says: “ ... More

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