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Where Grace and Wrath Meet: What the Cross Meant to God - Romans 3:24-26 - Feb 21, 1999 - 671

Easter comes in just six weeks. In order to prepare our hearts we are going to take the five weeks leading up to Palm Sunday to focus on the cross of Christ. I do not intend to repeat the details of what happened on Good Friday. Most of us know the story very well. Instead I want to ask what happene ... More

Sola Fide: By Faith Alone - Romans 3:27-31 - Jul 13, 1997 - 678

This is the final message in the series on the four solas of the Reformation. I have saved sola fide-by faith alone-for the last because it is the logical climax of all we have said so far. If sola scriptura is the “material principle” of the Reformation, then sola fide is the formal pri ... More

The Only Way to Be Right With God - Romans 3:21-26 - Mar 29, 1992 - 284

This morning we are considering the greatest question in the world—How can a man be right with God? It is the supreme problem of life. No more important question could ever be asked.Every sincere person asks this question. Every sincere Methodist asks, “How can a man be right with God?&r ... More

Where Grace and Wrath Meet - Romans 3:24-26 - Mar 19, 2012 - 1306

Why did Jesus have to die? That may be the most important question facing this generation. No one can truly understand the Christian faith without knowing the answer to that question. Note the emphasis of the question. It is not, “Did Jesus die?” or even “Why did Jesus die?” ... More

God Plays No Favorites - Romans 3:27-31 - Apr 5, 1992 - 287

Every good teacher knows that the first law of learning is repetition. Say it, then say it again, then in case they didn’t get it, say it again. Say it loudly, whisper it softly, say it plainly, say it in English, then say it in Spanish. Whatever it takes, say it over and over and over again, ... 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

I Object! - Romans 3:1-8 - Mar 15, 1992 - 282

It’s been a revealing week in Washington. A few days ago the House of Representatives voted 426-0 to reveal the names of all past and present members who have bounced checks at the House bank, an act that one commentator likened to committing “mass political suicide.” They tell us ... More

The Man in the Mirror - Romans 3:9-20 - Mar 22, 1992 - 283

Perhaps you missed it when you read the newspaper this week. It was just an odd bit of information tucked away in the obituaries. A friend happened to notice that “Wally the Wiretapper” had died. Normally that wouldn’t rate any special attention but as I read the clipping, I realiz ... More

The Truth About Same-Sex Marriage - Genesis 1:26-28; Revelation 22:17 - Sep 26, 2004 - 267

My story today begins a long way from Oak Park, and a long way from our current controversies. In order to get the proper perspective, let’s go all the way back to the beginning of the Bible. To quote a line from The Sound of Music: “Let’s start at the very beginning, that’s ... More

The Truth About You - Ephesians 2:1-3 - Sep 26, 1999 - 310

A quarter-century ago psychiatrist Karl Menninger wrote a landmark book titled Whatever Became of Sin? In it he frames the question this way:In all the laments and reproaches made by our seers and prophets, one misses any mention of “sin,” a word which used to be a veritable watchword of ... More

By Faith Alone - Romans 3-5 - Oct 28, 1990 - 512

This week I spent some time playing around with the new computers we have in the church office. We bought them a few months ago and whenever I have a free moment I like to sit down and fool around and see what I make the computers do.As it turns out, there are a lot of things our computers can do. ... More

Justification: Not Guilty! - Various - Feb 26, 1995 - 375

Some of you may recognize the name P.P. Bliss. If you know evangelical music and hymnology, you may have seen his name in our hymnal. He was a man who served as a musical song writer and associate evangelist for the great D.L. Moody. In the early years of Moody’s career, P.P. Bliss was his fav ... More

Christmas Tears - Matthew 2:16-18 - Dec 14, 1997 - 87

"The rulers of this world are seldom friendly to the cause of God.” J. C. RyleLast night the contemporary Christian musician Michael Card performed a Christmas concert at Wheaton College. As part of the build-up to the concert, the Chicago Tribune carried a brief article on Friday that be ... More

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 We Know What We Know - I Corinthians 2:10-13 - Nov 16, 2003 - 669

"But God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spiri ... More

Forever and Ever, Amen! - Matthew 19:6 - Nov 12, 2006 - 538

Let’s begin with a little quiz. What well-known television actor said the following? “To me the greatest Latin lover in the world was may Dad, who married my mother and was faithful to her until the day he died 55 years later. Now, that’s a great lover–a man who’s int ... 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

WMBI Easter Week Devotionals - Various - Apr 12, 2001 - 421

Calvary in the Park: Faith/Hope/Love - Various - Sep 2, 2001 - 435

The Most Sought After Things in the World - Romans 5:1-5 - Jan 1, 1993 - 441

A number of years ago a major American magazine published the results of a most fascinating survey. The editors had asked 16 prominent Americans what they did in order to find peace of mind in the midst of our stressful world. The responses were quite revealing.Noted author James Michener reported t ... More

The Struggle - Romans 7:14-25 - Jun 6, 1993 - 453

I would like to begin with three observations about this famous text. Observation number one is this: Romans 7 is a passage that grips us because we understand exactly what it is saying. We see ourselves in it. When Romans 7 is read everyone understands and says, “Amen, yes, that’s r ... More

Branded for Christ: A Solemn Call to Glory in the Cross - Galatians 6:11-18 - Oct 14, 2001 - 247

Six months after we started, we come at last to the end of our journey through the book of Galatians. It has been an exciting trip! Time and again we have been brought face to face with the grace of God as the only hope of our salvation. Along the way we have seen a side of Paul that is rarely found ... More

How God Saves Sinners: Coming to Grips with Justification by Faith - Galatians 2:15-21 - Jun 10, 2001 - 252

I’d like to begin this message with a statement of the problem we all face. When I use the phrase “we all,” I’m referring to the entire human race. There is a problem so fundamental that it is at the root of all the other problems we have. Stated in one sentence, it goes like ... More

Two Ways to Go to Heaven: Make Sure You Choose the Right One - Galatians 3:1-14 - Jun 17, 2001 - 253

With this sermon we turn a corner in our journey through Galatians. This short letter has three parts:The Personal Section: Chapters 1-2The Doctrinal Section: Chapters 3-4The Practical Section: Chapters 5-6As we begin the Doctrinal Section of the book, I need to tell you that there are some verses t ... More

Amazing Grace - Ephesians 2:1-9 - Oct 3, 1999 - 306

Since this is a sermon series on the gospel, I would like to point out that my text contains the whole gospel message in just six words. If you know what these words are and what they mean, you will know the gospel. And you can share it with anyone you meet.The six words come in three sets of two wo ... More

Can Good People be Gay? - Jun 18, 2000

In a recent interview, Christopher Matthews asked Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush a thought-provoking question: “Can good people be gay?” The answer came back without hesitation: “Sure, absolutely.” Case closed, at least for a politician seeking the White House w ... More

Why Christ Came - Luke 19:10 - Oct 2, 2011 - 1294

There is no more pressing question today than this: Why did Christ come to the earth? It is not enough to know who Jesus is. By and large the world knows what Christians believe about Jesus. But what the world wants to know is this: Why did he come and what difference does it make? Many answers have ... More

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

Are You Excited About Your Future? - John 8:1-11 - Oct 27, 1991 - 786

Are you an optimist or a pessimist? When you look at the glass of water, is it half-full or half-empty? When you face the trials and problems of life, do you face them with hope or with despair?There’s a big difference between an optimist and a pessimist. Some wag put it this way: Between ... More

Self-Control: The Fine Art of Keeping Your Cool - Proverbs 16:32 - Jan 29, 1995 - 616

Prosecutor Christopher Darden set the tone in his opening statement in the O.J. Simpson murder trial. Everyone knows about O.J. the athlete and O.J. the celebrity. And by now most of us know far more about his personal life than we care to know. But Mr. Darden was not speaking to us, but to the twel ... More

Our Crucified God: What the Cross Means to the Church - Galatians 6:14 - Mar 28, 1999 - 674

This is the first day of Holy Week, which begins with Palm Sunday, continues to Good Friday, and culminates with Easter Sunday one week from today. During these days Christians around the world — almost two billion of them — will pause and remember what happened to our Lord when he enter ... More

Sola Gratia: By Grace Alone - Titus 3:7 - Jul 6, 1997 - 679

I’d like to begin this sermon with a thought-provoking quotation from Kim Riddlebarger. He works with Michael Horton in an organization called CURE: Christians United for Reformation and Evangelism. When we use the term “grace alone”, what we mean is that our salvation from the wra ... More

The Impossible Dream: The Angels' Song - Luke 2:14 - Dec 8, 1991 - 713

It was 3 A.M. and as the fleet moved through the darkness of the Pacific Ocean men on every ship began to stir. This was the hour, this was the moment of truth. The waiting was over. The battle was about to begin. From headquarters came the signal-"Climb Mount Nataka.” That meant the atta ... More

Real Christian vs. Religious - John 3 - Sep 14, 1997 - 530

This is the first sermon based on the questions submitted by the congregation last spring. I don’t know who wrote this particular question but it’s a good one. The very wording suggests that there is a fundamental difference between being religious and being a “real Christian.&rdqu ... More


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