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Can We Still Believe in Romans 8:28? - Romans 8:28 - Jun 1, 2012 - 1311

Do all things really work together for good? Consider the following. A seemingly healthy 12-year-old girl develops severe migraine headaches. On Friday she is taken to the hospital; on Saturday she dies. Her father calls her “the sunshine of my life.” A young boy goes with ... More

When God Prays for You - Romans 8:26-27 - Apr 30, 2006 - 10

With this message we come to the final installment in the series called Adventures in Prayer. When we started I said that I wanted to encourage you about the boundless possibilities of prayer. It’s easy to feel guilty about our lack of prayer, and who among us would say that we pray as much as ... More

No Condemnation - Romans 8:1-4 - Jun 13, 1993 - 450

Do you have a favorite chapter of the Bible? That is, do you have a chapter that is so special to you, that if you could only choose one, this would be the one that you would choose? About 40 years ago Dr. Donald Gray Barnhouse decided to ask a group of Christian leaders to name their favorite cha ... More

No Separation - Romans 8:38-39 - Aug 8, 1993 - 457

All summer long we’ve been climbing. We’ve been talking about what it would finally be like when we reached the top of the mountain. Now at last we’re there, at the peak, the summit of the mighty mountain of God’s grace. Romans is arguably the greatest book in the New Test ... More

Can I Lose My Salvation? - Philippians 1:6 - Nov 2, 1997 - 525

I would like to begin with the observation that this is a controversial question in Christian circles. It would be difficult to find a subject about which believers are more deeply divided. To the question, “Can I lose my salvation?” there are whole denominations that answer yes: The Met ... More

More Than Conquerors - Romans 8:31-37 - Aug 1, 1993 - 456

If you’ve ever done any mountain climbing, you know that as you near the summit, you will often reach a peak that is not the ultimate peak. It’s a lower peak that you have to traverse to get up to the very top of the mountain. We’ve been climbing the mountain of God’s grace ... More

The Golden Chain - Romans 8:29-30 - Jul 11, 1993 - 454

This is the passage that explains Romans 8:28. That verse is true because these verses are true. Without this passage, Romans 8:28 is just wishful thinking.When you look at Romans 8:28, one question comes to mind. “Paul, how can you be so sure?” Paul says, “We know.” To ... More

The Seventh Law: What God Starts, He Finishes - Apr 14, 2002

We begin with the words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German pastor whose opposition to Adolph Hitler during World War II finally landed him in jail. Shortly before the end of the war, the Nazis put him to death. His best-known writings include The Cost of Discipleship and Life Together. At one point ... More

Adoption: Plenty of Room in the Family - Jan 7, 2007

When Leslie Lynch King, Jr. died earlier this week, it made headlines around the world. Commentators talked about his legacy, and in the United States flags were lowed to half-staff in his honor. That always happens when a president dies.But who was President King? You can’t find any record of ... More

No Condemnation - Romans 8:1 - May 9, 2013 - 1484

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).A few days ago I posted a Facebook status update that was actually a quote taken from this sermon:“For those who are in Christ Jesus, now, today, not tomorrow, not next week, not next year, but ... More

When God Prays for You - Jan 31, 2008

Many years ago when I pastored a church in suburban Los Angeles, I attended a weekend youth leaders’ conference featuring messages by a pastor from a large church in a nearby city. The night I attended the pastor preached on Acts 12, the story of Peter’s miraculous deliverance from jail. ... More

The God We Hardly Know - Sep 22, 2006

David Mains caught me off guard with his question. “If you had to grade your congregation on their knowledge of the Holy Spirit, what grade would you give them?”Up until that moment, the interview had gone well. David and his daughter Melissa had thrown me fast pitches right over the cen ... More

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions About The Christian Life - Chapter 2 - Jul 9, 2012

The God We Hardly Know: Why I Believe in the Holy Spirit - Various - Oct 29, 1995 - 793

David Mains caught me off guard with his question. “If you had to grade your congregation on their knowledge of the Holy Spirit, what grade would you give them?” The interview, broadcast nationally on the program You Need to Know, centered around my book Names of the Holy Spirit. I g ... More

THE HOLY SPIRIT - Various - Apr 13, 1988 - 422

Did I Make a Mistake? - Romans 8:28; Hebrews 11:8 - Oct 16, 2010 - 1265

What do you do when you think you’ve blown it but you aren’t quite sure?Maybe you shouldn’t have changed jobs. Maybe you shouldn’t have bought that new house. Maybe you shouldn’t have moved to a new city. Maybe you shouldn’t have taken that big promotion. Maybe yo ... More

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

The Sixth Law: There is No Growth Without Struggle - James 1:2-4 - Apr 7, 2002 - 555

Life is hard. Does anyone reading these words have any question about that? I didn’t think so. Because we live in a fallen world, nothing works the way it’s supposed to. Sin has stained every part of the physical universe. And sin has deeply infected the human bloodstream. Things break. ... More

WMBI Commentaries - Various - Jul 30, 2003 - 431

Life in the Spirit - Romans 8:5-17 - Jun 20, 1993 - 451

Dr. Lewis Sperry Chafer, in his massive, seven-volume systematic theology, calls Romans 8 “the consummating Scripture.” It is that place where certain key doctrines of the New Testament find their ultimate expression. Romans 8 begins with “no condemnation,” ends with &ldquo ... 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

Looking for a Second Chance: What About Purgatory and Postmortem Salvation? - Hebrews 1:3 - Jun 11, 2000 - 213

Most people think that Catholics believe in purgatory and Protestants don’t. That statement needs qualification in two ways. First, the various Orthodox churches also believe in purgatory, though we don’t often hear about it. Second, there is a sense in which Protestants in general and e ... More

Can You Trust God With the Details of Your Life? - Genesis 50:20 - Jan 5, 2014 - 1500

Do all things really work together for good?  Consider the following: *A baby is born with serious birth defects. The doctors tell the distraught parents she won’t live more than a few hours. When the parents take the baby home, the doctors tell them not to bring her back because the ... 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

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

Praying for the Sick–Part 2 - James 5:14-16 - Aug 28, 2009 - 1211

A few days ago I received an email from a friend whose daughter has recently been diagnosed with a very serious brain tumor that will, unless something unusual happens, take her life in the next 12-24 months. She and her husband are missionaries with a very effective outreach to the men and women se ... More

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

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

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

Up with Worship! - Aug 13, 2007

“Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!”“Worship isthe submission of all our nature to God.It is the quickening of the conscience by his holiness;the nourishment of mind with his truth;the purifying of the imagination by his beauty;the openin ... More

You Can Stumble But You Won't Fall - Psalm 37:23-24 - Dec 28, 2003 - 813

"The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the LORD upholds him with His hand” (Psalm 37:23-24 NKJV).Since this is the final Sunday of 2003, I wanted to bring a message that would encourage us as we wrap ... More

Overcoming Lingering Bitterness - Genesis 45 - Dec 15, 2002 - 706

On Thursday morning, November 21, as the sun was peeking over the horizon in the port city of Sidon in southern Lebanon, Bonnie Penner Witherall was up early. On this day she was going to work at the prenatal clinic that offered medical services to the Muslim women from a nearby refugee camp. Tensio ... More

The First Law: He's God and We're Not - Feb 10, 2002

This is the first sermon in a new series called “The Seven Laws of the Spiritual Life.” For the last few years I have been thinking about putting together a short list of the basic principles of the Christian life. What are those truths that every believer needs to know in order to have ... More

Clarification of Certain Doctrinal and Practical Issues - Various - May 23, 1996 - 563

The following material is presented by the Elders as a means of clarifying the church’s position on certain issues. As you read this, please remember that this is not meant to be a comprehensive statement of what we believe in every area. You may consult the Articles of Faith for a full statem ... More

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