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The Breaking Point - Genesis 32:22-32

In our study of the life of Jacob, we have come to a critical turning point. One might even call it the crucial moment of his entire life. Up until this point, Jacob has certainly lived up to his name—taking every advantage he can find to get ahead in life. Most of what he does is not objectionable in itself. Jacob is simply taking care of business the best way he can. Sometimes his ambition gets ahead of his wisdom and he More

Hard Times in Haran - Genesis 29

There are many ways in the English language to express the idea of retribution. For instance, we say, “Everything that goes around, comes around.” And we say, “Things have a way of evening out in the end.” We teach our children, “Crime doesn’t pay.” We talk about the chickens coming home to roost and the skeletons rattling out of the closet. Some of our greatest quotations deal with the More

God's Catfish - Genesis 29-31

In one of his books Chuck Swindoll tells the following story. It seems that in the northeastern United States, codfish are not only delectable, they are also a very big commercial enterprise. A vast industry has grown up around catching, preparing and shipping codfish to every part of the country.But the great demand for codfish posed a problem to the shippers. At first they froze the codfish before shipping, but freezing them too More

How a Good Man Dies - Genesis 48-50

"Fear not that your life shall come to an end, but rather that it shall never have a beginning.” John Henry NewmanSuppose you had three minutes to live and your loved ones were gathered around you waiting to hear your last words. What would you say? Perhaps you are in the hospital dying of some dread disease. You know the end is near. As you search your mind for the right things to say, a thousand thoughts flood you More

From Jacob to Jesus - Genesis 49:10; Luke 1:33

Our final study in the life of Jacob is different from all the rest. When we began, he was still in his mother’s womb. When Genesis brings his story to a close, he is buried in the cave of Machpelah, along with his father and grandfather. In between, this man of restless faith never stopped moving—from Beersheba to Bethel to Haran to Gilead to the Jabbok to Succoth to Shechem to Bethel again to Ephrathah to Migdal Eder More

If I Should Die Before I Wake - Hebrews 11:20-22

The stories of Isaac, Jacob and Joseph show us what faith looks like at the end of life. Here is one mark of genuine Christianity. When you come to the end of your earthly journey, you still hold on to what you believe. Because Jesus died and rose again, we can face our own death with confidence, knowing that the Lord will not abandon us when we need him most. More

Jacob's Ladder - Genesis 28

A long journey, a hard pillow, a guilty conscience, a heavy heart. These are the things that make men dream. It had been two days since he had left home— Esau seething in the background Rebekah weeping Isaac waving goodbye.Two days on a journey of 500 miles. Jacob is on his way from Beersheba to a place called Haran in a land called Paddam Aram. To get there you traveled north, then east across the Jordan River, then nor More

Healing the Hurts of the Past - Genesis 32-33

Which is more difficult? To forgive or to be forgiven? You could argue it either way.If you say it’s more difficult to forgive, you are right. When you forgive someone, you are doing at least two things: 1. You are choosing to overlook the pain of the past. 2. You are choosing to give the offender another chance.So you’re right. It’s more difficult to forgive.Unless, of course, you say it’s more d More

Portrait of a Dysfunctional Family - Genesis 27

Although it is not a new word, most of us never heard the term “dysfunctional” until a few years ago. In the last decade, however, “dysfunctional” has become one of the buzz-words of this mixed-up generation. The dictionary defines the noun dysfunction as “the disordered or impaired functioning of a bodily system or organ.” In laymen’s terms that means your body doesn’t work the way i More

Do You Know Why You Were Born? - Genesis 37

God accomplishes his purposes for us even when we are clueless about the big picture. More

Are You Willing to Face Your Past? - Genesis 42-43

You can’t erase a guilty conscience. More

Birth of a Heel-Grabber - Genesis 25:19-26

There are many different ways to study the Bible. You can, for instance, study it analytically, taking each verse and each phrase and even each word in succession. Or you could study it doctrinally, tracing the great teachings of the Bible through the 66 books of Holy Scripture. You could study it synthetically, pulling together the strands of truth to get the “big picture.” Many people study the Bible historically, e More

At Home with the Lord: What is the Christian View of Death? - Hebrews 11:20-22

One of the first prayers I learned to pray was my bedtime prayer. I do not remember how old I was when I first learned it but I know I was just a young boy. Over the years it has helped millions of children get ready to go to bed. You probably know it by heart:Now I lay me down to sleepI pray Thee, Lord, my soul to keepIf I should die before I wake,I pray Thee, Lord, my soul to take.It is the third line that has always struck me as u More

Can We Still Believe in Life After Death? - Luke 20:27-40

One day the Sadducees tried to trick Jesus with a very weird question. Jesus’ surprising answer teaches us a great deal about life after death. Our hope of the resurrection rests on the faithfulness of God. Our hope for the future rests not in science, not in speculation, not in some proof text, but in the character of God himself! More

Why Christ Came - Luke 19:10

God has more grace in his heart than you have sin in your life. Jesus is a better Savior than you are a sinner. More

The Whole Bible in One Message

Here’s the whole Bible presented as a drama in six acts, starting with creation and ending with the Second Coming of Christ. More

Why God Prefers Losers - 2 Corinthians 4:7

God prefers losers who know their weakness, see their flaws, admit their mistakes, and cry out to him for help. More

The Incredible Journey - Hebrews 11:8-10

Our focus in this message is on the man we often call “Father Abraham.” Hebrews 11:8-10 tells how he obeyed God’s call at great personal sacrifice. It tells us what he did; more importantly, it tells us why he did it. And it clearly shows us that obeying God doesn’t always work out the way we think it will. More

The Next Hero - Hebrews 11:39-40

Hebrews 11 is God’s “Perpetual Plaque” of those who lived by faith. And if you look closely, you can see there is plenty of room for more names. There’s room for you and there’s room for me. More

The Blessing of a Believing Spouse - Hebrews 11:11-12

God may arrange things so that your faith bears vast fruit in the years to come. Your legacy will be most clearly seen after you have gone to heaven. Sarah never lived to see the world-changing impact of her faith in God, but we still remember her 4000 years later and honor her example. More

The Final Difference Between the Church and the World - Hebrews 11:29

At the Red Sea, the Hebrews were delivered while the Egyptians were destroyed. From this we learn that the church and the world have two different destinations. This is the final difference between them. More

Shall We Kill Our Children Today? - Hebrews 11:23

The amazing faith of Moses’ parents shows us the high value that God puts on children, including those children that are born in less than ideal circumstances. Christians love children because God loves children. Ours is true pro-family religion. More

The Great Refusal - Hebrews 11:24-28

Because Moses said no to the riches of Egypt, he suffered greatly with the people of God. He shows us what it means—and what it costs—to say no to the world and yes to Jesus. More

Why God Chooses Splendid Sinners and Lovable Losers - 1 Corinthians 1:26-31

When God chooses people for his family, he picks those the world considers losers. This means that imperfect people make excellent candidates for the grace of God. Since we are all imperfect, when we boast, let us boast only in the Lord. More

What You Seek, You Find - Jeremiah 29:12-14

God uses the hard experiences of life to bring us to the place where our trust will be in him alone. Through those hard times, we learn to seek him and to rejoice even when life doesn’t make sense. More

The School of Suffering - Genesis 34-37

For me the most poignant scene of the recent presidential campaign took place last Monday night in Houston where George Bush was speaking in the final rally of his political career. During a long day that started in New Jersey he had hip-hopped across the mid-section of America, rallying the troops for one last charge to the finish line. Never mind that the polls showed him hopelessly behind, never mind that most people had already More

A Tale of Two Brothers - Genesis 25:17-34

Several years ago Dr. Kevin Leman wrote The Birth Order Book. You may be familiar with that book because Dr. Leman is a well-known Christian psychologist and has been on Dr. Dobson’s radio program a number of times. The thesis of The Birth Order Book is very simple: When you are dealing with your children, it is important to understand that their personality, their temperament and their outlook on life is greatly shaped by w More

Do You Want to be Set Free? - Genesis 44-45

If we will face the truth about ourselves, we can be set free. More

Experiencing God’s Love - Malachi 1:1-5

A man was having a hard time getting out of bed one Sunday morning. “Get up. It’s time to get ready for church!” He just grumbled and replied grumpily, “I don’t want to go to church today. Those people at church don’t like me. I don’t want to go.” She persisted, “You have to go.” To which he responded, “Give me three good reasons why I should.” She answered, &ldq More

Christmas Hope - Hebrews 6:18-20

This is Christmas Eve. Even though there is no command in the New Testament to celebrate Christmas, we happily join with millions of Christians around the world in remembering the birth of our Savior. “Joy to the world, the Lord is come!” And because he was born in Bethlehem, “the hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.” Our text does not at first glance seem to have anything to do with Chris More

Can You Trust God With the Details of Your Life? - Genesis 50:20

The question is not "Can you?” but "Will you?” More

The Hero Rises - Genesis 37:1-2

Joseph proves you can come from a crazy, mixed-up family and do amazing things for the Lord. More

How Will You Be Remembered? - Genesis 50 & Hebrews 11

One of the first prayers I learned to pray was my bedtime prayer. I do not remember how old I was when I first learned it, but I know I was just a young boy. Over the years it has helped millions of children get ready for bed. You probably know it by heart:   Now I lay me down to sleep   I pray Thee, Lord, my soul to keepIf I should die before I wake,   I pray Thee, Lord, my soul to take. It is the More

God's Word Has Not Failed - Romans 9:6-18

For many people no question seems as puzzling as the problem of unanswered prayer. Why is it that some things we pray about are never answered? We could all spend hours remembering times when we prayed and prayed, often with tears, only to conclude in the end that our prayers had not been answered.—Every cemetery reminds us that not all our prayers are answered.—Every cancer diagnosis testifies to the suffering of this More

The Invisible Hand: Coming to Grips With God’s Providence - Genesis 50:20

Do all things really work together for good? Consider the following:A little baby is born with no brain, only a brain stem. The doctors tell the parents that she has no chance of surviving. Somehow she stays alive for sixteen months. The parents struggle to take care of her. When she gets sick, the doctors tell the parents, “Don’t bring her to the hospital. There is nothing we can do for her.” A seemingly health More

God's Freedom - Romans 9:6-18

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.He chooses Jacob over Esau.He loves one. He hates the other.He chooses one.He doesn’t choose the other.To make matters worse, Paul s More

Propitiation: God's Not Angry At You - Various

You never know where you are going to find spiritual truth. I found some the other day in the pages of USA Today. It was about a month ago during the height of the questions surrounding Newt Gingrich’s book deal. They published an article by former Speaker of the House, Jim Wright. You may remember the story that back in 1989 Jim Wright resigned as Speaker under a kind of ethical cloud having to do with some book deals that he More

God's Freedom - Romans 9:6-18

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.He chooses Jacob over Esau.He loves one. He hates the other.He chooses one.He doesn’t choose the other.To make matters worse, Paul s More

His Kingdom Will Never End - Luke 1:33

“He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end” (Luke 1:33). “I’m gonna be famous.” That’s what Robert Hawkins wrote in his suicide note before going to the mall in Omaha last Wednesday where he murdered eight people and then took his own life.But he was wrong about that. Six months from now, few people will remember his name. Six years from now, fewer still More

Four Women in Jesus' Family Tree - Matthew 1:1-16

You might call this text “The forgotten chapter of the Christmas story.” It is a genealogy—a list of names, most of them unpronounceable. Because of that, this is a portion of Scripture that we tend to overlook. We don’t know what to do with it. It’s not often read in public. For that matter, we don’t read it often in private unless we’re following one of those “read the Bible in a More

Seed of the Woman - Genesis 3:15

“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”This is the first promise given after the Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. It is also the first gospel sermon ever preached on the face of the earth. Theologians call it the protoevangelium–or first gospel. These words spoken by God contain the first More

Deliver Us From Evil - Matthew 6:13

This petition reminds us of how weak we really are. We are sitting ducks for the flaming darts of the devil. Unless the Lord helps us, we will not only face temptation, we will succumb to it every single time. More

No Hopeless Cases - Romans 11:11-16

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 heard anybody discuss the subject of Jewish evangelism. It was all new and different to me because I only knew of one Jewish family in our c More

The Woman at the Well : Christ Speaks to the Problem of a Guilty Past - John 4:1-30

Two strangers met beside a well on a hot afternoon in Samaria. One was a woman. The other was a man. We don’t know the woman’s name. The man was Jesus. Their brief conversation changed her life.Today we are beginning a series called “Conversations with Jesus.” Each week we will meet someone who met Jesus face to face. Some of the stories will be very familiar and others will probably be new to you. These ancie More

Overcoming Lingering Bitterness - Genesis 45

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. Tensions were running high because of events elsewhere in the Middle East, and Americans in general and missionaries in particular had been war More

Harvest Time - John 4:35-38

Do you not say, “Four months more and then comes the harvest"? I tell you, open your eyes and look on the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. Thus the saying, “One sows and another reaps” is true. I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard wo More

Nothing Unusual Ever Happens Here

NOTHING UNUSUAL EVER HAPPENS HERE by Ray Pritchard Bethlehem, December 25, 2000 Years Ago””It’s been a quiet day in our little town. Local police reported no suspicious activity in the last 24 hours. The Greater Hebron Chamber of Commerce said yesterday that they project a 50% increase in tourism next year as… More

God Unchanging - Romans 11:28-29

When I was a teenager in Alabama, I spent a week at a Methodist church camp. This was during the revolutionary days of the 60s when the talk was of LSD, the Beatles, hippies, the Vietnam War and protest in the streets. No one had heard of fax machines, virtual reality, personal computers, DVDs or the Internet. Even though I was too young to understand it all, I remember feeling that this was the most exciting time in history to be More

Let's Bring Back the Holy Kiss: Rediscovering Real Love in the Family of God - Romans 16:1-16

“Greet one another with a holy kiss” (Romans 16:16).In some ways Romans 16 appears to be one of the least-interesting chapters of the New Testament. It consists mostly of Paul’s greetings to a long list of people in Rome. At first glance that doesn’t seem to offer much that would interest us today inasmuch as the names are hard to pronounce and even harder to spell. Paul sends greetings to people with strange More

Does Israel Have a Future? - Romans 11:25-26

This sermon argues that the term “Israel” in Romans 11 always refers to ethnic Israel and that Paul foresees a day when Israel as a nation will come to Christ for salvation. Events in the Middle East remind us that Jesus Christ may come back sooner than we think. More

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