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Midnight Miracle

When Jesus is betrayed and arrested, Peter impulsively strikes with his sword to try to protect Him. Jesus rebukes Peter, heals Malchus’ ear and quietly submits, knowing that in the end, God’s will must be done. What should Peter have done? How does a follower of Christ react when all is lost?

Text: Luke 22:49-51
Sermon Series: Beyond Denial: Finding Ourselves in Peter’s Story
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Why God Allows Good Men to Fall

Peter still speaks to us today. “If you think you’ve fallen short, if you feel like you’ve denied him, look at what happened to me.”

Text: Luke 22:31-33
Sermon Series: Beyond Denial: Finding Ourselves in Peter’s Story
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How God’s Will Can Mess Up Your Life in a Good Way

God’s will is always good, but it’s not always comfortable. And it’s certainly not predictable. What if God blew your categories and gave you success beyond your wildest dreams? What if he let you fail miserably so he could give you overwhelming success later?

Text: Luke 5:1-11
Sermon Series: Beyond Denial: Finding Ourselves in Peter’s Story
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Can We Still Believe in Life After Death?

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!

Text: Luke 20:27-40
Sermon Series: Close Encounters with Jesus
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How Faith Works

The life of faith is inherently a life of risk. It is not for those timid souls who want to play it safe all the time. As long as we limit God to what we think he can do, we will never see anything great because our faith remains so small. But once we are willing to suspend our disbelief and renounce our skepticism, then and only then do we become candidates for a miracle.

Text: Luke 7:1-10
Sermon Series: Close Encounters with Jesus
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Sunrise at Bethlehem

On the first Christmas morning the sun began to shine in Bethlehem. Now that he has come into the world, nothing can ever be the same again. Now we have light in the darkness, pardon from our guilt, and peace that passes all understanding.

Text: Luke 1:78-79
Sermon Series: Christmas Messages
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Good News for Poor Performers and Splendid Sinners

This afternoon I read a bit from Faithfulness and Holiness by J. I. Packer. The book consists of Packer’s short […]

Text: Luke 1:5-20, 57-64
Sermon Series: Christmas Messages
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His Kingdom Will Never End

Jesus is building a kingdom that will last forever. Why would you follow anyone else?

Text: Luke 1:33
Sermon Series: Christmas Messages
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When Was Jesus Born?

Let me begin by saying right up front that no one knows exactly when Jesus was born because the Bible […]

Sermon Series: Christmas Messages
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When You Pray, Never Give Up

My goal in this sermon is very simple. I hope to convince you of the importance of persistence in prayer. […]

Text: Luke 18:1-8
Sermon Series: Stories Jesus Told