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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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A Good Man Lost and a Bad Man Saved

Some of you may have seen a movie last summer called Reversal of Fortune. That would be a good subtitle […]

Text: Luke 18:9-14
Sermon Series: Close Encounters with Jesus
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Zaccheus Anonymous

This is an appropriate text for the first Sunday after April 15. I hope you got your taxes done on […]

Text: Luke 19:1-10
Sermon Series: Close Encounters with Jesus
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When Having It All Is Not Enough

Do you recognize the name Lee Atwater? If you know American politics, especially the politics of the 1980s, then you […]

Text: Luke 18:18-27
Sermon Series: Close Encounters with Jesus
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The Sensitivity of Jesus

This is how Luke tells the story: As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. And a […]

Text: Luke 8:42-48
Sermon Series: Close Encounters with Jesus
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How to Be a Great Lover

My text today is one of the great short stories of the Bible. Somebody like Steven Bochco could turn this […]

Text: Luke 7:36-50
Sermon Series: Absolute Praise (Psalm 103)Sermon Series: Close Encounters with Jesus
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Who Is This Man?

These are the words of Napoleon Bonaparte: I know men and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere […]

Text: Luke 5:17-26
Sermon Series: Close Encounters with Jesus