Some prayers are harder to pray than others. I learned that thirty-three years ago when my father died. One October […]
Text: Matthew 6:10Sermon Series: Knowing God's Will
I first met Jacob Gartenhaus about forty years ago. When I was a teenager growing up in a small town […]
Text: Romans 11:11-16Sermon Series: Understanding God's Plan (Romans 9-11)
Christians disagree about almost everything. And when we disagree, we usually start a new church. Which reminds me of a […]
Text: Acts 15:36-41Sermon Series: Standalone Messages
To understand forgiveness, consider Jesus on the cross. In his dying moments He uttered words that still ring across the centuries: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Even as he said those words, the crowd laughed, mocked, cheered, jeered. They taunted him. When he died, the people who put him to death were quite pleased with themselves. No one seemed very sorry. No one said, “I was wrong. This is a mistake.” And yet he said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” That is precisely what we must say if we are going to follow Jesus.
Text: Romans 15Sermon Series: Total Forgiveness
Part 1. There are many ways to kill the faith of a new Christian, but the easiest way – and the quickest – is through criticism and a lack of acceptance. We all have a tendency to criticize people who don’t do or say things the way we think they ought to be said or done. Terrible things can happen when we are too quick to offer personal judgments on believers who don’t meet our personal standards. How can we overcome the impulse to criticize our brothers and sisters in Christ?
Text: Romans 14:1-12Sermon Series: The Transformed Life (Romans 12-16)
Christians, do you know what time it is? The Apostle Paul tells us it’s time to wake up, put off the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. In light of the return of Christ, and the lateness of the hour, how should we then live?
Text: Romans 13:11-14Sermon Series: The Transformed Life (Romans 12-16)
“Christmas is full of surprises.” Somewhere in my reading this week I ran across that sentence. While I am sure […]
Text: Luke 2:12Sermon Series: Christmas Messages
We live in a day when Christmas has become a controversial holiday. If you doubt that statement, just try putting […]
Text: Hebrews 1:1-3Sermon Series: Christmas Messages
We are fully justified in asking God to work miracles on behalf of our loved ones. But God doesn’t limit himself to our understanding of what our loved ones need most. He is fully able to do spectacular miracles today just as he did in Bible times. But more often he gives strength to the weary and courage to the fainting and hope to those who feel like giving up. God’s miracles come in more than one variety, a truth we can experience every day.
Text: 1 Kings 17:17-24Sermon Series: Elijah: God's Mountain Man
(Revised and Expanded January 9, 1991) The following things have happened in the last 72 hours: *Yesterday the Iraqi Revolutionary […]
Sermon Series: Critical Issues