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Why I Am Not a Pessimist

Christians are both pessimists and optimists, but we are much more optimistic because though we see what is happening in the
world around us, we know that Jesus Christ conquered the grave. And because he lives, we too will live.

Text: Ephesians 5:15-17
Sermon Series: Soul Food: Ephesians for the 21st-Century
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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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Why God Makes It Hard When It Ought to be Easy

2 Samuel 2-3 tell the story of David’s long struggle to become king over all Israel. His life is a pattern of how God deals with his children. It is God’s plan to vindicate us slowly, bless us openly, surprise us occasionally, and test us continually. God intends to develop our character, and to do that adversity is essential.

Text: 2 Samuel 2-3
Sermon Series: Standalone Messages
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If God Is Sovereign, What Then?

Our problems with the sovereignty of God start when sovereignty becomes personal. We will never understand this doctrine until we remember that we live in a fallen, that evil is personal, that we must start with God, and that God has bought us with the blood of his Son.

Text: Psalm 103:19-22
Sermon Series: Absolute Praise (Psalm 103)
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Choose Life!

Whoever occupies the Oval Office for the next four years will make decisions that will guide our nation far into the future. Which way will we go? How should we make up our minds? This sermon argues that we should “choose life” by taking our Christian convictions with us into the voting booth.

Text: Deuteronomy 30:19-20
Sermon Series: Election Day Special Sermon
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Sleeping Together and Christ’s Global Cause

Why shouldn’t two adult Christians who happen to be divorced and have fallen in love—why shouldn’t they sleep together? That’s the question a man asked in an email. Here is my answer.

Sermon Series: Crucial Questions
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How God Revealed the Ingratitude of My Own Heart

“Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to […]

Text: Romans 1
Sermon Series: Thanksgiving Sermons
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Curing the Itch Mites

Ray: How many of you know what itch mites are? We had never heard of them until two months ago. […]

Sermon Series: Couples Conference 2007
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Love is Blind but Marriage is a Can Opener

Ray: It was a hot night when we got married. Late August in Phoenix, Arizona is always hot but by […]

Sermon Series: Couples Conference 2007
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Trouble in the Church!

Greet one another with a holy kiss … but don’t go kissing everyone. That will serve as a useful summary […]

Text: Romans 16:17-20
Sermon Series: The Transformed Life (Romans 12-16)

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