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Lessons Learned Along the Way

Shortly before Christmas Dr. David Olford called and asked if I would consider speaking in early January at an evening […]

Sermon Series: Standalone Messages
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Prophet on the Run

Our greatest victories and worst defeats often go hand in hand.

Text: 1 Kings 19:1-9
Sermon Series: Elijah: God's Mountain Man
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Do Not Grieve the Spirit

It is so easy for us to be unkind and ungracious. Ephesians 4:29-32 shows us that we grieve the Holy Spirit first by rotten speech (v. 29) and second by rotten attitudes (v. 31). But these two things are not separate. Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. We must stop making the Holy Spirit weep because of our unkind words and inner ugliness. Cry out to God for his help. Ask the Lord to open your eyes and see the uncleanness within. Pray for a fresh vision of Jesus dying for you.

Text: Ephesians 4:29-32
Sermon Series: Experiencing God Today: Six Sermons on the Holy Spirit
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A Survival Kit for Tough Times

We come this morning to the end of our series on I Peter. This is the 24th and final message. […]

Text: 1 Peter 5
Sermon Series: Strangers in a Strange Land (1 Peter)
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How to Inherit a Blessing

“Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do […]

Text: 1 Peter 3:8-12
Sermon Series: Strangers in a Strange Land (1 Peter)
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Unhindered Prayers

Quick now, what well-known actor said the following: “I don’t like danger. I’m not a womanizer. My happiest moments are […]

Text: 1 Peter 3:7
Sermon Series: Strangers in a Strange Land (1 Peter)
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Inner Beauty

What is inner beauty that lasts and how do we get it? In today’s quest for physical beauty amidst a burgeoning population of aging Boomers who are finding it difficult to reconcile the ravages of time on their bodies, surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures are seeing explosive growth in this country. This craze is not particular only to celebrities and socialites but now includes the rest of society who can afford the cost of the procedures. We all want to look good, but all external and applied adornments will fail sooner or later. The Bible puts forth a better goal of the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. There is power and value in this inner beauty that all women can acquire. Scripture gives us a solid example of such beauty in the Old Testament character of Sarah. She was a woman of recognized great beauty in her society but Scripture credits her with a greater inner beauty of character that was more commendable and precious to God, described in First Peter, chapter three. Here, all Christian women are called to be “daughters of Sarah,” to emulate her lasting beauty of character quality and attitude. Ultimately for women, the beauty of eternal value is like that which Jesus demonstrated in his submission to and hope in God, in doing what is right without giving way to fear. This is true beauty in God’s sight.

Text: 1 Peter 3:1-6
Sermon Series: Strangers in a Strange Land (1 Peter)
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In His Steps

The Christian walk is synonymous with innocent suffering and pain, through which Christ our Lord suffered and died. He left us all an example of how to follow him in this. A Christian’s call to this behavior goes against the grain of his human tendencies: to suffer unjust treatment without retaliation, trusting only that God would be the judge of things ultimately. Jesus lived the sacrificial life to which he calls all his believers. It is a life that leads to the cross, and he has modeled how to live this sacrificial life for us. When we suffer unjustly, we share in a tiny portion of what happened to him. When we are mistreated, we are to turn the other check, bless those who curse us, and return good for evil. We are not to retaliate, not to threaten, not to get even. Jesus showed us how to live, and he showed us how to die. This response is a miracle in itself and is under girded and made possible only by the gift of grace from God.

Text: 1 Peter 2:21-25
Sermon Series: Strangers in a Strange Land (1 Peter)
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A Question for Jesus

If Christ has really been born, why is the world so messed up? Why aren’t things better by now?

Text: Matthew 11:3
Sermon Series: Christmas Messages
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Serving God in an Unbelieving World

We are to submit to all those in authority over us. As Americans, when we read that we are to submit to the king, we tend to dismiss that thought since we haven’t had a king since 1776. What does Peter mean when he says we are to submit “for the Lord’s sake"? It means that there is a direct connection between the people in authority over us, and God who is the Ultimate Authority.

Text: 1 Peter 2:13-17
Sermon Series: Strangers in a Strange Land (1 Peter)
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