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Contributed on Jul 14, 2019
When Jesus met Simon, he named him "Peter", or "Rock", even though Peter's character at that time was decidedly un-rocklike. But Jesus saw what he would become, just as he sees as, not only as we are but as what we will become in Him.
The first thing we notice in these seven verses is the number of references to stones. Living stones. Precious stones. Corner stones. Stones that are chosen by God but rejected by men. A stone that causes people to stumble and fall. Now, think about that for a moment. Why would that be? Why would ...read more
Contributed on Jul 7, 2019
In order to grow in obedience and godliness, we must start by having minds that are "alert and fully sober".
In this passage, Peter is addressing a question that each of us struggles with: how can we be good? Because we do want to be good, at least theoretically. Don’t we? We want to be people who do the right thing, who are honorable, who are worthy of respect, people who tell the truth. We want to be ...read more
Contributed on May 26, 2019
In Jesus' longest recorded prayer, offered to the Father just hours before his arrest and crucifixion, he asks for three critical things that we need, and for which God's power is both necessary and sufficient: (1) purity and protection, (2) unity, and (3) glory.
Chapter seventeen of John’s gospel consists of a prayer, offered by Jesus to the Father. It is a remarkable prayer. First of all, it’s the longest prayer of Jesus which is recorded in any of the gospels. Jesus was known to pray for long periods of time, but usually he went off by himself to do so. ...read more
Contributed on Apr 7, 2019
Following Christ means following him to the cross.
There are basically two kinds of sermons on the Christian life. The first type of sermon views the Christian life as a kind of puzzle to be solved, with the message going something like this: Life is full of hardships, and frustrations, and obstacles. But if you do this one thing; if you ...read more
Contributed on Feb 24, 2019
Christianity, in many ways, is not all that different than other religions and faith traditions. In fact, there is really only one thing about Christianity that is unique.
I’m going to begin this morning with a familiar text: "What you do not wish for yourself, do not do to others." Sound good? That, of course is . . . a well-known saying of Confucius, a Chinese wise man who lived in the 5th and 6th century B.C. "What you do not wish for yourself, ...read more
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Contributed on Mar 25, 2018
I’d like to begin this morning with a story. It involves these men [photo of Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs]. You probably recognize them: Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs. The two men who founded Apple Computer. Right? Well, no, actually that’s not completely accurate. Here is a photo of the original ...read more
Contributed on Apr 10, 2011
WHAT COMES OUT OF YOUR MOUTH How carefully do you monitor what goes into your mouth, compared to what comes out of it? For example, do you follow a low-fat diet? Do you obsessively track the grams of fat going into your body? Do you watch the number of calories that you consume? Do you avoid ...read more
Contributed on Jan 12, 2003
SMALL WORDS, PROFOUND EFFECT "The tongue has the power of life and death . . . " That may sound a bit extreme to you; a bit exaggerated. How could mere words kill anyone? But consider this. You’re probably familiar with Karen Carpenter, the popular singer from the seventies who died in 1983 of ...read more
Contributed on Jan 12, 2003
[Power of the tongue] At a birthday party for Strom Thurmond, Senator Trent Lott was paying tribute to the man, and he made this statement, "I want to say this about my state: When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We’re proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed ...read more
Contributed on Jan 5, 2003
The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards Being sensible that I am unable to do anything without God’s help, I do humbly entreat him by his grace to enable me to keep these Resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to his will, for Christ’s sake. Remember to read over these Resolutions once a ...read more