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  • Knowing Christ

    Contributed by David Swensen on Jun 12, 2003
    based on 63 ratings
     | 7,720 views

    Have you forgotten the feeling of dedication, passion and hunger for Christ? A vital,vibrant, powerful,life-changing relationship with the Lord comes to those who make knowing Him a priority in their lives.

    Writing in Moody Monthly magazine, Mayo Mathers tells about the first time she saw Keith sitting alone in a pew at the back of the church. He wore a biker’s T-shirt and tattoos decorated each arm. Only 36, he was more faded then his jeans with a worn out, lived-out look in his eyes. He seemed ...read more

  • Redemption

    Contributed by David Swensen on Jun 2, 2003
    based on 324 ratings
     | 44,597 views

    In spite of the fact that sin ruins relationships, wrecks lives and brings untold pain, misery and regret we can’t seem to overcome it. Our only hope is Christ who can redeem us, setting us free from sin’s penalty and its power in our daily lives.

    It was almost 1:00 in the morning when the phone rang. Dr. Leo Winters, the highly acclaimed Chicago surgeon, was abruptly awakened. There had been an accident and his skill hands were needed for immediate surgery. The quickest route happened to be through a rather tough area, but with time ...read more

  • The Empty Cup

    Contributed by David Swensen on Jun 19, 2002
    based on 74 ratings
     | 9,791 views

    There are no longer any standards. Anything goes; everything is acceptable. God, however, doesn’t see it that way and He certainly doesn’t take sin lightly and neither should we.

    INTRODUCTION “John Griffith tended to one of the huge railroad bridges that cross the mighty Mississippi. It was 1937 when this true story took place He brought his 8-year-old son, Greg, to work with him to see what Dad did all day.The little boy was wide-eyed with excitement when the ...read more

  • The Blessing

    Contributed by David Swensen on Jun 19, 2002
    based on 110 ratings
     | 14,882 views

    The power and importance of family blessings cannot be overestimated. When blessings are not forthcoming children ache for them. Learn more with todays message.

    INTRODUCTION Writing in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Ted Kruger writes: “I have many memories about my father and about growing up with him in our apartment next to the elevated train tracks. For years we listened to the roar of the train as it passed by. Late at night, my father waited alone for ...read more

  • The Family: God's Workshop

    Contributed by David Swensen on May 27, 2002
    based on 39 ratings
     | 2,210 views

    Today, Learn how God can use our families to help shape us into the people He desires us to become.

    Nancy Ortberg tells about an incident with which we can all relate. “I had been, what I thought, was a good mom for the day. I rode bikes, read stories and fixed meals. I patted myself on the back and thought, Okay, I’m done. It’s six o’clock. It’s my time. Just then this little voice from the ...read more

  • Dark Night Of The Soul

    Contributed by David Swensen on May 27, 2002
    based on 126 ratings
     | 15,993 views

    There are so many circumstances that cause us to experience “dark nights of the soul.” Learn more with todays sermon.

    Strong faith in God does not come all at once and it is not without its times of doubt.It is often gained through willing submission to His love and goodness in the midst of trial. In February 1862, President Abraham Lincoln endured one of many “dark nights of the soul” when the circumstances of ...read more

  • Into Thy Hands

    Contributed by David Swensen on May 3, 2002
    based on 64 ratings
     | 4,959 views

    It is interesting how people leave this life. Some scream, plead and curse. Others go confessing, some go stoically waiting for the inescapable. Most go with fear and hopelessness. Certainly not the case with our Lord and it need not be with us.

    Dr. Edward Wilson was the famous British doctor who went with Captain Scott’s expedition to the Antarctic. In 1891 as an undergraduate at Cambridge University he was nicknamed “Bill the Cynic.” He was argumentative, disagreeable and he had a sharp, bitter, nasty tongue. Writing to a friend he had ...read more

  • It Is Finished

    Contributed by David Swensen on Apr 24, 2002
    based on 54 ratings
     | 6,345 views

    “IT IS FINISHED” was the triumphant shout of our Lord as He died on the cross for us.These words remind us that there is nothing we can do to earn our salvation. What need to be done has been done by Christ.

    INTRODUCTION U.S. history records the building of a great transcontinental railway which united the country by rail from the Atlantic to the Pacific. In its day it was a tremendous undertaking which at one point was suspended because of financial problems.Eventually, however, it was ...read more

  • I Thirst

    Contributed by David Swensen on Apr 24, 2002
    based on 94 ratings
     | 12,107 views

    Our Lord’s cry, “I THIRST,” is a poignant reminder to us that, no matter what the cost, we have been called to a life of obedience.

    John 19:28-37 INTRODUCTION Gladys Aylward was a missionary to China and her labors were chronicled in the film The Inn of the Sixth Happiness.On one occasion she suffered terribly during a journey across the mountains of China in order to bring a hundred orphans to safety. Ranging in age ...read more

  • The Family Of God

    Contributed by David Swensen on Apr 2, 2002
    based on 64 ratings
     | 7,253 views

    What does it mean to be a part of the family of God?

    INTRODUCTION Dan Dierdorf is a former professional football player who is now a television sports broadcaster. “I’ve been on this incredible roll,” he says with wide-eyed amazement. “I’ve made more money and bettered myself every year since I was 21 years old. If my life were a graph, it ...read more

  • Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?

    Contributed by David Swensen on Apr 2, 2002
    based on 107 ratings
     | 9,410 views

    The just penalty of our sin is death and separation from God.Our sin demands that we be forsaken by God. Christ,took our place; When we, by faith, repent of our sin and receive the gift of salvation, Christ’s death is appropriated to cover our sin

    INTRODUCTION At the age of 41,Elizabeth Barrett became the wife of Robert Browning, the famous English poet. Her father, a widower, disowned her.He objected to the marriage and disowned her simply because he didn’t want any of his children to leave home and break up the family! Elizabeth’s ...read more

  • Father Forgive Them Series

    Contributed by David Swensen on Mar 5, 2002
    based on 54 ratings
     | 5,182 views

    Why are Christ’s last words on forgiveness so crucial for us today? Learn more about forgiveness in today’s message.

    INTRODUCTION “On the day that Karl Marx died, his housekeeper came to him and said, ‘Tell me your last words, and I’ll write them down.’ Marx replied, ‘Go on, get out! Last words are for fools who haven’t said enough!’” He was wrong as last words can be very revealing and important. P.T. ...read more

  • With Me In Paradise Series

    Contributed by David Swensen on Mar 5, 2002
    based on 108 ratings
     | 11,283 views

    Many are fearful of death. We wonder if God will really forgive us and welcome us home. God sent Jesus to earth to reveal to us the reality of life after death and to secure for us a place in heaven. Learn more with today’s message

    INTRODUCTION Author Joseph Bayly wrote about death from firsthand experience. He lost all three of his children: one at eighteen days, after surgery. Another died at age five with leukemia. His third child died at eighteen after a sledding accident complicated by hemophilia.As a ...read more

  • Partaking Of The Cup

    Contributed by David Swensen on Feb 18, 2002
    based on 66 ratings
     | 3,786 views

    In our hurting, sinful world there is a great need for believers to sacrificially put themselves out in service to the Lord. Learn more by reading todays message.

    After having given their lives to Christ, Robert and Dorothy Hoppe wanted to serve Him. When they finished their studies at the Wycliffe Institute of Linguistics they felt called to serve the Malayo people in Columbia, South America where they would translate the Word of God into their ...read more

  • Grace Gives

    Contributed by David Swensen on Jan 31, 2002
    based on 67 ratings
     | 3,372 views

    We were created to reach out to others. We are commanded in Scripture to give generously of our time, talents and finances in ministry. But what is or should be our modivation for giving and serving?

    In his book Run with the Horses, Eugene Peterson tells how he saw some birds teaching their young to fly.Three young swallows were perched on a dead branch that stretched out over a lake. “One adult swallow got alongside the chicks and started shoving them out toward the end of the branch – ...read more