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  • The Resurrection: How Will You Respond

    Contributed by James Wallace on Apr 30, 2019

    Do you have the kind of faith that saves? An examination of the faith of the first eyewitnesses to Jesus' resurrection graphically illustrates what kind of faith saves, and what kind of faith does not.

    The Resurrection: How Will You Respond? Matthew 27:27—28:10 He is risen! He is risen indeed! So Christ is risen! But I want to ask you a question this morning. Do you think of Christ's resurrection as just an interesting and unique fact of history—that God intended it just as a point more

  • What Christmas Is All About--From An Authority Series

    Contributed by James Wallace on Dec 26, 2018

    Though not one of the traditional Christmas stories we refer to when we consider Christmas, the prologue of John's Gospel perhaps offers the most complete explanation found anywhere about what Christmas is really about--the God-man came to earth to rescue us from this present darkness.

    Christmas: What It's All About—From an Authority John 1:1-14 Christmas Eve, 2018 I know most of you this evening came expecting to hear another repetition of the Christmas story, focusing on the angels visit to Joseph or Mary, the virgin birth in Bethlehem, or even the Magi's visit. And more

  • First Light Series

    Contributed by James Wallace on Dec 18, 2018

    God predicted the Messiah would come eons before He did, in the darkness that followed the Fall--giving hope to mankind even after everything had gone wrong. It was the "first light" that shown in the darkness, and the light still shines, and the darkness has yet to overcome it.

    The Divine Advent(ure) First Light Genesis 3:14—4:1 This morning, we kick off for the Christmas season, believe it or not, a Christmas series, since Jesus Christ is what the Christmas season is all about. I’m calling it The Divine Advent(ure). We’ll have six messages to consider the Greatest more

  • How To Handle The Unexpected Series

    Contributed by James Wallace on Dec 18, 2018

    Mary serves as an example of how to handle life when life doesn't go as expected--a great example. We all experience this sort of thing, and we find out--life doens't go as expected all the time. How would God have us respond?

    The Divine Advent(ure) How to Handle the Unexpected Luke 1:26-56 Have you ever noticed how life never seems to going exactly, or sometimes, even close to your plans? One of my favorite quotes is this one, apparently from an unbeliever: “Life is what happens when you’re making other plans.” And more

  • All You Could Want For Christmas Series

    Contributed by James Wallace on Dec 18, 2018

    God gave some incredible, unmistakable signs about who would save, and how he would save. It's important not to miss the signs concerning the most important event in all of history, and the most important person in all of history--the signs that show us that God came to save us through Jesus!

    The Divine Advent(ure) All You Could Want for Christmas Matthew 1:16; 18-25 After many failed attempts in November and December of 1803, Orville and Wilbur Wright finally got their flying machine off the ground. The airplane was born. In their excitement, they sent a quick telegraph to their more

  • Toward A Kinder, Gentler Creation Series

    Contributed by James Wallace on Dec 18, 2018

    The Humility, Gentlness and Kindess of God was displayed in how he entered this world--as a gently, humble baby who would eventually deal with our sins with the same humility, gentleness and kindness in order to reconcile us to Himself. What an Awesome Savior and God!

  • The Ultimate Experience: How Not To Miss It! Series

    Contributed by James Wallace on Oct 22, 2018

    Some people miss the ultimate experience, in fact, any experience of God whatsoever--even those who claim to be born-again Christians. Why? It comes down to one little word that is pivotal, according to Jesus, in our experience of God.

  • Jesus' Chilling Warning, Part I Series

    Contributed by James Wallace on Sep 17, 2018
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    No more chilling, nightmarish warning can be found anywhere in Scripture than Jesus' in Matthew 7:21-23--that many will come before Him on Judgment Day assured they're going to heave and will find out differently.

    The Paradoxical Sayings of Jesus Jesus’ Chilling Warning Matthew 7:21-23 As paradoxical sayings go, we’ve come to one of the very hardest of all the sayings of Jesus this morning, a saying, which “paradoxically” comes near the very end of what most people regard to be the greatest sermon ever more

  • Jesus' Chilling Warning, Part Ii Series

    Contributed by James Wallace on Sep 17, 2018

    How can we explain that some who even prophesy, cast out demons and do miracles in Jesus name will find out on Judgment Day that they have not done the will of God and are headed to hell?

    The Paradoxical Sayings of Jesus Jesus' Chilling Warning, Part II Matthew 7:13-28 As we attended Dallas Seminary in the 1980s, my brother-in-law was attending dental school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at Oral Roberts University and lived in the student dorms there. So we would often visit them in Tulsa, more

  • To Be Righteous, You Must Be A Sinner Series

    Contributed by James Wallace on Sep 17, 2018

    Jesus said the worst among us--the despised and most sinful--who are repentantly trust not on themselves or their goodness will get to heaven and those who trust in their own rightoeusness will not.

    The Paradoxical Sayings of Jesus To Be Righteous, You Must Be a Sinner Luke 18:9-14 Well, I had another chance to share the Gospel this week. As a pastor, it's an occupational hazard! Actually, the opportunity came as a result of a benevolence call. It has become our policy at Risen King that more

  • Gentle Strength Series

    Contributed by James Wallace on Aug 13, 2018

    Since when has there ever been a cause/effect relationship between being gentle and inheriting the earth? It has always been the brutal, the powerful, the violent who have ruled the earth in this age. But Jesus promises there will be a grand reversal!

    The Paradoxical Sayings of Jesus Gentle Strength Matthew 5:5 & Selected Passages This morning I've chosen for our Paradoxical Sayings of Jesus series one of the Beatitudes in Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5:5: "Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth." Now, I suspect more

  • Forgivable & Unforgivable Sin? Series

    Contributed by James Wallace on Aug 13, 2018

    Jesus talked about a sin that was unforgivable, or unpardonable. What is the unpardonable sin? Is it possible that a believer can commit it? Let's do some hard thinking about what Jesus said in Matthew 12:30-32 and what the book of Hebrews says.

  • The Paradoxical Sayings Of Jesus: Lose Your Life To Save It Series

    Contributed by James Wallace on Jul 30, 2018

    Perhaps Jesus' most challenging saying of all is that to save your lives we must be willing to lose it for His sake and the Gospels. We explore what this really means practically, and whether Jesus meant for it to be literally true.

  • The Paradoxical Saying Of Jesus: To Be Great, Be The Least Series

    Contributed by James Wallace on Jul 27, 2018

    Jesus said many counter-intuitive, counter-cultural and against-common sense statements which emphasize the difference between worldly values and Kingdom priorities. This series examines how these very challenging statements applies to our lives

    The Paradoxical Sayings of Jesus To Be Great, Be the Least Selected Passages To be truly great in life, seek to be the least! This has to be one of the most incredible, unbelievable, counter-intuitive, counter-cultural statements of all time. Essentially it is a statement that the way up more

  • How To Experience God's Protection Series

    Contributed by James Wallace on May 17, 2018

    The Blessed Assurance that no evil shall befall us regardless of the circumstances should cause us to rest contentedly in the fact the Most High, Almighty Jesus, will protect us and deliver us from any and every threat.