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King David: A Heart Like God’s #6: Life With A Forward Lean

The Rock Star And His Greatest Hit The Best Thing You Can Be In Life Big Problems Make Big People The Sound Of A Breaking Heart Winning Isn't Everything, But The Will To Win Is Life With A Forward Lean King David: A Heart Like God's: Life With A Forward Lean II Samuel...

Sticking Your Toe Into A Sea Of Joy

Believe It Or Not Eyes Cleansed By Tears See More Clearly Sticking Your Toe Into A Sea Of Joy Jesus Died Of A Broken Heart The Man Who Came Last The Day The King Cried An Easter Symphony In Four Movements Sticking Your Toe Into A Sea Of Joy Psalm 16:1-11Can you...

A Faith That Sings #6: The Greatest Songwriter’s Greatest Song

From Crib To Cross To Crown When The Waters Are Deep Jesus Is Coming Soon - Look Busy! Night Is When The Stars Shine The Greatest Storyteller's Greatest Story The Greatest Songwriter's Greatest Song The Cross: Stumbling Block Or Stepping Stone? A Faith That Sings: The...

Home Improvement #8: A House is Not a Home

The Commandment You Can't Always Obey What Adam Should Have Learned About Eve What Eve Should Have Learned About Adam Teenagers: The People God Didn’t Create Growing Old Without Getting Old Lessons Learned From Two Adoptive Dads The Gripes Of Wrath: Love's Number One...

Ten For Our Time #6: When Pro-Life Becomes Principle

When God Is God When Tolerance Creates Trouble When Profanity Takes Precedence When The Sabbath Is Kept Wholly When Family Comes First When Pro-Life Becomes Principle When Marriage Is A Many-Splintered Thing When Robbery Seems Respectable When Honesty Takes A Holiday...

The Most Beautiful Song In The World

The Most Beautiful Song In The World Psalm 23 Two men were arguing over which one knew the most about the Bible. One man said to the other, “I’ll bet you don’t even know the 23rd Psalm.” The other man replied, “I’ve got ten dollars that says I do.” The first man said,...

Why I Believe #5: Why I Believe In God

Why I Believe In The Incarnation Why I Believe In Angels Why I Believe In The Virgin Birth Why I Believe In Jesus Christ Why I Believe In God Why I Believe The Bible Why I Believe In The Church Why I Believe In Heaven Why I Believe In The Atonement Why I Believe In...

A Composite Portrait Of A Remarkable Man

A Composite Portrait Of A Remarkable Man II Timothy 4:11, Colossians 4:14, Psalm 1:24If I were to ask you to name for me the one person who wrote more of the material in the New Testament than any other single writer, my guess is that you would answer Paul or,...

How To Get Up When Life Gets You Down

How To Get Up When Life Gets You Down Psalm 42We all know what depression is—in fact, we could probably write the book on it. Sometimes we call it “the blues” or “the blahs” or “feeling down and out”. Bunyan called it “the slough of despond”. St. John of the Cross...

Our Father Who Art In Hell

Our Father Who Art In Hell Psalm 22Tonight we are just days away from our observance of Good Friday, the day Jesus was crucified. Tonight, as has been our habit during these Wednesday evenings together this year, I want us to focus on a Psalm. Tonight, Psalm 22, and I...

What In The World Is God Doing?

What In The World Is God Doing? Psalm 10As I start tonight, I want to read you some words written by a syndicated columnist. I want to read the words and then I want to tell you when the words were written: “What interests me is not whether God exists—I assume He...

Homesickness For God

Homesickness For God Psalm 42:1-6Have you heard the story about the very boring, negative, extremely judgmental preacher who had been invited to preach at Yale University’s chapel? In his sermon, he took the word “YALE” as his outline and let each letter Y-A-L-E serve...

The MTC Club

The MTC Club Psalm 118:19-24Tonight I want to tell you the story of Orville Kelly. Orville Kelly was a newspaper man up in the state of Iowa. When he was 43 years of age, he was diagnosed with an unusual and incurable form of lymphatic cancer. Like many cancer...

Relationship Rescue-Jesus Style #7: A House Is Not A Home

Make Your Home Work By Doing Your Homework Some Encouraging Words For Parents And Their Children A Letter To My Grandsons Faith May Color Our Lives But Faith Chooses The Colors Sex, Lies And The Christian Faith What Went Wrong? - Wrecking A Relationship A House Is Not...

Craving What We Already Have

Craving What We Already Have Psalm 121I love this Book. I love everything in and about this Book. But I hold a corner of my heart reserved there for a special love for the book in this Book known as the book of the Psalms. I love the Psalms. So many of them are quite...

Vision For The New Millennium #6: Concentrating On The Content

Our Vision For The New Millennium Civilizing The City Confronting The Culture Celebrating The Church Capturing The Children Concentrating On The Content Vision For The New Millenium: Concentrating On The Content Psalm 119:105-112A new pastor moved into town and went...

Born To Lose, Or Twice-Born Winners?

Born To Lose, Or Twice-Born Winners? Psalm 119:49-56My guess is that you are familiar with the old couplet that goes like this: Sticks and stones may break my bones, But words will never hurt me. Of course, that's a lie. The truth is that words can hurt, and they can...

Healing The Hole In Your Heart

Healing The Hole In Your Heart Psalm 119:145-160I have said to you before that when it comes to preaching, I get by with a little help from my friends. Today, however, I am going to get by with a lot of help from one of my friends. His name is David McKechnie. He is...

How Can I Be Over The Hill When I Haven’t Seen The Top Yet?

How Can I Be Over The Hill When I Haven’t Seen The Top Yet? Psalm 92:1-15Yesterday was my 50th birthday. A lot of people I used to think were my friends sent me cards. They contain messages like these: "Life not only begins at 50, that's when it really begins to show....

The Dawn Has Come: A Son’s Reflection

The Dawn Has Come: A Son's Reflection I Samuel 12:19-23, Psalm 23On Sunday afternoon, July 19, my mother died. Wait. That is not altogether accurate. On Sunday afternoon, July 19, my mother stopped breathing. She "died" some seven years earlier. You see, she was a...

Depression: The Only Way Out Is Through

Depression: The Only Way Out Is Through Psalm 42We all know what depression is. In fact, we could probably write the book on it. Sometimes we call it "the blues" or "the blahs" or "feeling down and out." Bunyan called it "The slough of despond." St. John of the Cross...

Taste And See

Taste And See Psalm 34:1-10Calamity never knocks before it enters, and sometimes it just batters down the door. That's what happened on December 7, 1988, at 11:41 a.m. in Soviet Armenia. At that moment, one of history's worst earthquakes shivered huge sections of the...

The Hardest Sermon To Preach

The Hardest Sermon To Preach Psalm 103It is quite common to hear ministers say that the hardest sermons to preach are the sermons for Christmas and Easter. They say that it is very difficult thing to come up with a message to match the overwhelming beauty and power of...

His Prayer, Our Prayer #4: A Declaration Of Dependence Upon God🎧

Close To His Majesty Soli Deo Gloria Riding On God's Shoulders A Declaration Of Dependence To Forgive And Forget Talk Back To The Devil The Defiant Doxology A Declaration Of Dependence Upon God Psalm 33:1-12Are you aware of the fact that when Abraham Lincoln delivered...

His Prayer, Our Prayer #2: Soli Deo Gloria

Close To His Majesty Soli Deo Gloria Riding On God's Shoulders A Declaration Of Dependence To Forgive And Forget Talk Back To The Devil The Defiant Doxology His Prayer, Our Prayer: Soli Deo Gloria Psalm 25:1-10The Lord's Prayer is a perfect prayer. It begins with...

His Prayer, Our Prayer #1: Close To His Majesty

Close To His Majesty Soli Deo Gloria Riding On God's Shoulders A Declaration Of Dependence To Forgive And Forget Talk Back To The Devil The Defiant Doxology His Prayer, Our Prayer: Close To His Majesty Psalm 8We call it "The Lord's Prayer." It is, without any...

How To #9: How To Stay Calm In The Midst Of Storm!

How To Rise Above Resentment! How To Quit Worrying About Worry! How To Fly Like Eagles When You’re Surrounded By Turkeys! How To Look Smart When You Do Dumb Things! How To Do Right When Everything Goes Wrong! How To Turn Short-Term Losses Into Long-Term Gains! How To...

A Time To Tune Out And Turn In

A Time To Tune Out And Turn In Psalm 127:1-2; 121It has been a long time since I have seen anybody sleep in church on Sunday… In days gone by, it happened rather frequently. I remember hearing about a minister who had a member of his church who regularly dropped off...

One Nation Under God🎧

One Nation Under God Psalm 33:1-12I would ask you to come with me to Gettysburg. The date: November 19, 1863. The signs of the battle which occurred 4 1/2 months before are still much in evidence: flattened fences, broken trees, burned-out homes. Not a pleasant scene....

Ptl: The Attitude Of Gratitude

Ptl: The Attitude Of Gratitude Psalm 113There is nothing quite so sad as a good thing gone bad, such as the ministry of P.T.L. The very letters themselves stand for the great Biblical injunction "Praise the Lord," and for a time, that ministry was true to its name;...

Dear Miss Liberty: A Letter To The Lady With The Lamp🎧

Dear Miss Liberty: A Letter To The Lady With The Lamp Psalm 85:4-13A new book was published this past week. It is a book of letters. It seems that over the last three years as people from all over America have sent in their contributions for refurbishing the Statue of...

Halley’s Comet And Christ’s Gospel

Halley's Comet And Christ's Gospel Psalm 8Many of you are kind enough to write to me with ideas for sermons. Sometimes, with the help of the Holy Spirit, I am able to transform those ideas into actual sermons, and sometimes I can't. But whether a sermon results or...

You Can’t Kill The Dream

You Can't Kill The Dream Psalm 33:8-12It was late in the afternoon on September 17, 1787. A large group of people had gathered outside of Independence Hall in Philadelphia. They visited, anxiously. They wanted to know the decision of the Constitutional Convention,...

A Boy’s Song And The Lord’s Supper

A Boy's Song And The Lord's Supper Psalm 84:1-4, 10-12I can't resist sharing it with you… Early one morning the Edington family sat about the breakfast table. After the initial greetings of the morning, we all fell silent for a few moments. I suppose we were still...