Category Archives: Discipleship

“Peacemaking: The Pinnacle of Christlikeness” (Matthew 5:9 sermon)

John Adams is probably best known as the 2nd President of the United States, but he himself wanted to be remembered for ONE thing more than any other. He wrote to a friend of his, ‘I desire no other inscription … Continue reading

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“It’s What’s Inside That Counts” (Matthew 5:8 sermon)

When I got sick in 2012, they ran me through a bunch of tests trying to diagnose my illness. One day I found myself on an exam table, hooked up to an ultrasound machine, and the technician smeared some gel … Continue reading

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“Hunger For Righteousness” (Matthew 5:6 sermon)

Bertrand Russell was one of the most famous atheists the world has ever known; he lived almost 100 years in Britain, from 1872 to 1970. But as much as he promoted atheism in his books and writings, Russell longed in … Continue reading

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“Sowing In Tears” (Matthew 5:4 sermon)

I remember very well, listening to the young man in my church office a few years ago. He was burdened with some temptations to sin that he was experiencing. He couldn’t understand why he would have such feelings and temptations; … Continue reading

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Poverty In Spirit: “I Need Help” (Matthew 5:3 sermon)

A pastor who served in California for a number of years shared the testimony of a Hollywood celebrity he knew, who had struggled for years with a drinking problem. But one of the most difficult things they had to deal … Continue reading

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“God’s Goal For Your Life” (Matthew 5:3-12 sermon)

I’ve heard a number of people talk about their goals for this New Year in 2021: goals for health and diet and exercise. Our daughter Libby asked me the other night what my goal was for how many books I’ll … Continue reading

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“Give Thanks to the Lord” (Psalm 136:1 sermon)

First Baptist Church, Angleton, TX 11/22/20  First Sunday at 972 Anchor Road When the first Pilgrims landed in the New World on November 11,1620, William Bradford, the pilgrim leader who later became their governor wrote that: “‘They fell upon their … Continue reading

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“The Model Prayer: Spiritual Protection” (Matthew 6:13 sermon)

Many Americans cheered several years ago, when a Texas mother fought off three masked men who invaded the home where she and her little son lived. Using a pistol she had in her bedroom, she shot one intruder in the … Continue reading

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“The Model Prayer: Receiving & Giving Forgiveness” (Matthew 6:12 sermon)

In 2012 a book was published with the title: Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers. It became a New York Times Bestseller, and was regarded by many as a “pretty cool” book on prayer; how a lot of our … Continue reading

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“The Model Prayer: Our Requests” (Matthew 6:11 sermon)

During the Second World War, Corrie Ten Boom and her family helped Jews escape from Nazi persecution and hid them in her home. In her book, The Hiding Place, she shares about growing up in that home, where her father … Continue reading

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