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“Don’t Be A Hypocrite!” (Matthew 6:1+ sermon)

“Beware!” If you are out driving, and you come across a sign in the road that says “Beware!”, you are going to pay attention, and proceed very carefully, aren’t you? And you should. You know there is something dangerous ahead, … Continue reading

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It’s Not The Place, But The Heart

God opens the majestic concluding chapter of the Book of Isaiah by proclaiming: “Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool. Where then is a house you could build for Me?”  In other words, we human beings cannot … Continue reading

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“The Disciple’s Character: Spiritual Dependence” (Matthew 5:3 sermon)

Several years ago I read the testimony of a Hollywood celebrity who had struggled for years with drinking. But they kept denying that they really had a problem. They said the breakthrough came when they got to their lowest point, … Continue reading

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“Who Is Adequate For These Things?”

“and who is adequate for these things?” (II Corinthians 2:16) Anyone who has ever taken their Christian ministry seriously can identify with the words of the Apostle Paul in this verse.  Here Paul just exclaims about the gravity of the … Continue reading

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The Basic Christian Message 

David’s prayer in Psalm 25:16 is a little gospel in miniature: “Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.” At least two elements in this verse are significant: what he realizes about himself, and … Continue reading

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Am I God?

In II Kings 5 the king of Aram, having heard of the prophet Elisha, sent his leprous general Naaman to the king of Israel so that he might be cured of his leprosy. We find the king’s response in verse … Continue reading

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Inquire of the Lord First!

As I Samuel 23 opens, David is told that the Philistines are attacking and plundering Keilah. Verse 2 says, “So David inquired of the Lord, saying, ‘Shall I go and attack the Philistines?’” It is of note here that David … Continue reading

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