Sermons

Unity in the Church

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Someone asked Willey Sutton, who was a notorious bank robber, why he robbed so many banks. He replied, “Because that is where the money is!” I appreciate Willey’s honesty that he would rob banks because that is where the money is. Money was his driving influence for life, yet too often we make major decisions… Read more »

Holy Boldness

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Professor Howard Hendricks used to say to his students, “If Christianity were a crime, would there be enough evidence to convict you?” That is a tough question, isn’t it? Because of the fear of man and the desire to obtain from men, many Christians act as though Jesus was some great secret in their life… Read more »

Blessing of Persecution

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A faith commitment to Jesus Christ improves other human relationships, and it destroys them. Your Christianity will bear the sweet fruit of fellowship or possibly the bitter weed of hostility from others. Jesus said in Matthew 10:34, “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to… Read more »

Times of Refreshing

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As you know, the most powerful earthquake in forty years erupted under the sea, off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, on December 26th. The quake unleashed what we now know of as a “tsunami;” that is a series of waves that can travel through the ocean with speeds over five hundred miles… Read more »

Leaping for Joy

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At the end of each year a prominent Christian researcher, George Barna, releases a summary of his finding concerning the church in America. Some of his research this past year has been encouraging. For instance, an estimated 22 million adults have been added to the church in America in the last decade. America’s youngest pastors… Read more »

Marks of a Healthy Church

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Many Christians who move into a new community discover that searching for a good church proves very difficult. Often families decide upon a church for all of the wrong reasons. As a twenty-five year old youth pastor, I remember one mom telling me that her fourteen year old son was visiting our youth group that… Read more »

The First Sermon of the Church

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Shortly after I came to Bethany, a little over eleven years ago, and I began serving as pastor a very seasoned, yet discouraged pastor said to me, “I do not think preaching makes very much difference in people’s lives.” While I respected this man, I did not believe him at the time. In fact, I… Read more »

Empowered by God’s Spirit

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A classmate of mine at Dallas Theological Seminary told an interesting story in a sermon as he preached to his classmates. His dad was a pastor in a small town in North Carolina and his dad had pastored this small church of about a hundred people for over that twenty years. In those twenty years… Read more »

God’s Guidance Through Prayer

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Dwight L. Moody was a great witness of the Gospel in the late 1800’s. He not only spoke to crowds of thousands of people at that time but he also filled his day witnessing one-on-one to people no one else seemed to care about. D.L. Moody once entered a tavern in order to ask the… Read more »

Sola Fide

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