Tag Archives: Jesus

Jesus Wants Loving Obedience

Every true Christian wants to have a winning witness, a testimony that demonstrates Jesus makes a difference in their life. They want the world around them to see Jesus in them. But unfortunately, that is not always the case. All … Continue reading

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The Doctrine of Election

My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, … Continue reading

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Knowing God

Previously, we looked at The Doctrine of God and examined 10 Attributes of God, which are revealed to us in Scripture. Today, we will consider what impact these truths have on our lives. What difference does it make? It makes … Continue reading

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The Doctrine of God

If I were to ask you if you believed in God, I am confident almost all of you would respond in the affirmative. But if I were to follow that question up by asking you to describe God to me, … Continue reading

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Jesus’ Method of Making Disciples

“When Jesus had finished saying these things the crowds were amazed at His teaching because He taught as one who had authority and not as their teachers of the law” (Mt. 7:28-29). The crowds of people following Jesus were amazed … Continue reading

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Go and Make Disciples

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw Him, they worshipped Him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on … Continue reading

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What Do You Know For Sure? (1 John 5:6–21)

“Nothing is certain but death and taxes.” Benjamin Franklin wrote those words in 1789. Of course, a wise man like Franklin knew many other things are also certain. The Christian knows there are many certainties. Of spiritual truth, Christians are … Continue reading

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Getting to the Bottom of Love (1 John 4:1–16)

For the third time in John’s first letter, we are considering the subject of love! This does not mean John has run out of ideas and has to repeat himself. It means the Holy Spirit, who inspired John, presents the … Continue reading

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Counterfeit Christians (1 John 3:1–10)

The United States Treasury Department has a special group of men whose job it is to track down counterfeiters. Naturally, these men need to know a counterfeit bill when they see it. How do they learn to identify fake bills? … Continue reading

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Truth or Consequences (1 John 2:18-29)

“It makes no difference what you believe, just as long as you are sincere!” That statement expresses the personal philosophy of many people today, but it is doubtful whether most of those who make it have really thought it through. … Continue reading

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Something Old, Something New (1 John 2:7-11)

I love that shirt!” “I love ice cream!” “I love my wife!” Words, like coins, can be in circulation for such a long time that they start wearing out. Unfortunately, the word love is losing its value. It is really … Continue reading

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Walking and Talking (1 John 1:5-2:6)

The life that is real has an enemy and we read about it in 1 John 1:5-2:6.  This enemy is sin.  Nine times in these verses John mentions sin, so the subject is obviously important.  John illustrates his theme by … Continue reading

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3 Vital Facts about Life that is Real (1 John 1:1-4)

“Once upon a time …”  Remember how exciting those words used to be?  They were the open door into an exciting world of make-believe, a dream world that helped you forget all the problems of childhood.  Then—pow!  You turned a … Continue reading

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Sharing Life that is Real (1 John)

Once we have experienced the exciting life in Christ that is real, we will want to share it with other people, just as the Apostle John wanted to “declare” it to all his readers in the first century.  Many people … Continue reading

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Lessons from a Leper (Luke 17:11-17)

The Bible never promises our lives will be free from pain and difficulties, instead the Bible promises we will have many trials and tribulations in this life.  The secret to a successful life is knowing where to turn for help … Continue reading

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Developing a Burden for Lost People (Luke 16:19-31)

What if you could spend 30 seconds in heaven and 30 seconds in hell? Which of the two do you think would give you a greater burden for lost people: the glory and majesty of heaven or seeing and hearing … Continue reading

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What is God Really Like? (Luke 15:11-24)

Some people think the most important question in life is, “Do you believe in God?”  But a more important question is, “What kind of God do you believe in?”  There is something worse than being an atheist – it is … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Neighborhood (Luke 10:29-37)

With a plain red sweater, white canvass sneakers, a warm smile, and a simple song Fred Rogers became a PBS legend.  He recently passed away, but his work still lives on because he did his best to be the kind … Continue reading

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Defining Discipleship (Luke 14:25-35)

Many people today do not understand what it means to be a genuine Christian. There are multitudes who claim to be Christians, but they do so on their terms and not God’s. They do not truly comprehend what it means … Continue reading

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Hearers and Doers (James 1:22-25)

Many people think their spirituality is based on how much they know about the Bible, not on how obedient they are to the commands in Scripture. I know many people who have superior knowledge of the Bible, but it never … Continue reading

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The Gospel, Missions, and Evangelism

This is the very first sermon I preached when I was pastor of First Baptist Church: Over the years, I have observed and been involved with many churches – some grew; most did not.  I noticed very few churches experienced growth.  Most … Continue reading

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God of All Comfort

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the … Continue reading

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In The World, But Not of It

“I have given them Your Word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that You take them out of the world but … Continue reading

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Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13)

“Then Jesus told them many things in parables, saying: ‘A farmer went out to sow his seed.  As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up…” (Matthew 13:3-23). In the first … Continue reading

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The Journey of a Christian

He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6). Do you sometimes feel as though you are not making any progress in your spiritual life?  The life … Continue reading

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Breaking the Habit of Worry

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” … Continue reading

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Setting Godly Priorities

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33). What is really important to us?  People, objects, goals, and other desires all compete for our priority.  Any of … Continue reading

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Secret of Contentment

I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, … Continue reading

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Consequences

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked.  A man reaps what he sows (Galatians 6:7). Very few things motivate us to give God our undivided attention like being faced with the negative consequences of our decisions. Regardless of our … Continue reading

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What Happens When I Die?

There is a significant amount of confusion regarding what happens after death. The existence of life after death is a universal question. Job asked God, “If a man dies, will he live again?” (Job 14:14). Like Job, all of us … Continue reading

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