Sermon Archive (Page 3)

Sermon Archive (Page 3)

He is my Suffering Substitute

Isaiah 53:4-6 Why did God send Jesus to die? Why Jesus had to die that way? Thoughtful people have pondered that question for 2000 years. So how did he end up dying on a Roman cross? We will never understand God until we understand the cross. No chapter helps us more in that quest than Isaiah 53. This is the very heart of the gospel. And the “heart of the heart” comes in…

When It Is Too Simple

When It Is Too Simple John 3:1-7 Religion is a way back to God. Some are easy and some are very hard. Some Religion followers are serious and some are not. Some Christian are serious and some are not. So the question is, am I a real Christian or am I just a religious person? There are many religious people in the world and many different religions. Do you know Mother…

To Live My Everyday Life

To Live My Everyday Life 1 Thessalonian 4:9-12 Illustration: Here are the words of Mark Twain, an American Christian writer: “It ain’t the parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.” He’s right about that. We know what he meant. You can spend years studying difficult Bible passages and come away…

God’s Deposit

God’s Deposit 2 Corinthians 5:5 “It is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come” (2 Corinthians 5:5). Not many things in life are truly guaranteed. If you have a job today, you might not have one tomorrow. If you are healthy today, you might be sick tomorrow. If you have made money today, who…

Hold It Lightly

Hold It Lightly Luke 12:16-21 The land of a rich man in this parable produced plentifully and he thought to himself, “What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?” And he said, “I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many…

Living Best for Every Moment

Living Best of Every Moment Matthew 25:14-30 This wonderful little story is called the Parable of the Talents. Readers are drawn to it because it is simple, clear and easy to understand. And its lessons are impossible to miss. This parable tells what to do while we wait for Jesus to return. While we are waiting, we are to work for the Lord. Often we will not risk anything…

Love is a Risky Hope in God

Love is a Risky Hope in God I Corinthians 13:7 The New International Version tells us that love “always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” The King James Version says that love “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” No matter which translation you use, the meaning is the same. The word “always” or the phrase…

To Love People

To Love People I Corinthians 13:4-6 Illustration: A Peanuts cartoon shows Lucy standing with her arms folded and a stern expression on her face. Charlie Brown pleads, “Lucy, you must be more loving. This world really needs love. You have to let yourself love to make this world a better place.” Lucy angrily whirls around and knocks Charlie Brown to the ground. She screams…

Forgiveness Healing the Hurt

Forgiveness Healing the Hurt Luke 6:37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” Forgiveness is healing the hurt we never deserved Illustration: A pastor told a friend, also a pastor, of a time when someone very near and dear to him hurt him greatly. The anger that he felt overwhelmed him.…

Judge Me Not

Don’t Judge Me Matthew 7:1-5 “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye, when…