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In Favor of the Saints

12 Jan

Innate in the heart of fallen sinful human is a fear of God. We seem to have an innate understanding that we are sinful and that we will someday have to face judgment by a righteous God. We deal with that fear in many different ways. Some try to amass enough good works to make it through the judgment and convince God to let them into Heaven. Others form a god of their own imagination that will never judge. Some fill their lives with so many distractions that they have no time to think about the more sober things of life like judgment. Still others use evolution as a method of ridding themselves of God entirely; if there is no creator God then there’s no one to answer to. But I want to propose to you that the judgment is not something you need to be afraid of. In fact it’s something you should look forward to.

This Sermon was preached at the Joshua Crossroads Fellowship (The Cowboy Church).
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Summer Camp: Chuck Norris and Grace

20 Jul

This is a morning devotional presented at Camp Arrowhead in 2011. A bunch of the kids were really into Chuck Norris that year so this was a means to channel that interest toward Jesus.

 
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Reversing the Vaccination

24 Oct
April 8, 2008

Vaccination is putting just enough of a disease into one’s body (in a controlled environment) to help it to build up immunity and keep it from getting the real thing. Unfortunately, in the Midwest many people have just enough religion to keep them from getting the real thing—they’re vaccinated against saving faith! Are you Vaccinated against saving faith?

This is my farewell sermon to my Valentine church so at the beginning you will hear some comments along those lines . The actual sermon begins at 8 minutes.

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Three Camps

25 Oct

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Three Camps10/25/08

The topic of the Second Coming of Jesus had become a point of much controversy. Many people have made millions of dollars off of speculating about it. Many have been brought to the foot of the cross because of this topic while others have been sadly lead astray. Today we will look at three camps of thought regarding Jesus’ Second Coming.

This is an important sermon on how we should prepare for the second coming.

 
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Hymns for Him: This Is My Father’s World

20 Sep

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This sermon was recorded during a church camp out. You will notice that there is quite a bit of wind in the mic.

“I am going out to see my Father’s world!” Maltbie Babcock announced to his church staff as he laced up his running shoes. The staff of the First Presbyterian Church in Lockport, NY, were used to their pastor making this statement as he went on his daily early-morning run. He would run two miles to the brow of a hill overlooking Lake Ontario, taking in all the beauty of God’s creation. He would then run two more miles to a beautiful, deep ravine, which was home to forty different species of birds. Maltbie found a closeness to his Heavenly Father as he spent  time in His creation.

This insight into the personal life of Pastor Maltbie Davenport Babcock helps us understand the inspiration behind today’s hymn, “This Is My Father’s World”. (SDA Hymnal #92) Let’s take some time to explore our Father’s world in this fifth sermon in our series on Hymns for Him.

 
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Freedom

14 Jun

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“You will not surely die,” hissed Satan in the form of a snake, “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”—Genesis 3:4, 5. Ever since that fateful deception Satan has been trying to convince us that God wants to keep us down. He wants us to believe that God is against us and that the most frightening place to be when you’re hurting is in the presence of God and His people.  Jesus came to show what God is really like. Today let’s look at one story to catch a glimpse of how God treats hurting people. The main character’s emotional pain in this story came from demon possession, but emotional pain can come from many sources. Regardless of the source, the tenderness of God toward people with hurts is just as strong.

Key Text: Mark 5:1-20

(see also Matthew 8:28-34; Luke 8:26-39)

 
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When God Disappoints

22 Mar

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3/22/08

What is the greatest disappointment you’ve ever had? Imagine dedicating years to following somebody, even against opposition, whom you believe to be the Son of God, only to have your hopes dashed. That’s what two of Jesus’ followers had to grapple with on their way home from the Passover in Jerusalem after Jesus was crucified. The Bible names one of these followers as Cleopas. It’s likely that the other one was his wife since they lived in the same house. Today we’ll see how a Christian can deal with disappointment.

Closing Hymn “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less” (Hymn 522)

Key Passage: Genesis 50:20

 
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