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Acts 5:1-11

Acts 5;1-11

The word "commitment" has fallen on hard times today. For example, statistics tell us that four out of ten marriages end in divorce, the average person holds up to 15 different jobs, and they move a staggering 12 times before finally settling down somewhere. And Christians are no different. It has been said that the average Christian has two kids, two cars, one house, one ...

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Romans 10:9-10

Romans 10;9-10

Who can join the church? The answer to that question is simple: Christians. Christians can join the church. But how can you tell if someone is a Christian? The answer to that question is simple too: confession. Romans 10:9 says, "That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." But what does...

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Who Can Lead the Church

Who Can Lead the Church

Who can lead the church? The famous Methodist preacher, John Wesley once said, "Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin, and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen; such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven on Earth." His point was that the right men will always make the right church....

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Matthew 13:24-30

Matthew 13;24-30

Have you ever wondered why the church is so messy? The story is told of a mom who woke her son up on a Sunday morning to tell him it was time for church. He responded by saying that he did not want to go. So she said in response: "But, Honey, you have to go. You are the pastor!" I think we have all experienced that from time-to-time. We have all wanted to stay in bed rathe...

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1 Corinthians 12

1 Corinthians 12

In my studies today, I came across a poem that really summarizes what this Sunday's sermon is all about. It is called "The Perfect Church." "I think that I shall never seeA church that’s all that it should be;A church whose members never strayBeyond the straight and narrow way; A church that has no empty pewsWhose preacher never sings the blues;A chu...

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The Church & the Parachurch

The Church & the Parachurch

Several years ago, a philosophy professor at Northeastern Illinois University contacted several of his fellow professors to ask them what the meaning of life was. Here was their response: "I do not know the meaning of life." "I do not think there is an answer to the question, what is the meaning of life." "I have never found the meaning of life." "I’m afraid the mean...

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Matthew 25:14-46

Matthew 25;14-46

Several years ago, a friend of mine was sitting on a plane next to a missionary and a volunteer from the Bill Gates Foundation. As he listened to them talk about their work in Africa, he realized that they sounded very much the same. They both built wells. They both taught locals how to read and write. They both provided health care, dental care, and counsel. "What’s...

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Matthew 28:18-20

Matthew 28;18-20

Dawson Trotman was the founder of the Navigators and a well-known Evangelist in the mid-1900’s who died while saving a young girl from drowning. He actually held her up while he himself perished under the waves. At his funeral, one of the keynote speakers said: "Dawson died the same way he lived – holding others up." Discipleship is a lot like that; it is the a...

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Matthew 28:19-20

Matthew 28;19-20

“What is the church supposed to be doing? Drop into any local church and you could find several different answers to that question. Some churches want to focus on their music. They want to have the best choir and the best concerts and the best ensembles in town. Others want to focus on their programs. They want to have the most relevant kid’s program and the mo...

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1 Corinthians 12:12-13

1 Corinthians 12;12–13

A large denomination once posted a list of typos in their church bulletins that included statements such as: "Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Don’t forget your husbands." And "Barbara is having trouble sleeping in the hospital. She requests tapes of Pastor Jack’s ser...

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Foundations of the Church

Foundations of the Church

“According to the Hartford Institute for Religious Research, 40 percent of Americans say that they attend church regularly but only 20 percent actually do. While the numbers vary a little bit, Canadians are in much the same plight. On any given Sunday, eight out of ten choose to stay home instead of going to a place of worship, which makes you wonder: "Who cares?" "I...

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