Second Corinthians is the most personally revealing of all Paul's epistles. At the same time, it is perhaps the least familiar of all his inspired writings, often overlooked both by individual believers and preachers alike. The neglect of this magnificen ... read more
A Crash Course in Christian Parenting
Open your Bible to Ephesians, chapter 6. The key verse, really, here in the New Testament that gives to us Gods design for parenting, is verse 4. It simply says, "And you, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and in ... read more
A Good Soldier
On June 12, 1944, just six days after D-Day in World War II, a young lieutenant named Richard Winters led his men to the outskirts of Carentan. As the officer in charge of Easy Company, of the 101st Airborne, he was tasked to clear the large French town o ... read more
A Jet Tour Through the Book of Revelation
Well tonight we're in for, I trust, a great time. And in order to make the most of it, open your Bible to the book of Revelation. Tonight we have as our purpose a tour through this marvelous book.
While you're turning to Revelation chapter 1 verse 1, ... read more
A Scriptural Critique of Infant Baptism
A couple of weeks ago I gave a message on the issue of baptism and when I introduced that I was going to do that, I said that I wanted to give a follow-up message on the issue of infant baptism and Im going to do that this morning. Now, I confess that th ... read more
I noted for you earlier, in 1 Corinthians, chapter 2, Paul shunned manipulative oratory. He didn't do like many preachers do today. He wasn't into manipulating his crowd, he says in chapter 2, verse 1, of 1 Corinthians, "I didn't come with superiority ... read more
Baptism: A Matter of Obedience
I was flying across the country this weeka long flightall the way to the east coast and the Lord always makes things serendipitous, always has a surprise or two; I was sitting next to a man who eventually took out a Bible and started reading it and as h ... read more
Built to the Master's Plan
I realize I may be demonstrating little more than a firm grasp of the obvious when I tell you the contemporary church is looking more and more like a large corporation. Even church leaders are bearing a closer resemblance to CEOs and corporate executives ... read more
But Does It Work?
In this Age of Show Business, truth is irrelevant; what really matters is whether we are entertained. Substance counts for little; style is everything. In the words of Marshall McLuhan, the medium is the message. Unfortunately, that kind of thinking rules ... read more
But What Does it Mean to Me?
That's a fashionable concern, judging from the trends in devotional booklets, home Bible study discussions, Sunday-school literature, and most popular preaching.
The question of what Scripture means has taken a back seat to the issue of what it means ... read more
Can God Bless America?
Obviously over the last number of weeks we have on Sunday nights been addressing issues that are on our minds and hearts at this time in our nation when we had been subjected to terrorists' attacks. I'm trying to keep up with all of the nuances, all of ... read more
Charismatic Chaos: "Are experiences a valid source of truth?"
We are going to embark upon a study of the Charismatic movement, the contemporary Charismatic movement that surrounds us in the Evangelical Church. Back in 1977, to be exact, I preached a series on the movement, or maybe a little even before that year. Bu ... read more
Charismatic Chaos: "Does God do miracles today?"
In our ongoing study of the Charismatic movement today, I want to jump right into a subject that I know I can't completely cover. But I want you to learn to think Biblically about this because I am very concerned about it.
Today, we hear an awful lot ... read more
Charismatic Chaos: "Does God promise Health and Wealth? (Part 1)"
The subject tonight in our study of the Charismatic Chaos is the Health, Wealth, and Prosperity gospel. We can title this message with a question, "Does God Promise Health and Wealth?"
When I was in the Soviet Union a couple of weeks ago they said t ... read more
Charismatic Chaos: "Does God promise Health and Wealth? (Part 2)"
Tonight we want to go back to our study of the contemporary Charismatic movement. This movement has many fascinations, many unique things. While you are kind of getting your mind geared: Phil Johnson was just telling me (Phil is executive director of Grac ... read more
Charismatic Chaos: "Does God still give prophecies?"
In our study of this most fascinating and important subject of the Charismatic movement in our contemporary time, we come tonight to message number three in our series; and we are going to be building on the prior message dealing with "Does God still giv ... read more
Charismatic Chaos: "Does God still give revelation today?"
I want to just preface the message tonight, really a study of an issue rather than a text, which is a little unfamiliar to us as normally we are in certain texts of Scripture. But I want to preface it with just a couple of comments. First of all, I want t ... read more
Charismatic Chaos: "Does God still heal?"
Well, as you know, we are involved in a study of the Charismatic movement, the contemporary movement, and tonight we come to a section entitled, "Does God Still Heal?" Now, in the messages that I have been giving we have intersected with the thoughts ab ... read more
Charismatic Chaos: "How do spiritual gifts operate?"
As a preface to our study tonight, I want to just mention to you that we are going through this study on the Charismatic movement, its contemporary form. And I am unable in this particular study to cover every relevant passage of Scripture, and so I would ... read more
Charismatic Chaos: "New Revelation"
Question: "How would you reply to a believer in the Charismatic movement who agrees that revelation cannot be added to Scripture, but would still argue that God still gives words of knowledge in the church for direction, as long as it falls in line with ... read more
Charismatic Chaos: "Proper Biblical Interpretation"
Tonight, we have the great privilege, I think, of looking at a subject that is important to all of us. I am not going to be dealing with a specific text, although we will cover a number of texts before we are through tonight. But I want to carry on our sp ... read more
Charismatic Chaos: "Speaking in Tongues"
Tonight, in one sense I have a difficult, impossible task; and that is to cover a subject that needs to be covered thoughtfully and carefully. In another sense, while very challenging and almost impossible to fully accomplish, I welcome the opportunity to ... read more
Charismatic Chaos: "The Third Wave, with all of its excesses"
It is a somewhat difficult task that falls to me this evening, to discuss with you, in the series on "Charismatic Chaos," some of the matters with regard to a movement known as the "The Third Wave." I cannot, by any means, consider all of the issues, ... read more
Charismatic Chaos: "What is true spirituality?"
Now we come to the next in our series that we have been studying on the Charismatic movement. Tonight we want to talk about the subject, "What is True Spirituality?" In Romans 12:2 we find a good starting point for our thinking tonight, and that is this ... read more
Charismatic Chaos: "What was happening in the Early Church?"
Tonight we are going to go back to our study of this matter of Charismatic Chaos. The message tonight will be a bit more technical and deal more closely with the texts of Scripture than some of ours in the past, in which we have been assessing the movemen ... read more
Christ: The Good Shepherd
The gospel of John chapter 10, we're reading this morning verses 11 through 21. John 10:11 through 21:
I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd giveth His life for the sheep. But he that is a hireling and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not ... read more
Creation: Believe it or Not--Part 1
Well tonight, as you know if you were here this morning, I'm going to begin a new series that I've been sort of working on for a long time, a series on origins. And I don't know how long this series is going to run exactly, I do know that I'm going to ... read more
Creation: Believe it or Not--Part 2
Well, I'm glad tonight for a little bit of extra time because I have much on my heart that I want to say along the line of our series on origins. Last Sunday night I began to talk to you about the issue of origins and tonight I want to continue in Part 2 ... read more
Deadly Trends of Popular Christianity
Entering a new decade started me thinking about all that has happened in the church over the past twenty years. The 1970s were an exciting time. We saw an unprecedented rise in conservative evangelicalism, the explosion of Christian broadcasting and publi ... read more
Dealing with Problem People
For a number or months we have been studying Paul's first letter the Thessalonian church. This morning we find our text in chapter 5 of 1 Thessalonians verses 14 and 15 and I would invite you to turn to that text in your Bible.
Henry Ward Beecher once ... read more
Discusses the danger of Santa Claus
What a false, fake substitute the world puts forth at this time [Christmas 1990] for that true message. Do you remember these words?
"You better watch out. You better not cry. You better not pout. I'm telling you why; Santa Claus is coming to town. ... read more
Doctrine of Scripture
This series, I think, is going to be very helpful. There are certain categories of theology, certain categories into which the truth of the Bible can be divided. All of the truth of Scripture can fit into about ten categories. And you'll be learning thos ... read more
Doing What No Man Can Do
I think it's no exaggeration to say that the Christian counseling scene today is in total shambles. I'm not talking about true Christian counselingthat which trusts the Bible and the power of the Holy Spirit to conform a person to Christthat kind of c ... read more
Eleven Characteristics of an Excellent Minister
The epistle of I Timothy was written to instruct Timothy on how to minister to the church at Ephesus. The key phrase appears in verse 6: "Thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ. "Minister" is the translation of the Greek word diakonos, from whic ... read more
Fundamental Christian Attitudes: Compassion
We have been doing a study of the church called the anatomy of the church and we've been talking about spiritual attitudes which fit into the anatomy analogy as sort of the internal systems. We've taken the body of Christ metaphor, extended it a little ... read more
Fundamental Christian Attitudes: Contentment
It's our privilege this morning to continue in this series and I looked in the Lord's day bulletin and saw that this is part 16 and 17, I never intended it to be this long and I guess I don't intend to stop now, so we'll keep going on this study of th ... read more
Fundamental Christian Attitudes: Forgiveness
Today we have the great joy of coming to the Lord's table, sharing in the remembrance of the cross, His death for us. We also have emphasized the wonderful reality of prayer and our access to God. And I want us, this morning, as we come to the Word of Go ... read more
Fundamental Christian Attitudes: Humility
Before we have our time at the Lord's table tonight, I want to continue in our series on the anatomy of the church. We have been saying recently that there are so many new folks in our church as our church continues to grow and for that we are so gratefu ... read more
Fundamental Christian Attitudes: Joy
Well, this morning I want to go back to our study of the anatomy of the church and I want to talk about another attitude. A lot of people were prevailing on me to keep preaching on forgiveness. Some people said to me last week's message on forgiveness wa ... read more
Fundamental Christian Attitudes: Love
This morning we return to our study of the anatomy of the church. We have interrupted, quite at length, I might add, our study of 2 Corinthians and we will get back to that eleventh chapter and finish those final three sometime soon. But the Lord has real ... read more
Fundamental Christian Attitudes: Thankfulness
Let's open our Bibles tonight to the next in our study regarding the anatomy of the church. One of the essential attitudes, one of the essential motivations, essential spiritual realities in the life of the church through which its life flows is gratitud ... read more
Gimme that Showtime Religion
Can the church fight apathy and materialism by feeding people's appetite for entertainment? Evidently many in the church believe the answer is yes, as church after church jumps on the show-business bandwagon. It is a troubling trend that is luring many o ... read more
God, The Savior of Men
Luke's gospel, chapter 2. We're beginning a study of Luke. I thought we would move more rapidly than we are. I knew Luke was a great historian, and that is being verified as we go...fastidious, careful with detail. And I knew that Luke was something of ... read more
God: Creator and Redeemer
We are continuing our series tonight on the subject of origins: creation or evolution. I know that there are some who are new with us tonight and some who have missed some of the prior messages, so let me just give a brief review and I'll try to make it ... read more
Gods Commentary on The Passion of Christ
Well, the world certainly has been awakened to The Passion of the Christ, hasnt it? This film that has dominated the public discourse for the last number of months has exposed millions of people to the account of the suffering, death and even the resurre ... read more
Gods Loving Discipline - Part 1
Recently, it seems as though there have been many difficult tragedies that have occurred in our church family. It wasnt but a few weeks ago, we were with a young couple in our church, the Kneadnogles (sp.), who are dear friends to our family, and they l ... read more
Gods Loving Discipline - Part 2
Hebrews, chapter 12, verses 5-11. We have been attempting to answer a very important question and that question is: Why do bad things happen to Gods people? Why do bad things happen to Gods people? The atmosphere in todays evangelicalismthe atmosph ... read more
He Saved Us
Open your Bible to Titus chapter 3. We are in the midst of studying in chapter 3 of Titus verses 1 through 8. And though we have already covered them once, I want to draw your attention to that same text again for the message this morning, particularly I ... read more
How Do You Live "Under the Influence"?
All people like to be happy to be exhilarated with joy, to feel good, and to be on top of everything. There's nothing wrong with that. God wants joyous, excited, happy, and uplifted people. The problem lies in how happiness is generated. Some people thi ... read more
How to Function in the Body
Our Father, we really do thank You today for this morning and this opportunity of another day to use for Your glory, to be fruitful in that You might be praised. We thank You for those who have come this morning, anticipating further exposure to truth, a ... read more