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Wherever God Has You – March 19, 2017 – (Final Session of Merge Student Conference)

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Share with Friends… SERMON SUMMARY Twenty-first century western culture is terribly focused on looking forward to things, which oftentimes hinders our ability to be plugged in to the present. We can get so caught up in thinking about what’s coming next that we forget to be intentional in our current situation. This is especially true […]

Sin, Suffering and Prayer – Part 13 of 13

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Share with Friends… Sermon Summary In James 5:13-20, Jesus’ brother warns his readers of the numerous challenges to their faith. In this final section, James encourages us to look to God in all circumstances of life—when things are good, and when they are not so good. When we are suffering, we should pray (v. 13a). […]

How to Handle Temptation Before Temptation Handles You – Part 3 of 13

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Share with Friends… Sermon Summary As Christians, how can we handle temptation? We know we should take every precaution to keep from giving in to those allurements which can so easily destroy our lives. The book of James offers several biblical principles which can help us resist and overcome temptation. First, take responsibility for your […]

Transformation: Counseling In Community – Part 1 of 2

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Share with Friends… Sermon Summary Jesus promised that in this life, we all will have trouble (John 16:33). Your trouble may be an addiction—to alcohol, drugs, pornography, shopping. It may be depression— loss or disappointment has left you in a dark and hopeless place. It could be anger— at your spouse, child, God, or even […]

Suffering – Part 2 of 3: How Can God Be Good When Wicked People Prosper?

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Share with Friends… Sermon Summary Several years ago I was standing in the TCC parking lot when a motorcyclist was killed. I was the first person to the body. His family had no faith, but now they had to prepare for a funeral, so they asked if I would officiate. One of the dead man’s […]

Suffering- Part 1 of 3: Turning Trials to Triumphs

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Share with Friends… Sermon Summary There is a popular teaching in some Christian circles which views all suffering as being outside of God’s will for God’s people. They believe that all suffering is related to sin in that person’s life; it is deserved. This teaching is both unbiblical and dangerous (Job, for example, suffered because […]

Joseph, A Portrait of Character and Grace – Part 5 of 8: Awakening a Seared Conscience

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Share with Friends… Series Summary: While he never did anything that we would normally associate with Biblical greatness—he never performed a miracle, he never slew a giant; he never saw a burning bush. Nevertheless Joseph was a great man. In his life we see a unique and powerful portrait of character and grace. In reviewing […]

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