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

Share with Friends…FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestLinkedinemail 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

Share with Friends…FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestLinkedinemail 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

Share with Friends…FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestLinkedinemail 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 […]

Growing Through Trials – Part 2 of 13

Share with Friends…FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestLinkedinemail Sermon Summary Trials are an inevitable part of the human experience here on earth; suffering is a part of life. Despite our protests, it is sometimes God’s will that we suffer (1 Peter 4:19). But God doesn’t want us to merely go through trials; He wants us to grow through trials. Throughout […]

An Overview of James – Part 1 of 13

Share with Friends…FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestLinkedinemail Sermon Summary The New Testament book of James was written to give us God’s answers to the question: “What kind of thoughts, what kind of words, what kind of deeds should mark the life of one who walks with the living God?” The evidence strongly suggests that the author of this book […]

Transformation: Counseling In Community – Part 1 of 2

Share with Friends…FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestLinkedinemail 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 3 of 3: Trusting God Through Suffering – The Book of Job

Share with Friends…FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestLinkedinemail Sermon Summary Suffering comes to all of us; it doesn’t discriminate. In the midst of pain we cry out to God, “Why me? What have I done to deserve this?” When you need him most, he seems most remote. Today we are going to examine the problem of pain and the dilemma […]

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

Share with Friends…FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestLinkedinemail 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

Share with Friends…FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestLinkedinemail 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

Share with Friends…FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestLinkedinemail 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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