Sermon: Because of God’s Mercy

Because of God’s Mercy… Romans 12:1 August 30, 2020 A few weeks ago, Americans received an unexpected COVID-gift from the United States government.  And the topic quickly became, “what are you going to do with your money?”  Some paid bills.  Some paid down debt.  Some made purchases for which they had been saving.  Some gave […]

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A prayer for Christlikeness

When we don’t know how to pray for ourselves or when we don’t pray for ourselves, listening to and reading the prayers of other can sometimes stimulate us to pray with greater wisdom and effectiveness. So this morning, read this prayer from Henry Scougal (The Life of God in the Soul of Man) who desires […]

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What God changes at salvation

The writer to the Hebrews exhorts his readers to “consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” (12:3).  In other words, one antidote to discouragement, despondency, and depression is a serious consideration and meditation on the work of Christ. To that end, […]

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He redeemed us

“who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.” (Titus 2:14; NASB) A few years ago, my wife and I discovered a television show on The Learning Channel which quickly became a favorite — “Junkyard Wars.”  […]

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What has changed?

Transformation isn’t always readily or immediately apparent. Go to a new car lot and it may be hard to tell the difference between the 2012 and 2011 models.  But underneath the hood, there are likely to be significant improvements.  Or when looking on a store shelf and seeing the label “new and improved” affixed to […]

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Gospel consequences

What happens when people believe the gospel? Many times I’ve prayed with people who expressed an interest in trusting in Christ and after the prayer, they look up and say something like, “I don’t feel any different.”  Perhaps they are expecting a warm and happy feeling like seeing a cuddly puppy or cute baby.  That […]

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Do you believe the gospel?

Do you believe the gospel? Specifically, do you believe the power of the gospel to change and transform the lives of those who believe the gospel? I don’t ask the question rhetorically; I ask it actually.  Do you believe the gospel has the ability to save anyone and transform his life? Do you believe that […]

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Are you changing?

“Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John, and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were marveling, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13; NASB) Many years ago I read something that continues to challenge me — “I worry that our lives are like soap […]

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God, our refuge

While redeemed from sin, no believer in Christ lives perfectly.  Every believer knows the daily (hourly? minute-by-minute?) battle with the flesh.  Paul knew it (see Romans 7:14-25) and so do we. How can a believer stand more effectively?  What will transform our hearts and change the way we live so that we are more like the […]

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Implications of believing

Today my Dad and I talked about the nature of the gospel and the reality that it must and will produce transformation in those who believe.  There is no salvation without some form of transformation. William Mounce addresses the same issue in his recent blog post, “Is there a difference between ‘certainly’ and ‘never’?” As […]

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Preaching the gospel to good people

This morning, Byron Yawn offered a compelling meditation on the gospel, complementing what I wrote yesterday about the gospel and sanctification.  Here he asks, how will the gospel influence “good” people? Obviously, conversion brings a change, but salvation is not about the adjustment of one’s behavior from bad to good. Ultimately, Christianity is not about […]

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