An Upside-Down Kingdom

In Acts 17, Paul and Silas were preaching about Jesus in Thessalonica and they were having some degree of success, so some of the Jews got angry and they formed a mob to drag them out and deal with them.  Verse 6 tells us, “And when they could not find them, they dragged Jason and…

Heaven, Earth, and Judgment

Throughout the history of Christianity, we have talked about the subject of eternal punishment.  And, a lot of times, we have used hell as a way to get people to do what we wanted them to do, to control people’s behavior.   We even refer to sermons like that as “hellfire and brimstone”.             And my…

Heaven is Not the End of the World

            I want to begin this morning by asking a question — What do you think is the primary goal in life for most Christians?  What is it that Christians want to achieve more than anything else?  And I think you probably would agree with my assessment that, for most Christians, the primary goal in…

Thy Kingdom Come!

For the next several weeks, I plan to preach a series of lessons on the topic of the kingdom of heaven, and I hope to give you all a fresh perspective on a very biblical topic.  In the weeks ahead, we’re going to talk about heaven, about heaven’s connection to earth, and how all of…

Living a Christ-Exalting Life

Has anyone here ever heard of Good Riddance Day?  As far as I know, it’s only celebrated in one city.  Starting in 2007, Good Riddance Day has been celebrated every year on December 28th in New York City in Times Square.  This will be the 17th year they have observed this unofficial holiday.             Good…

The Discouragement Test

For the past several weeks, we’ve been looking at some of the ways that God tests our faith.  First, we looked at the wilderness test.  When things in life get difficult, do we worry, or do we trust God?  The second test — when God makes us wait and things don’t happen as quickly as…

The Failure Test

For the past several weeks, we’ve been looking at some of the ways that God tests our faith.  Because James told us to “count it all joy…when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” (James 1:2-3)             We saw that one of the tests that God gives us…

The Motive Test

For the past several lessons, we’ve been looking at some of the ways that God tests our faith.  Because James told us to “count it all joy…when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” (James 1:2-3)             We saw that one of the tests of our faith is…

The Patience Test

Today is Mother’s Day and I want to take just a moment to acknowledge and express appreciation to all the mothers who are in the audience this morning.  Abraham Lincoln was not exaggerating when he said, “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my mother.”             Mothers demonstrate the love of…

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