Category Archives: Extending Forgiveness

Jesus: The Compassionate Liberal

“The Jesus You Know” series (post #4) It is remarkable how Jesus can be so many different things to so many different people. Thus far in this series, we’ve seen Him as the white supremacist’s sanction for segregation and the … Continue reading

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“Nobody Killed Me. I Had a Wreck.”

Twenty-five-year-old Jamie Peavy had a job working at a barbecue restaurant. One day, after work, she got in her pickup and drove to meet a friend. She tried a new route that day, thinking it would be a shortcut. What … Continue reading

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Storytelling

We preachers are constantly encouraged to use effective illustrations and make our sermons more like “storytelling.” It’s advice that I really do try to implement. After all, Jesus was the greatest communicator who ever lived and His favorite style of … Continue reading

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Have You Been A Good Samaritan Lately?

Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down … Continue reading

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The Peace That Jesus Brings

In my last post I explained that even though Christ’s birth didn’t actually usher in a time of “peace on earth,” prophecy teaches that one day He will bring in such a time, one thousand years worth of it to … Continue reading

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Ministering To Difficult People

New Yorker Stephen Merritt was an interesting man. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, he served Christ as both a minister and an undertaker. (He was the undertaker for the funeral of Ulysses S. Grant.) In addition to these … Continue reading

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Conflict Within The Church

W.B. Riley, who served as the pastor of First Baptist Church of Minneapolis, Minnesota for some fifty years, told the following story: “In my first pastorate, three of my church officials had refused for three full years to speak to … Continue reading

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