Category Archives: Forgiveness

The One Requirement Even the Christian Must Meet for Prayer

Did you know there is a certain requirement that even the Christian must meet to ensure that God will hear his prayer? As you read the following passages (all from the N.K.J.V.), see if you can spot it: If I regard … 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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The Awesome Seriousness of Unbelief

There are only two possible eternal destinies for each person, and Revelation 21:7-8 contrasts the two. First, in verse 7, Jesus says: He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be His God and he shall be My … Continue reading

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God’s Thoughts, Plans, & Love

Jeremiah 29:11 is an often-quoted verse. It says: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,” says the Lord, “thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (N.K.J.V.) The Hebrew word translated there as … Continue reading

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The Blessing of Changing a Sermon

On Sunday, July 1st, 2009, I had in mind to preach a sermon on prayer. Specifically, I planned to preach on the so-called “Lord’s Prayer.” But as I began to ease into my studying and preparing for that sermon, the … Continue reading

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My Runaway Child

One night, when my son Royce was eight years old, my wife Tonya had to chaperon a school dance for a couple of hours. That left me at home with not only Royce but also his older brother Ryan, who … Continue reading

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Getting Your Toes Stepped On

A preacher had just finished a very strong sermon on the subject of sin. One of the officers of his church came to him and asked for a private word in the preacher’s study. Once there, the scolding began. The officer said, “We … Continue reading

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“Vengeance is Mine,” Says the Lord

For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” (Hebrews 10:30, N.K.J.V.) If you have any fight in you at all, it can be almost impossible … Continue reading

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You Can Be a “Good” Person and Yet Still Be Lost

Now whatever city or town you enter, inquire who in it is worthy, and stay there till you go out. And when you go into a household, greet it. If the household is worthy, let your peace come upon it. … Continue reading

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The Scarlet Worm

But I am a worm, and no man; A reproach of men, and despised by the people. (Psalm 22:6) Early church leaders sometimes called Psalm 22 “the fifth gospel” because it is quoted in the New Testament so many times … Continue reading

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