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What You Should Remember About Prayer


13.08.2014

Last week, I finished a “7” week series on prayer. We called it “7” because of the numerous references in the Bible connecting prayer and the number “7.”

Admittedly, preaching seven messages on prayer with a goal to have seven points each week was…strange.  So I won’t do that again.  HOWEVER, what a wealth of principles surfaced during these seven weeks.  I’ve listed a few points (seven!).

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How Baptism is Awkward and Awesome, and Why YOU Need To Experience It


08.08.2014

Baptism is both awesome and awkward.  It’s an interesting thing!

Why would someone want to stand in a tank of water in front of a crowd of people, hold their nose, and allow themselves to be lowered backward into the water to be fully immersed, and then be pulled up and out again?  To some, that seems awkward.  And I can tell you some funny baptism stories that are hard to believe.

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How You Can Change Someone’s Life in Two Hours


07.08.2014

Most of us love to talk about “life-change.”  We want our lives to change for the better and we honestly want others to experience the best life has to offer.

Many of us also realize that involves the Gospel. There is no fundamental change in human nature and life without it!  The “behold, all things become new!” cannot happen without the “Behold, the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world!” …more

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TAKEN


27.07.2014

A message I preached.  A reference to a movie. And a slew of guys on social media telling me they went home and watched it after church.

What is it with “Taken?”  I think I know what it is.

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Three Things Every Person Needs to Hear


19.07.2014

Every one needs to hear at least 3 things over their lifetime from a father/mother, spouse, or mentor.  He/she needs to hear:

1.         “I love you.”  We need to hear that verbally, specifically, face-to-face; eyeball-to-eyeball.

2.         We need to hear, “I’m proud of you.”

3.         We need to hear, “You’re good at ______________” and whatever they are good at, the blank needs to be filled in.

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“Why We Have Mass Baptisms”


15.07.2014

A mass baptism service is one of the greatest forms of celebration in the church.  Every year, our church celebrates “I Am Not Ashamed” Sunday, and on that day, after several weeks of preparation (this is not an easy-believism, wet-everybody-you-can kind of church), we baptize people who’ve come to faith and are ready to follow in immersion.  Why do we do this en masse?

1.  It’s biblical.  From the very beginning, baptisms of large numbers of people were commonplace.  “So then, those who received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about 3000 souls.”  Acts 2:41

2.  It’s powerful.  The very symbolism embodied in a baptism presents the death, burial and resurrection of Christ – and the believer identifying with Him.  When I baptize 100 people, I preach the Gospel 100 times.  That’s 100 stories, 100 lives, 100 families touched in some way – and many, many people celebrating their obedience.  It’s not unusual for a good number who simply attend the service to come under conviction and make a spiritual decision.

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For the Nations…


14.07.2014

My mind is in India today.  Over the last 12 years, I’ve been many times.  Last January, while preaching in India, I had a different experience.  I felt a compelling call to focus on our Unreached and Unengaged People Group for the next few years and I felt a need to call other pastors to go with me. 

We have the chance to impact millions – and there are hundreds (even thousands) of Indian pastors who are working together with us to do this.  These are some of the most dedicated pastors on the planet, by the way.  Our next trip to that particular region takes place in mid-January of 2015, and I need a few good pastors to take this on with me.  You may want to take a businessman from your church with you.

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Unless You Forgive


09.07.2014

The Lord’s Prayer should be known as the Disciples’ Prayer.  Jesus gave it to us so we’d know how to pray!

Do you know what He emphasized more than anything else?  FORGIVENESS. One line in the prayer itself in Matthew 6, but two entire sentences explaining this one element of that prayer.  There’s a reason Jesus is so adamant about forgiveness.  He is going to go to the cross and GIVE HIS LIFE to make it possible – so there’s no way He’s going to be happy if what we freely get from His death, we withhold from others.

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What the Nation Needs


08.07.2014

What does America need?  The “hopelessness index” is off the charts.  We’re rocked by one government scandal after another. Moral chaos and confusion increase daily.  What happens next will not surprise us because there are few surprises left.

Good is now evil.  And evil is now good. For real. We’re there. Depravity runs wild.

What does America need?  What can we do to change the world? Where do we start in this mess?  There is a one-word answer to each question.  It’s so simple – so real – so powerful.

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This is “Can We Talk?”


02.07.2014

This is “Can We Talk?”  This is what it’s really all about.  “Can We Talk?” is not a program where we enlist more and more people to go out together to share the Gospel one night a week.  “Can We Talk?” is about equipping people to share the Gospel in their everyday lives.

Morgan Wilson is “Can We Talk?”

Morgan told me her amazing story tonight.  This past semester, she was in a philosophy classroom in an area college, enduring a tough semester with a professor who seemed to want to disprove the reality of Christ and Christianity.  It’s never easy for someone to hear another question or ridicule your faith.  For a college student to face an entire semester of that sort of conversation is intimidating and discouraging.  Professors are older, well-read, and they’ve played this game before.  They know they’ll rarely be challenged. …more

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