Tag: faith

Wafers and Whine

Moses is my new Bible hero. In our Story Group tonight we talked about what it was about Moses that won him the title “meekest man in all the earth” (Numbers 12:3). As we pondered that thought it became obvious that there are very few people in history who could be put in the position he […]

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Faith Under Trial

Everyone loves stories.  We love to hear them, read them, and watch them in the theator or on the movie screen.  Somehow stories communicate on a deeper level than simple statements.  It’s one thing to say, “Trust God even when things are going bad;” and something entirely differnet to say, “Once upon a time there was […]

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Faith That Limps

I remember in Sunday School learning about Jacob tricking his brother out his birthright and then deceiving his father to further claim Esau’s blessing.  For some reason I don’t remember ever thinking what Jacob did was wrong.  I guess in my innocence I just thought that a patriarch would never do anything sinful.  Today, I […]

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The Disciples’ Most Embarrassing Moment

I want formulas; the Lord wants faith.  I want the world to work in such a way that if I do the right things the right consequences are automatic.  The Lord wants me to trust him to provide all that I need to accomplish his will in this world.  I want guarantees of painlessness, absence […]

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Faith That Moves Mountains

One line in the sermon has caused some reflection in my heart. “What if, faith that moves mountains is not what you should have in God, but is the faith that God has in you?” My first reaction is to reject this. Of course, I might argue, Jesus is speaking of our faith in him. […]

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Job Almighty

I wasn’t sure what to think about Bruce Almighty when it was first produced in 2003. My reservations were largely due to the crude humor and one sexual scene. However, the underlying theme of the film has caused me to use it as an illustration in several sermons. As I thought about preaching today’s final […]

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The Lion Sleeps Tonight

The sermon title today raised anticipation that was never fully satisfied. Therefore, I have provided a link for my faithful readers to have their unmet expectations fulfilled. Click this link to hear the original 1961 version of the Tokens singing, The Lion Sleeps Tonight. Now that you have that out of your system, consider the […]

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Standing Against A Flood of Evil

I loved the movie Evan Almighty and it’s depiction of how utterly humiliating it would be if God called a person to do something as ridiculous as building a giant boat to survive a coming flood. Perhaps that’s why the Biblical narrative of Noah has captured the attention of story tellers for generations. One man […]

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Developing Faith

After the sermon I had a great conversation with someone about the need for church to be a place where one can explore faith so they can move from “affiliative” to “mature” faith. He said that he could recognize himself in each of the stages of faith development described in the sermon. However, when he […]

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The Recurring Choice

In this morning’s sermon I referenced Israel conquering the land of Canaan. In spite of the fact that the previous generation of Israelites said it would be impossible to defeat the Canaanites, Israel did in fact win! The point I made was that we will never fail when we are faithfully obedient to God. After […]

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