The Normal Christian Life is a Supernatural Life

When you read the Sermon on the Mount it sounds impossible doesn’t it?  It is impossible.  D Martyn Lloyd Jones said, “Anyone who thinks he can live the Christian life himself is proclaiming that he is not a Christian.”  We cannot do it in our own power-it requires something supernatural.  When you come to the […]

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A Mark of a Kingdom Citizen

We’ve been looking at what it means to be meek according to Matthew 5:5 and trying to see how we can be salt without being acidic.  One of the problems in the Western Expression of Christianity is that we have taken the world’s methods and the world’s philosophy and adopted them as our own.  AW […]

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Meekness Does Not Equal Weakness!

Yesterday I started thinking about how Jesus said, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”  In The Cost of Discipleship, Bonhoeffer wrote the following thoughts about Matthew 5:5, “This community of strangers possesses no inherent right of its own to protect its members in the world, nor do they claim such rights, […]

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Being Salt without Being Acid!

A friend sent me an encouraging e-mail yesterday thanking me for my sermon this past Sunday, but then he shared the following, “Yesterday you said many things that struck a chord with me but one that stood out was when you were talking about how, we as Christians sometimes want to put ourselves in box […]

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Sept 15, Faith is not a Formula

In Matthew 7:21-23 we find people who profess Jesus as Lord and who do great works, but they will hear Him say—“I never knew you.”  The question is why?  Why are they deceived?  First—doesn’t the Bible tell us that if we believe we will not be condemned, but receive eternal life?  Doesn’t the Bible tell […]

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Sept 14, Professors but not Possessors

This week we are studying Jesus’ words in Matthew 7:21-23.  Why are so many deceived?  Before we can answer that let’s look at the people who Jesus describes as being left out.  First they made professions of faith—“Lord, Lord…”  Did you notice that?  These are not atheists.  These are not rank pagans who have no […]

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Sept 13, The Haunting Words of Jesus

Yesterday I shared the conclusion of Sunday’s sermon and told you that I was haunted by the words of Jesus in Matthew 7:21-23.  These words drive my ministry and my preaching almost as much as Paul’s call in Philippians, “Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works […]

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