Words of Grace – Hard Sermons to Preach (and Hear)

Some of the most difficult sermons to preach are those that touch on human emotions and experiences that are raw. These can also be the most difficult ones to listen to. Why is that? Consider the passage we will deal with this Sunday. Philippians 4:4-7 tells us not to be...

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Words of Grace – Agreement and Unity in the Church

Be honest. There are some people you prefer to be with more than others. And there are some people you prefer not to be with at all. There are some people you find agreeable. There are others with whom you disagree. OK, be really honest. You like some people more...

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Words of Grace – Waiting

Fear and impatience can cause us to do things we later regret. This is a big issue for Christians who are called to eagerly await our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. We are pressing on in faith, growing in Christ-likeness, proclaiming the gospel, and serving others. We love God and our neighbor. But...

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Words of Grace – Where to Set Our Affection

One big temptation we face as Christians is to set our affection on earthly things and to forget about the things of heaven. We feel the tension of living in two worlds the moment we read about this temptation in Philippians 3. We live on this earth so we must...

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Words of Grace – Your Whole Life at a Glance

If you like the big picture view of things, you will love Philippians 3. This chapter presents the whole life of a Christian, from beginning to end, in the space of a paragraph. I must clarify:  Philippians 3 will not give you the details of your life or the secret...

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Words of Grace – Loss and Gain

There is an aspect of our human nature that is rarely realized and almost never acknowledged: we all are self-righteous. The only difference between people is the standard we use to assure ourselves that we possess some sort of rightness in this world and with God. This standard can be religious or...

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