You’ve Got to Be Joking! | Genesis 19:15-29

Do you believe in catastrophic judgment on cities and/or nations? No, really? Have you ever believed that utter destruction is imminent? My guess is that the society in which we reside does not. Neither did the society in which Lot resided. Check out verse 14 in Genesis 19: Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law . . . and said, “Up, get out of this place, for the LORD is destroying the city.” But he appeared to his sons-in-law to be joking. Would you have quickly lined-up behind Lot, or would you have joined his sons-in-law in a raucous belly-laugh? Here’s the reality: This is no joke!

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Wrestle Mania | Genesis 32:24-32

When the chickens come home to roost, being optimistic is almost impossible. How often Jacob had thought of the very moment that now came upon him. Would he survive? Would he have a future? He wanted to be flush with hope, but the regrets had piled so high they seemed to hide even the possibility of hope. Yet, God used this precise event to produce usefulness in Jacob. It is at the Jabbok River that he left behind the immaturity of the past and, at last, took a huge step toward spiritual adulthood. Your Jabbok may be just ahead.

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Winning Forever | 1 Cor. 9:23a, 24-27a

Winning Christians answer these kinds of questions: When life is over, what have you got? When the moment comes for stepping into eternity, is there anything you can take with you? When the horn sounds, does it really matter whether you were a winner or loser as a believer? If you have asked these questions, how have you answered? It’s not too late to change the answer or to improve the answer. Paul shows us how.

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Why Does the Resurrection Matter? | Romans 10:9 | Nick Shalna

In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul makes the statement that all of Christianity hinges upon one event and if this event were to be proven false, Christianity would not only be useless and untrue, but it would be the laughing stock of world religions. That event is Jesus of Nazareth’s physical resurrection from the dead. The text of this sermon, Romans 10:9, tells us that belief in the resurrection of Christ is necessary for our salvation. Do you know why the resurrection matters? Do you truly believe it happened and are you prepared to defend it against objections?

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Which Girl Is My Girl? | Genesis 24:5-65

Abraham taught his servant to bathe every action in prayer.  There is no doubt that fervent supplication for divine leadership marked each step of his journey.  He probably began each day with prayer and ended each day with prayer.  As he prayed, however, he kept traveling.  He did not use prayer as an excuse for idleness.  He prayed and worked at the same time.  Prayer does not make work unnecessary, but prayer is essential if one’s work is to be effective.  What was this servant’s work?  He searched for the right woman who would be a wife to Abraham’s son, Isaac.  Which girl would be Isaac’s girl, and why?  The answer awaits.

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Where Does God Fit In? | Matt. 2:1-10; Luke 2:1-7

A famous Canadian preacher wrote: Words fail when we try to articulate in theology and worship our deepest feelings about the awesome, transcendent majesty of Almighty God. Is it possible that a God like that could have been in Bethlehem’s manger? In stark reality, are we to believe that God was there in that ancient place in some special and unique way? Shockingly, Jesus came into His own world in complete obscurity, in fact, with such obscurity that we are compelled to ask: Where does God fit in, and does it really make sense to fit such an obscure figure into our own lives?

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