Hard Sayings of Jesus “A Sin God Won’t Forgive?”

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Sermon Text: Matthew 12:22-32 “If Jesus was really bringing God’s kingdom into reality, refusing to recognize it means cutting yourself off from its effects, of which forgiveness is one of the chief ones.” (N.T. Wright) “This saying about the unforgivable sin is a wake-up call to the arrogant, not a bogey to frighten those of tender conscience.” (R.T. France) […]

Hard Sayings of Jesus “Jesus and the Rich Young Man”

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“I believe it to be a grave mistake to present Christianity as something charming and popular with no offence in it.  We cannot blink the fact that gentle Jesus meek and mild was so stiff in His opinions and so inflammatory in His language that He was thrown out of church, stoned, hunted from place […]

The Cross: “Take Up Your Cross”

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“Christ died to save us, not from suffering, but from ourselves; not from injustice, far less from justice, but from being unjust.  He died that we might live, but live as he lives – by dying as he died, who died to himself that he might live unto God.  If we do not die to […]

The Cross “Justified by Grace by a Just God”

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Without justification it is impossible to have real peace. Conscience forbids it. Sin is a mountain between a man and God, and must be taken away. The sense of guilt lies heavy on the heart and must be removed. Unpardoned sin will murder peace. The true Christian knows all this well. His peace arises from […]

Psalm 16 “Everything I Need for Joy”

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“You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence,  with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”  (Psalm 16:11) “Hearts on earth say in the course of a joyful experience, ‘I don’t want this ever to end.’ But it invariably does. The hearts in heaven say, […]