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Sermons on “Christian Living”

Acting Like Everyone Else

It’s not easy to stand out from everyone else. Sometimes we feel the pressure to blend in, imitate the people around us, and conform. The people of Israel struggled with this in 1 Samuel 8. All of the other nations had a king, why couldn’t they have a king to rule over them like their neighbors? They forgot who God called them to be. These verses encourage us to stay true to our calling and follow God rather than the world.

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A New Year’s Resolution

With the start of a new year, people often make resolutions for what they would like to accomplish over the next 365 days. It might be to get in shape, or learn something new. These are worthy goals, but sometimes we struggle to follow through. In Ezra 7:10 we read one man’s resolution for how he wanted to spend his life. His example inspires us today to make our walk with the Lord a priority for each and every day.

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The Prophet Who Ran Away

You cannot run from God. This was a lesson the prophet Jonah had to learn the hard way. God called him to go to Nineveh, but he did not want to obey, so he jumped on a boat heading in the opposite direction. We may flee from the Lord because we don’t want to deal with our failures, or because we do not want to surrender our lives to God’s will. No matter how determined we might be, we can’t get away. Sooner or later we must face Him, so instead of running from God we should run towards His arms of grace.

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Jonah: The Prophet Who Didn’t Listen

Nearly everyone is familiar with the book of Jonah. Children, in Sunday School, enjoy hearing about the prophet who was swallowed by a whale. As it turns out, the message of the book is actually quite profound for people of all ages. It teaches about God’s justice and mercy, the need for repentance, and showing compassion to all people.

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Fruitful Lives

Scripture makes it very clear that salvation is by grace, through faith, and not by our own human effort. Only by trusting in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ can we enter a relationship with God. But once we have entered that relationship, and are alive in Christ, it’s going to show. A life that’s been changed by the good news should overflow with good works.

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A Woman Who Fears the Lord

The person you choose to marry will have a profound impact on the rest of your life. It is one of the most important decisions a young man or young woman will ever make. It is more important than choosing a career. It is more important than deciding where you are going to live. The book of Proverbs ends with words of wisdom urging young people to choose carefully the person they are going to marry.

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Don’t Be a Fool!

In the Bible, a fool is someone who lacks common sense. He is rash, and reckless, and irresponsible. His decisions get him into all kinds of trouble. He is often his own worst enemy. His problem is not so much with his mind, but in his heart. It is not an intellectual deficiency, but a spiritual issue. Every one of us is capable of acting foolishly, and making ill-advised decisions. That’s why we need to ask the Lord for wisdom.

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Drink Responsibly

There is the belief that in order to have a good time an endless supply of alcohol is required. Many reach for the bottle in an effort to drown their troubles. They’re looking for an escape, but even after the bottle is empty, their sorrows remain. While Scripture doesn’t prohibit the use of alcohol it warns of the trouble with drinking too much. Abusing alcohol is both dangerous and foolish. It’s not just the life of the alcoholic that is affected, family and friends are impacted as well. God’s people must exercise self-control, because drinking too much creates all kinds of problems.

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The Reward of Righteousness

It matters how a person chooses to live. Scripture tells us that those who sow wickedness will end up reaping judgment. Whatever momentary gain that they think they have acquired will be short lived. Whether in this life or the next, it will eventually catch up with them and they will have to give an account of their actions before God. On the other hand, those who sow a life of righteousness will one day reap a reward as they stand in the presence of God. There are blessings that we will find, both in this life and the next, as we seek the Lord.

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A Deadly Snare

We live in a culture that is obsessed with sex. Everywhere we turn, we are bombarded with images of scantily clad figures. You can barely turn on the television these days without coming across a program filled with sensuality or innuendo. God designed physical intimacy between husband and wife to be a beautiful thing within the proper boundary of marriage, but sin has a way of corrupting everything that the Lord intends for good. We see the destructive results all around us. Marriages have been destroyed, families have been torn apart, and young minds have been enslaved. God’s people must guard our hearts, because lust is a deadly snare.

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