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Our Awesome God

The Christian’s Supreme Boast

Jeremiah 9:23-24 – May 11, 1997

“Tell them, Pastor Ray, tell them that nothing matters except Christ. The young people need to know this before it’s too late.” So said my friend Jim Johnsen on my first visit with him in the hospital a few weeks ago. “Nothing matters except Christ.” We all know it’s true. Why does it take sickness […]

Living in the Light of God’s Glory

1 Corinthians 10:31 – May 4, 1997

With this sermon we are almost to the end of our series on God’s attributes. In fact, this is the 15th of 16 messages in the series. I confess that when I decided to preach these sermons, I wondered how you would respond. After all, the attributes of God can be a very heavy subject. […]

Sense and Nonsense About God’s Love

1 John 4:8 – April 27, 1997

I’d like to begin my message with a simple observation. No attribute of God is so widely believed as the love of God. This observation is quite easily testable. Take a microphone to the streets of Chicago and ask them to tell you what God is like. I will assert without fear of contradiction that […]

God Is So Good!

Psalm 107:1 – April 20, 1997

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.” 1 Chronicles 16:34a “The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.” Psalm 145:9 “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” Psalm 34:8 Let’s begin with a definition, which isn’t as […]

God Unchanging

1 Samuel 15:29 – April 13, 1997

When I was a teenager in Alabama, I spent a week at a Methodist church camp. This was during the revolutionary days of the 60s when the talk was of LSD, the Beatles, hippies, the Vietnam War and protest in the streets. No one had heard of fax machines, virtual reality or compact discs. Even […]

A Forgotten Doctrine: The Wrath of God

Romans 1:18-20 – April 6, 1997

Sometimes the title tells the whole story. My sermon today is about the wrath of God. It is truly a forgotten doctrine, even in the evangelical church. I’ll dare say that many of you have never heard a sermon on God’s wrath—that is, not a full sermon devoted to this one topic. The reasons for […]

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Lamentations 3:22-25 – March 23, 1997

How many people do you know who do exactly what they say? Before you answer, let me rephrase the question? How many do you know who do exactly what they say every single time? Now before you answer, let me rephrase it again. How many people do you know who do exactly what they say […]

Amazing Grace

Ephesians 2:1-10 – March 16, 1997

It is commonly said that Christianity is supremely a religion of grace. And that is certainly true. We sing about grace, we write poems about grace, we name our churches and our children after grace. Across the street is Grace Episcopal Church and less than two miles from here is Grace Lutheran Church. And every […]

Is Anything Too Hard For God? The Doctrine of God’s Omnipotence

Jeremiah 32:17 – March 9, 1997

This is the third and final sermon on the “omni” attributes of God. I have remarked earlier that these attributes are difficult to grasp because they describe truths about God that have no analog in human experience. We are limited as to place, power and personal knowledge. God is not. Thus we say that God […]

Here, There and Everywhere: The Doctrine of God’s Omnipresence

Psalm 139:7-12 – February 23, 1997

The scene: A young boy and his mother are having a serious discussion over lunch one day. “Where is God?” he asks innocently. “He’s in heaven,” his mother replies. “Does He live there?” “Yes.” “Where’s Jesus?” “He’s in your heart.” “But I thought Jesus and God were the same Person.” “They are.” “How can he […]

His Eye Is On the Sparrow: The Doctrine of God’s Omniscience

Psalm 145:4-5 – February 16, 1997

“If the Lord be with us, we have no cause of fear. His eye is upon us, His arm over us, His ear open to our prayer—His grace sufficient, His promise unchangeable.” John Newton This week I was involved in three different discussions regarding one of the thorniest issues of Christian theology—predestination and free will. […]

The Invisible Hand: Coming to Grips With God’s Providence

Genesis 50:20 – February 2, 1997

Do all things really work together for good? Consider the following: A little baby is born with no brain, only a brain stem. The doctors tell the parents that she has no chance of surviving. Somehow she stays alive for sixteen months. The parents struggle to take care of her. When she gets sick, the […]

He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

Daniel 4 – January 26, 1997

The sovereignty of God is a mysterious doctrine because it brings us face to face with the problem of evil and free will. If God is sovereign, why is there evil in the universe? If man has free will, how can God be sovereign? Christians have debated these questions for centuries. Suffice it to say that God is sovereign and you are truly responsible for all the choices you make. Often we won’t understand how they work together, but they do. When we embrace this truth, we have the true freedom—and peace that comes with it—to stop trying to be God and let Him direct our lives.

Holy, Holy, Holy

Isaiah 6 – January 16, 1997

Before we can understand what it means to be holy, we must understand what it means to say that God is holy. In many ways holiness is God’s central attribute. One writer actually defines it this way. “Holiness is that which makes God God.” Dr. Renald Showers calls it “the foundational truth of revelation.”

God in Three Persons: A Doctrine We Barely Understand

January 12, 1997

My problem this morning is simple: to explain a doctrine that all Christians believe but no one really understands. And I have to do it in 30 minutes! So let’s start at the very beginning. All Christians believe the doctrine of the Trinity. If you do not believe this—that is, if you have come to […]

Why Are We Here? The First Question of the Catechism

Jeremiah 24:7; John 17:3; Ephesians 1:17; 2 Thessalonians 1:8 – January 5, 1997

As this is the first Sunday of a new year, it is an appropriate moment to begin a new sermon series. Beginning today, and continuing into May, we will be considering the attributes of God in a series called “Our Awesome God.” In particular, this sermon series will focus on the person of God the […]

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