You Can’t Get Out the Way You Got In
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You Can’t Get Out the Way You Got In

Are you struggling today to get out of sin? Do you believe in Jesus, and yet you can't seem to change your life? The solution lies in recognizing that we don't get out of sin the way that we got into it. By looking at what the Bible portrays as normal Christian experience, we learn...

The Gospel of Innocence
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The Gospel of Innocence

The gospel of innocence delivers from sin now. It is simple, though painful. When asked, “Lord, are there few that be saved?” Jesus replied, “You must be straining every nerve to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able” (Luke 13:24, Lavender's New Testament). Do...

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Healing the Pains of the Past (2008)

Today's encore sermon from 2008 is a very personal view of Pastor Ray's battles against these monsters that come to destroy our soul and our heart for Jesus (in a similar way as they did for Job). The key thing to remember is that these inner monsters are derived either from our sin, which requires...

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The Gates of Righteousness! (Psalm 118)

Repentance and righteousness are not God's end for the Christian. Instead, they are stepping stones to intimacy and fellowship with Jesus. This intimacy comes at a high price: suffering, discipline, and consciously and deliberately giving up control of your life to Jesus. He will deal with the monsters in your life if you simply trust Him and...

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Married to the Devil?

Although the focus this week has been on the study of James, this sermon fits in with the theme this week as Pastor Ray talks about the law of marriage, laid out in Matthew and the book of Romans. You cannot be married to Jesus and married to the devil at the same time, no...

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Dealing with Our Hatred for God

America's moral decline has one root: enmity against God. Even as Christians, we can easily allow pride to block our taking an honest look at what's buried deep in our souls. But there's no need to remain blind: underlying hatred for God is exposed when we treat our brothers and sisters in angry, abrupt, or...

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The Unfinished Work (James 1:21-22)

The welcome deals with the life of Jacob and Sister Kathryn points out we must wrestle with God until we overcome all enmity and pride that blocks the grieving process. The focus on Pastor Ray's sermon is primarily on Jephthah's daughter, who agreed with her father that her life was over and spent time mourning...