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Entering into the Sufferings of Christ

In this encore sermon from 2006, Pastor Ray describes voluntary self-denial for the sake of others in terms of Christian suffering. Ultimately, we're to transition from suffering that results from living in a fallen world to suffering as we take on others' burdens as our own.

I Am Not Ashamed of the Gospel (2004)
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I Am Not Ashamed of the Gospel (2004)

In today's encore sermon, Pastor Ray contrasts the true versus the false gospel. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil (i.e. the sin) in your life and mine. Have you allowed Him to do that by dying to your own life? Be encouraged to fully surrender and be transformed by the mighty power...

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Entering the Suffering of Christ

All people experience suffering. But, only a Christian experiences suffering because of self-sacrifice for the sake of God's kingdom. This suffering includes fasting, financial self-denial, and suffering so that others don't have to. It also includes feelings of agony in prayer as one intercedes for souls and pleads God's promises. But, the source of all...

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The Cost of Revival

Does revival suddenly show up on God's time, without Christians doing anything? No. For revival to come, Christians must pay the cost of revival. The book of Acts illustrates three responses to God's attempt to bring revival. First, on the Day of Pentecost, the apostle Peter preached and confronted the Jews with their sin of...

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Putting Out the Fire of God

Is there a fire for God in your heart? A close look at Jesus' parable of the sower sheds light on his message to the lukewarm church at Laodicea. Like these early Christians, many in the modern American church, as well as much of the western world, have had the fire of God in their hearts...