Category Archives: Sermon

What Kind of God-Follower are You? (Malachi 3:13-4:6)

We are now half-way through the 2018 College Football Year. I’ve already moved on to basketball. In my opinion, this year’s football season has been boring. Nobody’s beating Alabama and Tennessee ain’t beatin’ nobody. So, go ahead and give the … Continue reading

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The Cure for Self-Deception (Malachi 3:6-12)

That great philosopher, Plato, said, “The worst of all deceptions is self-deception.” The prophet Jeremiah said, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9) At one time or another we have all … Continue reading

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John, Jesus, and Justice (Malachi 2:17-3:5)

It was the summer between my Freshmen and Sophomore years in High School when I “answered the call” to ministry. It was 1981. I was 15 years old. Eight years late, in August of 1989, I started pastoring. This November … Continue reading

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A Call to Repentance (Malachi 2:1-9)

After His baptism, Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news! (Mark 1:15). It is easy to “believe.” Doing so doesn’t really cost you anything, at least at first. Turning that belief into true … Continue reading

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All Show, No Substance (Malachi 1:6-14)

After attending church one Sunday morning, a little boy knelt at his bedside that night and prayed, “Dear God, we had a good time at church today. I wish you had been there!” We laugh because we know the truth … Continue reading

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You Are Loved (Malachi 1:2-5)

Once upon a time there were two twin brothers, Jacob and Esau. Technically Esau was older, but just by a few minutes. From the very beginning, in fact, while they were still in their mother’s womb, the two boys did … Continue reading

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Don’t Shoot the Messenger (Malachi 1:1)

Imagine with me a battlefield scene among ancient warriors. Both sides are lined up with their infantry, archers, horses, spears, shields, and swords. It will be a bloody fight. Hand to hand combat at its worst. Many men will die. … Continue reading

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