I. Introduction The Westminster Shorter Catechism is arguably the finest document to emerge from the Protestant Reformation in England. Completed in 1647 and approved the following year, its primary purpose was to educate believers in Bible doctrine and the core beliefs of the Christian faith. Few documents outside of the Scriptures themselves are so rich […]

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LUKE 1:26-33 I. Introduction “A child will be born!” How many parents have heard those words with great joy and anticipation? Ever since the births of Cain and Abel it has been obvious to all who see a pregnant mother that a child will soon be born. But it’s only very recently that the baby’s […]

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I. Introduction “I do believe; help me in my unbelief.” In the passage from Mark 9 that Jeff read this morning those words were spoken by a man under great stress. His son was in desperate trouble, literally possessed by a demon, and although the father was a believer, his faith had become weak. Fear […]

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I. Introduction Have you ever prayed for something, something really important to happen, and then waited for God to answer you? Of course you have. For example, I know that some of you are praying for the souls of friends or family members and have been doing so for years, sometimes even decades. You are […]

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I. Introduction “They can’t see the forest for the trees.” You’ve all heard that at one time or another. It really refers to a certain kind of blindness, doesn’t it? “You’re telling me that there is a beautiful forest right over there but I just can’t see it. There are too many trees blocking my […]

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I. Introduction If you were writing a letter to a close friend and you wanted to tell him something of great importance, something earth-shaking, as it were, how would you begin? “Dear Theo, have I got a story for you!” Or maybe, “You’re just not gonna believe this, but…” You wouldn’t necessarily begin your letter […]

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Imagine that you are living in Antioch. But not the Antioch just across the state line in Illinois. There is no Antioch in Illinois. There is no Illinois either. No, you are living in ancient Antioch, the third largest city in the Roman Empire. The year is 61 AD and your city is already three […]

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