Larry Kirkpatrick

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The following are sermons:

HAYSTACKS #5: Temperance

2017-07-01

Jesus raises the blessing-bar high. Many claim to be Christian. But let's make it personal and ask ourselves. Does our own behavior match what the Bible predicts for the believer?

Let's turn to Galatians 5:16-24. Listen:

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The Eternity of Jesus

2017-06-10

INTRODUCTION

The Bible teaches that there is one God manifest in three distinct persons: God the Father; God the Son, that is, Jesus; and God the Holy Spirit, who, like the Father and like the Son, is also a person. Not three Gods, but one; not one person but three.

Some, more recently, are experimenting with a different teaching. These say that God the Father has always existed, but that the person, Jesus, has not always existed. Jesus, they say, had a beginning. They say that there was a time when He was not. Some are saying that the Holy Spirit is only an impersonal power, or, that He is not a person distinct from Jesus. Ideas are swirling. These mistaken teachings are not a problem for most. But we have friends. What will we say if our friends become interested in these ideas?

To...

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HAYSTACKS #4: Sabbath

2017-06-03

The letters of the word "Haystacks" offer us a shorthand way to think and share what we as Seventh-day Adventists believe. "H" points us to "hope," "A" to "advent," "Y" to "youthful eternity," and now "S," to "Sabbath." What is the Sabbath all about?

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He Who is Able

2017-05-06

Ephesians 3:20, 21 NKJV:

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever, amen.

Here is a fundamental question. Can Jesus do as much for us as we think He can? Can He do as much for us as we theorize?

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Bigger than Me

2017-04-22

It is hard to think of anything bigger than me. In our world, in the enveloping narcissistic, self-loving culture, self is at the center. It's all about me. We are gods and our idols are our things because they are our things. Our pictures, our kids, our phones, our cars, our opinions--oh, how clever and important we are. We're smarter than God.

But God says that His Church is a fortress which He holds in a revolted world:

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HAYSTACKS #3: Youthful Eternity

2017-04-08

Today we continue with part three of our HAYSTACKS series. We are using the word HAYSTACKS as a memory tool to help us think about what it means to be Seventh-day Adventist. "H" stood for Hope, and "A" for Advent. We will let "Y" stand for a "Youthful Eternity." Seventh-day Adventists believe in a youthful eternity.

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HAYSTACKS #2: Advent

2017-02-18

The word "HAYSTACKS" helps us remember core Bible principles underlying Seventh-day Adventist belief. "H" was "Hope," and today, we come to the letter "A." "A" is for "Advent."

"Advent" means the coming of something, the time when something arrives at last. We are Christians. We look for the Second Coming, Advent, Appearing, Parousia of Jesus. But others also believe that Jesus is coming. They think He may come a thousand years from now, or, in three seconds. Either way, the Second Coming of Jesus is fundamentally separated from the lives of God's people. If Jesus comes in 1,000 years, we and our children will be dead long before. If He comes in three seconds, there is no serious opportunity by then to change what we are.

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