1993 Sermons

Disciple of Prayer01/03/93

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • As Christians, we all believe that prayer is important. But do you ever wonder why prayers matter to God? Does it REALLY make a difference to God whether you pray or not?

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Honest to God01/10/93

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Many people feel they have to use a special religious language when they pray to God. They speak in King James English rather than their own common tongue. But people in the Bible talked to God in their common language and spoke to God with raw honesty.

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Job's Prayer01/17/93

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • How do we pray during a crisis? Do you ever feel like you just want to scream at God? How should we pray with people who are going through traumatic experiences?

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Party Time01/24/93

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Have you ever read the Song of Solomon? Christians have always understood this book to be about the love relationship between God and us. Yet it’s full of romantic language. Greg continued his series on prayer by talking about prayer as romancing the Lord.

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Open Our Eyes, Part 101/31/93

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • If you’re like many of us, you often find prayer to be frustrating and boring. There just isn’t any REALITY to it. Greg talked about how to make your prayer life come alive.

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Open Our Eyes, Part 202/07/93

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Do you ever feel like your prayers don’t count because of sin in your life?

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Dealing with the S Word02/14/93

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Healing Conversation Frozen02/21/93

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • In the game of Freeze Tag, when a person is touched by a member of the opposite team, he or she is "frozen" and cannot move. The only way to be set free is to have a member of your own team touch you. It is similar with the soul. When we are "touched" in some traumatic way, we become frozen. When the soul is touched in a way that God never meant it to be touched

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Prayer 101: Pray for Me02/28/93

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Since God is all-powerful and completely good, isn’t God going to do all the good things we might pray for anyway? Why pray for those things, then. Greg showed from Scripture that God chooses our prayers as a means of getting things done that otherwise will not happen if we do not pray!

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Physical Healing03/07/93

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • The Bible seems to promise healing. But at the same time, Paul’s “thorn in his flesh” taught him that God could use Paul better in his weakness than in strength. Should we pray for healing or not?

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Prayer 101: Warfare Prayer03/14/93

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • We know that the battle belongs to the Lord, but what exactly is our role in the spiritual war that rages all around us? What kind of authority do we as Christians have over demons and how should we use it?

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Prayer 101: Praise Prayer03/21/93

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Worship is prayer in the form of praise directed to God.
    Do you often find yourself distracted during worship? Many Christians wonder why praising God seems like work rather than a celebration of joy. Greg shared insights that transform the way we experience God during the prayers of praise that we sing to God on Sunday mornings.

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Tell me the Truth (1993)03/28/93

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • There are many claims to truth. Many books even claim to be inspired by God. Yet the Bible stands above the rest in several ways

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Will the Real Jesus Stand Up?04/04/93

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Do you or people you know ever wonder why Christians believe the Bible? What makes it more trust-worthy than any other religious book? No book that has been more attacked, analyzed and criticized than the Bible. Does it stand the test? Greg begins a three-part series on beliefs to build your life on.

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That's Life04/11/93

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • The Bible says that we should be prepared to give a reason for the faith that is within us. What can we say to Jesus’ challenge, “Who do you say that I am?”

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A Parent's Love05/09/93

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Learning to Walk05/16/93

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Romans 7:4 tells us that we must die to the law if we are to bear fruit to God. As Christians we don't follow the law as the Old Testament defines it, but we often follow the law in another way. That is, the approach we take to changing bad habits in our lives is to manipulate behavior.

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The Heart of the Matter05/30/93

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • To address a problem, you've got to get to the heart of a problem rather than just focusing on the symptoms of the problem.

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Improving Your Love Life06/06/93

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • To deal effectively with a problem, you must get to the root of the problem, and not just address the symptoms of the problem. In our lives, behavior is the symptom, and "the flesh" is the root.

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The Joy of Life06/13/93

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • The Bible tells us that we become what we see. God created us that way because he wanted us to look at him and become like him. That works against us in this fallen world.

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Hurry Up and Wait06/27/93

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Anger is often rooted in a tragic experience you have had in your life. God wants to see you free from the effects of that event.

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Fruits of Kindness and Goodness07/04/93

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • The Bible teaches that “kindness” and “gentleness” are fruits of the Spirit that Christians are to reflect. How does God develop “kindness” and “gentleness” in the lives of his people?

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Taming Your Beastly Nature07/11/93

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • If you are not intentional about controlling what goes into your mind, you need to know that there are forces out there that are very intentional about what they are putting in your mind! Greg concluded this inspiring series on Transformation: “The power to change your life!”

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A Style All Your Own08/01/93

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New Wineskins and a New Song08/15/93

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Sometimes being stuck in religious traditions can cause us to miss what God is really doing. This is the problem the Pharisees had throughout the Gospels. Their rules didn't allow for God to do radical new things, the kinds of things Jesus did. They had tried to put God in a box, but the Spirit can't be contained like that.

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New Age Crash Course08/29/93

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • In New Age philosophy, the ultimate authority for determining truth is personal experience. Demonic forces have the power to give people supernatural experiences (soul travel, channeling, crystal power, predicting the future, and many more). Because these experiences are so vivid and real, it’s hard to convince people that this way is not the way of truth.

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New Age Conclusion09/05/93

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Another basic teaching of the New Age movement is that of moral relativism. This is the belief that there are no hard and fast rules about right and wrong.

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You Only Go Around Once09/12/93

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Reincarnation is gaining popularity in our society. Many people believe that the only fair way to explain the universe is that each person has an unlimited number of lifetimes to attain perfection.

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Feel Goodism09/19/93

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • The idea that what you think largely determines your behavior is in fact a Biblical concept. The modern self-esteem movement teaches this also, but not in a Biblical context.

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Materialism09/26/93

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Capitalism has proven to be the most successful economic force in the world. The factors in that success are a mix of good and evil.

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Building Positive Discipline10/31/93

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • How does God discipline his children? What does his discipline look like in our lives? What is his motivation in disciplining us? How and when should we discipline our children?

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Building Quality Time11/07/93

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • There seems to be less time available for important things now days. But love cannot be rushed. Relationships are built by taking time for each other.

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The Age of Rage12/05/93

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Jesus was born into a "jungle," a world that was (and is) a war zone between the forces of good and the forces of evil.

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Taking Down the Walls12/12/93

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • In our society there is a deepening divide between the races. Participation in hate groups is growing by leaps and bounds. One group elevates itself and puts down all others. From the beginning, God has hated racism.

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The Prince of Peace12/19/93

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • We were created with a need for unconditional love. To the degree that we don't receive it, we die.

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Peace Makers12/26/93

  • Speaker – Greg Boyd
     
  • Our peace of mind must be based on God's passionate love for us, not on the state of the world around us. We must receive that unconditional peace (which only comes from God) before we can become peacemakers. We must experience the fact that the world can't give us peace, only Jesus can.

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