Timothy J. Keller (born 1950) is an American Christian apologist, author, speaker, and the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, New York. He is the author of several books, including The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism, which garnered awards from World Magazine and Christianity Today and was No. 7 on the New York Times Best Seller list for non-fiction in March, 2008.

Author's website: http://www.redeemer.com/
 

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War and Peace MP3 All of us are at war with God, whether we admit it or not. Finding peace comes from being shocked by God's love into a new relationship. Being a peacemaker is sharing this good news and letting God's glory shine out of your life.
The Meaning of the City MP3 Jeremiah told the Jewish exiles in Babylon to seek the peace and prosperity of the city they found themselves in. Like New York, it was an enormous, intimidating city with diverse populations that espoused a variety of values and morals. However, God empowers Christians to relate and respond in love to all people, without either assimilating too much to the culture around us or separating ourselves through tribalism. As citizens of both the city of man and the city of God, we work on the principles of peace and grace for the betterment of all.
The City MP3 Isaiah tells a tale of two cities: the strong city and the lofty city. The former is divine, available through salvation, and based on peace and joy. The latter is human, self-created, and based on pride and accomplishment. Christians are called to seek the peace and prosperity of the city, both in prayer and as servants of society, looking forward to the final and eternal heavenly city where the trials of this world will cease.
Work MP3 Our God works, is creative, and rests. We are made in his image and should mirror these attributes. In this letter, Paul gives the young Christians in Thessalonica practical advice on how to work, not only to be successful and to earn a living, but to fulfill our highest calling: to please God.
Does Religion Lead to Peace on Earth? COM/SERMONS/DOES-RELIGION-LEAD-PEACE-EARTH At Christmas time, we sing about peace on earth, but does religion actually lead us there? It seems that religion more regularly leads to division and marginalization. What if anything, does the Christian message offer that can turn our skepticism into a living, breathing movement toward peace on earth?
Peace MP3 Christian peace is not the absence of troubles. It is a peace that is unshakeable even in the midst of troubles. During difficult times, Christians are called to remember the living God who works out all things for good for those who love Him. If we set our heart on anything besides God, we can lose our peace. But if our greatest love is the unchanging God, then our peace can never be taken from us.
The jealousy of God MP3 Modern people are often uncomfortable when the Bible speaks of God's jealousy. Yet, God's jealousy is intimately related to God's love towards us. The relationship that God calls us to is not merely one of subjects obeying a king. Rather, God calls us into a marriage relationship with Him, and His jealousy is spousal. God seeks a relationship with us that is characterized by priority, fidelity, and intimacy.
Maker of Heaven and Earth MP3 We live in a culture where the psychology class will teach that your problem is a lack of self-esteem, but the philosophy and biology classes will teach you that you are nothing. The doctrine of creation shows that the universe is not an accident and that every single human being has inherent value because they are made in the image of God. Yet, God is not merely a distant creator. God entered the world and died to redeem it because He loves us so much.
Does God control everything? MP3 What does it mean to say that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ? What is the relationship between God's sovereignty and our free will? This sermon explores the tensions between God's rule and our free will, and it relates how those truths are connected to God's love. In the end, it is only because God is sovereign that Christians can be assured that nothing will separate them from God's love.
The Dangerous God MP3 It is no accident that the Bible often refers to judgment day as 'the Day of the LORD.' We live our lives as if we are the lead actors in the drama of this world. Judgment day is the day when God is paramount. On that day, all people will step back and see the world being put right when God is placed at the center of all things.
The Lordship of Jesus Christ MP3 A great temptation for Christians is relating to God in a mercenary fashion. We desire to use God in order to further our own purposes. Even when we want to serve God, we place limits upon our obedience. Accepting Jesus as Lord combats this tendency. Instead of acting as if God exists to serve us, we live our lives striving to serve him--no matter what the cost.
God's law MP3 God's law is an expression of his character, not an arbitrary set of rules. Since we are made in his image, following his law leads to our flourishing. Yet, none of us can follow the law. We desire idols more than we desire God. This is why we need Jesus. He is the only one who ever kept the law perfectly. When we believe in him we get credit for his perfect obedience. With Jesus, we can obey the law without fear since we rest in his record, not our own.
A promise of hope MP3 Adam and Eve sinned even before they ate the forbidden fruit. As soon as they asked themselves why they should obey God, they had sinned in their hearts. Sin is when we remove God as the ultimate authority and enthrone ourselves in his place. By elevating mankind above him, God's good and ordered world lost its integrity and became broken. Yet, the story of Adam and Eve does not end with despair, but with hope. God, in the midst of his judgment, promises that a day will come when one of Eve's children will utterly annihilate the power of sin.
Spiritual Warfare MP3 Modern people are uncomfortable with the existence of evil, let alone the existence of the Devil. Yet, the Bible teaches that we cannot fully understand the world we live in unless we realize that there are supernatural agents of evil. But it is not enough to believe in the Devil; a Christian must study his methods. Satan practices evil subtly. He tempts and accuses people rather than overthrowing their will. Temptation is when the Devil asks us to ignore the holiness of God. Accusation is when he blinds us to the love and grace of God.
The Lost Ark MP3 We cannot survive in this world without the presence of God. Yet, the holiness of God creates a chasm between God and man. The Bible vividly depicts this chasm when Uzzah is slain after merely touching the ark of the covenant. In this sermon, Tim Keller shows how Jesus Christ has satisfied the holiness of God in our place, and how through Him we can finally enjoy the presence of God.
David and Bathsheba MP3 People are often surprised at how sinful so many Biblical 'heroes' are. One of the Bible's greatest characters, King David, commits one of the vilest sins ever recorded in its pages. We should learn from this that even a converted member of God's family can commit truly evil deeds. Yet, we also learn that the hope of the Bible is not that we have to become morally superior to the main Biblical characters. The hope of the Bible is that Jesus paid the penalty for David's sin and for our own.
Prayer and The Second Commandment MP3 From a question and answer session on prayer.
The Lord's Prayer - Lead us not into temptation MP3 From a question and answer session on prayer.
How to pray MP3 We live in a culture that is starved for deep experience of the soul ... there is a vacuum in our lives. We're told we don't need religion, yet we are seeking mystical experiences through all sorts of techniques. But we find we cannot substitute for prayer, for true intimacy with the Infinite. The Lord's Prayer holds the secret to what we seek ...
Basis of Prayer - 'Our Father' MP3 The proper basis for prayer is to approach God as a Father and to view our relationship with God as a family relationship - not a business relationship. In order to do this, we need to understand that we have been adopted as children of God because Jesus died for us.
God with us MP3 What does it mean to say God is with us? The meaning of Christmas is that the Creator of the universe has become a human being. It means that the terrifying God who appeared in the Old Testament as a whirlwind and a fire has become a vulnerable baby in order to be close to us. What, in turn, will we do in order to be close to Him?
I Am He MP3 On the night in which he was arrested, Jesus identified himself by saying simply, 'I am He.' His adversaries were literally knocked to the ground by the astonishing weight of the statement. As fellow Jews, they knew that Jesus was powerfully asserting his divinity. John's eyewitness account of the arrest of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane gives us the greatest claim, the greatest problem and the greatest mission in the history of the world.
Jesus our God MP3 If the baby in manger really is God, then Jesus is not a mere teacher whose instructions we can accept or reject as we please. Instead, Jesus calls us to a life of radical obedience to Him. Christmas isn't about hanging out in front of comfortable fireplaces. When Jesus came into this world, he lost all his comfort. Jesus went from the joys of heaven to a filthy manger. Jesus likewise calls us to exit our comfort zones and live a life of adventure and service.
The meaning of Christmas MP3 Christmas shows why Christianity is unique. In all other religions, a prophet arrives and teaches how we can find eternal life. In Christianity, God comes to us and gives himself as the way to eternal life. Christmas shows that salvation is by grace, that we can have true intimacy with God, that love really matters, and that there exists an unceasing river of joy beneath all the sorrows of this world.
How the gospel changes us MP3 The default mode of the human heart is to work on our behavior and outer appearance, but the gospel changes us at the heart level. To grow, we must understand the difference between religion and the gospel, and apply the gospel to our hearts to confront the idols at the root of our sin. This talk was given at a training conference at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City.
When I survey MP3 When Paul prays for the Ephesian church, he does not pray for an improvement in their external circumstances. Rather, Paul prays for God to grant the members of the Ephesians church a profound internal knowledge of the depths of God's love. Paul prays that the doctrines that the Christians intellectually believe would become experientially real to their hearts.
Imitating the incarnation MP3 Many people today believe that Jesus never claimed to be God. They think Jesus was merely a wise teacher whose followers later deified him. Yet, key passages, such as Philippians 2, demonstrate that from the very beginning of Christianity, Jesus was worshiped as God. In our lives, we can only see Jesus' love for us once we realize that he is God. Jesus left the perfect love of the Trinity in order to serve us. He then sends His disciples out into the world, following in his footsteps, serving and sacrificially loving others.
Neighbours MP3 The parable of the Good Samaritan demonstrates a powerful example of gospel neighboring. Through examining this parable, we can recognize four elements to help us to act out the neighbored grace modeled by Jesus in our own lives: God's mandate, magnitude, proper motivation, and method.
Preaching to the heart - Lecture 2 MP3 The second of two lectures given by Tim Keller at Oak Hill College in November 2008, on 'Preaching to the heart'.
Preaching to the heart - Lecture 1 MP3 The first of two lectures by Tim Keller at Oak Hill College in November 2008, on 'Preaching to the heart'. Jonathan Edwards believed that the ultimate purpose of preaching is not only to make the truth clear, but also to make it real - affecting and life-changing. This is usually covered under the topic of 'application', though framing the subject in that way often results in a 'tack-on' of practical advice after a dry, academic exposition. How can we preach the text from first to last in a way that exalts Christ, changes heart motivations, produces wisdom and wonder, persuades the sceptical and results in real life change? In his two lectures, Tim Keller explores these challenges to the preacher.
Greed - The case of the rich young ruler MP3 The rich young ruler in this passage has followed all the rules, but receives an astonishing rebuttal from Jesus. Any encounter with the 'real' Jesus shocks us. His religious assumptions failed him because he didn't understand treasure in heaven, and failed to recognize the true freedom and inheritance Jesus offers us.
Sin as slavery MP3 Why do we sin - even when we know right from wrong? Sin is a power that enslaves us, but we can be freed from its power by encountering God through worship.
The Community of Jesus MP3 Jesus not only saves us from our sins, he weaves us into a new human community. That community is characterized by a reversal of values. When we realize that we are both sinners and saved by grace, we will have freedom from the values that previously defined us, and yet a regard and love for those who don't share our values.
Sexuality and Christian Hope MP3 Christianity presents a revolutionary view of sex, singleness, and marriage that rejects both traditional and modern conceptions of the purpose of sex. Ultimately, our hope in our future family, future journey and certainty of our true love, Jesus Christ, shapes our attitudes towards sex, singleness, and marriage.
The Gospel and Your Wealth MP3 Money will always reveal what you truly worship. As God's money managers, we are called to share the money he has provided to us with those who do not have as much. However, money exercises great power over us and we are often oblivious to this power. If you feel unable to part with your wealth, meditate upon the radical generosity of Christ on the cross and he will become the treasure of your heart.
Christ our prophet MP3 We yearn for a truth outside of ourselves. We yearn for a God who speaks to us. Christianity differs from all other religions because Jesus Christ not only brings us the truth, but He IS the truth. When we acknowledge Jesus as Lord and put ourselves under His truth, then we will know true freedom.
The one God uses MP3 We need a calling in life greater than the selfishness of our own hearts. When Elijah takes Elisha as his successor, we see an example of the call of God. Elisha did not call himself, but was called by God. Though he was rich, he gave up his wealth in order to answer God's call. Likewise, every Christian must follow the specific call that God has laid out for them, and must fall back upon the grace of God when we inevitably fail to measure up to all that God has called us to do and to be.
Belonging to a missional church MP3 A missional church is a church designed to reach members of a non-Christian culture. America, especially urban America, is becoming increasingly post-Christian and needs missional churches in order to engage those whose worldview is profoundly non-Christian. Yet, a missional church is much more than a church with an evangelistic program. It means creating a church where all ministry is conducted with the mindset that non-Christians will be present. The church and the church community become both a safe space and an attractive counter-culture where non-Christians can see the truth of The Gospel.
The sickness unto death MP3 It is our nature to seek our identity in the praise of others and in the praise of self. But the praise doesn't last, and we are never satisfied. God has provided, through Jesus' death, a new identity to all who know him. This new identity is built on Jesus' performance rather than on our own; we receive the praise that He deserved. The more we know God, the more our new identity is strengthened and our old identity dies away.
The principle of spiritual power MP3 The Holy Spirit is the source of spiritual power available to all Christians. When we trust in Christ's work done on our behalf, we can turn from trusting ourselves, and our spiritual life will begin.
Father, Son and Holy Spirit MP3 If God was unipersonal, there would have been no love until he created the world. However, if the world was created by a triune God, then relationships of love are what life is all about. The Godhead is characterized by mutual self-giving love as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit orbit around one another in a dance. It is impossible for us to join in if we focus on ourselves, but through Jesus Christ and his sacrificial death on the cross, we can be brought into the dance.
Blueprint for Revival - Introduction 2 MP3 Five key components - vibrant worship, doctrinal teaching, theological depth, devoted fellowship, and evangelism - can keep a church balanced and healthy, ready for revival. Accompanied by prayer, these characteristics sustain the church as a living body, rather than just an organization.
Blueprint for Revival - Introduction 1 MP3 Revivals have spanned nations and denominations. Distorted views of revival, such as heterodoxy, dead orthodoxy and emotionalism, become obstacles to an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. When a church has an assurance of God's love, reflects a theological and intellectual balance, exemplifies understanding, participates in anointed worship, exhibits compassion, and reaches out through evangelism, it can become spiritually dynamic and inspire revival.
Hope for the family MP3 The premise of Christian marriage is that two people are filled with the Holy Spirit and are committed to serving one another. Wives are to grant husbands leadership in the marriage. Husbands are to use that leadership not for their own selfish desires but to sacrificially serve their wives. The purpose of Christian marriage is not for individual self-fulfillment, but to work for the growth and sanctification of the spouse. Lastly, Christian marriage is not an end in itself, but a pointer to Jesus Christ, the ultimate spouse who will never let us down.
Who is the Spirit? MP3 Many people feel as if they understand who God the Father is and who Jesus is, but they become confused about the Holy Spirit. In this sermon, Tim Keller explains who the Holy Spirit is and clarifies misunderstandings about what the Holy Spirit is not. In the process, he shows what it means for the Holy Spirit to dwell richly in us.
Singleness - The biblical guidelines MP3 Timothy and Kathy Keller discuss the Biblical view of dating, sex, and romance; the goodness of singleness; and the Christian ordering of the different types of love. This talk was done in an open forum setting and is followed by a question and answer.
Money - The good, the bad and the ugly MP3 Only in Christianity is the world intentionally created by God. The world is not created by accident and then ruled by God. Therefore, all of God's creation - including wealth - should be enjoyed. However, if our worldly wealth becomes our identity, we will remain in unfulfilling jobs; we will overwork to gain financial prestige; and we may become emotionally bipolar. This kind of wealth-based identity causes us to dangerously seal off work life from personal life.
The Steward Leader - A biblical model for leadership MP3 The Bible offers a model of leadership based on service, viewing ourselves as servants of Jesus Christ and stewards of what we have been given. Through unconditional relationships with God and our brothers in Christ, we learn how to love and minister effectively, and how to wisely utilize our gifts. This talk was given during a leadership training session at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City.
Better than miracles MP3 1 Corinthians 13 seems sweet, but in the context of the entire book of 1 Corinthians, it is a sober warning against straying from The Gospel. If a person is gifted-as many of the Corinthians were-then it is frighteningly easy for that person to mistake their spiritual gifts for spiritual fruit. When we serve others in the church, are we serving Jesus or are we serving ourselves?
Discovering your spiritual gifts MP3 In this talk, Tim Keller tries to elucidate several issues concerning spiritual gifts. First, we don't choose which gifts we have; they are given by God. Secondly, the church body plays a role (but does not have the final say) in confirming a person's gifts. Thirdly, we must be careful to never mistake our talents for spiritual fruit. Finally, Tim discusses the three elements to discerning a call: affinity, ability, and opportunity.
Everyone with a gift MP3 In Romans 12, Paul looks at The Gospel and then exhorts us as to how we should live in the light of what Christ has done. He urges us to give up control over our lives and become 'living sacrifices' for God. Unfortunately, the problem with a living sacrifice is that it keeps moving off the altar. Unless we stare deeply at Christ's sacrifice on our behalf, we will never trust God enough to become the living sacrifices that he calls us to be.
The Man the King Delights to Honor MP3 Haman, who plots to kill the Jews exiled in Persia, exemplifies pride and its downfalls. His pride manifests itself in self-absorption, an inability to learn from his mistakes, a progression into more serious forms of evil, and a blindness to his own pride. Pride is overcome by forgetting oneself and clothing oneself in the overwhelming praise of the Father through Christ.
The problem of blessing MP3 All people crave the blessings of uniquely valuable people. To get this blessing we disguise ourselves and hide our true selves. Yet the only blessing that lasts is the blessing of God, which comes from Christ, who gave up his right as first-born.
Coming to Christ MP3 All of us are seeking a verdict. Whether it's the anxiety we feel when we go out on a date with someone we like or when we are interviewed for a job, we need to know that we have passed the test. In the beatitudes Jesus teaches that only those who are poor in spirit, only those who rely on Jesus' record instead of their own, can pass the ultimate test-whether we can enter the Kingdom of God.
The breastplate of righteousness MP3 In our contemporary culture, the word 'righteousness' has come to mean 'self-righteousness.' In the Bible, however, being 'righteous' has a relational quality. It means being presentable; it means being good enough to please. We spend so much of our time working to be presentable, accentuating our best qualities and covering our flaws. Being a Christian means resting in Jesus' righteousness rather that working harder to improve our own.
Blessed self-forgetfulness MP3 Few things in this world are as self-focused as the human ego. Every triumph and every slight has the potential to send us either into pride or despondency. Yet, in this passage from 1 Corinthians, the Apostle Paul shows us another way: a way where we forget ourselves to the point where we not only cease caring what others think, but where we even fail to care what we think of ourselves. Instead, we rest and rejoice in what God thinks of us in Christ.
Changing the world through the Lord's supper MP3 Christ is spiritually present in the Lord's Supper. This sacrament is a matchless resource for spiritual growth and the beginning of a new community. This talk was given during a leadership training session at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City.
Meditation - what it is MP3 Psalm 1 gives us a key to deeper fulfillment in every dimension of our being: meditation. Its essence is reading and reminding ourselves of the truths of God while dwelling in his presence. As we dwell on him with our minds, our other dimensions ignite, affecting our lives and relationships, infusing them with wisdom, stability, and delight. This talk was given during a leadership training session at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City.
The upper room MP3 Jesus shares insights into the meaning of his life and approaching death, illustrated by the Passover meal. The cross is a symbol for the center of history, the foundation for a new community, and the solution to the Mystery.
Cross - the way to endurance MP3 No one knows better than Jesus that life is full of suffering. What does it mean to rejoice in our sufferings, or even grow from them? There is only one thing on which you can build your life and not be shaken - your love for him and his love for you.
Praying in the Spirit MP3 To address God as Father was an intimate and shocking thing for Jesus to do. As we move toward the Father in intimacy of prayer, the Spirit will grow in us a deepening wisdom, develop beauty of heart, and give us spiritual clarity. Prayer is primal, realistic, positional, experiential, and communal.
Finding God MP3 Seasons of spiritual dryness and disillusionment are inevitable in life, and may derail your faith. They don't seem to fit with a just and holy God. Psalm 42 offers a prescription for your soul when it seems impossible to feel close to God and sense his lovingkindness.
Friendship MP3 Wise people are good at choosing, forging, and keeping friendships. The marks of a true friend are constancy, carefulness, candor, and counsel. When you are liberated to be the great friend you need to be by the great friendship of Jesus on the cross, then you will find yourself getting, paradoxically, all the friends your heart needs.
Personal prayer MP3 Jesus tells his disciples to have private prayer lives. Using the disciplines of morning and evening prayer, we can process our lives before God and bring him our requests while being at peace with the outcome. This talk was given during a leadership training session at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, and includes suggestions concerning Bible study, meditation, and contemplation.
Benediction MP3 The benediction at the conclusion of a church service is not merely a perfunctory few words while the congregation reaches for their bags. Rather, it is a reminder of the great blessing of God. In this sermon, Tim Keller explains what God's blessing is, how we can get it, and how it reshapes our lives.
Worship MP3 The worship of the living God gives us peace and equilibrium to face the troubles of life. Worship engages our entire being in adoration and brings us to a sense of joy in God's ravishing beauty.
Adoration: Hallowed by thy name MP3 When we say 'hallowed be thy name', we are making the adoration of God the ultimate concern of our lives. By giving God the praise he deserves, we will heal our worldview as well as our souls.
The still small voice MP3 The reality of God is far greater than our conceptions of God. In this passage, Elijah, persecuted and feeling hopeless, returns to the mountain where God appeared to Moses and hopes for a similar spectacular revelation of His glory. Yet God confounds and comforts Elijah by appearing as a still small voice.
Thy will be done MP3 We mistake the purpose of prayer when we interpret it as little more than a means of persuading God to grant our petitions. This is why when Jesus instructs us how to pray, He has us pray 'thy will be done' before we ever ask for our daily bread. When we pray as Jesus taught, we find that the true purpose of prayer is to get God Himself, not merely to get God's gifts.
Disciplines of desire MP3 Only God can bring us to the place where we are earnestly seeking him. When we begin to experience a spiritual appetite for him and his presence, we will know that we belong to him.
Real security and the call of God MP3 Through Abraham we see how God's personal call graciously challenges every aspect of our lives, by giving us entirely new lives with a radical new purpose. God's call to Abraham presents him with the opportunity to find his true self, and to rely on the ultimate security that comes from trusting Him.
Cultivating a healthy marriage MP3 Using the metaphor of cultivating a garden, Timothy and Kathy Keller address methods of cultivating healthy marriages by exploring eight practical areas in marriage: planning and planting, roles, headship and submission, fertilizing and watering, love language, sex, conflict resolution, forgiveness and repentance, and spiritual life together. This talk is followed by a question and answer session.
Is there a biblical commandment against pre-marital sex? MP3
Sexual 'compatibility' MP3 The Christian view of sex is very different from the non-Christian view.
Celibacy and sexual 'fasting' MP3 If we're not married, or married but unable to have sex, it may be helpful to view celibacy as a time of fasting.
Two men with money MP3 It is only when we understand our material possessions in light of Christ's sacrificial love for us that we can truly have a healthy relationship towards our material possessions.Understanding the riches we have already received in Christ liberates us from the need to make an idol of our possessions and motivates us to invest our wealth, talents, and time in the eternal kingdom of God.
Grace and money MP3 It is only when we understand our material possessions in light of Christ's sacrificial love for us that we can truly have a healthy relationship towards our material possessions.Understanding the riches we have already received in Christ liberates us from the need to make an idol of our possessions and motivates us to invest our wealth, talents, and time in the eternal kingdom of God.
Treasure v. Money MP3 It is only when we understand our material possessions in light of Christ's sacrificial love for us that we can truly have a healthy relationship towards our material possessions.Understanding the riches we have already received in Christ liberates us from the need to make an idol of our possessions and motivates us to invest our wealth, talents, and time in the eternal kingdom of God.
Radical generosity MP3 It is only when we understand our material possessions in light of Christ's sacrificial love for us that we can truly have a healthy relationship towards our material possessions.Understanding the riches we have already received in Christ liberates us from the need to make an idol of our possessions and motivates us to invest our wealth, talents, and time in the eternal kingdom of God.
Praying our fears MP3 We all know that fear is a very present reality. How should we deal with it? Defining moments from the lives of David and Abram give us biblical and practical ways to deal with fear.
Praying our tears MP3 All the laments in the Psalms suggest that there are three things we need to do with our tears: expect tears, invest the tears, and pray the tears.
The Furious Love of Jesus MP3 In his deep love for us, Jesus gives us more than truth or tears - he gives us both.
The search for happiness MP3 Is happiness possible? Is the very notion of happiness a fraud that intelligent people have learned to see through? The Bible believes that happiness is real, but that true happiness is extremely different than what people normally seek. Biblical happiness is an unwavering happiness that does not depend upon everything going well in our lives.
The final hour MP3 The cross solves many of our deepest human dilemmas. We wonder how there can be a God when there is so much injustice in the world, yet of all the world's religions, only Christianity has a God who comes down and suffers injustice alongside us. We wonder how we can ever truly please a perfectly holy God, but on the cross, Jesus satisfies the holiness of God for us. The temple curtain is torn, and we are welcomed inside as God's children.
Become a little child MP3 What did Jesus mean when he said that he came to give his life as a ransom for many? In this sermon Tim Keller explains the objective and subjective meanings of the cross. Objectively, Jesus paid the debt we owe that separates us from God. Subjectively, the cross turns us into little children, running boldly into our Father's loving arms because of what Jesus has done.
Justified sinners MP3 The definition of a Christian is an honored failure, a justified sinner, both righteous and fallen. Righteousness is not something we gain by working for it; we receive it because Jesus died on the cross. Only when we see that we are still sinners, but sinners who are justified by Him, can we understand and experience the dynamite love of Christ.
Born of The Gospel MP3 Seasons of spiritual dryness and disillusionment are inevitable in life, and may derail your faith. They don't seem to fit with a just and holy God. Psalm 42 offers a prescription for your soul when it seems impossible to feel close to God and sense his l
Sin and temptation MP3 Tests come from God, but temptation or the enticement to sin comes from what's inside of our hearts. Every trial is a test that can move you toward the crown of life, but it can also could push you toward death. To deal with temptation we must deal with our underlying desires and reorient them to a new love.
Spiritual gifts and graces MP3 No one person has all the spiritual gifts. It is only when people with diverse gifts come together that the church will best minister to those in need. Yet-as important as spiritual gifts are-developing Christian character must take precedence. If we are mainly concerned with Christian character but think little about gifts, then Christians will be effective in ministry. But if Christians think a great deal about gifts but little about character, they will bear very little genuine fruit.
1 Corinthians 6-7 MP3 The Biblical view of sex is unique. It rejects the view, held by some conservative cultures, that sex is dirty. Instead, the Bible views sex so highly that it cannot be shared casually with anyone outside the covenantal relationship of marriage. Sex is meant to bind two people together. It renews the covenant that they have made with one another.
Prayer for the church MP3 Paul's prayers for the churches he wrote to can seem counter-intuitive. Despite the hardships suffered by the early churches, Paul never prayed for alleviation of difficulties. Instead, he prayed that through their sufferings, the church would identify with the sufferings of Christ, and experience a deeper realization of God's love.
Love, lust and liberation MP3 The Bible rejoices in sex and sexual desire, but lust is an impersonal, inordinate desire and an idolatrous search for meaning. Lust can be overcome if you esteem Jesus as your bridegroom and the lover of your soul.
How to change MP3 Christian growth is described through the metaphor of the fruit of the spirit, which is a gradual process that begins with the seed of the Holy Spirit. As we are changed from the inside out, organically and radically, we will find deep joy and lasting change.
Suffering: If God is good, why is there so much suffering in the world? MP3 In the midst of evil and suffering, abandoning your faith will neither help you handle suffering nor understand God. By looking back to Jesus' death on the cross and looking ahead to the hope of a new heavens and new earth, we can understand God's overwhelming love for us and the promise that victory will swallow up evil and death.
The war between your selves (part 1) MP3 We can't win the battle between our desires for good and evil. When we become Christians, however, we move from a battle we cannot win to a battle we cannot lose.
A Christian's happiness MP3 The Bible promises a better life to come, not better life circumstances in this world.
The new birth MP3 A common misunderstanding of being 'born again' is that it's an experience for broken people, a way for outcasts and moral failures to 'turn their life around.' Yet, when Jesus teaches on being born again, He does so by challenging a man who is the very opposite of the 'born again' stereotype. Nicodemus was an upright moral man and a leader in his society-and yet Jesus said that all of his accomplishments meant nothing unless he was born again.
The Gospel and your self MP3 When God moves from being a concept to a reality, he changes our beliefs and priorities. Once changed, we can live new lives for him.
Does prayer really change things? MP3 Prayer is a paradox, but there is a helpful way to understand it.
The king and the furnace MP3 Babylon wanted to assimilate the Jews, and Christians today face a similar challenge.
Removing idols of the heart MP3 The essential dynamic of change in the heart of the Christian runs on a cycle of repentance and faith.
Perfect freedom MP3 Only through God's grace and accepting Christ into our lives will we ever find true freedom and our true selves.
Hope and money MP3 Money is not inherently evil but is often dangerous - it can blind us to spiritual reality.

 

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