Spiritual Papers – Alphabetical List of All

Welcome to our Spiritual Papers page. You will find a wide variety of papers here, from various parts of the globe, but particularly in Australia. It will be a growing resource, which we hope will be useful for personal study and for those with the task of leading worship.

Papers are presented in alphabetical order by subject. Click on one of the following titles, or use the search facility. If you want to search for Biblical passages, use the full title of the desired book (e.g. 2 Samuel, not 2Sam.).

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“I Am The Lord Your God”

By the Rev. Peter M. Buss, Jr. Life progresses. I'd like you to think for a moment about what your ...
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“I Am Willing; Be Cleansed”

By Rev. David C. Roth "And behold, a leper came and worshipped Him saying, 'Lord if You are willing, You ...
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“Your Faith Has Made You Well”

By Rev. Dr. Reuben P. Bell "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the ...
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A Deeper Meaning To The Bible

By Rev. Peter M. Buss, Jr. Our subject today is the Word, and the way the Lord reveals His truth ...
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A Friend at Midnight

By Rev. Julian Duckworth Doctrine Apocalypse Revealed 951 and Divine Providence 330 These words on asking and receiving from the ...
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A Land Flowing with Milk and Honey: The Divine Purpose for Our Life

By Rev David Millar And I have said, I will bring you up from the affliction of Egypt to the ...
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A New Age and a New Beginning

By Rev. Ian Arnold "The reason why the Word is interiorly revealed that is, as to the spiritual sense before ...
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A Sower Went Out To Sow

By Rev. Dr. Reuben Bell "Behold, a sower went out to sow." What does this image do for you? What ...
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Abraham and Lot

By Rev. Peter M. Buss, Jr. Today we turn to the lives of two men who lived thousands of years ...
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Appearance of the Lord

By Rev. Grant R. Schnarr The Lord had appeared before His disciples, most of them rejoiced that they had seen ...
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Ascribe Strength To God

By Rev. Donald L. Rose "Ascribe ye strength to God" (Psalm 68:34). By our life's experience we know something about ...
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Baptism As A Gate of Entrance

By Rev. Michael Gladish "Most assuredly," Jesus said, "unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter ...
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Bearing Witness To Truth

By Rev. Kurt H. Asplundh "You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and ...
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Behold, A Sower Went Forth To Sow

By Candidate David C. Roth "Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some fell by the ...
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Being Both Salt and Light

By Rev. Julian Duckworth You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt loses its taste how shall ...
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Being Strong To Go Forward Notwithstanding the Voices of Negativity and Discouragement

By Rev. Ian Arnold Brisbane, July 4th, 2010 Numbers Chapter 13, verses 30 to 32a: Then Caleb quieted the people ...
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Beware of Hypocrisy

By Candidate David C. Roth "Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. For there is nothing covered ...
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Blessed Are The Meek

By Rev. Frank Rose Do you sometimes feel that your life is out of control, or that you wished you ...
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Care For The Morrow

By Rev. Kurt H. Asplundh "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient ...
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Children and the Child In Us

By Rev. Ian Arnold Isaiah Chapter 11, verse 6: "The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall ...
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Choose Whom You Will Serve

By Rev. Eric H. Carswell And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this ...
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Church and The Human Form

By Rev. Alan M. Cowley Lessons: Luke 11:33-36; Psalm 139:13-16; Heaven and Hell 59, 63, 64; Arcana Coelestia 4528 The ...
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Coming To Grips With Our Motives

By Rev. Ian Arnold "It is the mark of someone wise to be aware of which ends are present in ...
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Coming To Rule With the Lord

By Rev. Grant H. Odhner Our general subject today is the importance of service in human society -- what many ...
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Compassion

By Rev. Terry Schnarr "When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, 'Do not ...
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Conscience: Make it Your Friend

By Rev. Ian Arnold Brisbane, July 5th, 2009 1 Samuel Chapter 3, verse 21 and Chapter 4: verse 1: "Then ...
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Counting His Blessings

By Rev. Donald L. Rose "How precious are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of ...
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Created For A Specific Purpose

By Rev. Jan H. Weiss "Thus says the LORD who created you, and who formed you, Fear not: for I ...
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Crumbs From The Master’s Table

By Rev. Grant H. Odhner How does it strike you, when you hear the story about Jesus and the Gentile ...
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Crumbs of Healing

By Rev. Julian Duckworth Jesus said to her, It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it ...
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Dealing With Fear And Anxiety

By Rev. Erik J. Buss What is anxiety? Many of us feel anxious about our jobs, or our marriages, or ...
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Death And Resurrection

By Rev. Andrew M. T. Dibb Our text this morning are those immortal words spoken by the Lord to Martha, ...
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Desert Journey

By Rev. Dr. Reuben P. Bell Our readings from Scripture today are not much alike. You may have noticed, and ...
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Developing Respect For Marriage

By Rev. Peter M. Buss, Jr. The Lord created marriage. In the gospel of Matthew the Lord said: "He who ...
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Do Not Despair

By Rev. Terry Schnarr "Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has ...
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Doing Greater Works

By Rev. Douglas M. Taylor "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I ...
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Don’t Mix Your Spirits!

By Rev. David Moffat In my personal Bible reading, I have been reading the book of Isaiah. It has been ...
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Eagles

By Rev. Chris Skinner But they who wait on the Lord will renew their strength. They shall mount up with ...
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Effective Hope And Everlasting Trust

By Rev. J. Clark Echols, Jr. "Wait silently for God alone, for hope is from Him ... Trust in Him ...
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Faith and Human Freedom

By Rev. Peter M. Buss "And many more believed because of His own word; and they said unto the woman, ...
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Faith In the Will

By Rev. Peter M. Buss "Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word; for ...
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Faith That Is Really Faith

By Rev. Ian Arnold "There are many who declare that a person is saved through faith; or as they say, ...
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Faith Without Charity Destroys

By Rev. David C. Roth It seems at times impossible to change our lives. We get caught up in an ...
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Faith, Doubt and Disbelief

By Rev. Ian A Arnold Brisbane, 5th June 2011 Matthew Chapter 28, verse 116 & 17: "Then the eleven disciples ...
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Fighting Spiritual Battles

By Rev. Thomas L. Kline "Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led ...
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Finding Inner Strength

By Rev. Thomas L. Kline "Then David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him ... But David ...
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Finding Relevance In The Old Testament

By Rev. Michael Gladish Our theme this morning is the relevance of the laws of the Old Testament to our ...
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First Be Reconciled

By Rev. Brian W. Keith "If you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has ...
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Forcing Ourselves To Do What We Don’t Like Doing

By Rev. Ian Arnold "There is [what seems like freedom, but is in fact slavery] and there is heavenly freedom ...
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Free To Choose

By Rev. Dr. Reuben P. Bell Lord, who may abide in your tabernacle? Who may dwell in your holy hill? ...
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Friendship

By Rev. David Moffat In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, right at the end, Neville Longbottom, the class geek, ...
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Going Home

By Rev. Grant R. Schnarr If we look in the Word we find so many places where someone is longing ...
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Guarding Spiritual Freedom

By Rev. Kurt H. Asplundh "Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all trees ...
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Guilt And Thankfulness

By Rev. Eric H. Carswell Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your loving kindness; According to the multitude ...
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Have You Ever Been In Prison?

By Rev. Frank Rose Fortunately, comparatively few of us have had that degrading and humiliating experience. People who have will ...
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Healing Blindness

By Rev. Brian W. Keith Blindness is a terrible affliction. Imagine not being able to see the incredible array of ...
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Healing of Naaman’s Leprosy

By Rev. Eric H. Carswell "Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to ...
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Helping Those Who Are “Sick”

By Rev. Grant H. Odhner And when [Jesus] had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over ...
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Honouring diversity of beliefs and convictions

By Rev. Ian A. Arnold Matthew Chapter 8, verses 10-12: "When Jesus heard it, He marvelled, and said to those ...
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Hope In Desolation

By Rev. Grant R. Schnarr "What ails you Hagar? Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the lad ...
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How Things Seem and How Things Are

By Rev. Julian Duckworth Text: I Samuel 16.7 Then the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance ...
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How We Look To Angels

By Rev. Donald L. Rose In the book of Revelation it is written, "Blessed is he who watches and keeps ...
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In Use, In Health, In the Lord

By Rev. Grant H. Odhner "...and after the fire a still small voice." (1 Kings 19:11-12) What did the still ...
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Innocence

By Rev. David Moffat "Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will ...
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Joseph

By Rev. David C. Roth "I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. But now, do not therefore ...
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Joy In The Coming of Our Lord

By Rev. David C. Roth "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen ...
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Keeping In A State of Hope

By Rev. Donald L. Rose It is written in the Psalms, "Why are you cast down, 0 my soul? And ...
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Letting Go and Not Turning Back

By Rev. Ian Arnold "Then (Jesus) said to another, ‘Follow me.' But he said, ‘Lord, let me first go and ...
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Loneliness

By Rev. Grant H. Odhner Hear my prayer, O Lord, And let my cry come to You. Do not hide ...
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Longing For Truth

By Rev. Brian W. Keith Everyone has needs. Everyone requires certain things so that life can go on. There are ...
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Love Is Not a Feeling

By Rev. Erik Buss How often have you heard someone say, or said yourself, "I know I ought to do ...
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Love Your Enemies

By Rev. Peter M. Buss, Jr. We have a challenging section of the Bible to focus on today. The words ...
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Love: What Is It?

By Rev. Grant R. Schnarr What is love? The Writings say that everybody knows that love exists but it is ...
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Make Disciples of all Nations

By Rev. Peter M. Buss "All power is given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make ...
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My Burden Is Light

By Rev. Patrick Rose "For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." (Matt.11:30) Perhaps one of the most ...
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Naaman the Leper (A message about Baptism)

By Rev. Chris Skinner The story of Naaman in the Word illustrates for us, in the form of correspondences, a ...
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Nebuchadnezzar and Dreams In the Word

By Rev. Donald L. Rose "I have dreamed a dream" (Daniel 2:3). These were the words of Nebuchadnezzar. He knew ...
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Needing A Physician

By Rev Frank Rose When the fishermen worked in the waters of the Sea of Galilee and brought their catches ...
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New Beginnings

By Rev. Brian W. Keith Life can seem terribly dreary. Familiar patterns are repeated over and over again. Ruts appear ...
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Opening Ourselves Up to the Lord’s Life Flowing In

By Rev. Ian Arnold Preached in Brisbane, August 3rd 2008 Luke 6: 38 "Give, and it will be given to ...
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Our Way, Our Truth and Our Life

By Rev. J. Clark Echols, Jr. "Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No ...
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Peter Sinks As He Tries To Walk On Water

By Rev. Ian Arnold When temptation is at its severest people invariably think despairingly. It is the final phase of ...
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Peter’s Denial of the Lord

By Rev. David W. Millar Apocalypse Explained 627.16 But it must be understood that every thing related concerning the passion ...
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Piety

By Rev. Grant R. Schnarr It seems dangerous to do a sermon on piety, such a bad connotation to it ...
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Power

By Rev. Mark D. Pendleton " ... Jesus said to them, `Do you believe that I am able to do ...
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Protecting Marriage

By Rev. Brian W. Keith "From true conjugial love there is power and protection against the hells ... for the ...
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Recapturing Ideals

By Rev. Ian Arnold With regard to the raising up of truths and of the affections for these, and the ...
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Removing Our Shoes For We Are On Holy Ground

By Rev. David Millar And the Angel of Jehovah appeared to him in a flame of fire from the middle ...
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Responding To What Intimidates Us

By Rev. Ian Arnold The reason why the Lord alone endures the conflicts brought on by temptations and is Conqueror ...
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Revelation: A Parable of Leading

By Rev. David A Moffat "And the seven lampstands which you have seen are the seven Churches" (Revelation 1:20) signifies ...
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Salt and Baldness

By Rev. David Moffat Elijah, the great prophet, has ascended to heaven in a chariot of fire, leaving Elisha, his ...
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Settle In Your Hearts

By Rev. Donald L. Rose "Settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; for ...
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Spirits And Men

By Rev. Brian W. Keith "The Lord has provided that there should be angels and spirits with each individual, and ...
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Spiritual Success

By Rev. Grant R. Schnarr If we look up the word 'success' in a dictionary, it will say that being ...
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Streams In the Desert

By Rev. Dr. Reuben P. Bell "For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert. The ...
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Swords Into Plowshares; Spears Into Pruning Hooks

By Rev. Michael Gladish One of the most inspiring prophecies of the Old Testament, and one that is repeated almost ...
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Temptation: Walking On The Sea

By Rev. Grant R. Schnarr "Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid" (Matthew 14:27) Immediately after ...
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Ten Blessings, Part 1

By Rev. Michael Gladish "Blessed are the poor in spirit... "Blessed are those who mourn... "Blessed are the meek... "Blessed ...
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Ten Blessings, Part 2

By Rev. Michael Gladish "Blessed are the merciful... "Blessed are the pure in heart... "Blessed are the peacemakers... "Blessed are ...
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The Aaronic Blessing

By Rev. David Moffat The LORD said to Moses, "Tell Aaron and his sons, 'This is how you are to ...
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The Ark of the Covenant in Dagon’s Temple

By Rev David A Moffat A CHILDREN'S ADDRESS Based upon 1 Samuel 4. This story happens when the prophet Samuel ...
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The Awesomeness of the Word and Its Capacity to Transform Our Lives

By Rev. Ian Arnold June 20th 2010 Ezekiel Chapter 1, verse 28: "This was the appearance of the likeness of ...
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The Breaking of Bread Today

By Rev. Julian Duckworth Text: Luke 9.16 Then He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up ...
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The Call of Christmas

By Rev. David A. Moffat The Christmas story poses a very special challenge to each one of us. As we ...
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The Church As A Mother

By Rev. Eric H. Carswell Then one said to Him, "Look, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, seeking ...
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The Danger of An External Image of Ourselves

By Rev. Ian Arnold "Everyone knows that the gentiles as well as Christians live a moral life, and many of ...
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The Faith of a Gentile

By Rev. Dr. Reuben P. Bell "And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and ...
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The God We Worship

By Rev. Peter M. Buss, Jr. Philip said to Him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for ...
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The Golden Calf

By Rev David Moffat Recent weeks have shown me, quite graphically, how adept humanity is at creating pathology out of ...
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The Grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ

By Rev. Peter M. Buss, Jr. Philip said to Him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for ...
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The Holy Spirit

By Rev. David A Moffat "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, ...
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The Hope of Help

By Rev. Kurt H. Asplundh "What ails you, Hagar? Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the lad ...
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The Ideal of Marriage To Eternity

By Rev. Douglas M. Taylor "For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are as ...
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The Lord God Jesus Christ

By Rev. Grant R. Schnarr Our idea of God is the most important concept we can have. Our spiritual lives ...
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The Lord’s Second Coming and the Descent of the Holy City, New Jerusalem, Which Follows

By Rev. Ian Arnold June 19th 2011 Matthew 24: 29-31: "Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will ...
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The Love of Ruling

By Rev. Donald L. Rose The subject of this sermon is the love of ruling other people, a love stemming ...
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The Murder of Abel

By Rev. Patrick A. Rose "Then the LORD said to Cain, 'Where is Abel your brother?' He said, 'I do ...
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The New Church: The Difference

By Rev. Grant R. Schnarr Today's talk is entitled the New Church: the difference. Many people who have come to ...
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The Opening of the Graves Embellishment or Reality?

By Rev. Ian Arnold "And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and ...
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The Parable of the Good Samaritan

By Rev. Peter M. Buss, Jr. "But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, cam where he was. And when he ...
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The Possessed Man of the Gadarenes

By Rev. David A Moffat Today we are considering the story of the man possessed by the legion of demons ...
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The Presence of the Angel of the Lord In Our Lives

By Rev. David Millar And Moses was feeding the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian. And he ...
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The Prodigal Son

By Rev. Thomas L. Kline "This my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found" ...
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The Promise of Easter

By Rev. Kurt H. Asplundh "...I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that ...
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The Quiet Restraint of the Lord

By Rev. Donald L. Rose "He will not cry out, nor raise His voice, nor cause His voice to be ...
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The Rich Young Ruler

By Rev. David A Moffat Jesus said to him, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have ...
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The Secret of Life

By Rev. Brian W. Keith Everyone wants to be happy. Everyone wants to feel the satisfaction that comes from the ...
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The Significance of Thanksgiving

By Rev. Douglas Taylor "Three times you shall keep feast to Me in the year: You shall keep the feast ...
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The Spiritual Benefit of Hypocrisy

By Rev. David A Moffat Divine Providence, paragraph 145 V. IT IS NOT CONTRARY TO RATIONALITY AND LIBERTY TO COMPEL ...
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The Sun-Dial of Ahaz

By Rev Chris Skinner "And Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the shadow to go down ten degrees ...
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The Transfiguration of the Lord

By Rev. Kurt H. Asplundh "A bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, ...
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The Unexpected Nature of Incarnation

By Rev. David Moffat .. the Lord is as much present in charity with those outside the Church who are ...
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The Value of Work (Labor Day)

By Rev. Brian W. Keith "Everyone who has been faithful, sincere and just in his employment and work in the ...
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The Voice of Conscience

By Rev. Julian Duckworth Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, "Where are you?" So he ...
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The Way THE LORD Strengthens and Refreshes Us When We Discover We Are In a Desert Place

By Rev. Ian Arnold In the internal sense sustainment is nothing else than the influx of goodness and truth from ...
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The Wisdom of Old Age

By Rev. Thomas L. Kline "Thus says the Lord of Hosts: Old men and old women shall again sit in ...
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The Word Made Flesh

By Rev. Brian W. Keith And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the ...
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There’s No Substitute For Real Healing

By Rev. Ian Arnold "Many believe that people are purified from evils by merely believing what the Church teaches; some, ...
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They Lie In Wait For My Life

By Rev. Donald L. Rose "All their thoughts are against me for evil. They gather together, they hide, they mark ...
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To Please the Lord

By Rev. Peter M. Buss "He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require ...
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Turning Water To Wine

By Rev. Michael Gladish "Jesus said.. 'Fill the water pots with water.' And they filled them up to the brim ...
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War, Providence, and Defense of Country

By Rev. Mark Pendleton "O my soul, my soul! I am pained in my very heart! My heart makes a ...
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What Cripples and Confines Us

By Rev. Ian Arnold The senses are the source of all the illusions that reign in a person, and they ...
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When You Have Eaten and Are Full

By Rev. Dr. Reuben P. Bell "When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the Lord your ...
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Why Does The Lord Let Bad Things Happen?

By Rev. Grant R. Schnarr Sometimes the world can appear so cruel. In fact it is cruel if we look ...
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Why the Lord Permits War

By Rev. Michael Gladish In the book of New Church doctrine about Divine Providence we find a chapter titled "Evils ...
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Why Three Types Of Freedom?

By Rev. Andrew M. T. Dibb I am often asked why things happen: why are there husbands who abuse their ...
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With God All Things Are Possible

By Rev. Douglas Taylor "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible" (Matthew 19:26). This statement ...
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You Are Not To Steal: Taking From the Lord

By Rev. Eric H. Carswell In the heavenly sense thieves means those who strip the Lord of His Divine power, ...
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