Don’t have all day? Here are some short excerpts. (Full sermons below)

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I got to share with the folks at Cornerstone Christian Church in Shiloh, IL in their Words to the Wise series out of the Book of Proverbs. Here’s my message on anger.

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May it be said of us that we have been with Jesus. I got a chance to preach to students in Missouri about Jesus being the message, and bringing the power, and how he heals brokenness.

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Jesus died for your sins and rose to bring new life. Speaking to teenagers in Ohio I talk about selfies, a correct theology of sin, and an “and then” moment that we can all have when we surrender to Jesus.

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When it comes to applying God’s word, there’s no magic formula. There’s no well-kept secret. There’s no special skill that has to be learned. It’s really this simple: Read it. Do it. Obeying God’s word is the difference between the followers and the people playing church. In this sermon, discover the simple truth that God wants us to be disciples who follow him with all that we are.

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The biggest problem in the world is that the people of God are ignorant of the word of God. Every other problem could be solved by a church who know and live out God’s word. So many believers are still drinking milk instead of eating meat. In this sermon, we will get really practical in discovering ways we can grow in our understanding of God’s word. Get ready to take notes…lots of practical ideas follow.

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If you want 2017 to count, you have to count on Jesus. It’s a simple as that. Counting on Jesus means knowing and responding to the gospel. In this sermon, Student Pastor Titus Benton encourages us to walk more closely with Jesus in 2017 than we ever have before.

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“What if Jesus had never been born? It’s an interesting question. As we continue our Christmas at the Movies series, student pastor Titus Benton takes a stab at answering it. As it turns out, there are major implications for us as individuals, churches, communities, and the history of mankind. As Christmas draws near, take 30 minutes and imagine if it wasn’t here to celebrate. Jesus’ birth changed everything.”

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Have you ever wanted anything so badly that you’d do anything to get it? At this time of year, we all go a little nuts trying to get our hands on more stuff. Either it’s a great deal or someone we love is dying to have it. But what if what we spend all this time chasing isn’t really what we want the most? What if our hands aren’t as empty as we sometimes feel they are? Have you ever wanted something so badly that you’d do anything to give it? In this sermon, I explore the attitudes and behaviors that exemplify this time of year, and draw wisdom from 1 Timothy 6 to challenge us with the truth of what it means to be the people of God.

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In our student ministry service, Oasis, we outlined the Book of Romans in a series called Unashamed. I got to talk about how how the world is really, really, really bad but how Jesus is really, really, REALLY good. Here’s that message.

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There are worse things than being lost. In the Parable of the Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin, and the Lost Son, we discover what.

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How many days in a row can you go without telling a lie? For many of us, we’ve become so accustomed to fibs and fables that the truth can be hard to identify. Telling a whopper of a fish story is one thing…letting lies and deceit come to rule your life is another. God calls us not only to an absence of lies, but to a love of the truth.

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I got to sit down with former NBA Star AC Green for an interview about his game changing moments on the court as well as off. Mr. Green is the real deal and if you’re a fan of the Lakers, the NBA, or Jesus, you’ll enjoy this conversation.

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Jesus is the Lord. We are His servants. But so often, we live like it’s the other way around. In this message, I challenge students to know their place, know their role, and know their future. It’s sort of a gloves-off message.

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If you grew up in a blended family, are in a blended family now, or know a blended family, you need to check out this sermon and understand this truth: Being blended hurts, but God doesn’t want you to stay in the blender.

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You can’t be led two ways, so go the way the Spirit guides you. That’s the essence of this message to Current – A Christian Church in Katy, Texas as a part of our series The Spirit. 

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Jesus has seen us, so we should see others. In particular, we should notice those that are sometimes invisible in our world. The Bible lumps three groups of people together on 18 occasions and is clear that is the job of a Christ follower to care for these three groups. As a part of our The Invisibles series with students, I got the shot at motivating students to do just that.

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Our mission at Current – A Christian Church is to see people moved by Jesus. In week two of our series Be Moved I had the chance to talk about what it means to move forward in your faith. The truth is, so may of us get satisfied, grow stagnant, and stop growing. But God wants us to grow, and in this sermon I share four stories to illustrate how if we’re not moving forward, we’re not doing it right.

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Jesus became poor so we could become rich. This is the biblical foundation for the theology of generosity. Moreover, He calls us to do the same for others. In our Mirror series in our student ministry, I take a shot at helping students realize God has been generous to them so they could give to others.

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We’ve been talking in our student environment about living like Jesus. In our second week of our Mirror series, we talk about how Jesus took time to be alone with the Father, and how we don’t have time to not make time to do the same.

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War Room debuted as the #1 movie in America on Friday, August 28th. For the weekend, it was the #1 new movie in theaters even while showing in far fewer the cinemas around the country as other films. On opening weekend we had the leading man T.C. Stallings at Current and I had the chance to interview him in each of our services. Here’s one of those services as we kicked off our Elements series.

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In our student environment recently I had the chance to speak about how our sin separates us from God. It’s straight up Gospel stuff here, because while sin changes our relationship with our Creator, Jesus changes everything for us. The sin of one led to unrighteousness for all, but it is overruled by the righteousness acts of One which led to salvation for all.

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The Gospel of John is the best written proof that we have that Jesus is, in fact, God. The apostle reveals this to us through Jesus’ eternality and miracles. But in our series I AM : Jesus, we find out that we can also see Jesus’ deity in his name. To kick off this series at Current – A Christian Church, I got to talk about when Jesus said “I am the bread of life,” and how He challenges us with the truth that He is just enough, never runs out, and will fill you up like nothing else.

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What makes a Christian a Christian is belief in and dependence upon the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There is plenty of theological thought in the 2000 years of the Christian church that can be up for discussion. However, in this message we learn of the central truths that must not be compromised for any Christ follower.

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My latest sermon was preached at Current – A Christian Church and is all about the goodbyes that come in parenting. As it turns out, parenting isn’t about raising kids that loved Jesus, it’s about raising adults that love Jesus.

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Our Awkward Family Photos series at Current – A Christian Church is a lot of fun. But more than a laugh or two, it’s an admission that there are no picture perfect families. Along with that admission, the series points out some practical Biblical advice on parenting and marriage and family. This sermon takes a look at four things we can do at any stage of life to help our kids through the awkward transitions that is growing up.

Awkward Family Photos – Awkward Transitions from Current – A Christian Church on Vimeo.

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The life of Solomon provides a great warning to us. Take it from the wisest, richest, most powerful man in the Old Testament–chasing after idols is like chasing after the wind. We’re better off chasing Jesus instead.

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I kicked off our Toxic series here at Current and had the opportunity to preach on Toxic Words that inundate our lives.

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If you’re finding it hard to get in the holiday spirit this Christmas, this message about the God of All Comfort will hopefully encourage you with the truth that Jesus is in the middle of your pain. Through His comfort, your story, and His own suffering, Jesus can be a source of great peace in the midst of your loneliness and grief.

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As we go “All In” at Current, I was called upon to preach on holiness. Defined as being set apart, we draw a distinction between being set apart and being separate. Furthermore, we  use caution before we define holiness as being really, really good. What is holiness from a biblical perspective? Copious amounts of Scripture and a practical image define the word and challenge us all in this sermon video to be All In in our holiness.

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A sermon for all of us. What we think we need isn’t always what we need. A man in John 5 is healed from his paralysis, but is that really what he needed? Do we really want to trust Jesus? Do we really need him?

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This is a message from Luke 10 about the old story of Mary & Martha. Turns out, I’ve got a lot of Martha and me and forget all too often that Jesus is more important than everything. I don’t know if this is the best sermon I’ve ever preached, but I’m convinced it’s one of the most important.

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We all have baggage, a story, something in the closet we don’t want to let out for all to see. No one was as jacked up as the woman Jesus talks to in John 4. His conversation with her informs us concerning how he wants us to view our past–not in light of who we are, but in light of who He is.

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A sermon I preached on the importance of pointing teenagers toward Jesus. As parents, we set the tone for our sons and daughters. Special video credit at the beginning of the message to the fine folks at Christ in Youth.

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Is your identity wrapped up in anything other than your relationship with Jesus? Jobs, relationships, baggage, fears–they can all define us. But you were called to belong to Jesus. This sermon serves as a reminder that who we are is whose we are.

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Temptations is everywhere we look. And sometimes, we don’t even have to look–it’s in our head, our hearts, eating away at us from the inside. We need to get control over our temptation by turning over control to Jesus.

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Thanksgiving sermon! Also, just about the shortest amount of time I’ve ever preached.

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This is one of the toughest and most satisfying messages I’ve ever preached. We don’t have what we have so we can keep it. We have what we have so we can share it. This message on giving hits hard. I need to listen to it as much as anybody.

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