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John Bunyan: Last Sermon

John Bunyan: Last Sermon

December 12, 2019

John Bunyan wrote one of the most famous books of all time, Pilgrim's Progress. But many people forget that he was also a preacher. And a soldier and a prisoner for Christ. We explore the life of this seventeenth century preacher who was not expected to be much of anything in life.

This sermon, "Last Sermon," is the last sermon he ever preached. Preached 12 days before he died he makes the case that we can know whether we are saved by comparing our physical lives to our spiritual ones.

Special thanks to Mike Clark for reading this sermon. Mike is an evangelical Christian pastor with more than 20 years of ministry experience ranging from Student Ministry, to Worship Ministry, Evangelism Training, and preaching.  
He is currently the worship pastor of The Way Church in Denver, CO, where he has served faithfully since July of 2014.

 

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Charles Spurgeon: Compel Them To Come In

Charles Spurgeon: Compel Them To Come In

December 5, 2019

Charles Spurgeon is one of the most famous preachers of all time. Living and preaching in the second half of the 19th century he earned the nickname, "The Prince Of Preachers." In this episode we ask the question, "Did he earn this title?"

This sermon, "Compel Them To Come In," is a passionate plea to ask people to come to Christ. He changes approaches throughout the sermon but his end goal is to see people come to know the Lord.

Special thanks to Dave Wakefield for reading this sermon.

 

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Christopher Love: Pray With Violent Zeal

Christopher Love: Pray With Violent Zeal

November 28, 2019

Christopher Love was a puritan who lived during the English Civil War. He would be executed at the end of this civil war and only lived to be 33 years old. Despite that, he lived a life that impacted the world with his passion for Jesus Christ.

This sermon, “Pray With Violent Zeal,”discusses the importance of passionate prayer before our God. As a man who lived through and fought against many obstacles, Love knew the importance of a life centered on prayer.

Special thanks to Joshua Cook for reading this sermon. Joshua Cook is husband to Janelle and father of 2 boys under 3. Joshua and Janelle live in southern New Mexico and are members of Coram Deo Community Church, a group of transformed disciples who live before the face of God for the glory of Christ and the good of the city.

 

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Andrew Gray: Faith

Andrew Gray: Faith

November 21, 2019

Andrew Gray was a preacher who lived in the 1600’s. The one thing about his life that stands out is that his life was short. He died before his 24th birthday. But in those 2 and a half years he preached he made a huge impact.

This sermon, “Faith,” talks about what our faith is in God. He defines it and describes it and helps us to better understand this important but sometimes abstract concept. He also speaks as a man who took his faith incredibly seriously, even as one who was young and died at a young age. 

Special thanks to Will Smith for reading this sermon. William Hay Smith was born and raised in Peterhead, in the North East of Scotland. Through the kindness of God he was saved by Christ as a young child. As a young man he was given the opportunity to study Chemical Engineering in London, England where through the hard work of various Christian friends and mentors he gradually appreciated more and more the awesomeness of Jesus. His secular work, as a professional engineer, has allowed him the privilege of living in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, France and for several years, even the great State of Texas. Currently he serves at Christ Church Mayfair.

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Alexander Maclaren: Why Does Love Delay?

Alexander Maclaren: Why Does Love Delay?

November 14, 2019

Alexander Maclaren is a preacher who was considered one of the best preachers of his era. But unlike so many preachers, he was a quiet man who did not become famous for book-writing or big ministry projects. He just enjoyed preaching and really believed what he preached.

This sermon, “Why Does Love Delay?” Maclaren asks the question, “Why doesn’t God always answer our prayers?” Or why does he wait? Maclaren says God does all things for the good of those who believe, and even when he tarries, he is doing good for the believers.

Special thanks to Jeremiah Wheelersburg for narrating this week’s episode. You can listen to Jeremiah as host of the christian Podcast, “The Minister, The Ministry, and Me Show”, named after his book, and also known as The 3m Podcast – often with special guests, audio blog’s and book readings. Find out more at https://jnwheels.com

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J.C. Ryle: The Christian Race

J.C. Ryle: The Christian Race

November 7, 2019

J. C. Ryle is a preacher we have looked at before. You can check out his episode, “Unbelief- A Marvel,” in our catalog. But this week we’re looking at his time in ministry and the “hustle” he put in for years. Prior to being a famous tract writer and preacher, he was a man who was preparing sermons for publishing, writing tracts, and working tirelessly in the background. These years of preparation paid off when the time came, but in his running of The Christian Race he spent years in training.

This sermon, “The Christian Race,” Ryle gives us encouragement on the race that we must all run in our faith. He talks about those who have gone before us, the prize that we have ahead, and he does so in a way that will leave you convicted and ready to go.

Special thanks to Ed Backell for narrating this week’s episode. Pastor Ed Backell is a Washington state native, and has taught for 30+ years in churches in Oregon, Washington and Nebraska, currently in Warden, WA. He has been serving Warden Community Church since May, 2010.

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Martin Luther: The Forgiveness Of Sins

Martin Luther: The Forgiveness Of Sins

October 31, 2019

Martin Luther is one of the most famous Christians that has ever lived. His story of nailing the 95 Theses on the door of the church, the “kick-off” of the Reformation, is lauded as one of the biggest turning points in world history. And yet, we often forget about the challenges that the peasants of that day would have been up against.

This sermon, “The Forgiveness Of Sins,” (Self named, originally called the Sermon After Easter Sunday), Martin Luther reminds us that we do not work to have grace but that God gives it to us Himself. We can do nothing. He does it all.

Special thanks to Bryan Wolfmueller for reading this episode. Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller is pastor of St. Paul and Jesus Deaf Lutheran Churches in Austin, TX. He is the author of A Martyr’s Faith for a Faithless World (CPH 2019), and other works. He is the co-host of Table Talk Radio podcast and has a number of other theological projects that all end up on his blog, www.wolfmueller.co. He and his wife Keri live with their four children in Round Rock, TX. We collaborated with his podcast, The Martin Luther Sermons Podcast, where you can find many more sermons by him that he has done covering Martin Luther. 

 

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Lemuel Haynes: Universal Salvation, An Ancient False Doctrine

Lemuel Haynes: Universal Salvation, An Ancient False Doctrine

October 24, 2019

Lemuel Haynes was a Revolutionary War soldier and a pastor in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. He was also an African American preacher who preached to largely white congregations in the North East. He was the first African American ordained and also awarded an honorary master’s degree in North America.

This sermon, “Universal Salvation – An Ancient [False] Doctrine” came following a sermon at his church minutes before by a Universalist. When asked if Lemuel Haynes had anything to say, he delivered this off the cuff but scathing attack. Yet in a way that was fully biblical and never specifically mentioned whom he was referring to.

Special thanks to Vermon Pierre for reading this episode of Revived Thoughts. He is the lead pastor for preaching and mission at Roosevelt Community Church, in Phoenix, Arizona. He is the author of Gospel Shaped Living, which is part of the Gospel Shaped Church curriculum published by The Good Book Company and The Gospel Coalition. Locally, Vermon serves as President of the Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation and as a board member for The Gospel Coalition Arizona and The Surge Network.  He is a graduate of Princeton University and has a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Vermon and his wife Dennae live in downtown Phoenix and have four children.  

 

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George Matheson: The Patience of Job

George Matheson: The Patience of Job

October 17, 2019

Revived Thoughts Is Back! 
In 1885 a blind and Scottish preacher was asked to speak before Queen Victoria during the height of the Victorian era. His preaching had become famous and despite his difficulty seeing, he made up for it through memorization of the Word. His fame would actually come from the hymns that he’d end up writing, the most famous of which, “Oh love that will never let me go,” is still being sung today.

His sermon, the Patience Of Job, was so beloved by Queen Victoria that she insisted it be published. A personal copy was made for herself and stored in her private library for her to read whenever she pleased. Reporters from around the world talked about this great sermon and the blind preacher who delivered it. But over time, the sermon was lost. Until only one known copy existed. As Revived Thoughts returns for season 2, we present this amazing sermon to you again.

Special thanks to Jonathan Thiede for reading this episode of Revived Thoughts. He is an associate pastor in West Pennsylvania and also the host of the Book It podcast. Book It reviews Christian literature for people to read. They recently hosted Troy as a guest on the show as we talked about Zach Eswine’s book, “Charles Spurgeon’s Sorrows.”

 

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Lazarus And The Rich Man

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Lazarus And The Rich Man

September 12, 2019

We return to Dietrich Bonhoeffer in the 1930’s of Germany. He was a man who would die young as he continued to return to Nazi occupied Germany despite the threats to his own life. He wanted to help the church, and when he got removed from the pulpit he would help build underground church movements in Germany. He was a staunch supporter of the Jewish cause and rabidly anti-Hitler.

In the sermon, “Lazarus and the Rich Man,” we get to hear his thoughts on the story in Luke 16 of what happens to the rich man and Lazarus. Bonhoeffer challenges us not to look past the real message of the text and try to make it say something it doesn’t. He also warns us that the same fate awaited the rich man and Lazarus, and awaits us as well.

This episode's sermon was preached by Dustin Garret, a representative of Samaritan Ministries. Check out more from Dustin:

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Special note: This is the last episode of Revived Thoughts for "season 1" as we take a short break. We will be back in October with more of history's greatest sermons. Thanks so much for your support of the show and we can't wait to bring you more episodes in about a month! 
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