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James Merritt - It All Begins Here
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James Merritt - It All Begins Here
James Merritt - It All Begins Here
I wanna see how many of you know exactly who you are and where you belong. And if you don't know, you may not realize which category you're in, I'm gonna put these up on the screen, don't need to raise your hand, but let's just see kinda where [...]
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James Merritt - Staying Faithful
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James Merritt - Staying Faithful
James Merritt - Staying Faithful
Let me begin by asking you a question. Who's the one person that affects your life every day? I'm talking about a human. Who's the one person that you'd say affects your life every day? Maybe it's your spouse. Maybe it's one of your children. Maybe [...]
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James Merritt - My House, God's House
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James Merritt - My House, God's House
James Merritt - My House, God's House
I'm gonna take you back about 120 years to a man that you don't know. If you had lived back in the day, you would've known him. He was very well known. He was kind of maybe, and not in a leadership sense, but more in a philosophical sense, he was [...]
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James Merritt - Who Have You Been With?
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James Merritt - Who Have You Been With?
James Merritt - Who Have You Been With?
About a century ago, when the tobacco industry was booming in America, you had a choice, every person had a choice. You could either be a smoker or a non-smoker. Very easy to, you know, decide what you want to do. But beginning in 1965, researchers [...]
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James Merritt - Casting a Long Shadow
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James Merritt - Casting a Long Shadow
James Merritt - Casting a Long Shadow
We are thrilled to have you here in the building today. It is a beautiful day. I wanna go back to a date, before I was born, July the 16th, 1945. The place was Alamogordo, New Mexico. Something happened on that day that affects all of us, everybody [...]
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James Merritt - As God Sees Fit
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James Merritt - As God Sees Fit
James Merritt - As God Sees Fit
Let me kind of prepare you for the message today, it's gonna be different. Normally I give kind of a brief introduction and then we get right into the major points I want you to learn. We're not gonna do that today, and you'll see why. Today, I want [...]
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James Merritt - Graduation Day
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James Merritt - Graduation Day
James Merritt - Graduation Day
Alright, what a great day to be here this morning. You know, when you live as long as I have, you really learn a lot about people. And I've learned there are only two kinds of people that go to school. There are people who like going to school and [...]
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James Merritt - Don't Go There
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James Merritt - Don't Go There
James Merritt - Don't Go There
How many of you are married or you're dating someone and sometimes you have conflict? Just curious. Okay. You know, some people think that I sleep in three-piece pajamas and have a hotline to God and all that. I'm just like you, I shop at Walmart [...]
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James Merritt - Your Day in Court
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James Merritt - Your Day in Court
James Merritt - Your Day in Court
I'm grateful that you're here. I'm grateful those of you're watching online today. And today's one of those days when there's two books in the Bible that a pastor loves to preach from, simply because there's no excuse not to find it. You know, [...]
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James Merritt - Last Breath
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James Merritt - Last Breath
James Merritt - Last Breath
There are two dates that are very important to me, personally. They mean a lot to me. And individually, one is December the 22nd, 1952. The reason that date is so important, that's the date of my birth. And I'm at the age and stage of my life where [...]
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James Merritt - Laodicea, Spiritually Bankrupt
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James Merritt - Laodicea, Spiritually Bankrupt
James Merritt - Laodicea, Spiritually Bankrupt
Let me tell you a story, true story. It is one of the greatest things that ever happened in my life, and I'm being serious, and you'll know why. From the time I started school, my first day before I went to school, my dad told me, he said, [...]
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James Merritt - Philadelphia, Forever Faithful
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James Merritt - Philadelphia, Forever Faithful
James Merritt - Philadelphia, Forever Faithful
2000 years ago, there was a church in a city in Turkey called Philadelphia. And this song could have been their theme song, because in the midst of all that church was going through and all that church was under, that church stood like a rock. If [...]
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James Merritt - Sardis, The Walking Dead
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James Merritt - Sardis, The Walking Dead
James Merritt - Sardis, The Walking Dead
Well, I wanna say good morning to those of you who are watching online, those of you are in the room. And if you're glad to be here, if you really are, just turn to your neighbor right now and just say, "I am glad to be here". Would you [...]
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James Merritt - Thyatira, Failing The Tolerance Test
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James Merritt - Thyatira, Failing The Tolerance Test
James Merritt - Thyatira, Failing The Tolerance Test
Well, I got a question, November the 16th, big day, how many of you know why it's a big day? Anybody here know the significance of November the 16th, anybody? Because if you do, you're smarter than I am and you're certainly smarter than a fifth [...]
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James Merritt - Pergamum, Dealing With The Devil
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James Merritt - Pergamum, Dealing With The Devil
James Merritt - Pergamum, Dealing With The Devil
Well, how many of you either have heard the story or saw the Brad Pitt movie, Troy? How many of you even read the book or, all right, how many of you don't know anything about that at all? All right, I'm talking to you. When I was a boy the first [...]
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James Merritt - Smyrna, Grace Under Pressure
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James Merritt - Smyrna, Grace Under Pressure
James Merritt - Smyrna, Grace Under Pressure
Well, I wanna say good morning to those of you who may be watching online, or watching on TV, around the world For those of you who are in the building, and I just wanna begin by asking a question. Everybody kind of laugh when I ask it at the 9:15 [...]
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James Merritt - Ephesus, You've Lost That Loving Feeling
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James Merritt - Ephesus, You've Lost That Loving Feeling
James Merritt - Ephesus, You've Lost That Loving Feeling
Whenever you fly on a commercial airline was on a plane last week, you could always count on hearing five words over the intercom every single time I heard it last week. This is your captain speaking. Have you ever wondered why they do that? Have [...]
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James Merritt - Grave Significance
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James Merritt - Grave Significance
James Merritt - Grave Significance
New York Times bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell wrote a book called "The Tipping Point", sold over 2 million copies. Great book. The basis of the book is really simple. Here's what Gladwell said. He said, "Drastic change happens at [...]
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James Merritt - Aren't Church People Super Judgmental?
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James Merritt - Aren't Church People Super Judgmental?
James Merritt - Aren't Church People Super Judgmental?
So let me begin by telling you today about a man named David that is in heaven, but Teresa and I met him back when we were young. In fact, we had only been married a couple of years. I was in seminary full-time and I was pastoring full-time. I'd [...]
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James Merritt - Are Church People Bigoted?
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James Merritt - Are Church People Bigoted?
James Merritt - Are Church People Bigoted?
I love so many things about my wife Teresa. If you go to our church, you know that I talk all the time about how even we've been married four decades. I'm more in love with her today than than I've ever been. She's my best friend. She is absolutely [...]
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James Merritt - Doesn't Science Disprove God?
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James Merritt - Doesn't Science Disprove God?
James Merritt - Doesn't Science Disprove God?
If Christianity is so wonderful, and I think it is, and it's so true as we believe it is, then that has to raise a question. Why isn't everybody a Christian? I mean, I call the Gospel the best news that's ever been heard. Well, if the gospel is the [...]
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James Merritt - Aren't All Church People Hypocrites?
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James Merritt - Aren't All Church People Hypocrites?
James Merritt - Aren't All Church People Hypocrites?
Well, I wanna say good morning. And first of all, I want you to be encouraged today. You know, there's a lot of discouraging news out there and you kind of get up every morning and you think to yourself, what's next? I just wanna remind you again [...]
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James Merritt - Is God Really Good?
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James Merritt - Is God Really Good?
James Merritt - Is God Really Good?
In case you haven't heard the latest. With everything else that's going on, our society is growing less and less religious by the day. In fact, one of the fastest growing segments of our population is what's called the nones. And what I mean the [...]
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James Merritt - What's the One Job Every Believer Should Do?
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James Merritt - What's the One Job Every Believer Should Do?
James Merritt - What's the One Job Every Believer Should Do?
I'm a big leader of leadership books. I'm a leader and I try to be a better leader. I don't think you can learn too much about leadership. And since the modern era began, there's been about a 15,000 books just written on leadership. But every now [...]
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James Merritt - What Does Sanctification Mean?
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James Merritt - What Does Sanctification Mean?
James Merritt - What Does Sanctification Mean?
I wanna ask you a question, but don't answer it too quickly because you're not gonna understand what I'm asking, until I finish and the question is, "Why are you here"? Now, I don't mean why did you come today? I don't mean why are you in [...]
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James Merritt - What Does Conversion Mean?
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James Merritt - What Does Conversion Mean?
James Merritt - What Does Conversion Mean?
So how many of you are old enough to remember where you were on that day? How many of you remember where you were? I was the president of the Southern Baptist Convention and I was supposed to fly to Nashville that afternoon and I was working out [...]
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James Merritt - What Does Repentance Mean?
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James Merritt - What Does Repentance Mean?
James Merritt - What Does Repentance Mean?
I want to begin by, first of all welcoming those who are online, thank you for coming, appreciate you being here. I'm a golfer. Many of you know, I love to play golf. Golf can do one of two things, it'll help you better your religion, or make you [...]
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James Merritt - What Does Regeneration Mean?
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James Merritt - What Does Regeneration Mean?
James Merritt - What Does Regeneration Mean?
We're in a series that I'm gonna talk about in a moment, but I want you to think about something, Communication without clarification brings consternation. Now, if you're a parent with children you understand what I'm saying, communication without [...]
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James Merritt - What Does the Bible Say About Fasting?
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James Merritt - What Does the Bible Say About Fasting?
James Merritt - What Does the Bible Say About Fasting?
Today I'm gonna talk about a topic that all the years growing up in church, I never heard addressed one time, never heard it in a sermon, never heard it in a sentence, mom and dad never talked about it, never thought about it. And I frankly kind of [...]
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James Merritt - Get Off the Guilt Trip
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James Merritt - Get Off the Guilt Trip
James Merritt - Get Off the Guilt Trip
Let me help you out on something this morning. I'm gonna mention a book, and most of you won't know where it is, but it's one of the easiest books in the Bible to find. It's the Book of Zechariah. If you go to Matthew and turn left two books, you'll [...]
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James Merritt - Is There Anything God Can't Do?
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James Merritt - Is There Anything God Can't Do?
James Merritt - Is There Anything God Can't Do?
So today I'm talking about the can-do God. And year after year, the biggest religious polling companies in America like Gallup poll, they always ask a question every single year, and they do it, and they've done it since I think for the last 50 or [...]
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James Merritt - Are You Ready to Share the Gospel?
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James Merritt - Are You Ready to Share the Gospel?
James Merritt - Are You Ready to Share the Gospel?
Well, I want you to imagine, and I want you to kinda do something. We're gonna kinda do a Disney-esque thing this morning. You know Walt Disney understood the power of imagination. So I want you to imagine something. I want you to imagine that it's [...]
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James Merritt - Poster Child
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James Merritt - Poster Child
James Merritt - Poster Child
Just about the time you think you've seen it all, and you think you've heard it all, you haven't. I mean, after all, children having disagreements and disputes with their parents, goes all the way back to the first parents, it goes all the way back [...]
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James Merritt - Model Moms
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James Merritt - Model Moms
James Merritt - Model Moms
Well, again, I wanna say good morning to those of you who are watching online or by television around the world. Those of you in our building today, thank you for being here so very much. We are in a series, if this is your first time here for [...]
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James Merritt - Father Figure
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James Merritt - Father Figure
James Merritt - Father Figure
Well, today we are in a series that you probably know about that we're calling "Family Ties". Now I wanna tell you a story. About 22 years ago, I took the plunge, I took up golf. And the reason I took up golf, even though I was in my late [...]
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James Merritt - Here Comes the Bride
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James Merritt - Here Comes the Bride
James Merritt - Here Comes the Bride
We're in a series we're calling Family Ties and we started by talking about the foundation of the family and how family begins primarily when a man and a woman marry. They become husband and wife. Now last week, if you were here, we talked about the [...]
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James Merritt - Here Comes the Groom
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James Merritt - Here Comes the Groom
James Merritt - Here Comes the Groom
So I want you to take God's word and turn to Ephesians chapter five. And let me begin by telling you a story. I wish I didn't have to tell, I don't know if I've ever told it before. It's an embarrassment to me. You may say it shouldn't be, but it [...]
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James Merritt - Love and Marriage
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James Merritt - Love and Marriage
James Merritt - Love and Marriage
The next five weeks, we're gonna be talking about the family and today I wanna put a list of animals, some animals, most of which you've never heard of on the screen. And I want you to see if you can guess what they have in common, all right? First [...]
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James Merritt - One On One
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James Merritt - One On One
James Merritt - One On One
If you brought a copy of God's Word, I want you to turn to a book called Acts. Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts in the New Testament. Acts 8, and let me begin by telling you a story. In 1935, two men happen to meet in Akron, Ohio. Bill was a New York [...]
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James Merritt - The One That Matters
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James Merritt - The One That Matters
James Merritt - The One That Matters
If you brought a copy of God's word, we're in the gospel of Luke. There are four gospels; Matthew, Mark, Luke, John. We're in Luke chapter 15. I'm a voracious reader. I love to read. And one of my favorite authors is Philip Yancey. Some of you may [...]
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James Merritt - Looking Out for Number One
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James Merritt - Looking Out for Number One
James Merritt - Looking Out for Number One
I am convinced that there are only two kinds of parents in the world. There are parents who have, even if just for a moment, lost one of their children, and there are parents who are liars. There are only two kinds of parents. Teresa and I are the [...]
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James Merritt - What Legacy Am I Going to Leave?
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James Merritt - What Legacy Am I Going to Leave?
James Merritt - What Legacy Am I Going to Leave?
If you brought a copy of God's Word, I want you to look at the New Testament, hit Matthew and go right, and you'll go to a book called 2 Timothy. I want you to turn to 2 Timothy 4. Let me begin by telling you a story. When Teresa and I had our first [...]
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James Merritt - What Life Am I Going to Live?
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James Merritt - What Life Am I Going to Live?
James Merritt - What Life Am I Going to Live?
If you're joining us today, we're in a series that we've been calling "What Say You". And it's built around what I believe are the three greatest questions every human being, whether you realize it or whether you don't, you have to answer [...]
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James Merritt - What Lord Am I Going to Love?
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James Merritt - What Lord Am I Going to Love?
James Merritt - What Lord Am I Going to Love?
There's a journey that we are all on right now. We didn't ask to join the journey. We never received an invitation to join the journey. And one day, we were all thrust into this journey without even knowing where the journey was going to take us, [...]
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James Merritt - Totally Satisfied
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James Merritt - Totally Satisfied
James Merritt - Totally Satisfied
I wanna confess to you today one of my greatest fears, and I'm being serious about this. Everybody I guess has a phobia and I've got a fear and it actually is increasing as I age. And I'm not the only person who has this fear. In fact, we're now [...]
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James Merritt - Stress Out
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James Merritt - Stress Out
James Merritt - Stress Out
I wanna go ahead and get started and see if I'm about to waste my time or not. And I'm being serious when I say this. So here's a simple question. Is there anybody here that has any stress in your life? Just, anybody? All right, good. So we're in [...]
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James Merritt - Eye on the Prize
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James Merritt - Eye on the Prize
James Merritt - Eye on the Prize
Well, good morning to those who are watching online, those who are watching by television, those who at our Mill Creek campus, and those of course at our Sugarloaf campus, thanks for being a part of the service today. As always, I'm so excited about [...]
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James Merritt - What Difference Do I Make?
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James Merritt - What Difference Do I Make?
James Merritt - What Difference Do I Make?
There are some questions that we all have to answer eventually that are going to determine the very significance of our lives. For example, is it more important that I make money or that I make a difference? Is it more important that I make a living [...]
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James Merritt - Joy Ride
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James Merritt - Joy Ride
James Merritt - Joy Ride
Whether you're into Mickey Mouse or not, there's no place on planet Earth like Disney World. It is the most visited vacation resort in the world. On a given week, a million people will visit Disney World. I've stood in line behind 900,000 of them at [...]
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James Merritt - Always Ready
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James Merritt - Always Ready
James Merritt - Always Ready
You know, sometimes you're asked a question that is so piercing, and so profound, that it continues to haunt you long after it's asked. For me, let me tell you when that question came. It actually came for me about, I don't know, maybe 10, 12 years [...]
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