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We are pleased to present the sermons of Dr. James Merritt, one of America’s great expository preachers. For more than 40 years, Dr. Merritt has preached God’s Word through the local church he pastors, as well as through Touching Lives weekly television broadcasts. 

Dr. Merritt’s messages are available here via digital download, along with outlines, note pages, PowerPoint slides and other resources, for a modest cost.

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Scriptures: Hebrews 4:15-16, Luke 4:3-12, 2 Corinthians 5:21, John 14:30


Contrary to the statement “nobody’s perfect” there is one who is perfect—His name is Jesus. Jesus never thought sin, never wrought sin, never taught sin, and never caught sin. The thirty-three years that He lived on this earth was untainted by the fault of sin, untarnished by the flaw of sin, and untouched by the finger of sin. Even though Jesus was burdened over sin, and broken for sin, He was born without sin. Because of Jesus there are three things that are true about those of us who know Him and have Him living in our hearts, concerning the temptation that awaits all of us. In this message, Dr. Merritt details how to face and rise above temptation through Jesus' power.


Please Note: This message contains a video clip which is a part of the teaching. We recommend you choose another message if you do not have the ability to show a video clip in your worship service, as the video illustration is a key part of the introduction.


"Satan was not only trying to tempt Jesus to do something that God did not want Him to do, but not to do something that God wanted Him to do. Jesus would not fall for either trap. Knowing that He faced these temptations as a man, we can take encouragement and know that we also, as men and women, can face sin’s temptation." --Dr. Merritt


Keywords: sin, temptation, Rocky, fight, resist, Barna Research Group, satan, conscience, guilty, character, Savior, fear, rejection


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