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. These resources are available for preachers and Bible teachers to use in touching a lost world with the timeless message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Five Wishes

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Scriptures: 1 Thessalonians 2:10-12, 2:19-20, 3 John 1:4, Acts 20:35, Luke 12:34, Psalm 100:2

At key moments in the life of your church, it's important to take a look back at what God has done, and a look forward at what we are praying for God to do or to continue in the life of His Body. In this unconventional message, originally preached at a church milestone, Dr. Merritt talks candidly about his prayerful wishes for the church he shepherds.

"Pastors think a whole lot more about the church than the church thinks about the pastor. After you leave church, for the most part, most of you don’t give me a second thought the rest of the week. You don’t think a whole lot about me. But I think about you all the time. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about this church and about you people who sit in these seats. I will think about not the last few years, but the next few years. So today I want to share five things I would wish for every one of you that would happen, not just in the next few years, but for the rest of your life. Just as a parent has dreams for their children, I have dreams for you. Just as a parent has wishes for their children, I have wishes for you. If I knew that you would carry out only five things that I would wish for you this would be my list..." --Dr. Merritt

Keywords: wishes, prayer, motivation, purpose, past, present, future, church, body, believers, trust, respond, character

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