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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Scriptures: Luke 23:34, 23:46, 17:3, Romans 3:26, Isaiah 53:12, Matthew 5:44, Ephesians 4:32, 1 Peter 2:23, 1 Corinthians 2:8

There is likely nothing more revealing of the heart of a person than what he is saying as he knows he’s going to die. When we look to Christ on the cross, the statements of our Lord, if understood properly, can become anchors of hope that can secure the ship of life in the stormy seas of sin, sorrow, and death. Each phrase that Jesus utters on the cross answers a question, meets a need, or solves a problem. His first statement, "Father, forgive them", answers the question, "How can sinful man have a relationship with God?" In this message, Dr. Merritt extracts powerful truths for life from Jesus' powerful request of God in His dying moments.

"Forgiveness is the first step God must take toward you before you can take your first step toward God. The word forgive literally means 'to send away.' It was a word that was used to cancel a debt that could not be paid. If you’ve ever had to forgive a debt, you know that when you forgive a debt you really pay the debt yourself. When Jesus died on the cross he paid our sin-debt for 'the wages of sin is death.' I owed a debt I could not pay; He paid a debt He did not owe. Because my sin-debt has been paid, I can receive God’s forgiveness free of charge. However, let me add that forgiveness is free, but it is not cheap." --Dr. Merritt

Keywords: crucifixion, Calvary, forgiveness, salvation, God, Christ, died, death, cross, court, judge, words, request, sympathy, Henry David Thoreau, sinners, divine, prophecy, Max Baer, Karl Marx, P.T. Barnum, Douglas Fairbanks, Franklin D. Roosevelt, George Washington, John F. Kennedy, William Palmer, Joe Reynolds

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