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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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In God We Trust

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Scriptures: Proverbs 3:5-6, 11:14, Jeremiah 10:23, Isaiah 58:11, Psalm 32:8


It is a phrase that is written or stamped on all of the money of the United States. Yet, the statement "In God We Trust" is mere historical culture today for most North Americans. Why should we trust in God and if we really do trust in God, what would that mean for the way we live our lives?


The word "trust" in the Hebrew language literally means "to lie down on" or "to stretch out on." Every night when you go to bed you lie down on your mattress, stretch out, put your full weight down on your bed and you never give a second thought to what you just did. You don't just put one foot on the floor or hold on to the frame; you just lie down. The same way you trust your bed is the same way you ought to trust God. In this message, Dr. Merritt communicates the central truth that when we trust in God, He guides us. He has a plan for us and wants to guide each and every step of our lives.


"There is a reason why God demands total trust and that is because, He deserves nothing less. His character makes it impossible for Him to fool us, because He cannot lie. His wisdom makes it impossible for Him to fail us. He cannot make a mistake, so the only thing we ought to do is trust Him totally." --Dr. Merritt


Keywords: trust, money, plan, purpose, dependence, understanding, common sense, thinking, Sirks, Aeronca Champ, Solomon, acknowledge, control, path, want, Mark Richt, Charlie Brown, Navy pilot, Judge Robert King, national motto, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals


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