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God Care for his People: Part 3

It is in these moments when we face undue speech we must learn to trust in God’s care for us when we can’t fight our own battles. ...

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God Cares for His People: Part II

Do we really think about how our theology impacts our daily lives? The late Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones said it best, "The Christian life is doctrine on fire." He held that doctrine was a practical truth about God that was to be impressedonto our mind so that we might live for the glory of God. This is especially valuable when we are faced with a trial and need to be remind...

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God Cares for His People

The saying, "Once a man and twice a child," accents a common truth that we begin our life in great need, and we will end our lives in great need. We come into this world unable to care for ourselves, and as we age, we exit this world unable to care for ourselves. As true as this is, there is a greater truth at work in the Christian's life. This truth, as hard as it might...

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Solidarity

In this new blog series, we are considering, "If God does everything for His sake, how can we be like God and do all things for His glory?" What captures our hearts and minds will usually be the things we will be committed to. As followers of Christ, we are called to love God with all of our heart, soul, and mind. In others words, God should capture our affections. If this...

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Motivations

Life is filled with many motivations. The promise of a job after education drives us to work hard in school. We are motivated to seek out work so that we can provide for our families. There are numerous motivations in life, but there is one motivation in life that surpasses all others, the glory of God. For the believer, the glory of God should be the driving force in all ...

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Commitment

How sound is your commitment to Lord Jesus Christ? Is your commitment to God based on what God does for you? I am afraid that much of evangelical beliefs are focused on a doctrine that teaches God is our servant and is here for our happiness. If we survey Scripture with just a little effort, we will discover this is not true. In the life of Job, for example, we see a man ...

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The Fear of Authority and Submission

One the most common places we see sin manifested is in the areas of authority and submission. It is quite evident that one effect of sin is fear. We live in a pretty scary world, yet the most common command in the Bible is not to fear. We are also afraid of not getting what we feel we deserve. Whether we are talking about the church or the world, we can see that sin has co...

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Deficiency

The gospel is the means of unity, harmony, and spirit-filled living. The deficiency in our understanding of the gospel is revealed in our inability to live in harmony with other believers. ...

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Contentment Equals Thankfulness

Contentment brings thankful-ness because we see what we have as a gift rather than a right. Paul emphasizes that if our basic needs are met, then we should be thankful. If we have food and clothing, then we should remain grateful and content. Most of us can honestly say we have more food and housing than we know what to do with. Thus, we have no reason not to give thanks t...

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Inward and Outward Responses

Thinking of the church, the binding element that unites our hearts is the Gospel....

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The Scariest Words in the Bible, Part II

There is a significant chasm between those that are all talk and those that back up their talk with actions...

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The Scariest Words in the Bible: Part III

A traitor is someone that to your face speaks well of you, but behind your back says and does things quite to the contrary...

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Making an Impact

No matter who we are, no matter how insignificant (or significant) we think we are, God can use us all to make an impact for His glory. ...

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The Scariest Words in the Bible, Part I

When we read the Bible, we are mostly looking for hope and comfort for the days ahead. However, surprisingly, we stumble across passages that reach out and bite us like a rattlesnake hidden in the pages. Ouch!...

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Building Walls or Building Bridges?

The life we live and the words we say are either building walls or building bridges. ...

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Political History

In the world of politics, May 3, 2016 will go down in history as the day Donald Trump unofficially became the Republican nominee for President of the United States of America. Donald Trump is the first political outsider and self-made billionaire to become the presumptive Republican nominee....

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To Whom Should We Boast

Some time ago I saw this phrase, “me-monster,” used to describe people, and we all know them, that do nothing but talk about themselves....

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Mission Impossible

When we think about God using us every day, ordinary Christians as the means to fulfill the Great Commission, we naturally think, “What? Really Lord? Is this the best you can do?” If you are anything like me, this is the constant thought that runs through your mind....

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Guidebook for Prayer

The Bible is our guidebook for prayer. It tells us how to pray and what to pray for...

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Living in the Doctrine of Justification

In Scripture, we are told that by faith in Jesus Christ we are justified before God (Rom. 3:26, Rom. 4:5). The term justified is a legal term. Theologian Millard Erickson writes, “Justification is a forensic act imputing the righteousness of Christ to the believer. It is not an actual infusing of holiness into the individual. It is a matter of declaring the person righte...

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Dangers to Fellowship, Part III

Read this closely, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”...

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The Church: A Community Worth Our Life

The definition of community is “a social group of any size whose members reside in a specific locality, share government, and often have a common cultural and historical heritage.” People find community with others based on similarities....

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Christian Conduct: Unity

The Apostle Paul in Philippians 1:27 calls us to live our lives as good Gospel citizens. There are certain trademarks that characterize believers....

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Lessons on Forgiveness

In the church, there will always be the potential for us to sin against each other. The key to healthy relationships within the body of Christ will be measured by our willingness to forgive each other. As believers, we are to forgive each other every time someone sins against us....

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Attitude of Gratitude

As we celebrated Thanksgiving this past week, many of us gathered with friends and family to give thanks to God for all we have. As believers, we should not need one day to give thanks to God; every day should be a day to celebrate the goodness of God....

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