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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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Is the Bible Enough?

There has been an attack in subtle ways and in non-subtle ways against the sufficiency of Scripture. At the core of this argument is, "Is the Bible sufficient to handle all matters of life?" including issues in counseling, church ministry, discipleship, conflict, relationships, and the like. There is no issue that the Bible is not able to sufficiently handle, by way of imp...

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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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Is the Bible Enough?

In our concluding survey concerning the sufficiency of Scripture, I want to end our discussion on why the Bible is enough by looking at what the Bible claims about itself in Psalm 19:7-9. The author of this text gives us six clear pictures of what the Word of God is capable of. The author, the Holy Spirit, uses six synonyms to describe the Word of God: law, testimony, pre...

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Is the Bible Enough for Teaching Us to Pray?

In our current blog post series, we have been asking the question, "Is the Bible sufficient?" This week we are going to look at how God's Word teaches us to pray. The Bible is our guidebook on prayer. It tells us how to pray and what to pray for. Notice how detailed the Bible is about the what and how of prayer: Colossians 4:2, "Devote yourself to prayer, keeping alert in...

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Is the Bible Enough for Worship?

"We will not have Jesus Christ at the center of our church services if we do not have his Word at the center. It is the Word of God that brought the Church of God into existence, and it is the ministry of the Word of God that is the wellspring and center of the church's life. The church in its local manifestation is the group of people who assemble around the ministry of t...

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Is the Bible Enough for Counseling?

Where were Christians before Freud? Up a tree? Were they bereft of all crucial knowledge about man's relationship to God and his neighbor? Was the church's counseling a hopeless, primitive, stone-age activity that should have disappeared with flint knives? This seems to be the attitude today in the church of Jesus Christ, as the Word of God is replaced with secular psychol...

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The Church and Evangelism

The recent Super Study weekend with Pastor Mike Riccardi was a real blessing and encouragement to us as a church on many levels. It affirmed for us what our calling is by highlighting biblical themes like God's Mission, the believer's Motivation for Evangelism, and the Message God has given us to share. I would like to highlight three areas so that we can stay fruitful to ...

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Don't Let It Reign

As a young boy, I always hated those Saturdays when it would rain so much that we could not go outside and play. The ignorance of youthfulness blocked my views of rain as a good thing. The apostle Paul in Romans 6:12-13 speaks about reign, not the rain that I hated as a young boy. Over the past two weeks, we have been talking about slavery to sin and freedom from sin thr...

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Slavery to Freedom

The ongoing struggles we face each day are a clear reminder of the existing sin in our flesh. Just because God has broken the slave chains of sin does not indicate we, as believers, will no longer struggle with indwelling sin. Paul in Romans 7:20 makes this clear, "But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me."...

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