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Whom God Saves, God Seals

In the year 2000, Angie and I bought our first home. It was sweet! We took one day with the realtor. About the fifth or sixth and final house we looked at that day was the perfect fit. We headed to the realtor's office and filled out an offer form and included with it our earnest money - a whopping $500 (big money for us at the time)! Had we backed out of the deal, we would have lost that money. Further, it might have demonstrated some flaw in our character, hence the …

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Healthy Churches Grow by the Power of God

The church shouldn't work. It doesn't make any organizational sense. It's unlike any corporate structure on earth. So how in the world has the church, as an institution, managed to survive for two thousand years? It must be the power of God. Paul, in his letter to the Colossians, argues that we absolutely must "work and struggle" hard in our effort to grow God's kingdom. God doesn't empower laziness. At the same time, he also argues that it is God and God alone who …

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Life Is About More than Keeping Our Lists

I have lots of lists. And you probably do too. We have lists of the things we are supposed to do right, the things we aren't supposed to do wrong, and of course the list of ways we've failed to keep the other two lists. But life is about way more than keeping lists. Somewhere along the way, we've been taught rules, and rules are good. Rules and commandments are like boundaries for a life lived in wisdom and safety. And even though God gave us plenty of rules, He never …

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From Condemnation to Confidence

Are you confident? God wants you to be. He doesn't want you to be arrogant or self-reliant, but He does want you to wake up each morning and face the day with a sense of spiritual confidence, rooted in your relationship with Him. He even went to the trouble of speaking rather clearly through His word about all the reasons we get to be so confident. In Paul's letter to the Romans, he outlines a multitude of reasons why everything is different once we place our faith in …

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On the Cross, Jesus Won

Sometimes, the story of Jesus is depicted in odd ways. In various on-screen or onstage representations of the gospel, we see Satan enjoying a momentary victory when Jesus was crucified, only to have his gloating spoiled by the resurrection. But I don't think for a second Satan believed the cross was his own victory. In fact, I believe Satan worked extremely hard to prevent the cross from ever happening. He understood redemption better than anyone, and would do anything to …

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Defining Spiritual Maturity

How is it that some people can be born again, faithful church members for many decades and act so immaturely under pressure or in conflict while others who have been believers such a short time seem to reflect Christ so well? It's because spiritual maturity isn't defined chronologically. It doesn't matter so much how long you've been a Christian. It matters whether you've been growing while a Christian. I love the way Tony Evans states it his book Time To Get …

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God Is A Finisher

I have taken lessons in piano, guitar, trumpet, and karate. Does this make me a master of all of these abilities? No! Because I stopped each one after only a few months. I'm a master of starting things! God, however, is the Master of finishing. Consider this. In Genesis 3, sin entered the picture of humanity and by the end of the chapter, God had issued a permanent promise of redemption through the "seed" of the woman (Jesus, the Messiah). Then for thousands of years, that …

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What Is It That Breaks Your Heart?

Martin Luther King, Jr. was so moved by the plight of black people in America that he gave his life leading a civil rights movement. Mother Teresa was so crushed by the poverty she saw in Calcutta that she spent her life there ministering to the poor. John Knox was so burdened for the souls of the people of Scotland that he prayed to God, "Give me Scotland, or I die." Moses saw the suffering of his Hebrew brothers and sisters and it moved him to reject his royal upbringing …

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Keep On Chasing Jesus

A little over 17 years ago, Angie and I stood in the altar of a church and vowed to stick together, till death do us part. We were married that day and have the certificate, the rings, and pictures to prove it. That day wasn't the culmination of our relationship, it was merely the formal beginning of it. We've spent our lives, through thick and thin, learning how to be married. A little over thirty years ago, I trusted Jesus Christ as my Forgiver and Leader. He moved into …

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Mystery Solved: Life Is All About Jesus

"I know something you don't know!" Little kids love to have insider information, and even more to rub it in the noses of their friends. Sometimes we keep that trait into adulthood. There is plenty about God that remains a mystery to us, but some things have been made abundantly clear, such as the fact that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. In the church in Colosse, the Gnostics were trying to persuade believers that only those who possessed a special, mystical …

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