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Do You REALLY Want to Change?

This is based on my sermon for New Year's, which comes from [youversion]2 Timothy 2:21[/youversion] and surrounding verses. Is it even possible to really change? Millions of people must be asking that question, especially as we face another new year. You may already have a list of areas of your life you're going to change. Whether they are "resolutions" or not, you're hoping you can make it this year. ONE GREAT TRUTH: Change is possible. In fact, it's God's plan for all …

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Real Christians Hurt… And Show It

As Paul concluded his second letter to Timothy, he expressed some hurt. Demas had forsaken him. Alexander the coppersmith had caused him much harm. At one point, no one was willing to stand with Paul. Rejection, criticism, and abandonment hurt! The world is watching believers to see how we're going to handle it all. …

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What A Wonderful World

At our wedding, Angie and I chose to have Louie Armstrong's song played... What a Wonderful World. In light of yesterday's shootings, and so many other monumental tragedies in recent years, is it really a wonderful world? We were driving to Fort Smith yesterday for the annual meeting of the BMA of America and were reflecting on some of the tragedies that have taken place at this same time of the year such as the Oklahoma City bombing (April, 1995), the Waco compound burning …

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Can You Handle the Truth?

And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”—2 Timothy 2:2 (NKJV)In order for Christianity to triumph in the modern age, Christian truth must be passed on from disciple to disciple. There are two key people involved in the process. First, the one holding the truths of Christianity must be willing to share, to invest into the lives of others. Second, there must be “faithful” people willing …

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Fear Not

”For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” -2 Timothy 1:7A certain amount of fear is natural and is built into who we are physically speaking. This fear is quite helpful in the presence of danger, when our intuition kicks in and protects us from harm. But there is another kind of fear that the Bible warns us against. It is a spiritual fear in which we are limited in living bodly for God. The source of this fear is never …

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Qualities of a Growing Church: TRUTH

Based on 2 Timothy 3:15-4:5 The 1st Quality of a growing church that I'm going to discuss is truth. A great church believes the Bible completely, proclaims the Bible passionately, and applies the Bible creatively. We live in a age of pluralism and open theism. Just about anything could be considered “truth” by society so long as it is personalized to the one proclaiming it. The church has a wonderful opportunity to be the one place people can go for an honest word from …

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Standing in Confidence

“And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen."—2 Timothy 4:18Do you stand in spiritual confidence today? A couple of days ago a young lady stopped by our office to ask for some gas money. After giving her what little cash we had on hand I asked her if she was sure that she had a relationship with Christ or if she was going to heaven. She suddenly plopped down in my office chair …

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