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Invincibility: Life or Death… I’m Good

Paul went from persecuting the church to being a persecuted apostle of the church. After his arrest in Jerusalem, during his first imprisonment, he wrote a letter to the Philippians in which he boldly declared this short but profound line... For to me to live is Christ, and to …

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The Pastoral Calling and Role

I love being a Pastor. I'm passionate about preaching. I am humbled that God has called me to shepherd a flock of His choosing. And I especially love the fuel that fires me up - the Word of God and what it has to say about whom I am. One of my favorite passages on the subject …

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I Know My Purpose… Now What?

I have a relationship with Jesus Christ. I'm saved and secure. I'm on my way to heaven someday. But I still live here and I know that my purpose is to glorify Jesus Christ in all of the life that I have left. But how? A common plight Christians suffer is this wrestling …

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Five Great Books About the Apostle Paul

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Last week I began a new post series that will feature "five great gooks" every week on a variety of subjects. I said I'd talk about five great books for women, but I spoke rashly. I'm going to postpone that until a bit later. Instead, today, I'm going to plug five great books …

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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 …

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Real Pastors

"Turn... And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding..." -Jeremiah 3:14-15 The period of the prophets was marked with the terrible tragedy of a declining spiritual leadership. It was an age of false prophecies and …

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The Impact of Saul of Tarsus

"Then had the churches rest throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied." -Acts 9:31 Most Christians are aware that Saul of Tarsus was the persecutor of the church …

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The Actions of Paul in Acts

Most men love "action" movies. I remember my Dad sitting in the recliner watching old Westerns (i.e. - primitive action movies) and counting the bullets coming out of the guns. He shouted with glee when he caught seven bullets coming out of the six-shooter. There's something …

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Living In Jesus’ Name – Part 1

I, like many Christians, pray "in the name of Jesus." At least I say the words before the almost mandatory finale, "Amen." But what do those words mean... "in the name of Jesus?" Do we realize the impact of them? And do we realize that more than praying in the name of Jesus, we …

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