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Born Again, By the Living Word of God

New life doesn't come from enlightenment. New life comes only from the message of the good news of Jesus, which God has unveiled and made known for anyone who is willing to listen. To believers Peter wrote, "For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God." (1 Peter 1:23 NLT) Here's the blunt truth - mankind is hopelessly lost in sin, unable to saved ourselves or …

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We Desperately Need a More Sure Word

Never before has the debate been so intense about the nature of truth. On the one hand, our culture argues strongly that autonomous human reason is the final word on truth, that there is no possibility of supernatural divine revelation, and that morality is entirely subjective. On the other hand, wise men and women take refuge in a more sure word from God, believing that God has spoken and has revealed Himself to us in an infallible way in the Scriptures - in the …

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You’re Never Alone When You’re Sharing Jesus

Most believers understand the "ought to" side of sharing our faith. We know we ought to do so. Some of us understand the "how to." In fact, churches have been quite good at equipping and educating believers in the finer points of the gospel and the act of sharing it. But on a daily basis, I think very few understand the "can do" side of witnessing. This is something you can do, and you can do it in what Adrian Rogers often called a "supernaturally natural" way. I say you …

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The Word Comes with Great Power

I've read plenty of power books before. I've read books that made me laugh, cry, and think for days. But the Bible is on a level all by itself. It changes minds, hearts, and lives and alters destinies. How? The Bible reveals its own secret. For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your …

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In a Culture War, There Can Be No Truce Nor Victory, So…

Hobby Lobby went to court. World Vision changed its hiring policy. Then they changed it back. The President visited the Pope. It's been a big week - not for the kingdom, but for western evangelicalism. And it hasn't been pretty. The church is called, in Scripture, the "pillar and ground of truth," so I believe we have a responsibility to be a voice for God's truth in the middle of a society that doesn't recognize or understand Him. That being said, I don't believe our …

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The Truth of the Bible Still Matters, and It Always Will

The Bible is literally true. If I just lost you, that's okay. I get that this may come across as a weird statement to anyone reading who is 1) not a Christian, 2) a new Christian, or 3) a "progressive" Christian who disagrees. And it's downright laughable to the skeptic who denies it on scientific or historical grounds. I'm okay with that. I made a rather significant decision when I was seventeen years old. I was struggling with God's calling on my life and my …

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Jesus Is a Treasure to Be Discovered

I still remember digging around in a treasure chest full of sand at the Browning Fair. I felt something like a rock and pulled it out - it was gold! Actually, it was a rock, spray-painted to look like gold. I traded it for a cheap plastic fire helmet which was probably the greater treasure to a little boy enamored with firefighters like his Dad and Granddaddy. There are wonderful and amazing truths to be discovered about our Creator, about eternity, and about our own souls. …

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God Has Spoken For Your Good

The Bible wasn't written merely to give us information about God, but to offer us life transformation as we discover its truth. God has spoken for your good. Paul said it this way... All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. - 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV) He declared several big truths we need to know before going forward in life: All …

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The Sword of the Spirit

If you know Jesus, you are equipped with everything you could possibly need for the battles you will face in this life. We've spent the last few days walking through Ephesians 6 - the "armor of God" passage, and each piece of armor has served a protective purpose. There is only one weapon mentioned. Paul challenges us to take up, the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. - Ephesians 6:17 (NIV) Scholars tell us that there were a couple of different words for sword in …

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What the Church Needs Now Is Roots. Deep Roots

I want the church - your church and my church - to grow. I'm encouraged when I see the church effectively demonstrating the love of God and communicating the good news of Jesus to a culture with an ever-evolving language. I'm concerned when I see the church struggling to connect with people who are far from God. This concern is grounded both in my understanding of Jesus' challenge to be fruitful and my conviction that millions are spiritually dead and hopeless until they …

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