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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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Hate Sin or Hate Self

Moments ago, I was spending some time in prayer and I was confessing known sin in my life. As I prayed, I said, "God, I'm sorry for this sin, I ought to hate this sin." Almost instantly God spoke to my heart and I blurted out what I heard Him say, "Brandon, you'll either learn to hate your sin, or you'll wind up hating yourself." As we confess sin and seek the Holy Spirit's power to overcome it, we ought to remember that we have a new identity in Christ. We are not to be …

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Your New Identity

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." -2 Corinthians 5:17 There is much to be said for the power of our identity. The way you live your life, make decisions, and carry yourself all depend on how you define and identify yourself. We all have certain labels we apply to ourselves such as conservative or liberal, old-fashioned or cutting edge, outgoing or shy. We use these terms to further define …

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The Price of a Soul

"Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:" -1 Peter 1:18-19 Do you realize that we've each sold ourselves under slavery to sin? We owe a spiritual debt for our rebellion that we cannot pay. Further, we cannot pay the debt of those we love either. For us to be redeemed, …

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Cast Into the Fire

"The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father." -Matthew 13:41-43 Jesus is the gentle, compassionate Lamb of God. Angels are those cute little winged cherubs we have displayed on water fountains. But the picture Jesus …

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His Cleansing Blood

"But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." -1 John 1:7 God rescues us from the slime and slop and mire of our sin and washes us with the blood of His very own Son, Jesus. But that's not all. Our continued fellowship with the Father means for us that Jesus' blood keeps on cleansing us over a lifetime. "If we walk in the light... the blood of Jesus continually …

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When God Foresees Our Forsaking

"And the Lord shall scatter you... And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men's hands... But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if you seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul." -Deut. 4:27-29 Imagine saying on your wedding day, "Honey, I know in advance you're going to cheat on me, but if you come home and love me again with all your heart, I'll take you back." Or imagine saying on the day of your child's birth, "Little …

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God’s Will For Every Believer

"For this is the will of God, even your sanctification... For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness." (1 Thessalonians 4:3, 7)It's very easy to get caught up in the pursuit of something secondary to God's great purpose for us as believers. We constantly face the temptation to be driven toward success or popularity, possessions or prestige. But God has caught us and called us to a higher purpose, a better life, a heavenly goal. We've been called to …

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Why I’m Not Too Concerned

“O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.” -1 Timothy 6:20-21Have you noticed how often the world throws curveballs at conservative Christianity? In the “search for the historical Jesus,” the late Peter Jennings sought to dig up evidence that Jesus’ personal claims were misunderstood and the beliefs of …

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Exclusively His

”Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” –Titus 2:14When I was young, I received an allowance which I quickly wasted on “stuff.” The money I received became mine and I exchanged it for toys or baseball cards. Jesus took His life and exchanged it for ours. He purchased our salvation with His own blood that He might enlarge the family of God.The Bible says He redeemed us (purchased …

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