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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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Jesus Is Everything We Really Need

Our view of Jesus is usually positive, but also usually limited. We see Him as a good man, maybe even a great man, but perhaps not the Creator, Redeemer, and King that He is. One of the characteristics of God is His self-sufficiency, which simply means that He exists independently of any of His creation. He doesn't need anything or anyone in order to continue to be. He is complete and perfect. And Jesus, as God, is all of those things. The Bible gives us a pretty awesome …

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When Police Pepper Spray Peaceful Protestors… There Is Hope

I just watched a video of police pepper spraying peaceful protestors at UC Davis, which led me to investigate further into why people are occupying Wall Street (and plenty of other streets too), which further led me to read some of the testimonies of people who are suffering in this present economic recession. That last link is a collection of hand-written notes about where people are financially. Most are drowning in student loan or medical debt. Many work very hard for …

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What I Really Deserve

This week, I'm staying in a nice hotel in Ocala, Florida, driving around in a rented Camaro, and eating fresh fruit - all sweet gifts from The Church at the Springs where Pastor Ron Sylvia and others are hosting Nuts & Bolts, a conference for church planters. I feel very blessed to be here. I don't deserve it. What I do deserve is the full weight of the wrath of God toward sin for my rebellion against God. I learned a huge lesson a long time ago from my friend, Bobby …

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All Things… For Christ

Today, I'll be preaching my final sermon to the wonderful people at Bethel Baptist Church. Tomorrow at 8:10 a.m., we'll board a plane headed for Orange County, California. I've spent a long time thinking about my final words to my congregation. Almost five years ago now, I preached in view of a call in October of 2005 and used as my main passage, Isaiah 45:22: Look unto me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. …

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What Exactly Do You Mean by Being “Saved?”

Sometimes, we speak Christianese, and people outside the faith may have difficulty understanding it. Paul Washer uses a few tough phrases in this clip, such as "city of refuge" (a place where accused criminals could go for asylum in the Old Testament), but it's overall an excellent way to explain and invite people to salvation... …

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Knowing Christ

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Start Your Family Well (What To Pray Over Your New Home)

Last night I had a pretty neat experience. A couple who have recently married and begun their new life together asked me to come and bless their home, something I've never been asked to do in almost 14 years of ministry. The short version - we talked about Jesus and prayed over their family's future. The long version... They showed me around each room and then we talked for a while about some friends of theirs whom they are praying for over various needs. Then we talked …

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