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How Good Works Brings Real Faith to Life

"Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works." - James 2:26 NLT A human body without breath is responseless, inanimate, and lifeless. Without breath, the blood stops flowing and the brain shuts down. In the same way, faith dies when it isn't put to work. Faith, without works, is cold and dead. Most people interpret James' words to be a kind of litmus test for what real faith is, and I certainly think James had this nuance in mind as …

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We Are Saved by Grace Alone Through Faith Alone

Here's the blunt, simple truth. We are all sinners. We've all broken God's commandments and have rebelled against His will. Like sheep, we've gone astray, every last one of us. And because of our rebellion, we have positioned ourselves for judgment and separation from God for eternity in hell. We've come up against a Law that we cannot, would not, and do not keep. We. Are. Doomed. Except... God loves us, deeply. He sent His Son Jesus to be the propitiation for our sins. …

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How to Start Getting Smarter

Want to be wiser? Fear God more. That's where getting smarter starts. While the atheistic world asserts that more enlightened people no longer have room for claiming to know that there is a God, God's opinion is the opposite. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. - Proverbs 9:10 ESV Knowing more about the world begins with knowing the God who created the world. Understanding the meaning of life begins with …

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Just How Good Do You Have to Be?

God has rules. The problem is, none of us can or do keep them. But the point of God's rules isn't so that, in keeping them, we can be made right with Him. The point of His rules is to make apparent to us our glaring inadequacies and failure and sin. When we are left with no further claim to earning God's favor through our own goodness we are finally ready to look to Jesus alone as Savior. The Bible says, The Scriptures declare that we are all prisoners of sin, so we …

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Mountains Will Move

Jesus said some pretty radical things, and one of our favorite things to do is weaken and water down His message. For example, when Jesus said, “You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” - Matthew 17:20 (NLT) We assume that He probably wasn't being literal, He was probably exaggerating, and …

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Anyone Who Believes

Jesus was very up front about the issue of who will live eternally. In John chapter 6, He says... Whoever comes to me will never be hungry... Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty... ...anyone who believes has eternal life. - John 6:35, 47 (NLT) Anyone who comes to Jesus, who believes in Him, is given the free gift of eternal life. Doesn't that seem... cheap? Doesn't it seem way to easy? Some Christian teachers are so uncomfortable with the way that Jesus presented …

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Does Jesus Have Your Attention?

I don't fully comprehend the magnitude and majesty of God. At least not yet. But the longer I know Him, the larger He becomes to me. And as long as He has my attention, He will continue to grow larger to my understanding. The disciples once watched an incredible thing happen. On the Sea of Galilee, a storm blew up and rocked their fishing boat. While they attempted to not sink and not drown in the waves that continued crashing over the boat, Jesus slept. Jesus calmed the …

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Remember Where You Live

I'll admit it. I'm a fan of the Military Channel and the History Channel. It's partly for my love of history, but it's also because the study of history is a study of war and weaponry. Don't misunderstand. I don't like war and I hate the destruction that weapons cause in the wrong hands, but there's something that fascinates a man's soul about the destructive potential of high-powered sniper rifles and the attack agility of an A-10 Warthog (that's a fighter jet, not an …

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Take Up the Shield of Faith

Believing that victory is possible is the first step in achieving it. And for those who believe in Jesus, victory is not only possible, it's certain. And the confidence that victory is certain is our greatest defense against the enemy who would seek to destroy us. Or as Paul put it... In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. - Ephesians 6:16 (NIV) Satan doesn't wear out. He doesn't get tired …

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Put On the Whole Armor

Every notice how a snowflake can find that tiny little spot on your neck between your hat and your coat so it chills your skin on contact? That's how attacks often come from Satan - like flaming arrows into our one blind spot, our one week area. So Paul encouraged us to... Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. - Ephesians 6:11 (NIV) There are six aspects of the armor of God, which we'll look at one at a time each day this …

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