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How Can I Be Legalism Free?

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I like rules, lines, and boundaries. I feel safer if I have clear parameters, which explains my love for graph paper. I like it when everything is nice and tidy. The problem is, life isn't always nice and tidy. People around me don't always play by my rules, and I'm the biggest boundary breaker of them all. …

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Abortion, Conscience, and the Freedom of Choice

People should not be required to participate in abortion procedures. Period. In any sensible culture, that would make sense. But we're currently living in times when social liberals have gone mad and many conservatives who beat around the bush a few months ago have helped them along. If you haven't heard, …

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Legalism Free

Our second message in the Wednesday evening message series, Exposed: Shocking Truths About Liberated Living, pertained to the idea that we can live legalism free! Legalism is perhaps an overused term, but it's also an over-lived one. It's defined in different ways by different people and debated in all kinds of …

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Remembering the Fallen

Yesterday was a very special day at Bethel. Though we had a lot of folks out on vacation for the holiday weekend, we who remained celebrated God's greatness in raising up heroes throughout the centuries. From Hebrews 11, we recounted the lives and deaths of some of God's greatest servants. Many in the chapter …

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Preaching the Word

"But (God) hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Savior." -Titus 1:3 When preachers preach, they do so as frail and fallible human beings, holding forth the precious words of eternal life. There is, however, a sense in which …

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Let the Word Have Its Way

"Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you." -2 Thessalonians 3:1 I must admit that few things in life are more exhilarating than preaching God's Word. That's how God has wired me, that my great passion in life would be to see …

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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 …

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What’s Your Greatest Fear?

Let me share with you some personal fears of mine, rational or otherwise. I have a fear of wasps. After doing a little yard work, it seems that Northwest Arkansas (or at least Bethel’s property) is infested with the big red angry ones. My Dad once told me “If you don’t bother them, they won’t bother you.” Yeah …

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Prune Thyself

”For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.” -1 Corinthians 11:31Did your parents ever make that ludicrous comment to you, “If you don’t stop crying, I’m going to give you something to cry about?” I never really understood the logic behind that line of reasoning, especially when I was the direct …

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Overcoming Temptation

Temptation. This one word encompasses all of the greatest threats to a consistent and successful Christian walk. Let it be known that you cannot resist temptation. That is, temptation will always be a part of your life. But you can refuse to give into it in the power of Christ. The Best of …

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