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The Greatest Rescue Operation of All Time

As I write this, the United States government is weighing the possibility of using ground military forces to rescue the Yazidi people who are trapped on a mountain in Iraz, surrounded by the threat of extermination by the Islamic State, a terrorist group currently taking control of a growing number of towns in their region. Politicians and military strategists are debating whether this is the right thing to do or not from a variety of perspectives. The situation at hand …

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For Freedom Christ Set Us Free

Captivity does something to the human brain. Captivity trains us to act like captives. There have been instances of people having been kidnapped and held captive for long periods of time who, when faced with an opportunity to flee, actually choose to remain in captivity. In fact, that's what we often do spiritually as well. Paul wrote in Galatians 5:1, "For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery." You see, at one …

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Servanthood: A Birthmark of a Born Again Believer

"This letter is from Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus." - Romans 1:1 (NLT) What a way to start a letter! That's how Paul opened his letter to the believers in Rome, and I think Paul had two meanings in mind when he identified Himself as a slave. Paul lived in the days of the height of the Roman Empire. Rome would conquer a land and that land's citizens would become slaves of the Emperor. That’s how Paul identified Himself… conquered! We become God's children by adoption …

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Demolishing Strongholds

We have an enemy, and he loves to hurt us because he loves to hurt anything or anyone that God loves. So he uses the most brief or subtle of experiences to create pockets of guilt, bitterness, and resentment. A single experience of abuse, one word of unfair criticism, or perhaps a lifetime of being manipulated by someone close to us can all create warped views of self, sin, and God in us. The pain of these experiences locks us in bondage and puts us in a stronghold. If we …

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How Can I Be Legalism Free?

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. It would seem that the alternative to rules-based living would be no rules living, rebellion, and abandonment of moral restraint. But what if that isn't the best …

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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, the Department of Health and Human Services is considering repealing a policy instated by the Bush administration protecting the right of healthcare providers to abstain …

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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 religious circles. …

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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 remain unnamed, but their works and martyrdom are mentioned. My favorite line in the passage says, "Of whom the world was not worthy!" Those words reflect my feelings …

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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 the preacher communicates on God's behalf. Only when his words match the content or the intent of Scripture do they carry any heavenly authority, but when he faithfully …

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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 people's hearts changed by the preaching of God's Word. But it isn't just public speaking that changes people - it is the powerful and supernatural Word of God that does so. …

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