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Whom God Saves, God Seals

In the year 2000, Angie and I bought our first home. It was sweet! We took one day with the realtor. About the fifth or sixth and final house we looked at that day was the perfect fit. We headed to the realtor's office and filled out an offer form and included with it our earnest money - a whopping $500 (big money for us at the time)! Had we backed out of the deal, we would have lost that money. Further, it might have demonstrated some flaw in our character, hence the …

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You’re Never Alone When You’re Sharing Jesus

Most believers understand the "ought to" side of sharing our faith. We know we ought to do so. Some of us understand the "how to." In fact, churches have been quite good at equipping and educating believers in the finer points of the gospel and the act of sharing it. But on a daily basis, I think very few understand the "can do" side of witnessing. This is something you can do, and you can do it in what Adrian Rogers often called a "supernaturally natural" way. I say you …

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Spiritual Truth is Understood by Spirit-Guided People

We are inundated with marketing messages each moment of each day. From billboards to commercials to our email inboxes, someone is always trying to convince us we ought to "find out more" about a product or service. And sometimes, this marketing message affects the way we present the gospel. We unwittingly begin trying to convince people that the gospel is believable and therefore worth investigating further. If we aren't careful, we'll reverse God's intended order of …

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Generosity, Empowered by the Holy Spirit

Anyone can give. And most people do, to one degree or another. But for Christians, there is a whole new level of generosity that can be opened when we allow the Holy Spirit to work in and through us. Paul challenged the Corinthian believers, "Since you excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us—I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving." (2 Corinthians 8:7 NLT) Paul knew that the …

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Walk In the Spirit and Overcome!

There is a wrestling match going on inside every believer in Christ. It is the war between the Holy Spirit Who has intertwined Himself with our very being and our flesh, that part of us that acts and decides apart from the influence of God. One of the most common questions Christians ask is, "Will I ever be done with the fight, or will I always struggle like I do now?" And the answer is yes and no. Obviously, we'll be done with the fight and live on in infinite victory …

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The Word Comes with Great Power

I've read plenty of power books before. I've read books that made me laugh, cry, and think for days. But the Bible is on a level all by itself. It changes minds, hearts, and lives and alters destinies. How? The Bible reveals its own secret. For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your …

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Trying to Follow Jesus with No Help At All

Trying to follow Jesus is frustrating. We mess up, we neglect spending time with Him, we give into temptation, and we regress into old patterns. It doesn't make sense. This isn't what we signed up for when we followed Jesus. It was supposed to get easier but some days it's like we're trying to follow Jesus with no help at all!! And Jesus even said so! Here's what He said... "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all." (John 6:63 ESV) Trying to be …

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What is God Thinking? Ask the Holy Spirit

I often remember as a teenager hearing from my parents this classic question: "What were you thinking?!?" You with me? The problem was often that I didn't really know what I was thinking when I did the dumb thing that sparked the question to begin with, so my answer was almost always, "Ummm, I don't know." Here's another question: What is God thinking? As a matter of theological grounding, we need to understand that God doesn't just predict the future, He writes it and knows …

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Walk In the Spirit

If being Spirit-filled is a moment-by-moment process, then it is also a day-by-day process. And when we're living our lives submissively under the influence of the Spirit, we cannot and will not at the same time give into the sinful and selfish cravings of our hearts for sin. My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God's Spirit. Then you won't feed the compulsions of selfishness. - Galatians 5:16 (MSG) Other translations render this as "Walk in the Spirit" …

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Be Filled With the Spirit, Moment-by-Moment

God's Spirit lives in the heart of every child of God and He promises to never, ever forsake His own. It's permanent and unchanging. On the other hand, being "filled with the Spirit" (Ephesians 5:18) is a repetitive process that happens on a continuous basis as we choose to allow it. In other words, it's not happening when we don't choose to allow it, even though He doesn't ever move out of our lives. I have a wife who has vowed to be at my side no matter what. But I can …

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