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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 …

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Do You Know the Real Jesus?

Our culture is very familiar with Jesus, but often misinterprets Him and His words. Most people who have a problem with organized religion or the church in our culture don't necessarily have a problem with Jesus because of the image that we have of Him. Typically, we see Jesus …

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God Has Great Ambitions For You

God never peddles Christianity as a spiritual benefits package to be enjoyed without challenges or adversity. He knows we're going to go through some hard stuff. He remembers that we are made of dust. And He is all too familiar with our sin nature and how incapable we are of …

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5 Ways to Preach Like a Pharisee

Pharisees and Jesus

Many of the Pharisees were probably great teachers and skilled speakers. I'm sure many were charismatic, skilled communicators. But by the time Jesus arrived on the scene, the Pharisees, on the whole, were killing the culture around them spiritually. Jesus had a lot of work to do …

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Let’s Fight FOR Worship!

Old Pews

Everybody worships. Not everyone believes in God, or in gods, or in the God of the Bible, but everyone worships. Everybody ascribes worth to something, which is one of the basic definitions of worship. My favorite book about worship, outside the Bible, is Warren Wiersbe's Real …

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Getting Explicit About the Gospel

The Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler

Rick Warren said, "If you read only one book this year, make it this one. It's that important." The gospel is a message that never loses its relevancy and always needs retelling. I found Matt Chandler's The Explicit Gospel to be an awesome retelling of it. Chandler's …

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Finding the Right Path In Life – Jesus

Sandy Path

Jesus said, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no man comes to the Father except through me." I remember a Bible college professor paraphrasing what Jesus meant with these lines: I am the Way... walk Me. I am the Truth... know Me. I am the Life... live Me. Jesus, …

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Approaching Easter Sunday As a Pastor

Easter

Easter Sunday is special. In spite of the competition from little furry bunnies who deliver colored eggs and sugar-induced hyperactive episodes among children, it's still a holiday that is fairly "religious." That is to say, Jesus still gets a fair amount of attention, possibly …

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Was the Grinch a Christian? Exposing the Real Grumps of Christmas

How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Cindy Lou Who

One of my favorite holiday movies is How the Grinch Stole Christmas, especially the new Jim Carrey version. Dr. Seuss invented a character that became so wildly popular, he's now a cliche (i.e. "Don't be such a grinch!"). Anyone who puts a damper on the holidays falls into the …

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When Police Pepper Spray Peaceful Protestors… There Is Hope

Police Pepper Spray Peaceful Protestors

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 …

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