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If You Love Anything More Than You Love Jesus…

I'm speaking to believers... is there anything in your life you've come to love more than you love Jesus? An entire church was guilty of this and Jesus addressed them in Revelation 2:1-7. The Ephesian church was like the average Baptist church as described by Vance Havner, "straight as a gun barrel doctrinally, …

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Snakes! Blind Leaders! How Terrible God’s Judgment Will Be For You!

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One of the best books in my entire library is A. T. Robertson's Harmony of the Gospels (aff link). It was my constant guide through the Life of Christ class I took in college and I've gone back to it more than almost any other in the study of Christ's life. It isn't a detailed commentary - just a chronological …

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Jesus Is Not Ashamed of You

Remember: these men he calls “brothers” were at that very moment sniveling in exile. They were, at best, cowards and, at worst, passive insurrectionists against the kingdom he’d proclaimed. They were hiding in a room somewhere, listening for soldiers’ feet. They’d walked away from Christ and him crucified. They …

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Let’s Kill Lazarus, Too

Raising Lazarus

I've always been fascinated with the last week of Jesus' life. About one third of the gospel record is devoted to this very short period of time, so the details matter a great deal. We know that the Jewish leaders wanted Jesus dead, but did you ever notice that they wanted Lazarus dead too? About a week …

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Jesus’ Finest Hour

If you were given one week to live and you knew the end of your life was just days away, what would you do? How would you spend that time? Jesus did know that his hour was coming. He knew His time was nearing. How did He spend His time? Too much material is devoted to His final week to detail it all here, but …

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This Sunday's Message Teaser – 7 Days to Live

Download now or watch on posterous This Sunday's Message Teaser - 7 Days to Live.mov (10498 KB) What do you think you would do? …

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Politics Won’t Save the World

On my Facebook profile, when asked to state my political views, I simply put, "If I thought politics could save the world, I wouldn't be a Pastor." I'm just not that into it. Plenty of people will read this and assume I don't care. It's not that I don't care, I care deeply. I vote. I sometimes contact people …

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Life or Death… I’m Good

Paul went from persecuting the church to being a persecuted apostle of the church. After his arrest in Jerusalem, during his first imprisonment, he wrote a letter to the Philippians in which he boldly declared this short but profound line... For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. (1:21) …

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Life Is Like A Sandcastle… Which Has Its Downside!

photo credit: Sister72 Jesus said life can either be like a sandcastle, which is built for a day only, not for eternity. Or it can be built on a stone foundation. The difference is simple... build your life on liquid, shifting, unstable values and you're bound to crumble in tough times. Build your life on …

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Thoughts About Feeding the Hungry

Last night we had a very special dedication time for our Storehouse food distribution ministry. Everything has been done with excellence. We're well prepared and ready to go. Tomorrow the doors will open and we'll be feeding the hungry and providing groceries to families in need. As part of our church …

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