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Be On Guard So You Can Pounce on People!

My wife pointed out to me a powerful post on the website of People of the Second Chance entitled I am the Vulture. And I am sometimes. A few days ago, I wrote an article about preaching for SermonCentral and in the comments section, someone used the article as an opportunity to make some assumptions about me, and even about one of my mentors, without actually knowing either of us. The world recently learned that the Duggar family is now expecting child number twenty. …

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

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 arrangement of the gospels. Robertson called studying the last few days of Jesus' life being "in the shadow with Jesus." And next to the passage from Matthew 23 when …

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Did An Earthquake Happen Because God Was Mad?

This may sound like the question of a child, but it's a question that is on the hearts of millions of adults. I don't understand God's ways - they are above mine, so I don't presume to have all the answers. But thankfully Jesus once addressed a group of people who had a similar accusation, so I wanted to record my thoughts about this big question. Here's a YouTube Link to Did An Earthquake Happen Because God Was Mad? Many are likely to disagree with me one way or …

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The Worst Thing That Can Happen to Anyone

What's the worst thing that can happen to anyone? Ask most people, and the answer will have something to do with loss, illness, or death. Perhaps someone might answer that the worst thing would be for a person to die without a relationship with Christ and spend eternity in hell. Yes, but I actually think the answer is slightly more complex. Here's my assertion: The worst thing that can happen to anyone is to follow their own desire, refusing God's intervention. I know …

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A Living Definition of Integrity

Like math? An integer is a whole number, right? Our word integrity comes from the same root as the word integer. Integrity is really the concept of being whole, of being one, or of being the same all the time. D. L. Moody said that character is who we are in the dark. Integrity is the foundation for our relationships as well as our reputation. Much is at stake every time we make another moral choice. Do what is right and it will probably cost you. Do what is wrong and it …

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Why God’s Judgment Is Such a Tough Subject

As Isaiah put it, God's ways are above our ways, and His thoughts are above our thoughts. He is holy, transcendent, distinct, and set apart from us. And He is, as Noah put it, the "Judge of all the earth," and He will "do right." But we often answer wrongly on His behalf. Let me say that I don't have all the answers, and I don't always explain things well. As a Pastor, I always like to think I have an answer, which sometimes prevents me from being honest enough to say, "I …

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Sinners In the Hands of an Angry God

Jonathan Edwards preached his sermon Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God on at least two occasions and used a verse as his text from which I preached this morning. I wanted to go back and revisit it since I mentioned it in my message, and even wanted to read excerpts. You can read a full manuscript here and some history about Edwards and his message here. …

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Graduation Day

Today was kind of tough... for Momma anyway. We saw our little girl "walk the line" to graduate from Preschool. The theme was What A Wonderful World, which all nineteen graduates sang together. They actually played Pomp and Circumstance as they marched in. She got a diploma and an award for Developing the Most in Confidence throughout the year. We're so proud! Angie handles moments like these with a mothering sadness. Her little girl will never graduate from Preschool again. …

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Cast Into the Fire

"The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father." -Matthew 13:41-43 Jesus is the gentle, compassionate Lamb of God. Angels are those cute little winged cherubs we have displayed on water fountains. But the picture Jesus …

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Our Tough & Tender God

"As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: So the Lord alone did lead him,... To me belongeth vengeance and recompense; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste." -Deuteronomy 32:11-12, 35Isn't it amazing that God can be both the mother eagle, caring for her young, and also the awesome God who takes …

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