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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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Where Exactly Do We Stand?

Even though none of us actually plays by the rules (according to Romans 3:10, 23), we still try rather hard to do so. We've all sinned and fallen short, but in our broken condition, we just keep on plugging away in hopes that in eternity all of our trying and fighting and working will somehow qualify us for heaven in God's eyes. Most of us find ourselves living a rules-based life. We have an assumption that our Creator will someday evaluate our performance to see if we've …

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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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God Took Me To School About My Rules

Yesterday, we headed to Treasure Island Beach. It's a beautiful spot in Laguna Beach hidden away behind the Montage Resort. You have to hike a bit to get down to it, but once you're there, you're enclosed between two beautiful cliffs. We put our towels down about 50 feet from the wet sand to make sure we were out of reach of the waves, then Ella and I headed down toward the water to start a sand castle empire bump. Ella has a bit of a fear of the waves and was a little …

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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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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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Shocking Truths Exposed!

I've struggled a bit for direction in what to teach in our midweek Bible study. I had wanted to tackle the subject of grace as it relates to living the Christian life. But I also wanted to touch on the subject of joy and how seldom we possess it. I thought also of the subject of the fulness of the Holy Spirit. All seem interrelated and books and materials abound on the subjects. Therefore, I've been reading from about six different books on the subject. …

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The Atmosphere and Attitude of a Growing Church

Have you ever read Acts 15? Many people find themselves skipping the chapter, or at best, lazily dozing their way through it to get to the excitement of chapter 16 where Paul received his great "Macedonian Call." But I believe that there are thousands of churches in America that need to hear and heed the message of Acts 15.Every church is a family and every family has a certain personality. You know families that are quiet and peaceful and others who are reactive and loud. …

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God’s Will For Every Believer

"For this is the will of God, even your sanctification... For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness." (1 Thessalonians 4:3, 7)It's very easy to get caught up in the pursuit of something secondary to God's great purpose for us as believers. We constantly face the temptation to be driven toward success or popularity, possessions or prestige. But God has caught us and called us to a higher purpose, a better life, a heavenly goal. We've been called to …

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