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Be On Guard So You Can Pounce on People!

On Guard and Ready to Pounce

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 …

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Where Exactly Do We Stand?

Grace Based Living

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 …

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How Can I Be Legalism Free?

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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. …

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God Took Me To School About My Rules

Treasure Island Beach, Laguna Beach, CA

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 …

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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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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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