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Walk In the Spirit and Overcome!

There is a wrestling match going on inside every believer in Christ. It is the war between the Holy Spirit Who has intertwined Himself with our very being and our flesh, that part of us that acts and decides apart from the influence of God. One of the most common questions Christians ask is, "Will I ever be done with the fight, or will I always struggle like I do now?" And the answer is yes and no. Obviously, we'll be done with the fight and live on in infinite victory …

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Let Go of Some Old Labels and Live a Limitless Life!

I've been anticipating the release of my friend Derwin Gray's new book Limitless Life for many months now. There are books that come along that hold the key to restoration and healing for a great number of people, and I believe this is one of those books. Derwin addresses a subject near to all of us - labels. Some are good, many are bad, and because of our broken nature, we tend to allow the negative to stick hard and long. But God has other plans. He has other labels for …

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Anyone Who Believes HAS Eternal Life

Living forever is only a good idea if the life lived is a quality one. Who would want to live forever in a state of pain or disease? Death, in a sense, is a gift of ultimate deliverance from a world of suffering. So when we talk about "eternal life," we're not merely referring to the quantity of time one lives but to the quality of that life. In other words, when Jesus said, "anyone who believes has eternal life," (John 6:47) He was making it clear that eternal life is …

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Where Jesus Is Present, Life Is Abundant

In the flower bed in front of my house are two arborvitae trees. They are the same age, purchased from the same nursery on the same day. One is green and lush and the other is dead and brown. On the outside, it's a mystery as to why one would thrive and one would die, but inside the root, one of the trees is diseased in a way that disconnected it from its source of nourishment. People who are connected to Jesus have roots in the life-giving soil of a saving relationship with …

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Take Up Your Cross… Daily?

For most of us, the cross is a religious symbol. It hangs on the wall of a church or on a chain around our neck. And what we do with the cross physically usually happens in our minds too. We think about the cross at church on Sunday. After all, it's a "church" thing. But Jesus didn't see the cross as a mere religious symbol. And He didn't want His followers to see it that way either. We know this because of one single word He used as He defined what it meant to follow …

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Video: Why Does God Allow Evil?

Here's a two minute snippet from my message this past Sunday at Grace Hills where I address the question of why God allows evil. Cruise over to GraceHillsChurch.com to watch the full message entitled The Reasons for Our Hope. …

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2012: We’re Just Getting Started

It's day one of a new year. It's also day one of the rest of your life. 2011 is behind us and a clean slate is before us. January 1 is always a day of high hopes and sometimes unrealistic expectations. If you have the idea that this year will be free from any problems, you're already in for a rude surprise. There will be interruptions in our plans, new obstacles, and unexpected trials. Such is life. But life this year can also be pretty awesome in spite of the inevitable …

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God, Help Me to Be Weird

I've just finished reading the weirdest book I've ever read - Weird by Craig Groeschel... and I'm glad I did. I don't ever want to be normal again. As Craig puts it, "normal isn't working." We've used various terms for the kind of lifestyle Groeschel is calling us to live - sanctified, set apart, separated, consecrated - but the bottom line is that believers should be choosing to live differently than the surrounding culture. Why? Because being "normal" means settling for …

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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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Life Is an Adventure: Live It By Faith

The Christian life often gets a bad wrap as being "boring." Why? I tend to think it's because there are so many boring Christians around! But I like the way F. B. Meyer put it... "I don't want my life to end in a swamp!" Why is it that we live boring lives? I think one major reason is that we become afraid of all the risks. We're worried about potentially failing. We're counting up potential costs that we don't want to pay. Here's the bottom line though: no risk, no …

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