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To Understand the Gospel, First Understand God

Gospel of God

There are three things I know beyond the shadow of a doubt... There is a God. I am not him. Neither are you. I know that if we were to make up our own "god," he wouldn't resemble the God of the Bible much. I know that because that's what humanity has done repeatedly and still does today. It's easier to serve …

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The Greatest Act of a Loving Parent

What's the most loving thing a parent can do? Correction and discipline? Well it's true that if we fail to correct our kids, we fail to love them, but that's not it. Encourage and praise them? We should encourage ten times as often as we correct, but that's not it either. The greatest act of loving parents is …

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Time: Every Marriage’s Friend and Foe


Ever heard of Daniel Frederick and Susan Bateman? No? That's okay. They aren't movie stars or government leaders or megachurch founders. Their lives are significant, however. They were married on August 29, 1772, till death did they part, 91 years and 12 days later. Daniel and Susan represent history's longest …

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Sometimes the phrase "God loves you" just seems so shallow, especially when we print it on little yellow smiley face bouncy balls. If we're not careful, we wind up with the impression that God's love is a novelty, a token of sorts. But that's not the love of God the Bible presents... How great is the love the …

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6 Principles to Communicate to Your Church’s Greeters


No matter what your philosophy of Sundays in the life of your church looks like, it's always biblical and beneficial to show love to people who are walking through the doors for the first or second time. In fact, it's crucial. It's very easy to come across as either in-genuine with an "in your face" approach, …

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God Is Love… But Am I?

God Is Love

God is love. We hear that statement but because it has become so cliche, we fail to feel the full weight of it. We, in our unloving and often unloveable finite human minds will never fully comprehend it. And to emulate that which we cannot comprehend is extremely difficult. If only we had a through, biblical …

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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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How to Fix Broken Relationships


Context: The following are my notes for a message to the men gathering for Saddleback's Herd Saturday, which is why it's a message directed primarily at men. Two Things Men Do Well We've been raising both a daughter and a son. I've watched my daughter grow from a baby to an eight year old. She has an amazing …

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Me!! I Found One!!

Angie and Brandon

It's ancient Hebrew poetry, and it's found in the midst of wisdom literature. So if you understand the biblical context of Proverbs 31:10, it makes sense as a rhetorical question. "Who can find a virtuous woman? For her worth is far above rubies." As Solomon recounts the advice of his mother to him about …

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Love Means Being Interested In Others

When the Spirit of God has shed abroad the love of God in our hearts, we begin immediately to identify ourselves with Jesus Christ's interests in other people, and Jesus Christ is interested in every kind of man there is. ~ Oswald Chambers It stings me, at times, to realize just how much I think …

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