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God Has a Great Big Plan for His People, And It’s Good

One of the most popular Bible verses in the Old Testament is found in Jeremiah 29:11 which says, "'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'" (NLT) It's a beautiful verse that holds …

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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 …

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What I Really Deserve

Nice Fruit

This week, I'm staying in a nice hotel in Ocala, Florida, driving around in a rented Camaro, and eating fresh fruit - all sweet gifts from The Church at the Springs where Pastor Ron Sylvia and others are hosting Nuts & Bolts, a conference for church planters. I feel very …

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Spurgeon on Preaching to the Will of the Listener

W. A. Criswell defined teaching (from the pulpit) as "instructing a man in the will and ways of the Lord," and preaching as "seeking to drive a man's will God-ward." There is a raging debate today over how much freedom people really have. A renewed fascination with Calvinism has …

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The Lord Who Heals and the People Who Worship

I must confess, as a Baptist, it took me a rather long time to come to understand the healing nature of God. We Baptists, as Adrian Rogers put it, "believe in miracles, but trust in Jesus." I still believe this is best. But I also freely admit that in our reaction to the …

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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 …

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The Remedy for Iniquity

"By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil." -Proverbs 16:6 We all want mercy when we've messed up, but we rarely want truth, but it is truth that really keeps us clean. Because of God's mercy, He forgives us and wipes the sleight …

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When God Opens the Heart

“Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshipped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul.”—Acts 16:14 (NKJV)Sometimes we fall into the trap of accidentally humanizing the miraculous. When a …

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According to His Mercy

“Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving-kindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.” –Psalm 51:1-2King David had committed adultery, murder, and had …

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Big Lessons from Big Toes

"And they found Adoni-bezek in Bezek:... and they pursued after him, and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and his great toes. And Adoni-bezek said, Threescore and ten kings, having their thumbs and their great toes cut off, gathered their meat under my table: as I have done, so …

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