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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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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 blessed to be here. I don't deserve …

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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 brought this debate to the …

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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 extremism of "healing evangelists" like …

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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 hand, and the things that shall …

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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 clean. But by speaking His truth …

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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 person is born again, for example, …

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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 concocted a cover-up that lasted for a …

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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 God hath requited me. And they …

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Pray For Your Land

”And (God) said unto (Lot), See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken.” –Genesis 19:21Lot is what we might call a lukewarm believer. Though Peter calls him “righteous” (2 Pet. 2:7-8) he obviously had made some serious compromises of …

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