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When You Don’t Feel Like Running to God

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When you least feel like running to God, that's when you really need to run to God. And when you feel the least lovable, the least acceptable, that's when His mercy shows itself strongest. King David once cried out, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble... Oh, how great is your goodness, which you have …

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Living In Continual Repentance

The Protestant Reformation's beginning is usually marked by the day Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church of Wittenburg on October 31, 1517. He began the document with these words, When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, ‘Repent’ (Mt. 4:17), he willed the entire life of …

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Getting Off the Wrong Path

Danger. Wrong Way. Turn Back.

You are where you are because you have followed a path. You've made a series of choices that have brought you to your current spot on life's map, and the Bible lets us know that our default direction is always down the wrong path. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own …

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If You Love Anything More Than You Love Jesus…

I'm speaking to believers... is there anything in your life you've come to love more than you love Jesus? An entire church was guilty of this and Jesus addressed them in Revelation 2:1-7. The Ephesian church was like the average Baptist church as described by Vance Havner, "straight as a gun barrel doctrinally, …

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What Exactly Do You Mean by Being “Saved?”

Sometimes, we speak Christianese, and people outside the faith may have difficulty understanding it. Paul Washer uses a few tough phrases in this clip, such as "city of refuge" (a place where accused criminals could go for asylum in the Old Testament), but it's overall an excellent way to explain and invite …

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Do You REALLY Want to Change?

This is based on my sermon for New Year's, which comes from [youversion]2 Timothy 2:21[/youversion] and surrounding verses. Is it even possible to really change? Millions of people must be asking that question, especially as we face another new year. You may already have a list of areas of your life you're …

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To Be Christian

What is it to be a Christian? Is it that we've had a one-time experience of salvation? Or is it that we experience growth in Christ daily, some evidence of change? I know the argument is endless, but I wanted to share this quote from Clyde Crandford's book Because We Love Him. Repentance that is not ongoing is …

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Don’t Lose Your Moral Authority

I am currently reading Andy Stanley's book Visioneering and have just completed the chapter about having moral authority in leadership. Stanley gives a couple of examples of how moral authority works in our lives. One example was Mother Teresa's harsh words about abortion during a National Day of Prayer …

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Real Pastors

"Turn... And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding..." -Jeremiah 3:14-15 The period of the prophets was marked with the terrible tragedy of a declining spiritual leadership. It was an age of false prophecies and empty messages. It was a …

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Revive Us Again

"Come, and let us return to the Lord; for He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up. After two days He will revive us; On the third day He will raise us up, That we may live in His sight." -Hosea 6:1-2 (NKJV)Sometimes reading the Old Testament prophets is like reading the history …

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