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We Desperately Need a More Sure Word

Never before has the debate been so intense about the nature of truth. On the one hand, our culture argues strongly that autonomous human reason is the final word on truth, that there is no possibility of supernatural divine revelation, and that morality is entirely subjective. On the other hand, wise men and women take refuge in a more sure word from God, believing that God has spoken and has revealed Himself to us in an infallible way in the Scriptures - in the …

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When You’ve Fallen Out of Love

We don't actually "fall" in love. We choose to act lovingly. Attraction might be instant, but love is cultivated over time. And since we don't fall in love, we don't actually fall out of love either. We stop choosing to act lovingly. And when we're not cultivating a relationship lovingly, things get cold. Jesus once wrote to a church that was guilty of losing its love for Him. They were going through the motions, holding to the truth, and behaving like a church, but they …

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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, and just as empty spiritually." They hated the deeds of the Nicolaitans, an early heretical cult. They worked hard at being doctrinally pure, but they had …

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The Light of the Knowledge of God

This article is based on a message from Matthew 2:1-12 from a series on the light of Christmas. I'm beginning to preach a series of Christmas-oriented messages at Bethel on the theme of Light. It will consist of three messages... The Light of the Knowledge of God. God wants for us to know Him, so He has revealed enough light that we might pursue a knowledge of Him. The Light of the Glory of God. The shepherds beheld a myriad of angels and the glory of God and I think …

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Strange Outreach Concepts

I just opened my mail and received a postcard in an envelope. There is no return address and no organization or individual named anywhere. Just a postcard. And it reads.... "Friends, Neighbors, Americans, Be hastily preparing all for the fall of 'That Great City' as described in Revelations Ch. 18. Repent and be baptized and join Jesus on a white horse as described in Revelations Ch. 19. God bless." …

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In the Beginning

This week is very monumental for me. I am preparing to begin preaching through the entire Bible this Sunday morning. It has been a ministry-long dream. Since reading the autobiography of Dr. W. A. Criswell, who preached through the Scriptures over an almost eighteen year period at First Baptist Church in Dallas, it has seemed an unreachable and impossible task. I can't tell you how much I've thought and prayed about this assignment. In my mind, I've tried to place myself …

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The Nightline Debate: Proving the Existence of God

Last night, millions watched the debate between Kelly and Brian Sabient (representing atheism) and Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron (attempting to prove God's existence without using faith or the Bible). I have reviewed as much of the video as I can stand and have come to some interesting conclusions. At first, I was disappointed in Ray's use of Scripture in his opening comments. He had made a commitment to prove God's existence without the Bible and then proceeded to use the …

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Fresh Power

I just finished reading Jim Cymbala's book Fresh Power and it has again revived my thirst for God. One of the most impactful insights from the book is the revelation that if we can explain the success of our churches in terms of programs, personalities, or well-oiled machinery without the power of the Holy Spirit, then we've missed the point. Cymbala appeals to A. W. Tozer who proclaimed that if the Holy Spirit were removed from our midst today, most of our largest and most …

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One Very Loud “Amen!”

Today, Jesus got an ovation, and it was awesome! There is something about applause during a sermon that makes me extremely uncomfortable in my own skin, yet today it was highly appropriate. The verse was Revelation 1:7, a strange text for Christmas Eve, though very appropriate when the context is compared to the night before the first Christmas. John relates the truth of the second coming of Christ to a lost world. Billions of Christ-rejectors will “wail because of him” …

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Unquenchable Thirst

"O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary." -Psalm 63:1-2 There is a longing deep in the soul to know God, to hear a revelation from His heart. We all long to meet with our Creator, to discover Him, to develop a familial relationship with Him. This deep longing, this intense thirst, can only be …

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