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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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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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I Shall Arise

"Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me." -Micah 7:8 When I was rather young, I went sledding down Bowling Green's "Hospital Hill" one snowy day with my brother and my Dad. I was so excited about taking my first run on my own, …

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The Great Unveiling

"The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass;..." -Revelation 1:1aThis simple title to the most profound book in Scripture contains within it a wonderful hope. John begins the final book of the Bible with this phrase... "the …

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