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The Real Source of Our Temptation

It isn't a sin to be tempted. It's simply human. Temptation to sin may be the result of living in a sinful world, but experiencing temptation to sin isn't, in itself, the same as committing sin. That doesn't mean temptation isn't dangerous though. James, the half-brother of Jesus, described the natural progression we experience when we sin in this way... "Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And …

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It’s Your Turn to “Rawr!”

My three-year-old son, Sam, loves to play and has an active imagination. Lately, he's been obsessed with bears and of course, wants me to be the bear. He invites me into this game, which usually ends in my demise by tackling, by saying, "It's your turn to 'RAWR!'" So... I "RAWR!" The Bible describes our enemy, Satan, as one who "prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour" (1 Peter 5:8 NIV). He's loud and ferocious, but also sneaky and slinks his way up …

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I’m Sorry Sin, But You Have the Wrong Person

"The number you are trying to reach has been disconnected." Ever hear that? It means the people you're attempting to contact have closed, or moved, or died, or gave you a wrong number, perhaps even on purpose. How rude! The same can happen with the mail, according to Elvis, whose postman brought his letter right back saying, "Return to sender, address unknown. No such person, no such zone." The Apostle Paul described the Christian life in a strange way in his letter to the …

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Put On the Whole Armor

Every notice how a snowflake can find that tiny little spot on your neck between your hat and your coat so it chills your skin on contact? That's how attacks often come from Satan - like flaming arrows into our one blind spot, our one week area. So Paul encouraged us to... Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. - Ephesians 6:11 (NIV) There are six aspects of the armor of God, which we'll look at one at a time each day this …

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Our Secret Source of Power

This is adapted from a sermon based on Judges 16 In every legend, the story of every hero or villain, there is always a source of power that can be discovered and exploited. For Superman, it's kryptonite. For Zurg (Toy Story), it was the double AA battery (or so Buzz thought). I believe that for the believer, our secret source of power has to do with our inner walk with God. Deep in the recesses of the heart and soul, where we walk and talk with Him, where we have our …

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Battle Tips for Beginners

Series: Journey Through the Word - The Book of Numbers Download the MP3 No printed notes, just the above audio. …

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You Can Be A Miracle

“That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:”—1 Peter 1:7 Tests come daily! God never tempts us to sin, but He allows various kinds of trials, including temptation, into our lives to test us. God’s testing is never for the purpose of failing us, but rather for refining us. God’s tests are always designed to make us …

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God’s Will For Every Believer

"For this is the will of God, even your sanctification... For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness." (1 Thessalonians 4:3, 7)It's very easy to get caught up in the pursuit of something secondary to God's great purpose for us as believers. We constantly face the temptation to be driven toward success or popularity, possessions or prestige. But God has caught us and called us to a higher purpose, a better life, a heavenly goal. We've been called to …

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In An Eveningtide

“And it came to pass in an eveningtide that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself… And David sent messengers, and took her.”—2 Samuel 11:2, 4 King David was at the peak of success. He had risen to his greatest glory. All of the surrounding nations had sworn allegiance to him and his nation trusted him as their shepherd-king. But “it came to pass in an eveningtide,” in one night, that he …

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Overcoming Temptation

Temptation. This one word encompasses all of the greatest threats to a consistent and successful Christian walk. Let it be known that you cannot resist temptation. That is, temptation will always be a part of your life. But you can refuse to give into it in the power of Christ. The Best of Circumstances …all our fathers were under the cloud… passed through the sea… baptized into Moses… at the same spiritual food… drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that …

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