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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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What Do Your Works Say?

"They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him..." -Titus 1:16It is far easier to say "I believe in God" than to live according to His standards, but the reality is that how we live says far more about our belief in God than our words. If I were to build a bridge, recommend that others cross it, …

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Do You Remember?

Do you remember where you were this morning, five years ago? I was just heading out the door when a "breaking story" on Good Morning America caught my attention. Within twenty minutes, America's culture would be forever changed. If you don't believe that, just visit an airport with a pocketknife today …

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Snuffing Out Sin

“But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.”—Romans 13:14In the world before electricity, people used candles for more than mere decorations. When you use a lot of candles, especially the homemade kind, you need a snuffer. If you blow the candles …

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I Die Daily

“I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.”—1 Corinthians 15:31Have you noticed that no matter how well you feel that you handled life yesterday, today always brings new and greater struggles? Here’s the bad news: that struggle which is renewed every morning will continue …

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An Irresistable Witness

“And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake.”—Acts 6:10These words were not written about Jesus, nor any of the apostles. They were written concerning a layperson named Stephen, a man “full of faith and of the Holy Ghost and of wisdom.” The Bible tells us that as a result of …

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Jesus: No Other Name

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”—Acts 4:12Of all the truths for the skeptical and unbelieving world to grasp, this seems the most offensive. In the world’s view, we may be in error to believe the Bible’s inerrancy or …

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My Kingdom or God’s?

"At the end of twelve months he was walking about the royal palace of Babylon. The king spoke, saying, 'Is not this great Babylon, which I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?' While the word was still in the king's mouth, a voice fell from heaven: 'King …

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Not by Bread Alone

And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.”—Luke 4:4There are multitudes of lessons to learn from Jesus’ confrontation of the enemy in the wilderness. We learn of Jesus’ moral perfection and His impeccability. We learn of His use of the Word …

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Selling Everything for Joy

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”—Matthew 13:44 (NKJV)What brings you pleasure? What do you enjoy most in life? Jesus compared the kingdom of heaven (the rule and reign of …

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