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Let the Word Have Its Way

"Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you." -2 Thessalonians 3:1 I must admit that few things in life are more exhilarating than preaching God's Word. That's how God has wired me, that my great passion in life would be to see …

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The Testing of the Heart

"The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the hearts." -Prov. 17:3 I have often said, even from the pulpit, that it is crises that shape the heart of a person, but I'm beginning to think differently about that. Rather, crises demonstrate the heart of a person. The heart is …

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Our Horizons Are Set

"For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren." -Romans 8:29 I have always found it best, when I leave something out of a message that I had planned to share, to leave it alone rather than to sneak it in later in the …

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Leading and Feeding

Tonight I had the privilege of hearing a recording of Dr. Warren Wiersbe delivering the commencement message at Dallas Theological Seminary. He read a verse that has spoken to my heart many times, Psalm 78:72, "So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skillfulness of his …

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Hearing the Word of God

"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." -Romans 10:17 What do you think of preaching? For some, the word "boring" instantly popped into your mind. You'd rather be watching grass grow. Ask yourself, why did the Puritans sit in church services for three to four hours hearing a …

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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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Excellence

Let all things be done decently and in order." -1 Corinthians 14:40The spirit of mediocrity smothers and suffocates us. Perfectionism is an equally deadly extreme, but settling for second is not an option. We seem to live in a world of "good enough." As long as it's good enough to get by, it's okay with us.In …

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Beyond Their Power

"For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves; praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift... but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God." -2 Corinthians 8:3What an inspiring story. The poverty-stricken saints …

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Whom To Correct

"He who corrects a scoffer gets shame for himself,And he who rebukes a wicked man only harms himself.Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you;Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you."-Proverbs 9:7-8Andy Stanley has written a book called The Best Question Ever. I hope you'll buy it, and don't mean to ruin the …

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Our Tough & Tender God

"As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: So the Lord alone did lead him,... To me belongeth vengeance and recompense; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall …

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