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God Is A Finisher

I have taken lessons in piano, guitar, trumpet, and karate. Does this make me a master of all of these abilities? No! Because I stopped each one after only a few months. I'm a master of starting things! God, however, is the Master of finishing. Consider this. In Genesis 3, sin entered the picture of humanity and by the end of the chapter, God had issued a permanent promise of redemption through the "seed" of the woman (Jesus, the Messiah). Then for thousands of years, that …

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What Is It That Breaks Your Heart?

Martin Luther King, Jr. was so moved by the plight of black people in America that he gave his life leading a civil rights movement. Mother Teresa was so crushed by the poverty she saw in Calcutta that she spent her life there ministering to the poor. John Knox was so burdened for the souls of the people of Scotland that he prayed to God, "Give me Scotland, or I die." Moses saw the suffering of his Hebrew brothers and sisters and it moved him to reject his royal upbringing …

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Keep On Chasing Jesus

A little over 17 years ago, Angie and I stood in the altar of a church and vowed to stick together, till death do us part. We were married that day and have the certificate, the rings, and pictures to prove it. That day wasn't the culmination of our relationship, it was merely the formal beginning of it. We've spent our lives, through thick and thin, learning how to be married. A little over thirty years ago, I trusted Jesus Christ as my Forgiver and Leader. He moved into …

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Mystery Solved: Life Is All About Jesus

"I know something you don't know!" Little kids love to have insider information, and even more to rub it in the noses of their friends. Sometimes we keep that trait into adulthood. There is plenty about God that remains a mystery to us, but some things have been made abundantly clear, such as the fact that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. In the church in Colosse, the Gnostics were trying to persuade believers that only those who possessed a special, mystical …

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God Has a Great Big Plan for His People, And It’s Good

One of the most popular Bible verses in the Old Testament is found in Jeremiah 29:11 which says, "'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'" (NLT) It's a beautiful verse that holds tremendous promise for those who understand its deep meaning, but it's often misunderstood. Jeremiah was prophesying destruction for any nation that refused to submit to God's chastisement through the …

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Invincibility: Life or Death… I’m Good

Paul went from persecuting the church to being a persecuted apostle of the church. After his arrest in Jerusalem, during his first imprisonment, he wrote a letter to the Philippians in which he boldly declared this short but profound line... For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. (1:21) In other words... "If I live, I get to be all about Christ. If I die, I get to be with Christ, so either way, I'm good." Here's the thought that hit me - Paul was pretty much …

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The Radical Change In Our Standing Before God

I was hopelessly lost before Jesus found me. In his letter to the Colossians, the Apostle Paul reminded the church of their former standing before God with three phrases. You were once far away from God... You were his enemies... separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. - Colossians 1:21 NLT This is the present state of anyone who continues to avoid and to reject Jesus as the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Far away... enemies... separated... But Paul …

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There Is Always One Higher Court

In 1973, the Supreme Court of the United States made abortion legal, in spite of the fact that the Constitution guarantees the right to life to all people. The Court decided that the unborn aren't people, and we've witnessed 55 million deaths since. And just yesterday, four decades later, the Supreme Court made another decision even if its intention was indecision on the subject of gay marriage. By refusing to hear any single case appealed from a state's ruling on gay …

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The Super-natural, Heart-crushing Power of the Word of God

I recently Googled, out of curiosity, "what is the hardest substance on earth?" Most of the results were about a substance called graphene, which is stronger than diamonds yet amazingly flexible. One scientist postulates we will eventually be able to use graphene to create a television screen that can be rolled up like a poster and yet completely damage proof. But my favorite search result was from a message board where someone had an even better answer. Under the topic of …

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Meekness is the Leverage of Leadership

In today's world, meekness = weakness. God does not view it that way, however. The Bible says of Moses,"Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth." (Numbers 12:3) And in a world where power is everything, Jesus entered the scene in a wooden manger surrounded by barnyard animals. He grew up in an humble village, the son of a carpenter, of modest means. He lived His life serving others, yet Jesus was certainly the most influential …

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