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Christ First in our Relationships

“When God wants to form our character, He doesn’t give us a to-do list. He puts us in a community with fellow believers where the image of Christ is stamped onto our being.” ...

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It’s the Stuff on the Inside We Can’t Seem to Fix

Suppose you could change anything about yourself, where would you start? Most of us would probably start on the outside. We would like to be skinnier and taller. ...

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Walk in a Mannor Worthy of Your Calling

“So, you claim to be a Christian? Then prove it. Walk in a manner that is worthy of your calling.” How do we do that? Perhaps this illustration will help. ...

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When Christ is Revealed

The drama is recorded for us in Matthew 2:1-18. The prominent characters are Herod, the King of Israel and the wise men from the pagan region of Babylon and/or Persia. But the most prominent character is the One whom Matthew refers to simply as “the child.”...

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JOY

Sorrow for sin is a good and necessary part of repentance. And repentance is necessary for change. But sorrow is not our strength. The joy of the Lord is our strength....

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PEACE

Peace is a complex topic in the Bible. The Bible has a lot to say about peace, and some of it is confusing. On the one hand, Jesus is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6), and at His birth the angels come singing “peace on earth” (Luke 2:14). But on the other hand, Jesus warns His followers, “Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth. I have not come to br...

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How Big is Your God?

Nothing is too hard for Him. Nothing that comes into your life is ever too hard for this God....

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When You Run Up on the Hardened Ice of Reality

But God does not look for a way get out of His promise to us even if we prove ourselves to be less than honorable. He gives His word to forgive us, not just for sins committed in the past, but for every sin. ...

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The Lies We Believe

Why would Achan blatantly disobey a clear order from God? It was because of the lies he told himself and believed....

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Do We Need A New Reformation?

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther, an Augustinian monk and professor of New Testament at the University of Wittenberg, Germany, famously nailed his ninety five theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. Luther’s intent was to challenge the leading pastors and theologians in his area to a debate. ...

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