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There's No Escaping the Conflict

The Bible uses a lot of different word pictures to describe the Christian life. For instance, the Bible compares the Christian life to biological growth. Christian growth is a maturing process, beginning with drinking milk and culminating with eating of meat. We progress through various stages of maturity as Christians, from infancy to becoming young men and ultimately to ...

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June Song of the Month: Let the Nations Be Glad

[1] May God be gracious to us and bless      us and make his face to shine upon us,        Selah[2] that your way may be known on earth,      your saving power among all nations.[3] Let the peoples praise you, O God;     let all the peoples praise you! [4] Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,     ...

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Jude: Some Related Articles

Suggested articles for further reading on the subject of the past Sunday's sermon....

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A Sheepish Tale

Once upon a time, there was a pack of wolves. Not just any pack of wolves, but the most vicious and deadly pack of wolves ever to roam the countryside. They had ruled the land unopposed for countless generations, chasing down the fastest of the rabbits, outsmarting the smartest of the foxes, bringing down the most majestic of the elk, laughing in the face of the grizzliest...

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Beauty and the Beast

At first glance the story of Esther looks like an ancient version of Beauty and the Beast. But this is no fairytale story of a poor, Jewish girl falling in love with Prince Charming. There’s nothing romantic about the story of Xerxes and Esther. Rather, it is a dark and uncomfortable tale of abduction and even abuse. The king’s men scour the empire for its fair...

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May Song of the Month: Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy

My favorite song for the start of a worship service is also this month's Song of the Month:  "Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy."  Maybe you're used to thinking of this as a song of invitation.  And it probably has been used most often at the end of a sermon or evangelistic service, sung while waiting for people to come forward. But for me, this old hymn is ...

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What Is This Story Doing in the Bible?

Many Christians have a pretty clear-cut idea of what the Bible ought to be about. It should be about God. It should come right out and tell us how to live. It should reflect spiritual and historical truth. It should be solemn and serious. This is how much of the Bible is written. But there is one book of the Bible that is different. The book of Esther never mentions God, n...

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Does Jesus Need Us to Accomplish His Work?

We come now to the end of the series of sermons from John’s gospel. Most of the time I’m eager to move on to the next series, but I’m a little reluctant this time. I discovered so many enlightening things about Jesus while working through the Gospel according to John. Back in January we began a series on the miraculous signs in John’s gospel that Je...

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Drinking the Cup--The Denial

Peter was ready to face anything for Jesus Christ. Or so he thought. Perhaps he thought that he had endured the worst of his trials with Christ in the Garden. He had impulsively drawn his sword, slicing through the air until his mark lopped off the ear of the high priest's servant. None of the other disciples had acted so courageously. Peter stood alone. Pumped by his gla...

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Drinking the Cup--Smitten of God

For the past few weeks we have been focusing on the cup from which Jesus drank—the cup of judgment and of wrath. He tasted the bitterness of this cup when he was betrayed and arrested. He sipped deeper from this cup when Peter denied him. The bitterness intensified through the rejection of the Jews and of Pilate. Ultimately, Jesus would finish drinking the cup as he ...

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