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What Did Jesus Mean in John 8:7, “If you are without sin throw the first stone”?

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What did Jesus mean in John 8:7? Sermon Summary: It is easy to point out everyone else’s sin and forget that we have our own glaring weaknesses. God’s grace is sufficient for us, no matter what we have done. In the beginning of John 8 we see the character of Christ toward sinners who break the commands of God and the...

How To Highlight and Color Your Bible Effectively

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This is a guest post from Jenna Marie Belcher Have you ever thought you knew an entire song and the meaning by merely listening to it a few times? I can remember one Friday night, while out with my friends, I got up to sing karaoke thinking I KNEW the words backwards and forwards- to “My Heart Will Go On”. ...

Three Ways We Hide From God (and Others) and Why We Must Stop

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  Let’s have a show of hands—who has had a “naked-in-public” dream? Come on, admit it. I bet just about everyone has, including me. You know the one: You show up for a big presentation at work or school, or you’re riding a bicycle through rush hour or working the first day of a new job, and you suddenly realize everyone...

God Does Not Change: 3 Responses in Light of an Unchanging God

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Everything Changes Everything around us changes, think about it: seasons change, weather changes, jobs change, people change, heroes change, our leaders changes. Simply, everything changes. To be honest with you, I am kind of a "Change" junkie. I like to move around the furniture, find new ways to tweak my everyday norm, or even find ways to visit new places all...

Thank God: Practical Ways to Show Gratitude to the Almighty

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One of my favorite movies of all time is The Count of Monte Christo. It’s a story about a man named Edmond Dontez escapes from the Cheteau D’if, which is like the Alcatraz of France. Exhausted and wave-battered from his getaway he wakes up on the beach of a far off island to find that he has been discovered by...

The Essential Elements of a Transformed Life [Sermon]

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1 John 5:1-12 So far John has spoken a lot about love and obedience, but now he is going to combine the idea of faith and its necessity in our life. In chapter 5 we learn that the road to love is paved with faith in Christ.  Sermon Outline: The essential elements of a transformed life: 1. New Faith (vv. 1a, 6-10)  Have an insatiable...

Love is the Way of Life [sermon]

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Sermon on 1 John 3:11-18 When it comes to loving God, if we are not loving others, we are not experiencing the life God offers us. True love for God will result in a selfless abandonment to service others. We don’t just say we love, we live out our love authentically and faithfully.  Sermon Outline: Only do this: Love God, Love others (v. 11) Seeds of jealousy bear fruit of...

Understanding Why God Is Silent

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CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? I just needed to get away. The stress of ministry life, family life, and just life seemed to be overwhelming to me. I described my life as a stereo turned up all the way and the volume control was broken off. I didn’t need to just turn down the noise--I needed to turn it...

10 Bible Verses to Support Your New Year’s Resolutions

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bible verses for New Years resolutions

A New Year is seen as a fresh beginning, a time for resolutions and promises on habits and behaviors we’d like to incorporate into this new start. Here are 10 Scriptures to support and encourage you in your New Year’s New Beginning.   All verses from the ESV translation. Psalm 5:3 "O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare...

Let’s Abandon the Self-help Gospel

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“I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) According to the Scientific American, elephants are truly amazing creatures because, although they have dismal eyesight, “they never forget a face.” They use their other senses to store memories...

Stephen Furtick’s 12 Audacious Faith Confessions

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These confessions were written by Stephen Furtick, Pastor of Elevation Church. He wrote them in his book, "Sun Stand Still." They following statements should serve as claims for confidence in Christ because who He is and what He can do through us. I am fully forgiven and free from all shame and condemnation (Romans 8:1-2, Ephesians 1:7-8, 1 John 1:9) I...

Jake Weidmann: Master Penman and Master Brother

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"Dude, is this your cousin?!"  Over the last few weeks, people have been asking me if I know or am related to Jake Weidmann. Yes, I do know Him. Yes, I am related to Him. he is not just anyone to me, he is my brother. Jake Weidmann is not your average artist. He is uniquely gifted and we've known it...