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Looking back: The Columbine Tragedy

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I can't believe it has been sixteen years since the Columbine tragedy on April 20th 1999. On that day God made it clear that He never hides, but simply waits for us to return to Him. Allow me to remember that day and relive the vital reality that God is an ever present God. That day was an idle Tuesday...

The Joy of a Life Story Written By God

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So I was reading this passage in the Bible the other day it struck me hard…Check this out. In Ephesians 5:1 it says that we need to be “Imitators of God.” I read that, and I thought maybe it was some kind of miss print… are you kidding, me imitate Him? I even looked it up to see if that word...

Understanding Inspiration, Inerrancy, and Authority of Scripture

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inspiration inerrancy and authority of scripture

What is the inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of Scripture and how do they work together to help us? As the ultimate standard for life and living, there will never be any facts or findings that can contradict it. Because of the inerrancy of Scripture, we can hold it as the total truth and standard for all ethical, social, spiritual, and life science issues.

How to Get Free From the Bondage of Sin

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Sin is sticky. Like rubber cement all over our hand, we try hard to get it off and in turn just go on making a bigger mess. Finlly when we think we've got it off, the sticky residue still remains. Christ came so that we could have freedom. Freedom from his wrath. Freedom from our guilt and shame. Freedom from...

Prayer is An Appeal to the Strength of the Almighty God

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“A dear friend of mine who was quite a lover of the chase, told me the following story: ‘Rising early one morning,’ he said, ‘I heard the baying of a score of deerhounds in pursuit of their quarry. Looking away to a broad, open field in front of me, I saw a young fawn making its way across, and giving...

The Blessing of Loneliness

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Sometimes God calls us to take steps we’d rather not. Sometime He moves our stiff legs to bend in the exact way He desires, and we would otherwise despise. The bending hurts. The new foot placement is uncomfortable. The straining position between where He wants me to go and where I want to be causes an anxiousness that at moments...

Your life—Committed or Counterfeit?

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Sermon on 1 John 2:18-29 Everything Satan does is aimed at destroying your fellowship with God. Not only will he use sin, but he will also use deceit and lies to get you to believe something other than the truth. In this passage we are given practical guidance on how to stand strong against the schemes of our active enemy so we have authentic faith and...

How to Allow the Goodness of God to Overwhelm You

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At a wedding I attended recently, the couple had each of their parents pray for them. As the bride’s father began to speak, you could sense the emotion welling up within him. I haven’t been able to forget what he said. “Each year, at Thanksgiving, my kids tease me and ask if I’m going to cry again. And, every year,...

Are We Asking the Wrong Questions?

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There is a lot of buzz lately about what is going on in our culture. It seems like things that were once immoral are now legal and what is legal goes against what the church has always stood for. Christians have a way of getting worked up over things the world decides, as if we expected them to act more...

A Free Five-Day Devotional to Help Overcome Fear

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Dealing with fear can be a relentless fight for sanity. Our imagination can run wild and anxiety can hold us tight in its grip. The Bible commands us to "fear not" and trust God. I have created a five day devotional series for both families and individuals. In this devotional series a person will learn: Who God is as the great Shepherd ...

Why Joppa (Jaffa) Israel is Important to Our Lives Today

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Today I am in Joppa which is the southern end of the city today called Tel Aviv. The port of Joppa was of great significance in both the Old and New Testament because of access that it gave to Jerusalem and other sites in Israel. This would have been the port Herod the Great used to bring in materials...