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Five Under Five, December 11, 2015

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Five links to five things that are under five dollars or five minutes of your time.  1. John MacArthur's “Anxious for Nothing: God's Cure for the Cares of Your Soul.” Anxiety is something that plagues us all from time-to-time. Here is a great those who battle anxiety or know someone who does. It is only .99 cents now on Kindle. This...

Listen to Your Dad and He’ll Listen to You

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When I was a little kid, I would play on a merry-go-round at the park with my dad.  We would both run around it to get it spinning as fast as we could, and then on the count of three we would hop on.  It was fun, but not always easy… many times I would miss the platform and...

Words: The Currency of Honesty

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Being honest means that we use words to express what reality is to us (more feeling to fact). On the other hand, hypocrisy (or image management, as I call it) means that we use words to cover up what reality is. In the world of honesty words are the currency. However, there are many counterfeit expressions that have been...

Undone: God’s Redemption Plan for Reconciling People To Himself (Acts 10:23-48)

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God has no partiality in who he saves and who he does not - so why do Christians so often act as if some people are not good enough for the Gospel? In this message, I unpack the way that God chose to save the Gentiles in the book of Acts. I believe  passages address one of the most...

The Cross and the Eyes of Love

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I once heard a pastor tell this story: There was a priest that lived in the 1700’s. One Sunday morning he got in front of the church and said, “Tonight I am going to preach a sermon without using any words.” The people in the congregation thought, ‘A sermon with no word, those must be the best kind, we will...

God’s Word is Sufficient for Life, Emotions, and Uncertain Circumstances

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We live in a world where God's Word is seen as a good source of wisdom, but not as sufficient for life. Sadly, many Christians see the Bible as one of several good reference materials to find answers— just above Google and perhaps no better than many other Christian books. Is that okay? Does God want His Word to...

Why You Need to Avoid Hypocrites Completely

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Have you ever heard the phrase - “A wolf in sheep’s clothing?” It’s a statement that is often used to refer to people who are sly, tricky or deceitful. At first you may perceive a person like this to be harmless, but the closer you get to them, you find that they are out to devour whatever they can...

Keep Going Even When Your World is Crashing

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  Life: It has a way of stepping on itself.  When we are busy doing good and godly things the evil intentions of our seen and unseen enemies will get in the way. I often wish I could stop the world and just face the issues in front of me, but life doesn't work that way. Most often we have to keep...

Jonathan Edwards Resolutions

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Here we sit on the brink of a new year, a time seemingly to start over and reboot our life's hard drive. I am notorious for starting resolutions and failing or forgetting them by the end of January. However, I think I've found a model worth following. I recently read about one of my heroes. He lived some 300 years...

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...

Our Father’s Love

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As a kid, it was always easy to love my dad. I screamed at the sight of strangers, but when I was with my dad, all my fear went away. I always knew that my dad loved me. I knew that he would do anything for me, even if it meant to not give me what I wanted because...

Don’t be Gross Like the Olympic Pools

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Did you see that some of the pools at the Olympic games are green? The once-blue water is now full of algae because they ran out of chemicals to process the water. Green water wouldn’t stop me from going for gold, but I do think those pools make a great illustration for life. Just as water that is left untreated...