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Power That Can’t Be Explained

Acts 1:8 – “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Numerous times the New Testament authors described the power that will be present in believers because of the Holy Spirit’s indwelling presence. Ephesians 1:13-14 describes the blessing of the Holy Spirit given as a guarantee of the inheritance that is ours in Christ Jesus. Paul describes the Spirit’s presence as a deposit that is essentially an evidence of the believer’s transformed identity. Interestingly, according…

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Show Us Our Sin, Oh God!

Ezekiel 14:4-5 – “Thus says the Lord GOD: Any one of the house of Israel who takes his idols into his heart and sets the stumbling block of his iniquity before his face, and yet comes to the prophet, I the LORD will answer him as he comes with the multitude of his idols, that I may lay hold of the hearts of the house of Israel, who are all estranged from me through their idols.” One day, while Ezekiel was serving as God’s mouthpiece in Israel, the leaders of the nation came to Ezekiel to receive a message from…

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The Lifter of My Head

Psalm 3:1-4 – “O Lord, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me; many are saying of my soul, ‘There is no salvation for him in God.’ But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. I cried aloud to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy hill.” While Absalom, David’s son, was chasing after David to kill him, David prayed Psalm 3. Imagine saying of your own son: “How many are my foes!” Imagine your son taunting you saying: “There is no salvation for you in God.”…

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Christ’s  Humanity: Why Does it Matter?

It seems that more and more recently this issue of Christ’s nature is coming up. More than ever we find ourselves bombarded with people making claims about Christ that go against what we see in scripture. Probably one of the most troubling claims that is made is that Christ was simply a man, and not at all divine. They claim that Jesus Christ is not God. And so, in the midst of this, I think we often jump to the defense of Christ, humorously assuming that he needs us to defend him, and work really hard to combat this false…

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Our Weakness, His Strength

2 Corinthians 11:30 – “If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.” No one likes a bragger. There are too many people around who are living for themselves, looking to show off their accomplishments as they make a name for themselves, thinking that the rest of the world is looking to them as if they are the next best thing since sliced bread. If that describes you, your greatness may be in the same vein as sliced bread. Take that as a compliment, if you really want. When you read 2 Corinthians 10 through…

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Informed by God’s Word

Matthew 6:7-13 – “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Pray then like this: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from…

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When You Pray

Matthew 6:5-6 – “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” It is often said that you can tell the depth of intimacy of someone’s personal private prayer life by the person’s public prayer….

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No Other Gods!

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:2-3). How concerned are you that you might be breaking one of the Ten Commandments? If you had to say which of the Ten Commandments you most often break, which one would it be? Many would say coveting or bearing false witness. How about the first and potentially the most foundational commandment? Since the beginning of Genesis, God’s passion for His glory is clearly seen. He is sincerely concerned that…

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Blessed Assurance

John 6:36, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given…

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Let Your Goal Be Faithfulness

1 Corinthians 4:1-2 – “This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.” If you have ever been on a mission trip that included some sort of work project, you’ve probably been challenged with the frustration created by our American-productivity mindset. Many times, youth mission trips are led by ambitious youth pastors and hyped up students wanting to “do good for God.” It is not rare for these teams to leave frustrated at the lack of work they accomplished in…

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Do You Care?

Matthew 9:36 – “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” As Jesus traveled through towns and villages during his three-year ministry, people followed him around for numerous reasons. Other times they followed Jesus for the spectacle of it. This time, they were following him because they were lost. Matthew said they were “harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” Some of the time, Jesus felt the need to rebuke the people following him. This time, Jesus was moved to compassion for them. The ESV minimizes…

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Real Men

1 Corinthians 16:13 – “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” At the end of the book of 1 Corinthians, Paul is sending some final greetings to his recipients. Within these final greetings is a statement that is simple, yet easily confused in our day and age. He says “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” Act like men. What does that mean? The Greek word for “Act like men” is the word andrizomai. The root word from andrizomai is anair, which is one of the words we translate to…

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Step Out in Expectation

Joshua 3:14-17 – “So when the people set out from their tents to pass over the Jordan with the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people, and as soon as those bearing the ark had come as far as the Jordan, and the feet of the priests bearing the ark were dipped in the brink of the water (now the Jordan overflows all its banks throughout the time of harvest), the waters coming down from above stood and rose up in a heap very far away, at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan, and those flowing…

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Gospel Treason?

In recent days I have been reading through a book titled, Gospel Treason: Betraying the Gospel with Hidden Idols, and it brought to my attention a problem that I believe we are facing in significant ways in the church, and the world today. Specifically, the idea that we have the tendency to look at scripture and find certain themes over and over that we then take and would claim “these are the main themes of the Bible”. Generally, people would say things like “God’s glory…Love…Grace…God’s pursuit of man…Jesus…”, and the list could go on by simply inserting whatever typical Sunday…

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True Followers of Jesus

Hebrews 2:1-4 – “Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.” The book of Hebrews contains five…

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