Accidental Pharisees: Avoiding Pride, Exclusivity, and the Other Dangers of Overzealous Faith by Larry Osborne

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If you only read one book this year, you should read this book. If you are the slightest bit concerned about avoiding pride, arrogance, legalism, hypocrisy, prejudice, and self-righteousness, you should read this book. These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look… (Proverbs 6:16-19)

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The controversy of the Bible

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The controversy of the Bible, the sacred text of one of the world’s great religions, dating back over 6000 years. The Bible is a compilation of 66 books, written by 40 different authors, over more than 2200 years, in 3 different languages, on 3 different continents, with 1 consistent divinely-inspired theme of love and redemption for all mankind. But, the Bible is different than any other holy book because it claims to be divinely inspired by God. It is not a book written Continue reading

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The most important New Year’s Resolution

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At this time of year, it’s common to think back on the past year and make a New Year’s resolution to make this coming year a better year. There’s only one thing that has promise in both this life and the life to come: godliness. (1 Timothy 4:8) But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33) But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and Continue reading

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Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine

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The Apostle Paul’s final advice to the Corinthians at the end of his second letter to them includes a defense of his apostolic authority… Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves. Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among you; if not, you have failed the test of genuine faith. As you test yourselves, I hope you will recognize that we have not failed the test of apostolic authority. (2 Corinthians 13:5-6)

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What about self-righteousness?

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Very few people will claim their opinion is better than God. Very few people will claim their judgment is greater than God. Very few people will claim their wisdom is higher than God. Very few people will claim their righteousness exceeds God. Very few people will claim their moral superiority allows them to be contemptuous of other sinners. But, let’s examine the facts… self-ri’-chus-nes: A term that has come to designate moral living as a way of salvation; or as a ground for neglecting the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. The thought Continue reading

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Communication is fragile, handle with prayer

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Unless you’re a hermit, living alone without any human contact, living off the grid except for this internet connection, and living off the land by hunting and farming, you need to communicate with other people. Communication is fragile and precious, it should be treated with care and respect. The following phrases will damage it, so avoid them as much as possible. 1) Honestly… Truthfully… — If what you have said, are saying, or will say, are so unbelievable that you Continue reading

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What is truth?

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A king once innocently asked the most important question ever asked… Pilate said, “So you are a king?” Jesus responded, “You say I am a king. Actually, I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.” “What is truth?” Pilate asked. Then he went out again to the people and told them, “He is not guilty of any crime. (John 18:37-38, Matthew 27:11-14; Luke Continue reading

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Unto us a child is born

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There are lots of stories of Christmas and The First Noel. Instead of worrying about which of these are myths, fables, and traditions, let’s read the actual inspired account. This is just a few short pages and only takes a few minutes, but it’s more thrilling and more uplifting than any mere myth, fable, or tradition could possibly be. Starting with the prophecy of Isaiah written more than 700 years before the birth of Jesus Christ…

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I am writing to you because

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I am writing to you who are God’s children     because your sins have been     forgiven through Jesus. I am writing to you who are mature in the faith     because you know Christ,     who existed from the beginning. I am writing to you who are young in the faith     because you have won     your battle with the evil one.

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They will hate you because they first hated me

The Christian Martyrs' Last Prayer, by Jean-Léon Gérôme (1883). The artist also commented on the religious fortitude of the victims who were about to suffer martyrdom either by being devoured by the wild beasts or by being smeared with pitch and set ablaze, which also never took place in the Circus Maximus.

“If the world hates you, understand that it hated Me before it hated you (John 15:18).” Who hated Jesus? Not the multitudes who were fed, not the multitudes who were healed, not the multitudes who were forgiven, not the multitudes who lined the road and shouted Hosanna. The ones who hated Jesus were the separated religious zealots who plotted against him and scourged him and delivered him to Pilate to be killed. And, they will throw you out of the synagogues and Continue reading

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