Your journey: past, present, and future

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Your journey describes your past, it got you to your present, but it does not control your future. Instead of picking up rocks to throw at your past, use them to build a bridge to your future. We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For Continue reading

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Why can’t I forgive?

There really is only one reason you can’t forgive, when you have been hurt so much worse than you deserved by someone who doesn’t deserve to be forgiven, it’s because you’ve forgotten how bad you really are and how much you’ve already been forgiven… Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin”? (Proverbs 20:9) For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of Continue reading

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Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

A lot of confusion has been caused with this verse. I pray that you will be able to put aside prior biases and let the word of God speak to you…  Can two walk together, except they be agreed? (Amos 3:3 KJV) Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so? (Amos 3:3 NIV) Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction? (Amos 3:3 NLT) “Do two walk together, unless they have agreed to meet? (Amos 3:3 ESV) Do two men Continue reading

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What about compassion?

Whoever has earthly possessions and notices a brother in need and yet withholds his compassion4698 from him, how can the love of God be present in him? (1 John 3:17) 4698 splágxnon the inward parts; the heart, affections, seat of the feelings, properly, the internal organs (“viscera”); (figuratively) “gut-level compassion” (visceral feelings); the capacity to feel deep emotions (sympathy, empathy, etc.).

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The love of God

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Have you ever been tempted to ask God what is the greatest attribute: inspiration, truth, knowledge, or faith? Have you ever longed for more inspiration, more truth, more knowledge, more faith? Have you ever focused on inspiration, truth, knowledge, or faith? Have you ever been justifiably proud of your inspiration, your truth, your knowledge, or your faith? If so, you may have missed the message of Jesus Christ.

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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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