Standing our Ground

As we draw the spiritual warfare series to a close we have studied each of the pieces of the armor of God Paul lays out in Ephesians. Each piece of…

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Sidetracks aren’t necessarily bad but can be perplexing and frustrating. Sometimes a shipwreck crashes your plans or dreams on the rocks, and all you can do is pick up the pieces. Shipwrecks are painful and scary, and you wonder, “Okay God, what now?”

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Religious Revolutionaries

We need a spiritual revolution to produce a spiritual Revival. We need to rebel against the demonic forces that exist to destroy all that is decent and good. We need…

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Pay Attention

The American philosopher and psychologist William James once defined human attention as a “withdrawal from some things in order to deal effectively with others, a condition which has a real…

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Follow the WAY.

It’s not our responsibility to change our culture. Only the power of God through the gospel can do that! Our job is to help people know Christ, through the content of our life and the substance of our conversations. It is Christ that frees us from the penalty of our sin. He will change society as hearts are changed within its members.

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Fear Not

The story is told about Uncle Oscar being apprehensive about his first airplane ride. His friends, eager to hear how it went, asked if he enjoyed the flight. “Well,” commented…

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Acts Series – The Unknown God

While the philosophers that participated in the Areopagus were primarily interested in the mental exercise of sharing new ideas this day they would be introduced to a philosophy that would change the world more than any other single philosophy in history, the message of Christ and him crucified.

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The Gospel Unchained

We may be so bound in the prison and stocks of circumstances that we cannot do anything other than pray. But being limited to prayer is not a limitation. The opposite is true, prayer is a mighty weapon to defend us in the time of trial.

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A Beautiful Mess

What made this doctrinal crisis work out as beautiful as it did was the Church’s AIM.

First, the church in Jerusalem made sure The gospel, was never compromised.
Throughout this debate, the gospel of Christ, the gift of Jesus shed for our sins, the call to repentance, was never compromised. The church understood what people—Jew or Gentile—have to do to be powerfully saved.

This could have been a moment when the gospel of salvation could have been terribly confused, and the church could have divided over doctrinal misunderstandings.
• But the church preserved what Paul would say to the Corinthians in chapter 1, when he said: If anyone pulls the cross out of the gospel in any way, shape, or form, they’re wrong.
• So the gospel of salvation was preserved in this great debate.

Second, they preserved the unity of the body of Christ.
No one walked.
• We don’t hear ourselves well in today’s society.
• We are being so in love with a customized society in which every person wants everything his or her way.
• Whether we’re talking about business and the stores we go to,
• or the clothing we buy,
• or the job we do,
• everybody demands that you do it his or her way.
• If not, they walk.

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