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Living Life To The Fullest

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“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come so they can have life. I want them to have it in the fullest possible way.” – John 10:10 NIRV Thursday someone made a statement about me and God giving me so many talents and gifts. They were giving a list of […]

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2015: New Year, New You

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2015…A new year! Time to wipe the slate clean, leave old bad habits behind and step into new better ones. For most of us the start of a new year brings New Year’s resolutions. We resolve to live a better life than we lived the previous year. Nothing is off limits! Bad eating habits…gotta go! Spending too much money…gotta go! Procrastinating on important tasks…gotta go! Not opening the Bible…gotta go!

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Letter to My Younger Self: Be Fearless and Be Used


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“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 “‘This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save […]

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Relinquishing Control

...to God

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I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. (John 15:5 NASB) Every time I think I hear or read a sermon title that I think I don’t need, God says, “Yes you do!” Have […]

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Walking In The Overflow

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One day Elisha went to the town of Shunem. A wealthy woman lived there, and she urged him to come to her home for a meal. After that, whenever he passed that way, he would stop there for something to eat. She said to her husband, “I am sure this man who stops in from […]

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Imitation of Christ Series

What Does It Mean To Be A Christian

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When we look at the heavenly definition of success, we realize that money, fame, and material goods are not how God shows favor or blesses people. They can be conduits to fulfilling His will, but they are not by definition a blessing

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Imitation of Christ Series

Expectation v. Reality

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So here are the hard questions: Is God a sadistic God? No, scripture says He is a loving (1 John 4:6-8), just (Psalms 25:8), and holy (Leviticus 11:44-45) God. Did the Disciples suffer needlessly? No, through their suffering what started out as a small group of followers grew into the salvation of billions through the ages as the Gospel of Jesus Christ spread. So, in reality, is there a purpose for your suffering or hard times? Yes. You have a cross and a purpose and many times they go hand in hand.

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Imitation of Christ

That's What He Said

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According to His words, Jesus claimed to represent God. Not only was this deemed sacrilegious, He went one step further to declare that there was no other way to access the Father and presumably Heaven unless through Him. That’s what He said. But what does that mean? And what does that mean for those that don’t believe He was Christ the Messiah?

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Intimacy with God: Reading vs. Studying


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As soon as it was night, the believers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue.  Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what […]

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A God of Convenience


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A few days later Felix came back with his wife, Drusilla, who was Jewish. Sending for Paul, they listened as he told them about faith in Christ Jesus. As he reasoned with them about righteousness and self-control and the coming day of judgment, Felix became frightened. “Go away for now,” he replied. “When it is […]

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