"I" MUST DECREASE

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“He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). This was John the Baptist’s answer to his disciples who were concerned that Jesus was “appropriating” their ministry.  From their perspective, it felt like Jesus was “stealing” the stage from...

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Tags: jesus, god, john, pride, sacrifice, i, humility, success, self, self-help, narcissism, self-promotion, self-less

COURTROOM TESTIMONY

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“But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3). Many Believers today think that if we speak about the Gospel, we must have the understanding necessary to...

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Tags: gospel, witness, witnessing, testimony, gift, share, debate, persuasion

EXPECTATIONS AND ACCEPTANCE - P1

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“He said to them, ‘It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority’” (Acts 1:7). The Bible is full of Believers who lived lives like us—filled with conscious and subconscious expectations about the way things are, or the...

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Tags: pain, acceptance, hurt, expectations, anger

DOES GOD NEED TO SATISFY THE SKEPTICS?

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“And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6 NASB). Just because “the world through its wisdom did not come to know God” (1 Cor. 1:21b), does not mean it...

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Tags: faith, jesus, god, darkness, testimony, light, atheist, unbelief, proof, son of god, disbelief, skeptic, demonstration, skeptical, scoffer

OPPRESSION - FRUIT OF THE DEVIL - P1

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“For oppression makes a wise man mad, And a bribe corrupts the heart” (Eccl. 7:7). Have you been feeling oppressed in your daily walk?  What is oppression?  It is “the feeling of being heavily burdened [crushed], mentally, [emotionally, spiritually], or physically...

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Tags: love, joy, holy spirit, peace, anxiety, government, immorality, idolatry, goodness, faithfulness, patience, adversity, fruit of the spirit, works of the flesh, jealousy, kindness, gentleness, oppression, self control, sorcery, strife, disputes, drunkeness, troubled, factions, impurity, crushed, carousing, burdened, sensuality, enmities, outbursts of anger, dissensions

THE MYSTERY OF LAWLESSNESS - P2

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“For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is removed” (2 Thessalonians 2:7).    What is “the mystery of lawlessness”?  Scripture addresses lawlessness clearly, but Paul is speaking...

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Tags: jesus, sin, god, grace, king, rebellion, world, politics, antichrist, kings, king jesus, mystery, anointed, ignorance, lawlessness, man of lawlessness, spirit of lawlessness, spirit of antichrist

THE MYSTERY OF LAWLESSNESS - P1

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“And because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will become cold” (Matthew 24:12).  Lawlessness is increasing, and at a record pace.  We see it in the hearts of anarchists who violate God’s Law when they tear at every human authority—looting...

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Tags: love, jesus, sin, god, culture, law, rebellion, leaders, nations, society, greatest commandment, neighbors, lawlessness, rulers, moral law, god's law, distrust, coldness

AN ENDLESSLY EXALTED NATION

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“Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a disgrace to any people” (Proverbs 14:34).  We are all born citizens of nations.  Citizenship is a contract.  We are called by our nation’s name and given benefits and protections under its laws if we offer our aid to...

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Tags: jesus, god, salvation, kingdom of god, king, citizen, politics, citizenship, nation, nations, kingdoms, rulers, politicians

WHEN THE WORLD SHAKES

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“Therefore, let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe” (Hebrews 12:28). It is hard sometimes to look around us at our circumstances in this crumbling and decaying world and remain...

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Tags: jesus, sin, trust, history, kingdom, kingdom of god, peace, war, politics, nations, disaster, progress, rulers, politicians

THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE JUDGEMENT

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“So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.” (John 16:22) We have sorrows in this life as well as joys. Solomon reflected on this nature of the fallen creation when he said, “there is an...

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Tags: jesus, mercy, god, cross, father, hope, joy, peace, trial, struggle, happiness, judgement, grief, difficulty, repentence, seasons, saddness

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