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Christ and the Churches: Part 3 (Revelation 3:1-6)

Churches are people and human nature has not changed. As we continue our study, we must not look on these letters as ancient relics. On the contrary, they are mirrors in which we see ourselves! Sardis, the Feeble Church (Rev. … Continue reading

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Faithfulness to the Master: Part 2 (Luke 12:45-48)

Previously, we looked at the marks of a good servant. Today, we will consider the mistakes of a bad servant. If Jesus came today, what kind of servant would He find you to be? THE MISTAKES OF A BAD SERVANT … Continue reading

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The Truth about God: Part 3 (Luke 20:9-19)

What is God really like? Jesus tells a parable in Luke 20:9-19, which reveals four foundational aspects of the nature of God. In Part 1, we saw God is good. In Part 2, we saw God is patient and loving. … Continue reading

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The Truth about God: Part 2 (Luke 20:9-19)

What is God really like? Jesus tells a parable in Luke 20:9-19, which reveals four foundational aspects of the nature of God. In Part 1, we saw God is good. Now, we will consider two more truths about God we … Continue reading

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Money Talks (James 5:1-6)

“If money talks,” said a popular comedian, “all it ever says to me is good-bye!” But money was not saying “good-bye” to the men James addressed in this section of his letter. These men were rich and their riches were … Continue reading

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3 Attitudes Toward the Will of God: Part 1 (James 4:13–17)

James began chapter 4 talking about war with God and he ends it talking about the will of God. The two themes are actually related: when a believer is out of the will of God, he becomes a troublemaker and … Continue reading

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At War with God (James 4:4–10)

Previously, we saw there are wars happening within ourselves and wars happening with each other. Today, we will discover the primary reason we are at war with ourselves and, consequently, with each other: we are at war with God. We will also … Continue reading

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At War with Ourselves and Each Other (James 4)

War is a fact of life, in spite of treaties, world peace organizations, and the threat of atomic bombs. Not only are there wars between nations, but there are wars of one kind or another on almost every level of life—even … Continue reading

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The World’s Smallest But Largest Troublemaker: Part 1 (James 3:1–4)

James has explained to us two characteristics of the mature Christian: he is patient in trouble (James 1) and he practices the truth (James 2). In this section, he shares the third characteristic of the mature believer: he has power … Continue reading

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Quit Kidding Yourself: Part 2 (James 1:22–27)

There are true believers who are fooling themselves concerning their Christian walk. If a Christian sins because Satan deceives him, that is one thing; but if he deceives himself, that is a far more serious matter. In these verses, James … Continue reading

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Quit Kidding Yourself: Part 1 (James 1:19–21)

The emphasis in this section is on the dangers of self-deception: “deceiving your own selves” (James 1:22); “deceives his own heart” (James 1:26). If a Christian sins because Satan deceives him, that is one thing; but if he deceives himself, … Continue reading

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How To Handle Temptation: Part 1 (James 1:13–16)

The mature person is patient in trials. Sometimes the trials may be tests sent by God or they may be temptations sent by Satan, and encouraged by our own fallen nature. If we are not careful the testings on the … Continue reading

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The Tribulation

“For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again. If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect … Continue reading

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Counterfeit Christians (1 John 3:1–10)

The United States Treasury Department has a special group of men whose job it is to track down counterfeiters. Naturally, these men need to know a counterfeit bill when they see it. How do they learn to identify fake bills? … Continue reading

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The Love God Hates (1 John 2:12-17)

A group of first-graders had just completed a tour of a hospital and the nurse who directed them was asking for questions. Immediately a hand went up. “How come the people who work here are always washing their hands?” a … Continue reading

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Walking and Talking (1 John 1:5-2:6)

The life that is real has an enemy and we read about it in 1 John 1:5-2:6.  This enemy is sin.  Nine times in these verses John mentions sin, so the subject is obviously important.  John illustrates his theme by … Continue reading

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Basic Training for Disciples (Luke 17:1-10)

Many people here have served in the military.  According to the U.S. Army recruiting Web site, “Basic Training lasts only nine weeks, but you’ll remember those nine weeks for the rest of your life.  You’ll spend your time learning what … Continue reading

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Lessons from a Leper (Luke 17:11-17)

The Bible never promises our lives will be free from pain and difficulties, instead the Bible promises we will have many trials and tribulations in this life.  The secret to a successful life is knowing where to turn for help … Continue reading

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Hearers and Doers (James 1:22-25)

Many people think their spirituality is based on how much they know about the Bible, not on how obedient they are to the commands in Scripture. I know many people who have superior knowledge of the Bible, but it never … Continue reading

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Consequences

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked.  A man reaps what he sows (Galatians 6:7). Very few things motivate us to give God our undivided attention like being faced with the negative consequences of our decisions. Regardless of our … Continue reading

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Worldliness

Do not love the world or anything in the world.  If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.  For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride … Continue reading

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What Happens When I Die?

There is a significant amount of confusion regarding what happens after death. The existence of life after death is a universal question. Job asked God, “If a man dies, will he live again?” (Job 14:14). Like Job, all of us … Continue reading

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Why Did Jesus Have to Die?

Question for Pastor Joe: “As I debate Christian theology with my Muslim friends, the issue of the cross and the atonement always seems to be a sticking point.  From their perspective they ask, ‘Why can’t Allah just unilaterally forgive my … Continue reading

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Pride vs. Humility

God extends His grace to the humble, but resists the proud (James 4:6). Humility expresses a genuine dependency on God and others. Humility recognizes we live the Christian life in the same manner we become Christians – by the grace … Continue reading

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Signs of a Hard Heart

I will harden Pharaoh’s heart and though I multiply my signs and wonders in Egypt, he will not listen to you (Exodus 7:3-4). Have you ever met someone who was just plain stubborn? You might know people within your circle … Continue reading

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