You Don’t Have to Worry

| Jul 1, 2013

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Philippians 4:6–7, Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. These words are found in the concluding instruction Paul gives to the […]

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Jesus Saves Sinners

| Jun 17, 2013

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Luke 19:10, For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. Christianity is summed up in these words: Jesus came to seek and save the lost. If we were asked to describe in a sentence the heart of the gospel, here it is. Jesus saves. He came to this world to […]

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Because God Owns Tomorrow

| Jun 10, 2013

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James 4:15–17, Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. This is one of the […]

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What It Means to Be Created

| Jun 3, 2013

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James 4:13–14, Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit” — 14yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time […]

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The Radical Love of Burning Coals

| May 20, 2013

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Romans 12:20–21, To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by doing so you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. So ends the section of character markers in Romans 12 that distinguish […]

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What Others Think: To Care or Not to Care?

| May 13, 2013

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Romans 12:17–19, Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says […]

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The Gospel Is for Relationships

| May 6, 2013

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Romans 12:14–16, Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep. 16Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. This list of gospel-transformed characteristics in chapter 12 takes on a new […]

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This Is the Way to Live

| Apr 29, 2013

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Romans 12:11–13, Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Because of God’s mercy, we are called to live totally transformed lives, which is summarized generally as […]

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What Is Behind Our Love?

| Apr 21, 2013

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Romans 12:9–10, Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Verse 9 kicks off a rapid-fire list of things that should characterize Christians. It is an ethical code of sorts — a way to live — that […]

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The New and Better Rescue We All Need

| Apr 15, 2013

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Isaiah 43:25, “I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.” God has a people and he will redeem them. They are a people scattered all over the world, people from the east and west, sons and daughters from the end of the earth […]

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