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What It Looks Like to Come to Jesus

A yoke was used to join two animals together when they were plowing a field. Once you were in ...

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Suicide – Taking Your Own Life

You shall not murder. (Exodus 20:13, NIV) You may know what it’s like to come to the point where you feel so low that you think the world would be better off without you. Others of us have gone through the unspeakable pain of somebody we love coming to that conclusion. You may feel very...Read… Read More

Finding the Love You Need to Lead

You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them…Not so with you. (Matt. 20:25-26, NIV) Love woos, but it never forces. This is so important for Christian parents. Sometimes we can long so deeply for our children to follow Christ that we run the risk of manipulating them. Adults have the power...Read… Read More

Your Struggle with Authority

Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you. (Exodus 20:12, NIV) Your parents are the first authority figures God puts in your life, and your first experience of authority tends to shape your reaction to other authority figures. If you’ve seen...Read… Read More

Distorted Claims

You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God. (Ex. 20:7, NIV) No name has ever been misused more than the name of God, and the result is that millions of people struggle over the very mention of his name. One way the name of God is misused is in distorted claims. The...Read… Read More

The Way to Dethrone Your Idols

They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator. (Romans 1:25, NIV) Idolatry takes a thing that is to be used and puts it in the place of the One who is to be worshipped. It could be a car, a house, or a career,...Read… Read More

What the First Commandment Calls Us To

“You shall have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:3 NIV) The first commandment calls you to a life-long response of gratitude and loving loyalty to the God who loved you and gave himself for you. Positively, this means cultivating affection for him: Remembering him, appreciating him, honoring him, choosing him, loving him, desiring him,...Read… Read More

Where You Stand in Relation to the Ten Commandments

All these I have kept. (Matt. 19:20, NIV) Take a moment to consider where you stand in relation to the Ten Commandments. Here are three possibilities: 1. Some of us think we’ve climbed the wall. A man was talking with Jesus about the Ten Commandments and he said, “I’ve kept them all!” He hadn’t murdered...Read… Read More

Two Kinds of Being Sorry

Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. (2 Corinthians 7:10, NIV) There are two kinds of sorrow: Worldly sorrow brings death. You can be full of regret and never change; you can be sorry without repenting. Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and...Read… Read More

How Much Do You Know God?

My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes. (Job 42:5-6, NIV) Job got what he asked for, an encounter in which God speaks to him clearly, directly, audibly. But afterwards Job says: “I repent.” What did Job repent of? God...Read… Read More

Been There, Done That!

“The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” (Mark 1:15, NIV) Some Christians hear the word repentance and immediately think: Been there, done that! It’s easy to see why. Let’s say you were brought up under teaching that emphasized repentance at the beginning of the Christian life. Sermons ended by calling...Read… Read More

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