My Refuge and My Fortress

Ever have one of those days, or weeks, or months, or years, when it just seems like nothing is going your way and the bad guys seem to always have the upper hand? We shouldn’t be surprised, because Jesus said it would be like this if we claim to be His followers. The world doesn’t…

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A Fresh Look at the Gospel

“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5 to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (Galatians 1:3-4) In Galatians 1:6-7 the apostle Paul says, “I am astonished that…

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The Armor of God Part 6 – The Sword of the Spirit

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly…

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The Armor of God Part 3 – The Proper Footwear

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly…

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The Armor of God – An Introduction

Does Satan really exist? A Barna survey in 2009 yielded these results: “Four out of ten Christians (40%) strongly agreed that Satan ‘is not a living being but is a symbol of evil.’ An additional two out of ten Christians (19%) said they ‘agree somewhat’ with that perspective. A minority of Christians indicated that they…

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The Fruit of the Spirit – Self-control

“But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23). The final fruit of the spirit is self-control. The words here translated self-control combines two Greek words, en, meaning in, and kratos, meaning strength, power, might, or dominion. It implies an inner strength. But we must…

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The Fruit of the Spirit – Gentleness

“But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23). Gentleness is a difficult fruit to live out, because it requires you to have an honest opinion of yourself. Paul tells us in Romans, “by the grace given me I say to every one of you:…

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Fixing our Eyes on Jesus (The Bronze Snake)

Most people, Christian or not, are familiar with the words of John 3:16, arguably one of the most popular verses in Scripture. It is found in the midst of a conversation Jesus is having with a religious leader who comes to Him in secret, trying to learn and understand, while not risking his station. But…

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A Non-Technical Look at Intelligent Design – Part VI

We are examining four examples of intelligent design drawn from the website intelligentdesign.org,  “The theory of intelligent design holds that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection. Through the study and analysis of a system’s components, a design theorist is…

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A Non-Technical Look at Intelligent Design – Part II

In Part I we gave the following description of Intelligent Design from the website intelligentdesign.org,  “The theory of intelligent design holds that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection. Through the study and analysis of a system’s components, a design…

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