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“For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again…” Proverbs 24:16   We all experience failure. The question is whether we'll get up when we fall—and how? Some believers fail spiritually and never recover. They surrender to the sin in their lives as an inevitable fact. But a season of[...]

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“For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” Romans 6:14   In the early 1970s, renowned psychiatrist Karl Menninger wrote a book entitled, Whatever Became of Sin? He warned that moral society would inevitably vanish if open discourse about sin was[...]

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“And do not get drunk with wine…but be filled with the Spirit.” Ephesians 5:18   The Holy Spirit is the most misunderstood person of the trinity. That’s because He is often trivialized, symbolized, or emotionalized in modern teaching. Consequently, even many church-goers misunderstand who He is and how He works.[...]

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“Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Romans 6:11   Today’s verse is fundamental to our spiritual well-being. But because few Christians understand how to live each day dead to sin, they experience one spiritual defeat after another. For the saint,[...]

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Remember the good old days of “flatten the curve?” Fifteen days of lockdown was supposed to get a handle on the virus threatening to overload our healthcare system. But fifteen days is all it took to fundamentally change America; and it’s still changing. The pandemic was the launching pad for[...]

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“Streams of tears flow from my eyes, for your law is not obeyed.” Psalms 119:136 (NIV)   Christians have various reactions when other people sin. We hear things every day that shock, anger, and appall us. But when was the last time the sin in our culture caused you sorrow?[...]

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“When they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left.” Luke 23:33   Throughout Holy Week we’ve seen what Jesus said to the hypocritical religious leaders, as well as to His devoted followers. But[...]

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“When Jesus had said this, He became troubled in spirit, and testified and said, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, that one of you will betray Me.’” John 13:21   As the time of Jesus’ death drew closer, the conversations shifted to things that hadn’t happened yet; such as the[...]

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“I am laid low in the dust; preserve my life according to your word. I gave an account of my ways and you answered me; teach me your decrees.” Psalm 119:25-26 (NIV)   Nothing is quite as humbling as sincere self-evaluation. As believers, we are to constantly measure our lives by[...]

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