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“For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:20   When most of us think about living up to God’s standard, we tend to think about a list of do’s and don’ts. We make a checklist.[...]

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“Let your gentle spirit be known to all men…” Philippians 4:5   More people are becoming hostile and confrontational these days. Consequently, psychologists have flooded bookstores and the internet with advice on how to talk with angry people. But we need to be careful that the advice we follow doesn’t[...]

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A lot of Christians are riled up about the lyrics on the new Taylor Swift album. I’ve read the lyrics, and they’re certainly disturbing. This album isn’t Christian friendly. In fact, it’s anti-Christian. So yes, let’s talk about the Taylor Swift issue, but let’s not stop there.   I always[...]

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“But whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him” 1 John 2:5   Have you ever thought about why you do what you do? The answer is simple really. What you love determines what you[...]

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“If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth” 1 John 1:6   Fellowship is one of those words not used much outside of church or religious circles. Even then we primarily use it when talking about relationships with other believers.[...]

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“She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21   Christians around the world celebrate the birth of Jesus every Christmas. But we can get so caught up in Christmastime activities that we forget exactly what we’re celebrating. Jesus left[...]

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“Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be, since I am a virgin?’” Luke 1:34   Mary’s question was motivated by reason and rationale, not doubt. Who wouldn’t ask about the practical workings of a virgin giving birth? When you think about it, many people approach salvation in a similar way. You[...]

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The Virgin Birth of Jesus is often taken for granted in Christian circles. Yet, there have always been doubters. We certainly live in a time when more and more people are skeptical of Christianity; at least certain parts of it. But that’s the thing—you can’t pick and choose which things[...]

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“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?” Romans 6:1-2   God’s saving grace came at a significant cost—the life of His Son. So, it stands to reason that[...]

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