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“after hearing about Jesus, she came up in the crowd behind Him and touched His cloak.” Mark 5:27   We encounter desperate people regularly but seldom know it. They often hide their loneliness, fear, or shame behind a smile or even humor. Desperate people need the hope of Jesus Christ;[...]

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“A woman who had had a hemorrhage for twelve years, and had endured much at the hands of many physicians, and had spent all that she had and was not helped at all, but rather had grown worse—after hearing about Jesus, she came up in the crowd behind Him and[...]

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“Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.” Romans[...]

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“Fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7b   Occasionally acting foolish doesn’t make one a fool. However, Proverbs clearly describes the person whose life is a fool’s game. Throughout this book of wisdom, three different Hebrew words are translated, “fool.” Today’s verse isn’t talking about the dimwitted or the ruthless[...]

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After last week’s annual meeting in Dallas, it appears we have a paradigm shift in the Southern Baptist Convention. We’ve become culturally sensitive and biblically aware, when we need to be biblically sensitive and culturally aware. Here’s what I mean. If we feel a need to pass resolutions about things[...]

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Key Verse: “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” Matthew 5:7 As we continue looking at the Sermon on the Mount, it’s important to recognize that the Beatitudes are not commands to obey but rather the character of Christ to display. In His righteousness, Jesus displayed mercy and forgiveness; whereas[...]

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Key Verse: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Matthew 5:6 Diet and exercise are critical to physical health and maturity. Can you imagine eating just one meal a week and sustaining an active and productive life? You might succeed for a week or two[...]

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Key Verse: “Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5 The third Beatitude, gentleness, is not the absence of anger but the discipline and discernment to be angry over the right things, at the right time, and with the right tone. Those who are gentle rest in[...]

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Key Verse: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4 One of the greatest deterrents to revival in the American church is a lack of grief over our own sin. The baseline for what the average professing Christian considers sinful has been lowered tremendously in recent[...]

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