The power to transform your life

But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” –Matthew 19:26 The Christian faith is a can-do faith! “I can do all things through him who strengthens me” was the apostle Paul’s declaration in Philippians 4:13, and it should be ours as believers as well. […]

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Leveraging Your Future – Part 2

Leveraging Your Future

First Things First

Is hell for real?

As I look at the church today, I'm astonished at the level to which I've seen so many forget about the full truth of the Gospel. You see, Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sin and save us so we can go to heaven. Yet many men and women in our church today have chosen to ignore the fact that Jesus saved them from something… hell.

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The safest place to keep your treasure

Sam Houston, the great American and Texan, came to Christ late in his life. And a preacher, along with a congregation, went down to a creek to baptize him. He confessed his faith and was baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. And when he came up out of the water, he reached into his pocket, pulled out his wallet, and said to the preacher, “Well Reverend, looks like you baptized my pocketbook, too!”

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How you can be salt and light to the world

One Saturday night awhile back, I was discussing with my wife Deb a sermon I was getting ready to preach the next day about having a burden to share the Gospel with others. And as we spoke, I came to realize that much of the church today has become very laid back about their witness. They don’t want to offend and they don’t want to run anyone off. So they’ve just stopped sharing the Gospel.

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Understanding what Jesus did for you

It’s hard to imagine what it was like for Jesus to live under the shadow of the cross every day of His life. Even as a lad in Joseph’s carpenter shop, nailing those nails into a piece of lumber, He must’ve thought about the day when those soldiers would drive the nails in His hands and in His feet.

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Why inconvenience shouldn’t prevent obedience

I heard a wonderful story recently about a man in our church, an attorney, who had driven almost two hours from home to consult with a client about some legal issues. He met with the whole family and spent much of the afternoon discussing legal matters. After the business was completed, he got in his car and headed home.

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Engaging in battle against the evil one

When I lived in Florida decades ago, one thing I remember is the large amount of bird sanctuaries we had. These were places of safety and security for the birds where hunters weren’t allowed to hunt and predators were severely limited or even taken away altogether.

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