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The Lord is the Spirit

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17 ESV What does having this type of freedom mean? It means that all we had to do was accept the free gift of salvation from our heavenly Father. We accepted it with our hearts and …

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Christ Has Set Us Free

Hallelujah! Christ has set us free. Until Jesus sacrificed Himself for our sins, we were slaves to sin. As slaves, we were far removed from our Master, our Father in Heaven. We had no hope. We did not have the Holy Spirit living within. Now that we have all of these wonderful blessings as a …

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Where Is Your Hope?

Yesterday the Pastor ended the service with two questions for us:Where’s your hope?Do friends and family know where your hope is? I know the answer, “my hope is in Jesus,” and I know the phrase is throughout the Bible, but honestly, I struggle with it. To me, “hope” means something we’re uncertain of. I “hope” …

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Rebellious People

I’ve been thinking about all of the “rebellious” people I’ve known during my life and about what made them that way. At first it seemed like it was either rage or pride, but the more I thought about it, the more reasons I discovered. Rage/anger Pride/narcissism Loneliness/abandonment Not fitting in Lack of social skills OCD …

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Rebelling Against God

What got me thinking about this topic of rebellion was last Sunday’s sermon. The Pastor said that people who don’t accept God’s free gift of salvation are rebellious. They’re rebelling against God, but they’re really rebelling against being under His authority. They don’t want to “submit” to Him. I’ve admitted time and time again that …

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I Am A Sinful Man

Do you watch The Chosen? If so, I’m sure you’ll remember the scene from Season One inspired by Luke 5:1-11. I think about it a lot, actually. It’s not that Jesus almost sank their boat with fish, although that’s miraculous, it’s Simon Peter’s response, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” …

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Come To The Light

This passage really speaks to me because I lived it. I believe that I made a conscious decision to turn away from God when I left for college. In my heart and mind, it was a transition period. I was “free” and “independent” and a certified “adult.” I wanted to live life on my terms …

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Practice Righteousness

Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. Little children, …

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The Gospel

I think we make out the Gospel to be more complicated than it is, as far as sharing it. If you watch Ray Comfort’s video (below), you’ll see how he simply asks questions and then tells the young man that Jesus died for his sins. Paul shares the Gospel in just two verses in 1 …

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Your one

The Pastor reminded us this week to continue to pray for “your one.” The one person in your life (or two) who your heart aches for their salvation. I never heard it called that before, “your one,” but I really like that phrase. It’s assigning responsibility to each of us to pray for one or …

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