Are You An Under Rower For Christ?

I Corinthians 4:1 Today there are all kinds of famous people—Hollywood stars, professional athletes, narcissistic politicians, even celebrity preachers overseeing multi-million dollar ministries. It appears that our world has lost sight of what Christ said in Mark 10:43, “Whoever desi
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Discipleship

Matthew 10:32-39 In 1519, Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes landed in Mexico and began his conquest of the Aztec Empire. The first order he gave on this new land was, “Burn the boats!” Cortes wanted his men to know there was no retreat—they must be fully committed to the conquest. Le
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The Imperatives of Holiness

Matthew 7:22-27 Justification is the judicial act whereby God declares a believing sinner to be righteous. Sanctification flows out of this as a believing sinner is transformed in holiness. God will not declare a person righteous without also making him righteous. These are both essen
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The Necessity of Repentance

Today we will examine what Jesus meant when He used the word ‘repent’. From the very beginning of his ministry (Matthew 4:17), the word ‘repent’ was common in his teachings and throughout his earthly ministry. He boldly proclaimed before multitudes, “Unless you repent, you will all li
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That’s Not Fair, That’s Grace!

Matthew 20:1-16 Dr. Charles Sykes once said that the average teenager uses the phrase “It’s not fair” around eight times a day. It’s not fair that some people are taller, faster, prettier, more popular, or more successful. Life may not always be fair, but God is always good. Matthew 1
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Divine Soil Analysis

Matthew 13 Matthew 13 is the turning point in Jesus’ ministry. He had been offering the kingdom and himself as Israel’s king but the nation rejected him. From this point on, he no longer proclaimed that the kingdom was at hand but called individuals to surrender in faith to his lordsh
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Measuring a Man’s Leadership

Men are very different from women. In many ways it is not hard to be a man but being a godly man and leader is not easy. A man’s spiritual leadership is very important to his family, his church, and to the world. God works through men (not to the exclusion of women) and desires every
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Jesus Encounters the Paralyzed Man

Jesus was teaching and healing in the city of Capernaum, near the Sea of Galilee. He stopped in Capernaum frequently and did many miracles there but very few people believed in him. The paralyzed man and his friends were the exception. Mark tells us five times that the man was paralyz
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Invasion Sweeps the Middle East

Daniel 11 Daniel 11 contains a detailed prophecy of future events (now history) so accurate that liberal scholars insist that Daniel must have been written after the fact because there is no way such events could have been predicted so precisely. Daniel received this revelation while
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Secrets From The Vine

John 15:1-17 Whether it is the beginning of a new year or not, it is a good to take time to assess and evaluate.  A new year is a good time to make course corrections.  A new year is a good time to get back on track spiritually.  If you are not satisfied with how you ended last year,
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