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Saul’s Conversion

There is no danger that we will ever learn too much; and there is so much to know about doing God’s will. So let’s start with some fundamentals. The Bible is the oldest book or collection of any kind found anywhere. 2) It is the single source for everything mankind knows about God, Satan, Christ, angels, demons, heaven or hell, and a good many other topics. 3) It starts “In the beginning” and ends with a vision of “New Jerusalem”…

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God Handed Them Over

"Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with…

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Works Alone

“I don’t have to get my healing from sin myself - Jesus got it for me.” This is a quote from Pastor David Crank. It seems harmless at first look, but after listening to Pastor Crank for a few minutes, I believe he meant that now and forevermore Jesus has “healed” him from all sin without him doing any more than saying a single prayer. This is the most common view of Christian salvation today. Too bad you cannot find…

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Choosing To Put God First

A man goes to the store and buys a guitar. It's a real fancy guitar, extremely expensive and top of the line. What sets this man apart is that he has never played the guitar. He doesn't know the first thing about it. He tells himself that he'll learn after he buys the guitar. Therefore, he spends, buys the guitar, and takes it home. A few years later the man goes through his closet and finds the guitar still sitting…

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I Never Knew You

Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord' shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, but those who do the will of my Father which is in Heaven. (Matthew 7:21) I wonder. Do you suppose the Savior of mankind, the Holy Son of God either sometimes did not mean what he said, or occasionally did not say what he meant? Did He at any time fail to state things clearly or concisely? Now I know that there are a good…

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Ever Learning

When I watch the televangelists on TV I get the impression that there is a lot of selling going on. I see those same things in politics, and it makes me uncomfortable there too. Unfortunately, the product appears to be the televangelists themselves and not the things that will bring life to the listeners. Certain names spring to mind immediately. In some cases with churches it is similar. Everybody is schooled, but it seems sometimes that nobody has learned anything.…

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Be not deceived

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. Paul in Galatians six, in the middle of a call for the Christians there to continue in good works, unleashed a warning and defined a universal truth. You will not receive anything contrary to what…

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Great Quotes- Martin Luther

"The first thing I ask is that people should not make use of my name, and should not call themselves Lutherans but Christians. What is Luther? The teaching is not mine. Nor was I crucified for anyone . . . . How did I, poor stinking bag of maggots that I am, come to the point where people call the children of Christ by my evil name?" We must lead people to Jesus, not preachers' personalities or denominations. In a…

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Returning the Favor

By Dene Ward In the past few years people have done things for me that I could not even have imagined.  They have cleaned my house, they have put up my garden produce, they have brought meals, they have taken me to the doctor over and over and over, putting about 120 miles on their cars each time.  They have shopped for me and then conveniently forgotten how much I owe them.  They have walked up to me and in…

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In Sickness and Health…Or When We Are Tired Of One Another

It seems no one understands what vows in marriage are in our current society. Clearly we are unable to keep any of the vows made to God toward our spouse. I know most people never really contemplate the words that they are repeating as the minister presides over the wedding service. We are just parroting the words back, not meaning for one moment that we are going to stay with the person, whom we have given a ring as a…

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