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To My Dying Breath

Have you found a purpose for life big enough to captivate your soul to your dying breath? The Bible points the way for you!...

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Guidance for Complex Decisions

God's word meets us in real life where we face questions that require His direction. Here we find two examples of how to deal with complex matters....

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To Whom Do You Trust Your Life?

We live in a culture that shouts to us “trust yourself!” and “you can do it!” But how is that working for us? The Bible has a different perspective....

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Being and Doing the Lord’s Work

The disciple of Jesus Christ is both a product of God's workmanship and a workman in His service. Life is a path of growth in Him and service for Him....

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The Care and Feeding of Recovering Idolaters

Idol worshipers are not beyond the saving grace of God in Jesus Christ. So how should we welcome them into the fellowship of His Church?...

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Wisdom: Making Sense of Apparent Contradictions

What if Scripture seems to contradict itself? This calls for wisdom and careful study, but the result will be worth the effort. Let's get the Bible right....

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Security vs. Restlessness

Do you find yourself often restless, longing for some change of life that would make you happier and more fulfilled? God has provided security for you....

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Peace and Purity in the Church

Sin among God's people should not be. Sadly, it has always existed. Here we find instructions for dealing with it. Let us take heed....

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Church Discipline and Membership

There must be discipline in the church. But what attitudes must members have to submit to discipline? How should pastors and leaders administer discipline?...

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Preparing for Finals

Public acclaim in this world is of no consequence. What matters is the state of our hearts when we stand before God in final judgment....

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The Christian's Identity: God’s Lowly Farmhand

God gives you a role in His work of growing disciples. But do you know your identity in the spiritual harvest? Are you taking yourself too seriously?...

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The Blessing of Being Simple

Biblical truth runs cross grain to worldly wisdom. How often have you heard someone praised for being simple? But you can hear that in Scripture....

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Unity for God’s Glory

Divisiveness is an ugly sin, but it will not be a problem where people seek God's glory alone. True unity flows from a passion for God's exaltation....

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The God of Wisdom and the Wisdom of God

"Wisdom is the power to see. and the inclination to choose, the best and highest goal, together with the surest means of attaining it." J.I. Packer...

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How God Uses Means to Meet Needs

What should we do when we see people in need? We can't possibly respond to every worthy cause. Here is guidance that will help us help others....

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Do We Need the Old Testament?

Do believers in Jesus Christ who is revealed in the New Testament need to study the Old Testament? Here is clear evidence that we do....

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Purpose in Life: Unchanging and Unending

Why do we exist? Is there a reason for being that is great enough and noble enough to command our hearts, minds, and wills from cradle to grave? Yes!...

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The Role of Government

What does God say about the role of government in the life of the Christian? Should a believer ever disobey the powers that be? If so, when?...

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Love God; Hate Evil

The true disciple brings his or her whole being to God as a living sacrifice. The result is transformation by a renewed mind that loves God and hates evil....

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God is--the Challenge of Describing the Holy One

God is too holy to be described in human words, but we must try. When we have exhausted our efforts, we worship Him by ascribing to Him all glory forever....

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Lifelong Fruitfulness

God uses two trees to give a warning and a promise about our relationships to each other and to Him. Expect fruitfulness. Beware of arrogance....

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God’s Faithfulness and Wisdom

When current events are perplexing, bewildering, and maddening, we do well to stop and consider the wisdom and faithfulness of God. He always wins....

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When You Despair over the Lost

What believer has not felt some level of despair over his or her unsaved loved ones? What can we do? Scripture gives us some positive steps to take....

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Denial? No! Hope? Yes!

Denial of reality is a common problem for us when life grows unbearable. The Bible never hides the truth about pain or the hope which we have in Christ....

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More than Forgiven

The Psalmist prayed for mercy and forgiveness, but God in Christ has given all that and much more. We are more than forgiven....

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Wait till you hear this!

The story of the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt is amazing and inspiring, but it's nothing compared to what God did next. Wait till you hear this!...

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Why did Christ Die?

There are several correct answers to "why did Christ die?" but one very wrong answer is "so we may sin freely." Here is an important correct answer....

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When the Prosperity Gospel Goes Bankrupt

The prosperity gospel teaches "Believe in Jesus and you will have health and wealth." But many of us find this isn't true. What then?...

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Praise and Faith When All Seems Lost

Praise of God and growth in faith build on each other. Praise builds faith and faith fuels praise even when all seems lost....

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Shut Mouths; Believing Hearts

God's Law and Christ's Gospel combine to change us from arrogant unbelievers to grateful disciples--people with shut mouths and believing hearts....

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When the Church is Full of Hypocrites

God blesses His people so that they shine as a light to the world and the nations come to Him in faith. But what if believers are hypocrites?...

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