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Palm Trees: Do You Have The Character That They Do?

Most of us have been compared to something or someone at one time or another. The comparison may have been favorable, or it may have been an insult. But there is one comparison, straight from God’s Word, that is something to strive for—that of the palm tree.  Do you have ...

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Signs of a Mature Christian

“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and ...

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Prepare the Soil of Your Heart

“Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seeds. As he scattered them across his field, some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate them. Other seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seeds sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow. But the plants ...

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Who Is That in the Mirror? Your True Identity

To be honest, I haven’t always been James’ biggest fan. While I know the Bible doesn’t contradict itself, I’ve alway wrestled with him about his perspective on grace. Some of what James says is difficult to reconcile with salvation by grace alone. But this morning, I heard an explanation of one of ...

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Persecution: Bringing Beauty to the Bride

American tolerance for Christians is very thin.  Not all of the criticism of Christianity is unwarranted.   Just or unjust, persecution is guaranteed—and will bring blessing to the Church.  It is a tool of transformation which will bring the unity Christ prayed for in John 17:1, “I pray that they will all be ...

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