The Fruit of Forgiveness

God strategically designs times in each of our lives to allow us to be more like Him—times when we will be betrayed by those we love; moments when we have been abandoned; moments when we experience the silence that often follows. During quiet periods, when it’s dark and lonely, this silence will scream in our […]

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Analysis of a Courtroom Fiasco

Selected Scriptures Sermon Series: Jesus: The Greatest Life of All Introduction Jesus was the only person to live His entire life without doing anything wrong. Yet, He was arrested, tried, convicted, and condemned to suffer a punishment normally reserved for the Roman empire’s worst criminals. His arrest was a betrayal and His trials a farce, […]

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Encountering Jesus along Life’s Road

Luke 24:13-35 Sermon Series: Jesus: The Greatest Life of All Introduction Fantastic! Outstanding! Incredible! Thanks to blockbuster movies, thrill rides, and Madison Avenue ad campaigns, we have come to expect that if life isn’t “sensational,” something must be wrong. If we are not careful, we can apply those expectations to our spiritual journey and fail […]

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Why Is the Reformation Important?

John Huss was the spark. Martin Luther lit the torch. Men like Ulrich Zwingli and John Calvin fanned the flames of the Protestant Reformation, which this month will celebrate its 500th year anniversary! Isn’t that remarkable? This magnificent movement of the gospel swept across Europe more than five hundred years ago. You may not know […]

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The Lord Guides Us along the Right Paths

Vision 195 Spotlight on Visión Para Vivir in Venezuela “Everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will inherit eternal life.” (Matthew 19:29) Vanessa couldn’t rest. Amidst the familiar sounds of her house asleep, […]

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Does God Care about Our Suffering?

Agonizing in prayer over a difficult leader who was causing conflict in my church, I asked God to remove him and to protect my family and me. As senior pastor, I became the target for a few disgruntled people that this man had secretly poisoned against me. Eventually they demanded my resignation, threatening to disrupt […]

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Peace that Exceeds Understanding

Peace. Whisper the word to yourself and you can almost feel your heart relax. When you’re at peace, you feel an inner confidence that things are not running wild—regardless of the circumstances. Your mind is at rest. Your heart doesn’t flutter with anxiety. Your focus is clear. But far too often, peace is like that […]

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Micah and His Message

Little is known about the prophet Micah. His hometown Moresheth lay in Judah’s fertile foothills near the fortified cities Lachish, Maresha, and Soco. It was about twenty-five miles southwest of Jerusalem and so close to the Philistine city Gath that it was often linked with this larger city and called Moresheth-gath. Most commentators believe Micah […]

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Romans: Cornerstone of Christian Truth

The editors of the New Geneva Study Bible describe the book of Romans as Paul’s fullest, grandest, most comprehensive statement of the gospel. Its compressed declarations of vast truths are like coiled springs—once loosed, they leap through mind and heart to fill one’s horizon and shape one’s life. John Chrysostom, the fifth century’s greatest preacher, […]

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