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Whatever Happened to Repentance?

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Whatever Happened to Repentance? By Howard Green The end result of much of what is being done in evangelicalism today is about life enhancement, not saving souls. People are very enthusiastic when talking about their church, pastor, or small group. It’s easier to talk about religious activities rather than eternal matters with many professing Christians […]

The Bible and Self Development

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The Bible and Self Development A Bible Study by Jack Kelley No one looks at a tree growing out of a crack in the rock high above the desert and calls it the devil’s work, but many extol it as a miracle of God’s creation. I grew up in a secular environment. By that I […]

Trying To Measure Up

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Trying To Measure Up By Grant Phillips The egotist, narcissist, and others of like kind may choose to skip this article since they have no shortage of self-esteem anyway. However, millions of others may need some assurance that they are important just the way they are, absent the sin issue of course. “What are people, […]

The Ugliness Of Self-Righteousness

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The Ugliness Of Self-Righteousness By Grant Phillips When I think of ‘self-righteousness’ I am immediately drawn to Jesus’ blistering of the scribes and Pharisees in Matthew 23 and also to the Pharisee and the publican (tax collector) in Luke 18:9-14. However, lest we forget, Satan is the originator of self-righteousness (Isaiah 14:12-17), and reigns supreme […]

Happy New Year

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Happy New Year Commentary by Jack Kelley Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends […]

The End Game

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The End Game Opinion by Jack Kelley Note: Jack originally wrote this to give us perspective after the 2008 recession. His message here is such a wonderful way to begin the year, so I’ve edited parts to make it timeless. Here are Jack’s thoughts on the 5 things we should do to begin each New […]

How To Win Your Crowns

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How To Win Your Crowns A Bible Study by Jack Kelley So, forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. […]

Hope Springs Eternal

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Hope Springs Eternal By Tim Wildmon At morning staff devotions recently, Cortney Westbrook Sargent, one of our Urban Family Communications personalities, talked about gardening and how you have to maintain the garden if you expect to reap the rewards. He made the point that although you have to plant the vegetables, the weeds will grow […]

The Season of Lust and Pride

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The Season of Lust and Pride December 8, 2016 By Howard Green Jesus is the reason for the season. It is a well known sentiment shared among many Christians this time of year. The simple phrase heralding the centrality of Jesus stands juxtaposed to the rest of the world’s insatiable appetite for more. Although Christmas […]

Man’s Rules vs God’s Rules

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Man’s Rules vs God’s Rules By Nathan Tabor December 3, 2016 In society, we have many rules. Most of these rules are made up by man. Now these rules can cover everything from the mundane to the most serious. However, the most important rules are created by God. And these rules trump any rules made […]

Are We Religious or Spiritual?

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Are We Religious or Spiritual? Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 A Bible Study  by Jack Kelley These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men” (Isaiah 29:13). God had the […]

What Does It Take To Succeed?

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What Does It Take To Succeed? By Grant Phillips In this country, among others, success is a big thing. Most of us think we have not succeeded if we have not arrived at certain plateaus of satisfaction. As far as the world is concerned, success is measured in many ways. Here are some examples. · […]