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People who are opposed to the gospel are not opposed to ice cream.

We are not out to make smarter sinners; we are out to make disciples.

A group of 10 that doubles every 18 months will reach 1000 in 10 years.

Sheol, Hades, Gehenna

Sheol, Hades, Gehenna

What does the Bible teach about sheol? The common word for “hell” in the Old Testament is sheol, which means “the grave,” where people go when they die. In the King James Version, sheol is translated “hell” thirty-one times and “pit” three times. When both saved and...

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What does the biblical word hesed (chesed) mean?

What does the biblical word hesed (chesed) mean?

The Concept of Ḥesed THE CONCEPT OF ḥesed is important to understanding the book of Ruth since it is used to describe both secular and divine-human relationships. Unfortunately, it is a Hebrew word that no one English word can begin to convey accurately. Being...

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How much is enough?

How much is enough?

How much is enough? I had just arrived in Cambridge for my Ph.D. work. I knew nothing about the town but wanted to worship on my first Sunday morning in England. I had no mode of transportation other than my feet. So I started off through the park on my quest for a...

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What does the Bible teach about the Devil?

What does the Bible teach about the Devil?

Who is the devil? Originally the devil was named Lucifer, one of the angels that worshiped God. He fell because of pride. The devil is the origin of evil, the force behind evil today, and the personification of evil. How does the devil carry out his work? First, the...

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There’s something almost magical about Christmas lights

There’s something almost magical about Christmas lights

Shine among them like stars in the sky. —Philippians 2:15 NIV There’s something almost magical about Christmas lights. You can take a simple tree, a humble mailbox, even the most neglected of homes and drape it in sparkling, twinkling Christmas lights and voilà! They...

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What does the Bible teach about demons?

What does the Bible teach about demons?

What is a demon? A demon is a fallen angel with the power of intellect, emotion, and will. Demons are incorporeal beings who are invisible to humans. They carry out the work of the devil on this earth. What is a demon like? The word for demons in the Greek language is...

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God is the subject

God is the subject

God is the subject of the first sentence of the Bible. “In the beginning, God.” He is also the subject of all that comes thereafter. And herein lies one of man's fundamental problems, which ultimately and inevitably leads us into rebellion— We think we are the subject...

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What does the Bible teach about angels?

What does the Bible teach about angels?

What is an angel? An angel is a living being who has a personality (intellect, emotion, and will). Angels do not have physical bodies, but can manifest themselves physically. Angels are powerful, but they are not omnipotent; wise, but not omniscient. There are great...

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What does it mean to believe?

What does it mean to believe?

With the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. ROMANS 10:10 IN JOHN’S GOSPEL, Jesus tells Nicodemus, “God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal...

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Charles Swindoll’s Incomplete list

Charles Swindoll’s Incomplete list

Following is an incomplete list of what you have in store after your immorality is found out Your mate will experience the anguish of betrayal, shame, rejection, heartache, and loneliness. No amount of repentance will soften those blows. Your mate can never again say...

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Let there be light

Let there be light

When God said, “Let there be light,” there was! But take note that he didn’t design the light holders—the sun, moon, and stars—until four days later. During creation, light was bounding about willy-nilly until it was corralled into designated positions. Recently I was...

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Unrestrained, adventurous devotion

Unrestrained, adventurous devotion

He died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. 2 CORINTHIANS 5:15 IN MY UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST, Oswald Chambers writes, Suppose God tells you to do something that is an enormous test of your...

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What is a Daniel Fast?

The concept of a Daniel fast comes from Daniel 1:8–14, “But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Now God had caused the official to show favor and sympathy to...

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Joy to the world!

Joy to the world!

A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. —PROVERBS 15:13 A scientist who studies the effects of humor on the human body reported that laughter stimulates the brain to produce the alertness hormone, catecholamine. The...

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How to increase attendance in your group

How to increase attendance in your group

Effective Bible Teachers know you can only change people who are in the room. You can only make disciples of people who are present. Teaching is only effective when it is heard. God’s Word only influences those who hear it. For these reasons, Effective Bible Teachers...

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We’re all prone to spiritual deception

We’re all prone to spiritual deception

What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? MATTHEW 16:26 IS IT POSSIBLE to profess to be a Christian and yet not know Christ? Absolutely. In fact, according to Jesus, it’s probable. In...

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Why I love Christmas

Why I love Christmas

As the song says, “In the air, there’s the feeling of Christmas.” I love Christmas because I get to see it through the eyes of my three young children. They turn Christmas music on first thing in the morning and make a date with their grandma to make sugar cookies....

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