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Love will win. Love must win, or we all lose.

I was getting ready for a busy Sunday at church when I saw something on my news feed about a “shooting in Orlando.” I thought little more than “Here we go again” as I put the finishing touches on my … Continue reading

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The Lord’s Prayer Fulfilled

What do we see when we read Revelation 21-22? “Streets of gold,” “no more tears”—sounds like “heaven,” by which we mean “where we go when we die, where we will spend eternity.” But is that what’s really going on here? … Continue reading

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Why Worship? Why Worship Together?

It’s Sunday morning, and we gather together as Christians to worship God. The specific experiences are as varied as the number of churches, but most worship services have a few things in common. We sing together—sometimes off-key, sometimes hymns too … Continue reading

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Entering the Apocalypse

What comes to mind when you hear the word “Revelation,” as in the last book in the Bible? Chances are pretty good you think about “end times prophecy” in some way, Revelation as depicting the end of the world at … Continue reading

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“Confess and believe, and you will be saved!”

If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with … Continue reading

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We are Called to Allegiance

“But Peter and the apostles answered, ‘We must obey God rather than any human authority’” (Acts 5:29). Pastor’s Notes: In the book of Acts the first followers of Jesus called themselves “the Way”: people of the way of Jesus, the … Continue reading

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“All you ever do is talk about Jesus and love. Why don’t you preach the gospel?”

Okay, so I’ve never heard it put quite that starkly. And I don’t hear this in quite the critical tone of that title, at least not directly. (What’s said about me when I’m not around, well, that may be a … Continue reading

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