Breaking the Bondage of Self-Deception
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Breaking the Bondage of Self-Deception

Self-deception can block Christians from living out God's plan for their lives. In Saul's case, he was made into a new man and called to be king of Israel. But, because of self-deception, he didn't believe that God's power would enable him to be a holy king. As a result, he continued to make self-defeating...

The Making of a Man or Woman of God
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The Making of a Man or Woman of God

One factor in the making of a man or woman of God is the person's decision to be planted fully in Christ, with no roots crawling out to evil. I may say I'm a Christian, but if my roots are in wickedness, then my actions (though they may be hidden) will be evil. Using the...

The Mote and the Beam
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The Mote and the Beam

As Christians, we need each other to help us see blind spots in our own character. But the way in which we do this is everything. The first step in helping another person is to remove the beam from our own eye. What is the beam? Yes, there is a small wrong in the other...

The Majestic Mercy of God
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The Majestic Mercy of God

The sabbath, the church, and the majestic mercy of God dovetail. When the gospel is practiced in integrity, the church becomes a safe place of rest–a perpetual sabbath. Then, it is safe to be vulnerable about one's sin and suffering. And, in that vulnerability, to find restoration through Christ.

Revival in the Home
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Revival in the Home

Just as sin began in the home, revival first begins in the home. When a person is restored to the image of Jesus, the life of Christ flows in and through that person to the lives of other people. Very practically, this means fellowship, love, and oneness with those with whom we live–our husbands, wives,...

God’s Humility
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God’s Humility

God's humility is an example for how we're to live as Christians. Just as Jesus suffered in meekness for our sake, we're to take a place of submission to God that allows him to bring his kingdom through us. Pastor Ray explains how Mary, the mother of Jesus, modeled this.

How to Bear Fruit
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How to Bear Fruit

Christians don't produce fruit; they bear fruit. Often, people think that they have to “work on” being patient, kind, humble, or forgiving. But all the Christian virtues–such as patience, forgiveness, and love–are produced in a person by the Holy Spirit. Jesus said that if we would remain or abide in him, we would bear this...

Always Obey the Holy Spirit
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Always Obey the Holy Spirit

Many will obey the Holy Spirit some of the time. But do you obey the Holy Spirit all the time? We enter the highway of holiness through the cleansing cross of Jesus Christ. Once on the highway, we stay on it by always obeying the Holy Spirit. If we refuse obedience in even one area,...

Finding God’s Peace
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Finding God’s Peace

Are you looking for God's peace in your heart, soul, and mind? Finding God's peace begins with a clear conscience. The Bible promises this clear conscience. When we stop hiding from ourselves, God, and others, then we can be cleansed moment-by-moment by Jesus' blood. Then, even during difficult times, God's peace will remain in you.

The Courage of Moses’ Mother
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The Courage of Moses’ Mother

Jochebed, Moses' mother, risked her life to do what was right. Her faith in action exemplifies the life in God a person receives when dying to self. Because of the courage of Moses' mother, God was able to save all the people of Israel from slavery. If you put everything on the line to do...