The Danger of Self Love (2005)
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The Danger of Self Love (2005)

The gospel calls for a radical new view of how we relate to one another. Christians, as the body of Christ, are to put God first and others above themselves. Instead of self love, which puts “me” above everyone else–even God–the self-sacrificing love of God works for the common good. The apostle Paul beautifully expresses...

One Life to Serve Jesus
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One Life to Serve Jesus

God created every single person on the earth. We all rightfully belong to God. We have one life, and it is our duty to love and serve God with all our minds, souls, hearts, and strength. If we refuse to do this, we are thieves–stealing ourselves from God. Have you made this decision to return...

A Deathblow to Pride (2005)
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A Deathblow to Pride (2005)

Pride consists of self-interest which fights to keep its position. If pride exists in the church, it creates a pecking order that cripples God’s people. Pride will also block God from answering prayer. So what is the deathblow to pride? Pride cannot survive where self-sacrificing love exists. The example of Jesus Christ teaches us what...

The Eli Spirit
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The Eli Spirit

God confronted Eli, the high priest of Israel, with the sins of Eli’s sons who served in the temple. Instead of addressing his sons, Eli took a fatalistic approach: “Let God do whatever seems good to him.” God wanted to save Eli and bring revival to Israel. But, Eli’s impenitence blocked God and led to...

Save Yourself Today
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Save Yourself Today

When Elijah called down fire on Mount Carmel, the Israelites acknowledged that the Lord was God. However, they didn’t serve him. They refused the opportunity to repent and save themselves from God’s wrath. Then, when Jesus Christ laid down his life on Calvary, he set a second Mount Carmel. The call was the same: “Sinner,...

Come to Mount Carmel
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Come to Mount Carmel

At Mount Carmel, Elijah confronted the backslidden people of Israel with the question, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, serve him. If Baal is God, serve him.” You, as a member of this listening audience, may face this same question. Have you heard the Word of God on...

The Fullness of the Beatitudes
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The Fullness of the Beatitudes

The beatitudes outline what happens in a person’s heart in conversion. But the fullness of the beatitudes consists in its application to heart purity. As in conversion, the path to entire sanctification begins with poverty of spirit. You begin to see the disparity between your walk and the apostles’ walk. Every area of your spiritual...

Get Past Your Pride (2005)
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Get Past Your Pride (2005)

King Hezekiah led revival in Israel. When he seemed on the verge of death, he cried out to the Lord. God answered him with 15 more years of life. Then, King Hezekiah revealed an underbelly of pride: he showcased the wealth of Israel before the Babylonians. God responded by saying that the Babylonians would capture...

God’s Terms for Salvation
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God’s Terms for Salvation

The prophet Jeremiah warned of Israel, “Reprobate silver shall men call them, because the LORD hath rejected them” (6:30). You may ask, why would God reject a sinner? Simply, God will reject sinners who are unwilling to be saved on God’s terms. God’s terms for salvation require total, complete abandonment to God and his will....

What Is Repentance?
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What Is Repentance?

When Jesus preached, he said, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Because repentance is the way that you enter the kingdom of God, it’s essential to understand the command. So what is repentance? First, repentance is not feeling remorse because of the consequences of your sin. Repentance isn’t conviction. It isn’t an...