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What You Must NOT Do (to Walk in Salvation) (January 2017)

Compromising gospels have so overgrown the straight way of salvation that, before asking, “What must I do to be saved?” we must first address, “What must I not do to be saved?” Beginning with the hyper-Calvinistic belief, “I don't need to do anything to be saved,” Pastor Ray takes up over half a dozen snares...

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The Turning Point (2010)

Peter listened to John the Baptist and Jesus preach, and was likely baptized. While other disciples, including Peter's brother Andrew, cleaved to Jesus, Peter continued to pursue money and self-provision by fishing. It didn't dawn on him that Jesus was God living as man. So what was the turning point for Peter? It was when...

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The Road into the Heart of Jesus

One sabbath day, Jesus healed a woman in the synagogue who'd been “completely” bowed over for 18 years. This same Greek word, pantelēs, is used in Hebrews 7:25: “[Jesus] is able to save completely those who draw near to God through him.” Just as truly as sinners are completely bound by sin, they can be...

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Love Is Strong as Death

“Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave” (Song of Solomon 8:6). This is how Jesus wants us to feel about him. The Christian faith isn't about “doing it right” or “believing the right way”–it's about...

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The Treasure of Your Heart?

Human beings were designed to give everything for the sake of what they love the most. In heroic displays of faithfulness, ancient Chinese concubines would be buried alive with their deceased emperors; the first apostles were crucified, beaten to death, or slain by sword; and, today, millions of Americans sacrifice everything for lifestyle, professional sports,...