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Sunday Rewind: What is “the right thing” in James 4:17?

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Baptized Bodyguards and the Providence of God

We had climbed five flights of narrow stairs, some in the dark, before we ended up in a small room, perhaps 12 x 12, where gathered was about 20 believers. They were part of this house fellowship in south Asia—a church no less—and present were more than Asians and Americans. God was there. In us. […]

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Sunday Rewind: Does Obedience Matter Corporately?

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Sunday Rewind: Why Obedience Matters Personally

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Q Zone: Super Bowl Edition on Good Receptions

Sunday we looked at what constitutes a “good catch” of God’s Word. In other words, how do you know if you’ve received the Word? As James so plainly states, it is both hearing and doing that constitute a true completion. Still, a few flags were thrown (i.e., questions). Here’s what some people were wondering as […]

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Making Much of the Bible

As we opened our new series in James, one of the applicational points I made (designed to help us show what we know) was this: Make much of the Bible. Undeniably this addresses the “know” aspect of the above equation. But that first part is an extremely crucial element. So, as promised, here are some links to […]

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Q Zone: Is it a Sin…?

We often think Jesus’ final marching orders will leave us wondering only about witnessing and missions, but that’s not always the case. As these two questions reveal, there’s more to the Great Commission than meets the eye. Here’s some insight to a couple of intriguing questions related to other aspects of Matthew 28:16-20. Q: Why […]

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What is Spiritual Confidence?

No doubt the New Covenant injects us with spiritual confidence. In fact, that’s one of the key results about which the author of Hebrews writes consistently (3:6; 4:16; 6:9,11,18-19; 10:19; 10:35; 11:1; 12:28). But what is spiritual confidence? How is it expressed? What does it look like? In this episode of FFTV, which is excerpted […]

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The Gospel’s Effects: An Example

The body of believers among whom I pastor are currently enjoying a series entitled “The Gospel-Centered Life,” and we are using the study guide of the same title (by World Harvest Mission) as a companion tool for our small groups. The numerous effects of the Gospel (i.e., what it does in us and for us) […]

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