Grace upon Grace, Gift upon Gift

For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. (John 1:16) The word grace in the New Testament can also mean gift.  Which is fitting considering that grace is a gift.  You cannot earn grace; you can only receive it. God is a good and kind Father who is rich with His

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Grace & Truth, not Truth & Grace

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.  (John 1:14) Jesus was full of grace and truth.  I believe that God was very specific when He had John write grace and truth. He uses the

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8 Ministers Who Have Helped Shape My Spiritual Journey

Having been a Christian for over 30 years now and being in ministry for over 20 years I have heard my fair share of sermons.  Unfortunately, it takes a lot to really impress me these days when it comes to communicators.  There are some great communicators out there.  But there are some really bad ones

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3 Reasons Why I Struggle to Believe God is Good

There’s a cliché said among Christians where one person will say, “God is good.” Then, another person will say, “All the time. And all the time….” The first person responds back with “God is good.” There’s truth in that. God is good all the time, and all the time God is good. As a follower

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The Cross of Jesus Changes Everything

The Cross is the centerpiece of human history.  By the death and resurrection of Jesus everything changed in an instant.  Death came by one man in an instant through Adam’s disobedience.  Life was made available to all men in an instant when Jesus cried out, “It is finished.”  There was never more a definite statement

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Stop in the Name of the Law

I am a man that likes rules.  It’s just my personality.  I am a person who likes organization and order.  I like to know what my parameters are.  Now that doesn’t mean that I always obey the rules but I like rules. To me it makes life easier.  But rules have their problems.  Mostly that

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Salvation is like the Wind

Salvation is a very interesting thing.  I have seen people commit their lives to the Lord Jesus and everything about them changes in an instant.  I’ve seen people set free from addictions immediately.  I’ve seen people literally transformed into another person overnight because of Jesus. But I’ve also seen some people commit their lives to

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Thank God, I’m Not Like You

I hate to admit this but I have fallen prey to the sin of comparison too many times to count.  It’s a dangerous sin and one that befalls many in the body of Christ.  The sin of comparison is when we compare ourselves to others.  As Jesus-followers we are not in competition with each other.  We are to compliment

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Jesus Offers Overdraft Protection

American Christians today have a sin problem.  Many of you are probably thinking, “Duh!!”.  But our sin problem is not that we sin, but rather that we focus too much on our sin.  Jesus has taken care of our sin problem by dying on the cross and being raised from the dead.  He has overcome

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Identity, Authority & Motives (part 2)

 The word authority gets thrown around a lot among Christian circles, especially in the Charismatic/Apostolic-Prophetic movement.  During the last 20 years I have heard the word authority used so many times.  Some in a right context, but unfortunately many times it has been used in a wrong way.  I’ve seen authority abused and misused.  I’ve

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