The Invitation

Jesus’ ministry was abuzz with rumors, questions and “office water cooler” talk.  He was famous throughout Israel. It would seem that people were not really quite sure what to think about this commoner who taught with authority and worked miracles.  Who was this man? Jesus asked his disciples about what others were saying about Him:

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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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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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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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Knowing Jesus as a Person

I’ve been a follower of Christ since I was 12 years old.  That was a long time ago.  I have been involved in various capacities of ministry for over 20 years.  I am not a novice when it comes to church life, the Bible, preaching, praying, or anything else that goes along with the Christian

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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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Identity, Authority & Motives (part 1)

Most people in life have struggled with their personal identity at some time or another.  The teens years often are very hard on adolescents as they try to figure out “who they are”.  Many don’t find out until much later in life.  How many men have went through mid-life crises’ because they hadn’t truly “found

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Jesus, a Pharisee and a Sinner

In Luke 7:36-50, we find a very interesting story.  It’s where a woman, whom Luke addresses as a sinner, anoints Jesus’ feet with ointment and washes his feet with her hair.  All this happens while Jesus is eating at the home of a Pharisee.  There’s some interesting things to note here.  The first of them

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Clearance Sale Jesus

A friend and I were talking one day about the cost of following Jesus. Following Jesus is a costly thing.  He said Himself that if we didn’t give up everything to follow Him that we couldn’t be His disciple (Luke 14:33).  That’s costly. It’s not about us working to receive salvation. It’s about being in

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Celebrating or Rejecting Jesus

In Luke 8:26-40 we find a story about Jesus delivering a man possessed by many demons.  This man was in really bad shape. Jesus helps this man and it’s interesting to see how the people, who knew this man, reacted to Jesus. First of all, Jesus reconstructed this man’s life. This man lived in the

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