Provocative Submission: The Lure of Islam

Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! Hebrews 12:9 Any discussion about a life of submission in the 21st century has to take into account the growing popularity of Islam. The reason is …

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That First Christmas, What Jesus Sacrificed for Us.

 "Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men" Philippians 2:5-7   We usually think of the Cross as the sacrifice that Jesus …

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Provocative Bible Verses: Love Your Enemies

When love is seen as nothing more than a fleeting emotion that we can't control, that we fall in and out of, and that comes and goes in a completely arbitrary way, then it is impossible to obey the command of Jesus to love our enemies. So either something is seriously wrong with our understanding …

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Provocative Submission: Is God Really Your King?

Recently I was witness to evidence of that amazing transformation from Communism to Democracy that has been experienced in Ukraine. As a former Soviet Republic the people of Ukraine spent seventy years under communist domination. Since the break up of the Soviet Union there has been a great deal of political turmoil in Ukraine as …

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Would You Give Up Your Wedding Ring for Jesus?

Imagine being convinced that God wants you to make a difference in the lives of other people by giving up your wedding ring. My friend Ali Eastburn was faced with just that situation. Ali learned about the desperate need for clean water in western Africa. People were dying every day because of unclean water when …

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Newsweek Magazine and the Case for Gay Marriage

The cover story for the upcoming December 15th issue is titled, "Our Mutual Joy". The subtitle contends that the Bible is actually supportive of gay marriage and that opponents of gay marriage don't understand what the Bible teaches. While I will admit that many opponents of gay marriage don't understand what the Bible teaches, after …

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Provocative Worship pt 3: What the Father is Looking For

"Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth." John 4:23 & 24 When Jesus had a conversation with the …

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