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“Do not be conformed to this world.” That command—one of the firsts in Paul’s letter to the church in Rome—comes after 11 chapters of deep, rich, beautiful gospel doctrine. Paul has taken his readers on a voyage from the depths of human guilt and depravity that resulted in God’s wrath, to the heights of Jesus death and resurrection that has resulted in our f...

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This is My Story | Jason Best

I was saved at an early age. We started going to church, and I heard about being a Christian and if I confess my sins and ask Jesus into my heart, I would go to heaven. I believe in him and I remember really being on fire for him. I'd would tell my friends and family about Jesus, and wanted everyone to hear the good news.Over the next few years, I really started to stray f...

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This is My Story | Christie

What part of your story do you share in 5 minutes when there is so much to share. The part of my story that I would like to share with you today is the part that haunted me for many years, it’s called Anxiety. Not just anxiety but crippling anxiety. Mayo Clinic describes anxiety as intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. It can cause f...

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The Book Shelf | Family Discipleship

“Discipling your child is not primarily your church’s job, your child’s school’s job, or your pastor’s job. This job is yours. This job is vital and requires your unique best... Making disciples at home is not ‘one more thing’ to add to your list of parental tasks. It is the thing, the primary mission and calling that should undergird every single interact...

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His Ways Past Finding Out

“This is not at all how I thought God would work in my life.” Ever heard that one? Ever thought it yourself? God’s ways are strange. Inscrutable. That’s the word translators used in Romans 11:33. It’s a hunter’s term that means untraceable. You can’t track God. His ways are elusive and beyond us. They’re past finding out....

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This is My Story | Vitali

My name is Vitali. This is my story/testimony: Matthew 5:16 "In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." The Lord has always been very gracious to me. Looking back now, I can clearly see His plan being at work in my life, when He brought me from Russia to America 26 years ago. ...

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This is My Story | Marianne

Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: ​TO THE UNKNOWN GOD Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you: God, who made the world and everything in itis not far from each one of us; for in Him...

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Sarah's Trial

Summer was over. We had just returned to our little west coast apartment after enjoying a visit with loved ones in Florida. Somehow we managed to sandwich a brief vacation in between nonstop summer school and fall classes. We had three years of seminary life under our belt and only one more to go. Tommy and I learned to cope with the little down time, little money and ...

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Prosperity Gospel and The Old Testament

A common error in today’s Christian landscape is the teaching of the ‘prosperity gospel.’ Generally speaking, this message communicates that strong enough faith and good enough obedience will always lead to physical health and tangible wealth. In other words, those who truly follow Jesus always find visible success and comfort in this life....

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This is My Story | Allison

My name is Allison Best. I was raised in a Christian home, one of six kids, and the church has always been a part of my life. My dad started as an elder, became worship pastor, then was asked to plant a church where he became the lead teaching pastor. All of my early memories are in the church. In high school, I used to help sing worship, and our church also had a travelin...

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