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10
Nov 2009

Psalm 51:2-3 2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. A rebel – in defiance of the King A transgressor in so many things Falling short of all that’s right Nothing hidden from his sight   Yet, kindness like a river flows Great faithfulness his people know Fallen children need a father’s love He brings cleansing from above   Blessed is the one who is forgiven Grace and mercy flow from heaven Sin’s strong......

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10
Nov 2009

John 1:29 29 ¶ The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! Follow the Lamb of God   Come and see – this Lamb of God In Human form on earth he trod Both Son of God and son of man Revealing God’s eternal plan Jewish Messiah, sacrifice and seed Prophetic hope for this world’s need   Follow Him and you will find Real peace, new joy, a renewed mind A friend, a brother, yet a king......

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07
Nov 2009

During our pre-launch gatherings, I have been speaking about the priority of the gospel in the life of a believer and in the life of the church. Keeping the gospel central was Paul’s concern, as he wrote the book of Galatians. The gospel foundation of the Galatian churches was being undermined as others intermingled human effort with grace. Paul’s message to the church and false teachers is that a non-grace gospel is a non-gospel. The good news of the gospel is that Christ faithfully lived the life that I have failed to......

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31
Oct 2009

Paul, said, ‘the gospel is of first importance’ in the church (1 Cor 15:3-4). The gospel defines how we live out our ultimate purpose in life which is to glorify God in all things. In my early experience as a student and pastor, I was taught two alternative purposes for the world and for what drives the Christian life. I was taught that history has either a soteriological purposes (to redeem sinners) or a doxological purpose (to bring glory to God). Consequently on the practical level, believers have either a soteriological purpose......

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18
Aug 2009

The only acceptable posture toward Scripture is to read and study it, to stand beneath it, to submit to it, to accept it as it is indeed the Word of the Living God – our one and only authority for theology and life....

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24
Jun 2009

Sin, Creation, and the Gospel Dr. John P. Davis               A biblical view of the created world and of the Christian’s relationship to the created world depends upon how one views sin in relation to creation. In Genesis 1-2 the created order is designated as good. Human sin does not exist within God’s handiwork. “Sin, an alien invasion of creation, is completely foreign to God’s purposes for his creation” (Wolters, 48). When sin entered through Satan’s deception, all of creation became ensnared in the throes of abnormality and distortion. However, Scripture......

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11
Jun 2009

Stop jumping through hoops! Dr. John P. Davis  The phrase “jumping through hoops” provokes the image of a circus where a man with a top hat and cane orchestrates clowns and animals that jump through hoops of flames for the entertainment of others. They have been trained for this exercise of entertainment and respond obsequiously to the motions of the Circus master.      “Jumping through hoops” is an idiom that implies “trying to meet exacting expectations.” It also implies that the behavior is so well trained that mature thought and reflection may not......

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08
May 2009

We may live today assuming that we have plenty of time to think about cleansing, forgiveness,  serving God, and eternity. Unpredictable, calamitous, life-ending events remind us that we all live either on the brink of eternity with Christ or on the brink of eternity in hell. None who perish in disaster enter upon the day with the forethought that as a Christian this may be my last day and I’ll meet my Savior, or as one who rejects the Lordship of Christ, today my life will end abruptly  and I will wake up......

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