I have really been wanting to get to this portion of the blog series that I’ve been in over the last few weeks. It’s time to address what God is speaking to this present generation. Each previous post has addressed 3 Questionsthat all Christians should seek to know the answers to. Those three questions are…

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The most accessible biblical answer to the question, “What is God doing in the world today?” can be found in Revelation 21:5 when the One seated upon Heaven’s throne declares, “Behold, I am making all things new.” God is renewing the cosmos. Human sin had an impact on the entire created order. Along with Lucifer’s rebellion and…

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Most Christians I know are living with a regular sense that, although they are saved, there is a large gap between what they believe about God and what they are actually experiencing with Him. How can we remedy this struggle in the Western Church? By helping one another grow in our ability to discern the answers…

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None of us want to waste our lives. We desire our lives to count. Most of us inwardly understand that there is some meaning, some greater purpose, for us being here. If you stop for a moment and withdraw your senses from the chaos of our culture, you can begin to discern that nearly everyone…

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Who is running the world? Do humans run planet earth or does God? I suppose it would be good for Christians to make up our minds about this essential issue before we address the three questions that I am going to leave with you today. My purpose is not to drop a lengthy dissertation on…

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Among countless other opportunities, here are some options for you to consider today. Give big-time love today to others that you inwardly yearn for. Go overboard toward others today with the compassion that you hunger for. Extend to others today the mercy that you depend upon. Offer today to others the forgiveness that you yourself…

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Please allow me to disclose one of my strong personal preferences that actually drives a certain set of behaviors in my life:  I will not go to a restaurant that has poor service.  Let me clarify that…I will go once to that restaurant but I will not go back again.  If I will be spending…

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The last couple of generations of American males have been taught that fighting is bad. My son got suspended from school in fourth grade for fighting back against a fifth grader who cornered him in a bathroom. The assistant principal actually told him that, instead of defending himself, he should have gone and gotten a…

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Sunday is Father’s Day 2019 and I am thinking about a man that most of you do not know named Doug Lyle. The first time I can recall ever having a discussion about Jesus was with my dad while we rode down I-85 somewhere near where Spaghetti Junction is today.  I am pretty sure that…

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Most of us would be surprised to do a survey of the Bible with our singular goal to be to discern what is written therein about human sexuality. Scripture is filled with references about sex. These references include the beauty of marital intimacy, the prohibition of God concerning sex outside of heterosexual marriage, the ordaining…

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So I call myself a person of faith. Christian faith, to be precise. I am a Jesus-follower. If you are reading this today, then it is likely that you also follow Jesus. Yet, do we hold the title of “person of faith” legitimately? We know that we were saved by faith but, beyond that, do…

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Here is the cold, stony, dark reality for all humans: we were born sinners. The problem has always been sin.  As a matter of fact, there were no problems at all until there was sin, because sin is the father of all other problems.  Adam and Eve rebelled against the lone Authority who was also…

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Sometimes, the Father will become really proactive in communicating with His children. Other times, He will be happy to sit silently, waiting on us to begin a conversation with Him about whatever it is that we might want to talk about. A long time ago, I stopped approaching prayer as a formula, a discipline and…

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Looking into the eyes of the young man across the lunch table from me, I saw what I’ve had the unfortunate experience of seeing too many times before. He’d just completed a year at a Christian College which I know to be legalistic, manipulative and saddled with a history of compromised leadership. This disillusioned young…

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Jesus said something in one of His prayers that deeply impacted me almost twenty-five years ago. The first time I read John 17:3, I paused and went back to read it again and again.  Jesus makes a stunning theological statement to the Father when, in His prayer, He says, “And this is eternal life, that…

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There needs to be something that takes your breath away. In each life there must remain something outside of you that, when experienced, so profoundly affects you that you notice a difference taking place. Whatever this thing is, it’s your passion. Trusting that you are a follower of Jesus Christ, I hope you will understand…

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Tonight, at New Bridge Church, we will launch into a new Summer sermon series which will unpack Jesus’ longest recorded sermon, commonly referred to as The Sermon on the Mount. I have called the series Fit For A King. This singular message from Jesus is amazingly counter-cultural and deeply challenging for all believers. Before we…

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For years I have used the illustration of the Christian life being that of a pipe and not a bowl. Bowls receive what is poured into them and then hold what they receive. Pipes, having an opening on each end, receive on one side and then release on the other. Pipes facilitate a flow. Jesus-followers are…

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A friend recently sent me an article he wrote in response to some comments I made about our attitudes toward money.  The entire article was a great read, but something in particular he wrote remained with me all day.  My friend addressed this issue of how easy it was for him to invest in Kingdom endeavors…

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I have no shame in admitting that I enjoy watching the Atlanta Braves play baseball on television. I’ve been doing it since I was ten years old, eagerly tuning in to watch Dale Murphy and company try their best to accomplish greatness at the old Atlanta Fulton county Stadium. My guess is that I will…

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Today, I want to intentionally think on friends who have stood by our sides in seasons which stretch us.  When our life circumstances take a downward turn, or when we find ourselves misunderstood or misrepresented, or when we drop from the heights and are plunged into a foul, soupy marsh, or when we recognize that…

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The Gospels and the Book of Acts are written by four different men. Each human writer supplies different details of the events which surrounded Jesus rising from the dead. I have always been a little challenged to make sense of the chronology of the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus so, with a little online research, I…

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Resurrection is not a nuance of the Christian faith. Resurrection is not limited to some historical event. Resurrection is the ultimate promise of what we believe as Christians and it is an experience that all Christians will enjoy. Resurrection is, in all actuality, a Person. This Person is the Son of God who is the…

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He was the most famous prophet in Israel the day he burst on to the scene. For four centuries, Israel had not heard from their God, so when the Baptizer began to proclaim the word of the Lord in the wilderness, the hungry people began to devour all that he fed them. John’s ministry did…

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Accusation: “Has anyone seen Jeff’s shackles? I want to put him on spiritual lock-down again.” Justification: “Those shackles are in the bottom of the sea.  As far as east is from west.” Accusation: “True…but Jeff forgets that fact with a little provocation from me.  I specialize in cultivating a shamed, guilty conscience.” Mercy: “His God’s…

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