Sermons by Ernest O'Neill

by Ernest O'Neill

World Invisible Home

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Is it Rational to Believe Jesus Died and Rose from Being Dead? - John 20:17
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Some things are uncontestable facts. For other things, we can't easily tell if they happened or not. Which category does the death and resurrection of Jesus fall into?
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What's the Purpose for Your Life?
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So many and books spend their time telling us how to occupy ourselves while we're here, but no one tells us why we here and where we're headed. Do you find that to be true in your life?
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Why are We Here on this Earth?
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We are all on the "bus of life" but where are we going on it? Why are we here? Only someone that has come onto the bus from the outside or that has left the bus and come back can begin to give us those answers. Jesus is that answer.
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You Are Unique
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You are not just a number or someone unimportant. You are the only person like you and your creator has a dream for you.
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Eternal Bus Ride
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We distract ourselves from the question of why we are alive by concentrating on staying alive and finding thrills for excitement.
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How Do you Know What's Right? - Romans 9:1
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Are you walking in uncertainty in your life--unsure of which way to turn? The only way you'll come into order and peace is to find some absolute authority completely outside of yourself.
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Sorrow and Pain - Romans 9:2
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Do you have too many personal cares and concerns in your life that you cannot see the truth of life, i.e. what you were put on this earth to do?
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What is Love? Part 1 - Romans 9:3a
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Seeing life and the universe from the Owner's viewpoint helps us feel there is some meaning to our lives. It transforms our home, school or office when others sense we really want the best for them. It brings a real unity and purpose to our lives.
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What is Love? Part 2 - Romans 9:3b
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A lot of what we call love is tinged with self-reproduction, self-defense or projecting yourself into another person. But real love is putting ourself in the other's place so they can be free. It's not just giving what we're comfortable with.
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God in History - Romans 9:4a
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How can we know whether God's existence is fact or fantasy? By our senses, by public witness, acts performed continuously and concisely, these acts should be same year after year in history. Legal system is based on Mosaic law handed down
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How Do We Determine Subjective Fact From Historical Fantasy? - Romans 9:4A
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The fact of Israel's history up to our day illustrates how history and fantasy differ. Fundamental criteria for truth demonstrate what is real and what is not.
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What is Sonship? - Romans 9:4b
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What does it mean to be the son of someone? Does it mean we have to have a close relationship with that person and because of that we want what they want for our lives to show our love for them?
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A Changed Life - Romans 9:4c
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Do you ever wish to get rid or change some of the personality traits you have inherited from your parents or siblings? How can this change come about?
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The Glory-External or Internal? - Romans 9:4d
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How can we know of God's existence in our world? Are there traditions and observances which have been passed down through history which exist still? Is there a modern proof of God today?
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A New Pact - Romans 9:4e
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Ever made a deal with God? Was it sincerely made and executed yet you felt God did not keep his end of bargain? Why do you think this is?
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A Remedy - Romans 9:4f
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If you are sick, you need a remedy to 'cure' it. How can we know we are 'ill'. What are the symptoms of a personality sickness-greed, mean to others, jealousy and selfishness? Is there a cure?
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How can we know what is right? - Romans 9:4g
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Where does our sense of right and wrong come from? What is a conscience and how does it work? Do biblical laws still exist in our civil society? Why?
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What is Worship? - Romans 9:4h
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Is worship just something we do on a Sunday? Or is it living day to day in a relationship with God who can guides us daily.
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God's Promises - Romans 9:4i
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Do you have anything in your life that is a shadow or burden which you wouldn't want anyone to know about? Do you know what is right to do in every situation? Is there anyone who we can put our complete trust in?
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Historical Fathers - Romans 9:5
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Is it right to manipulate people and circumstances to get what I want? Is there another way to live?
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Nominal Christianity - Romans 9:6
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Are we concerned about our reputation or what others think? Do we try to prove ourselves (worthiness) by being at all the services or religious meetings?
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What is a Christian? - Romans 9:7
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Do you feel you are reading the right books or going to the right church, yet you don't have a real peace? Or you get angry at your spouse or friend and speak sharply to them to hurt them, is this what a Christian would do?
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How Does Faith Work in Us? - Romans 9:8
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Do you do all the right things, go to church, attend all the right meetings yet are disappointed in God? Why is that?
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A Hope Against Hope - Romans 9:9
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Do you feel inside you jealousy and selfishness rising up? Do you think of yourself as a 'good' monster who wants your own way for a purpose?
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Beginning of Wisdom - Romans 9:10
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What is the beginning of wisdom? Is it self realization or self justification? Can we make ourselves unselfish or loving?
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God's Plan For You - Romans 9:11
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Do you know you have a choice about your vocation in life? How do you find what it is? Should it give you security, significance or happiness?
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Your Vocation - Romans 9:12
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What is the purpose of our jobs? Is there more to it than earning money, pleasing the boss or getting satisfaction for a job well done?
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Finding God's Plan For Your Life 1 - Romans 9:13
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Why are you here on this earth? Is there a vocation that only you can do? The job you have now--do you do it with your whole heart? If not, why?
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Is there Justice in our World? - Romans 9:14
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Are you at peace with your life at present? How about the circumstances of your life? Do they keep you awake at night? Do you experience a vague strain because you wish things were different than they are?
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God's Mercy - Romans 9:15
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Is it fair and just when you experience circumstances you don't understand? Is there an absolute standard you can use to judge what is fair?
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A Changed Life is Possible - Romans 9:16
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Can you change yourself or your nature? Do you attempt one minute but then find you have failed the next? Is there a way to make changes in our natures real once and forever?
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Can God Control Everything in my Life? - Romans 9:17
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Can God control the way other lives affect your life, when those other lives are not under His control? Has God sovereignty over the circumstances in your life that depend upon actions of others?
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Do we Have Free Will? - Romans 9:18
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Is it not true that you give commands are given to people who are free to obey or disobey them? Do we not have a managing attitude towards our own spiritual experience such as God's approval and His forgiveness no matter how we live our lives?
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Responsibility of Free Wills - Romans 9:19
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Are you accountable for your own actions? Can we be responsible for our actions or are we like Pavlov's dog who governed by reflex responses? Isn't it true we can choose to be loving, kind and understanding? Why don't we always?
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Let God be God - Romans 9:20
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Can we know by intuition what is our vocation in life? Are you given abilities, interests and aptitudes for a reason? Can our conscience be a key to our finding out?
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Living by Fate or Faith - Romans 9:21
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Do you feel your life is determined and you are powerless to change it? Is there a more peaceful and stress less way to live our lives?
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What Will you do with the Rest of Your Life? - Romans 9:22
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Do evil events in our lives make us question who really is in control of our lives? Would you eve consider that your Maker has a plan for your life-a plan that uses evil events for your good?
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Is There Purpose of Evil in the World? - Romans 9:23
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Does God allow evil in the world for any reason? Universally evil proves that there is free will and a need for supernatural help in those times of trouble.
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The Worst Evil in the World - Romans 9:24
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Is sickness the worst evil? Is poverty? Is loneliness? If there is one thing that is the most evil in the world, what is its purpose? How can it be remedied? Is there a better way to live?
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Are You Living What You Believe is Right and Good? - Romans 9:25
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Are you an individual who lives completely what he believes is right and good? Do you love those are nice to you AND those who are mean to you? Why not?
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Sons of God?
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People say they believe in God- that He has saved them. Even using the phrase -God is their Father -yet actions taken in day to day living never refers, or defers to God being there at all. Sonship is a choice of looking to God rather than oneself.
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Division or Choice?
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Asking the question - Do we love God? We find it means considerably more - the older we get. We think many things are vital, God reveals that no thing is vital aside from our relationship with Him. We learn this by the subtraction of the unnecessary.
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The Reckoning
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There was a man who had 2 sons. He asked the one to do something, who said yes, but didn't do it. The other said no, but then did what was asked. Both responded- it matters what you do- not what you say. God judges the confession by the action.
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Our Present Respite
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Most of us feel if you do something wrong-you pay the price. Strangely, in heavens' economy-God has paid the price. We can't understand that. We're glad we don't have to pay the ultimate price. Why has God kept us back from the brink of destruction?
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Right Relationships Ease Tension - Romans 9:30
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Often where there is tension and strain we are trying to bring things about ourselves. How do we come into a right relationship with others that brings freedom from tension?
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Right With God or Right? - Romans 9:31
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Are you preoccupied with doing the right thing or not doing the right thing rather than being right with your Maker?
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Are You on Good Terms with God? - Romans 9:31
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Good Enough - is it Enough? - Romans 9:32
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Many of us live in misery and sadness, trying to prove to ourselves that we are worthy of heaven and yet refusing to enter into the miracle already wrought for us making us fit.
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A Stumbling Block - Romans 9:33
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All of us want a life that is free and that loves God and that trusts Him. It's not just wanting---it's are you willing? There is only one way to enter in and that is to "fall in"! How do you do that?
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Do You Love Your Friends? - Romans 10:1
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Do you want for your friends just whatever they want? Wishing them happiness, good jobs, good marriages, is that how you love your friends?
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As Long as You Are Sincere - Romans 10:2
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Why is it not enough to be sincere? The real question is are you sincerely right or sincerely wrong? Most sincerity methods assume that we are basically OK. That attitude was the cause of mankind's break with God at the beginning.
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Do You Rationalize What You Do To Be Right When You Know It Is Wrong? - Romans 10:3
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Surely guilt comes from doing what you know is wrong, but if we have less things now that we think are wrong than ever before how come we feel more guilty? How can we be freed from guilt?
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What Causes Strain In Your Life? - Romans 10:4
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It is a real strain when inside we know that we are not nice but outside we are trying to make ourselves nice. Or feeling that we are not worth much but a desire to try to make ourselves worth something to our friends. Why do we do that?
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Obedience Brings Freedom - Romans 10:5
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Have you experienced the essence of liberty and freedom in your life? Free from all restraints, free from all limitations that you are constantly in a sense of being free and being able to do whatever you need to do?
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Idealistic Striving or Realistic Living - Romans 10:6
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Are you in a vicious cycle of idealistic striving to improve yourself? Stop! It is possible to stop the endless striving and begin realistic living.
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Pessimistic Introspection or Optimistic Action? - Romans 10:7
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Do you find yourself preoccupied with pessimistic introspection with the thing that gets you down day after day after day? Stop getting depressed about your own moral impotence. There is a way out that you can act upon today.
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Be What You Are! - Romans 10:8
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All of us seem to have a built in sense that we should feel right about things, we are meant to feel good about things, we are meant to have a sense of rightness in life. How do you find and live that "right way"?
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How to be Changed - Romans 10:9
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You may believe that God is taking care of you. But when you don't have a lot of money or friends, you may worry about it. Why do you do that?
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Knowing about the Cure & Taking it - Romans 10:10
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You can believe there is a cure for what ails you. For your healing, it's important you're confident there's a cure. But this confidence doesn't make you well. To be made well, you actually have to take the cure.
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Meeting Death with Shame or with Confidence - Romans 10:11
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God has a plan for your life. It includes you having confidence as you think about death. What do you think about God's plan? Can you be confident as your death approaches, or will you have a sense of shame then?
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Living Imprisoned-or Living Freely? - Romans 10:12
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Do you feel you're not in touch with the real you? Are you imprisoned in a personality that has become enslaved to doing what people expect it to do?
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Recalled and Made Right - Romans 10:13
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Do you depend too much on other people's praise? There's a cure for this addiction to others' praise.
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Two and One-Half Billion - Romans 10:14a
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The world doesn't need more missionaries and preachers. It needs ordinary people living in ordinary houses, doing ordinary jobs, being children of a Creator who loves us. Withdrawing from the world as an ascetic doesn't change the world or help others.
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A Practical Way to Love Others - Romans 10:14b
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The world needs to see God's love in practical ways. India doesn't need paid professional missionaries - it needs people who will live and work alongside them in the midst of that chaos so that they see love in action and that somebody really cares.
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Hurting from wanting? - Romans 10:14c
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What causes pain in our lives isn't the desire for things we'd like but the uncertainty about whether we'll get them.
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Finding direction for your Life - Romans 10:15
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Are you already doing all that you sense God would have you do and yet sensing the need for new direction?
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If You Believe You Obey - Romans 10:16
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Jesus entered the dungeon of our selfish, perverted lives, broke our chains, unlocked the door, and said to get up and walk free. There are only 2 responses to such good news. We either believe and obey or we don't believe and disobey.
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Hearing Christ Produces Faith or Sin - Romans 10:17
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Often in a talk or sermon there comes a point where the speaker fades away and we are left listening to Christ. We respond with either faith (that leads to obedience) or sin (that leaves us in unbelief and disobedience). Which will you choose?
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Ever Heard God's Voice? - Romans 10:18a
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How often have you found yourself in a situation where you realized you were willing to destroy everything else to get what you wanted at that moment?
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Will the sun rise tomorrow? - Romans 10:18b
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We run our lives on the belief the sun will rise each day that night will come, that seasons will change, yet we wonder if we can trust God.
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How you'll live today is your choice - Romans 10:19
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Is the norm for you life to manipulate people and circumstances in order to reach your own short term gains regardless of the outcome for them?
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What does it mean to trust someone? - Romans 10:20
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Is your life a religious chess game? That is are you preoccupied with trying to make the right religious moves or reading about the 'proper' techniques of prayer rather than getting to know God Himself?
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Does having a free will matter? - Romans 10:21
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Only those who have free will are able to love; you cannot love unless you have a free will to choose or to reject.
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You Face God Alone - Romans 11:1
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We will never be 'good enough' to earn the approval of God. There is only one way He will ever accept us.
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Are your days filled with worry? - Matthew 6
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Are you anxious about your life? Are you worried about how you'll pay our bills or if you'll keep your job? Where do you turn for answers?
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Choosing what we believe affects others. - Romans 11:2b
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Do you look at the possibilities the risen life of Christ can bring into a situation or peoples lives or do you look at all the negative things in circumstances and people in your life?
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Self Pity - Romans 11:3
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Who of us have not stepped into that fantasy world, where you are so filled with self-pity, so preoccupied with yourself and with what men can do to you that everything becomes blank darkness and despair? How do you step out of self-pity?
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Where Is Your Security? - Romans 11:4
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There are many of us who thought that the tightness of our money in our lives and the uptightness that we felt in our circumstances, would only last as long as it took to get ourselves on our feet. Yet vaguely life seems to be leaking away.
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What Is God's Plan For Our Security? - Romans 11:4
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If a friend with 500 million dollars promised to help if you ever lost your job or needed a new car, would that change the strain in your life?
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Why Won't We Accept God's Plan For Our Security? - Romans 11:4
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Why do I get worried and anxious about my job, about paying bills, about things that go wrong with my car?
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Many refused to follow - Romans 11:5
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What determines whether I'll be part of God's remnant or become part of the mass of those who fade away and become lost?
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Cheap Grace that Encourages a Sinning Christianity - Romans 11:6
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Throughout the centuries real Christians were identified by their behavior. Why is it that society today is almost unaffected by Christians? This talk helps us distinguish between the heresy of cheap grace and real grace.
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Why Should we Pray? - Romans 11:7a
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You're not a pawn-not a means to achieve some other end. God made you because He wants to know you and enjoy a relationship with you.
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Do you feel far from God? - Romans 11:7b
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A community can't know God. God doesn't love 'it's' or communities-He has relationships with individuals. How does He do this?
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Is Friendship with God possible? - Romans 11:8
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Friendship concerns a person's will towards you and it's the same in you're relationship to God. So--what is His will toward you?
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Love matters. - Romans 11:9
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Many of us sense there's something not right in our relationships today, yet we sense there's meant to be real love in these relationships. How is that possible?
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Walking up the down staircase - Romans 11:10
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Are you walking in your life avoiding every warning sign placed in your path to tell you you're going the wrong way?
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Are you satisfied? - Romans 11:11
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If you don't want to spend our life trying to defend your position every hour of every day will you consider doing things a different way?
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Their choices opened the way - Romans 11:12
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It was because of the choices made by the Jewish nation that the possibility of a relationship with God through Christ opened to the rest of the world.
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The True Gospel Shakes People Up - Romans 11:13
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When someone preaches the true gospel, this person's ministry is magnified, but he himself is not.
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Was Jesus the Messiah? - Romans 11:14
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Many Jewish scriptural prophesies about the coming Messiah were fulfilled in Jesus' life.
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Anti-Semitism - Romans 11:14b
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This talk is a response to public criticism that Bible teaching from Romans 11 expressed anti-Semitic attitudes. Pastor O'Neill takes us through a survey of the Roman 11 studies to clarify the issue.
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The Holocaust - Romans 11:15a
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If the Jewish nation has been regarded by God as his chosen people, how does one make sense of all the evil done to the Jews over the centuries? This talk helps us understand God's word on these matters especially as we think about the Holocaust.
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The True Israel - Romans 11:15b
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What is the difference between the physical nation of Israel and the spiritual Israel composed of individuals that trust and obey God? Which one is the true Israel? This talk will help you sort out God's word on these matters.
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Does God Have Your Best First? - Romans 11:16a
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Do you try to just "get by" with God so you can get about your real life? The principle of the first fruit offering is explained in this talk and how the offering of ourselves to God include those things that seem to be our rights.
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Only Two Kinds of People - Romans 11:16b
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There are only two strains of people: those who do the will of their Creator and those who live independent of Him. We can tell the holy from the unholy by looking at the fruit of their lives. If the apples are rotten then the tree is diseased.
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God's Life to Those Who Walk by Faith - Romans 11:17
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God gives his life force to anyone that chooses to walk by faith and not by sight. We see this illustrated in Abraham and through the nation of Israel. What is the key to living this life of faith?
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The Heart of Living by Faith - Romans 11:18
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Living by faith is an inner heart attitude that concentrates on God's will and depends on him for all that is needed to do it. Most of us live by sight which is the opposite. What is the necessary element needed to live a life of faith?
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Nobody Like Me! - Romans 11:19
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If everyone of us is unique why do we often feel so empty, so anonymous and just another one of the masses? Find out how we become alive to the real self God meant each of us to be and how we can know the unique job God has that only we can fulfill.
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By Grace Through Faith - Romans 11:22
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Do we trust our own abilities or in God's resources? One is a life of faith and the other of anxious self-management. God is a kindly father but will sever connections with those who will not trust Him. Which life will you choose?
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God's Justice - Romans 11:21
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It is only by God's power in our lives that there is a way to overcome. If you aren't living by God's supernatural power you will eventually live in a narrow, dark, self-controlled life that knows nothing of the grand life of faith.
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God's Love is Severe and Kind - Romans 11:22
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We either live trusting in our own abilities or trusting in God. The one is a life of faith and the other of anxious self-management. God is a kindly father but he will sever connections with those who will not trust Him. Which life will you choose?
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The Force - Romans 11:23
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When men live without faith in Jesus as the vital power behind this world life will only deteriorate. This talk will show the three considerations necessary for Jesus to continue to develop this world the way he originally intended.
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Two Ways of Living Life - Romans 11:24
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We have two choices how to live our lives. We can be opportunists, putting faith in ourselves and situations -- or we can be honest men and women, tapping into the real energy behind this world.
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Can Truth Live in a Hardened Heart? - Romans 11:25
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When clear truth is presented to us, one choice we have is to reject it. This creates a hardening process in our hearts, in our personalities and in our reactions. We miss-out on the happiness that comes when we allow our wills to obey our conscience.
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What is Your Ruling Passion in Life? - Romans 11:26
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Every person has one great concern and preoccupation that rules their whole life. Do we have a free will that allows us to choose where we place our trust? A life of peace and purity is ours if we want it.
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Is it Possible to Have a New Personality? - Romans 11:27
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Our personalities are bred to depend on itself and others, resulting in self-assertion, pride, resentment and anger. We were made for love and can choose to live a different way. In a moment, we can face life with security, peace, joy and exhilaration.
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A Look at the Jewish Nation - Romans 11:28
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Abraham believed that God was going to use his descendants to show His faithfulness and love to all people throughout the world. We see that there are different attitudes in the Jewish nation and in all of us. What is our response today to His love?
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Our Special Gifts Cannot be Taken Away - Romans 11:29
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What is my personal calling and purpose in life? There is dignity in my vocation and the specific free, unconditional gifts that I possess are irrevocable. Once we realize this, there comes great liberty and stability in our lives.
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What Does Wrath Teach us About Mercy? - Romans 11:30
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When we do wrong, it is possible to be forgiven. The question is, "Can we accept this forgiveness"? When we do wrong, we are being destroyed spiritually and emotionally. There is a better way to live. We can learn a lot about wrath and mercy when we s
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Can We Live in Our Father's Arms? - Romans 11:31
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We often feel that we can't do everything on our own. It's possible to have the attitude that we can trust our Father and live naturally in His arms. Our lives can be wonderfully molded by Him if we put our own uppity determination aside.
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The Purpose of Existence - Romans 11:32
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Are we still trying to persuade ourselves that we are self-existent beings, having the weight of our lives on ourselves --thinking that there isn't any being who is looking after every event? Living in reality is depending on and trusting in God, our Fa
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The Choice to Love is Ours - Romans 11:33
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Have you ever thought about how difficult it would be to make a person who could love you by their own free will? We are privileged people in that we can make a choice between our current personality and the fresh new one that we can have by faith in Go
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What Life is Like When We Question God's Wisdom - Romans 11:34
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Sorrow and anxiety come into our lives when we try to be God. We often carry things that we aren't meant to carry and live in the future. We develop our own standard of fairness- right and wrong - instead of trusting in the wisdom and justice of God.
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What Does God Owe Us? - Romans 11:35
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Do we see that our salvation - our very sanity in life - the very order of our lives - depends on our recognizing that there is an authority in this universe that has the right to tell us what to do or what not to do -- whether we understand why or not?
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Why Do We Exist? - Romans 11:36
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Is it possible to live as free as the swallows that soar through the air? Is it possible to experience the simplicity and trustfulness of children again? Is it possible to experience the cleanness and freshness of the waves on the beach in your life?
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Do You Know Why You Exist? - Romans 11:36
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Is it possible to live as free as the birds, to have the simplicity and trust of children again?
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Our Greatest Unpaid Debt - Romans 12:1A
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What will you sell your left arm for? Okay your kidney? How much did you pay for them- I'll give you more. Nothing? They were all free? When you begin to add up how much someone would have to pay you for what you received free you begin to see how much
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The Key to Sanity - Romans 12:1B
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As rational creatures we are governed by the principle that we believe certain things to be real. Therefore we act in a certain way because of it. How can we know what is true?
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Insecurity and Fear - Romans 12:1C
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Why were we put here on earth, and what should we do to please our creator? God alone can see what man's greatest problem is because He alone is not part of the problem.
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The Cure For an Evil Heart - Romans 12:1D
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Sin is thinking of yourself as the centre of the universe. Many of us have a shallow experience of God because we like to pretend that death isn't the remedy for sin. Jonathan Edwards' famous sermon, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, explains this.
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Giving Up Our Lives - Romans 12:1E
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Consecration or giving yourself to God means a carefully considered presentation of an ordered life to God. It is our response to God's action. The desperation prayer sees only a temporary lifting in the life, because God will not destroy free will.
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Be Yourself - Romans 12:2A
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Our economic, social and educational systems are based on a conformity that is destroying something real inside our own lives. We trade up our jobs until we get into the job we can't do and don't enjoy. Can we live above these controlling influences?
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Conform or Transform! - Romans 12:2B
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When you cease to act and do what you really think and believe, you lose the free, fresh spirit of what you were when you were five. That is the world's conformity and where the death begins. Where can we find our sense of self-worth and self-esteem?
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The Function of The Mind - Romans 12:2C
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The mind directs our life in the light of what it believes is reality. We need to have renewed minds that see life in reality. A lot of our insecurity comes from our need to know that whoever made the world does care about us and does value us.
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Renewing The Mind 1 - Romans 12:2D
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Our minds have been trained to fear and please man in our jobs. We were never meant to get acknowledgment or recognition or a sense of importance from our work. What attitude should we have? To enjoy it - and use it to bring more order into the world.
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Renewing The Mind 2 - Romans 12:2E
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John Hinckley believed that his self-worth was established by other people when he shot President Reagan. But self-worth doesn't come by getting everybody else to respect you. It comes from knowing that the God who made you loves you.
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What Keeps Us Alive? - Romans 12:2F
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A well known Cambridge scholar said that there is no historic incident better supported than the resurrection of Christ. You are alive not simply because there is a principle of life within you but because there is a Person of life within you.
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What is True Happiness? - Romans 12:2G
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There are forces in society that pressure us to act in certain ways so we'll fit in or can get what we want. But we feel like robots - empty inside. Many of us have an identify problem. How can we be truly happy in this kind of life?
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Is Your Life Coming Apart? - Romans 12:2H
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If there is a Maker in the universe, shouldn't we live to please the Person who has absolute control of us, both before we came alive and when we die? When our personal life is a mess, how can we see real change versus getting a band-aid treatment?
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A Clean Life Inside and Out - Romans 12:2i
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A lot of us have uncertainty in our lives because we aren't doing things we know we should. Or we can look good on the outside but inside there is still lust, irritability, and criticism. God says we can have pure water flowing from inside our hearts.
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Is There a Plan for my Life? - Romans 12:2J
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How do you find out why the Creator put us here? By doing the things he has already told us plainly to do. We feel responsible and therefore anxious about our jobs, finances, families and futures. But either God is God or you are god.
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The Misuse of our Mind and Emotions - Romans 12:2K
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Soul power is misusing our minds and emotions to try to bring about something by our own power. It's an independence of God; an inner confidence that we can do it without His help. It destroys marriages and families as we're determined to fix each other.
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Why Do We Worry? - Romans 12:3A
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Anger, jealousy, bitterness and worry show that we are trying to control things and people to BE God, instead of trusting God. This creates uncertainty in our faith and keeps us from the joyful, carefree life God meant for us. How can we change?
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Self-Esteem - Romans 12:3B
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It is as wrong to think of yourself as lower than everybody else as to think of yourself as better than anybody because of some natural ability. You are valuable because your Creator sees you as invaluable. You are dear to God.
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Your Unique Life - Romans 12:4
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You are unique. Nobody is exactly like you. There is some beauty, some facet of the creator's life that is going to come through you that can come from no one else. It doesn't matter what the rest of us think of you. You have an original poem to live.
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Our Life Together - Romans 12:5
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A lot of us are spoiling our lives by trying to be like everyone else. God expects you to be you. We experience unity when we do the thing Jesus wants to do through us. It is not sinking into nothingness or passivity as in Hinduism or Buddhism.
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Your Gift - Romans 12:6A
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You have a gift not because you are just a human being, but you have a gift because you are part of your Creator. You are able to do something here that none of the rest of us can. You are precious beyond anything else in the universe.
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Using Your Gift - Romans 12:6B
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You each a gift, and you will have them as long as you are on this earth - it is irrevocable. Whether you use it to glorify and satisfy your own self-centered nature or to fulfill the plan your Creator had in mind for you. You have a choice.
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Do You Serve or Teach? - Romans 12:7
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A gift is something that is natural to you. You have a unique gift whether it is teaching, serving, hospitality, preaching or other gifts. God can show you what your unique gift is, and it's important to Him that you express it to others in this world.
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Are You an Encourager? - Romans 12:8A
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An encourager is one who comes alongside one who is depressed or despairing and feels completely what they feel; who enables them to see things as they really are. It is something you do inside them, putting yourself into their heart.
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Generosity - Romans 12:8B
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When we look at the world around us we see that God is generous, and he gives generously without trying to control us by his gifts. That same nature is inside of us as we give generously to others. There is nothing we have that we have not received.
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Helping Others - Romans 12:8C
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Our society dies not so much from lack of food or from people willing to do good deeds, but from the lack of feeling that somebody else cares about us. We need to feel with the other person, not in some institutionalized way but with tenderness, empathy.
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Leadership - Romans 12:8D
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Francis Schaeffer said as the world drew to a close humanity would have to choose between chaos and totalitarianism. Leadership is the gift that stands between us and that moment. True leadership is not based on our superiority but is a gift God gives.
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How to Lead - Romans 12:8E
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The gift of leadership holds back the tide of chaos in our world. If you don't exercise that leadership in love, they are sheep without a shepherd. A leader's first job is to put the welfare and security of those who follow him in place of himself.
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Love is Honest - Romans 12:9A
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We each have certain gifts that we can use to bring the world into order, but unless they are governed by love, they will bring only coldness to other people. Often we find our lives governed by paranoia, competitiveness or insecurity, but not love.
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What Is Love? - Romans 12:9A
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Love must be genuine. It is what makes life work and the cement that holds all of us together. Love is to be the basic attitude governing our lives.
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The Heart of Love - Romans 12:9B
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The only attitude that makes sense of life is to have genuine love. That is why we have real trouble in our families, marriages and relationships: we're not really loving. The freedom of perfect love is forgetting yourself and putting others first.
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Love-Selfish and Unselfish - Romans 12:9C
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C.S. Lewis says no human being, however uncivilized they are, believes that selfishness is right. Genuine love is not selfish. Everything we see around us are all acts of love from a Creator to us. So the basis of our whole life is actually love.
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Love Your Neighbor as Yourself - Romans 12:9D
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Love your neighbor means putting them first-find out what their interests and goals are and helping them achieve those. It means being concerned about their security and safety in their lives apart from our interests, safety and security.
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The Purpose of Love - Romans 12:9E
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Genuine love gives oneself for the other person to help the other person to be the best they can-to be like Jesus.
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What is the Difference Between Human Love and Divine Love? - Romans 12:9F
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Don't aim for the highest love, be love to others through his gift as his son or daughter. He gives freedom to love because he has been poured into our hearts. He will take care of all of our needs as we allow his love to flow through us to others.
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Is there a Purpose for us on This Earth? - Romans 12:9G
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What lasts in this world? What is real in this world? How can love be genuine?
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Real affection - Romans 12:10A
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Is brotherly affection possible? Am I experiencing it in my life? Why not?
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How can we get a sense of honor? - Romans 12:10B
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Where can I get the significance and security in this world of other unique people? Honor comes from us doing what we were made to do on this earth.
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How do you get enthusiasm for your life? - Romans 12:11A
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Are you full of intentions at the beginning of the day but then at the end find you have done none of them? On the important decisions in your life, do you have clear direction or do you find you just fall into whatever comes along?
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What Motivates Your Life? - Romans 12:11B
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What motivates your life? What attitudes drive your life? Is there a release from them? Can we be the unique people we are without those motivations and attitudes?
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Who Runs Your Life? - Romans 12:11C
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Does your life run you or do you run your life? We all have a unique purpose to our lives but it isn't easy to find that purpose. Is there a way? Is there someone outside of us who can give guidance and direction for our lives?
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Our Purpose in Life - Romans 12:11D
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You have a dear position in this world doing something for your Creator that he wants done and that he has fitted you to do, and to the extent that you're doing that you're serving him as much as anybody else that we think are religious people.
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Rejoice in Your Hope - Romans 12:12A
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There is a dear Person who knows the way things are going to turn out. That's the difference between human hope and divine hope. Hope in a dear Father gives us a reason to rejoice and have complete confidence that He is going to do what He promised.
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What Is The Basis For Rejoicing? - Romans 12:12A
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To rejoice is a command of God and not an option. The difference between human hope and God's hope.
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What Is Real Joy? - Romans 12:12A
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Is it possible to live in this world with an attitude of joy? God never gives us a command we cannot fulfill.
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Confidence During Difficult Times - Romans 12:12B
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Even when we experience bad situations, we can have the confidence and belief that we are being trained somehow. Jesus sees every trial that we face and makes it possible for us to patiently endure them and not be crushed by them.
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Constant Communication with God - Romans 12:12C
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God saw all of the things that you are facing in your life -- even before they ever came anywhere near you. He has a solution for them and is able to utterly change and align them with His solution if you will begin to know what He is about.
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Talking With God - Romans 12:12D
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What is prayer? Prayer is talking with God, not talking at God. Do you have trouble with sensing reality in prayer because you think that it doesn't really matter much what you do? Why not begin your prayers thinking of the person you're speaking to.
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If I Sin, Am I a Child of God? - Romans 12:12E
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The normal state of a child of God is that he lives above sin. He allows the Holy Spirit to remain in him and govern every action of his life. Relief comes when you are honest and confess what you know you are doing wrong and then stop doing it.
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Why Pray? - Romans 12:12F
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A child of God prays to His Father not to persuade Him to do things for him but to find out what the Father has planned for his life. Prayer is a normal part of his everyday life that he needs as food for his heart, soul, spirit, emotions and mind.
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Helping Each Other Financially - Romans 12:13A
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Getting close to one another allows you know what God is doing in the other person's heart. Only then will we stand a chance of getting from Him His advice or direction on the material or financial help that we are going to give to each other.
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Distributing God's Money - Romans 12:13B
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There's only One that owns anything in this universe, and that's the One who made it. We can talk as if we own it but all we have is a kind of stewardship of it. Even in a recession, God can show us that we can do without a little less.
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The Necessity of Hospitality - Romans 12:13C
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Have you ever been interested in what another person is experiencing and concerned about what their lives are like -- anxious to feel what they are feeling? Hospitality is laying all your resources at their disposal -- you regard your things as theirs.
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How to Treat Your Enemies - Romans 12:14
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Those who persecute you, or who want evil to happen to you, are the servants of Satan -- but God has transformed them into his unknowing servants. The things that He is allowing them to do to you will draw you deeper into His own heart and into Himself.
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Rejoicing and Weeping - Romans 12:15
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Do we sincerely weep when others weep -- and rejoice when others rejoice? Or are we more concerned with our own interests? God has taken care of our lives so much that we can afford to take care of others -- in happiness and sorrow.
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Real Love - Romans 12:16A
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How far have we strayed from showing real love? Real love is loving God and loving your neighbor in place of yourself. It's regarding yourself as finished with, and your neighbor as the only person who matters, and giving all your attention to them.
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Am I Really Important? - Romans 12:16B
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You are not important to this world. It can go on after you leave it. However, the Creator who made you has pleasure to get from you doing and being what you are that He can get from none of the rest of us. That's how important you are.
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Don't be Destroyed by Malice - Romans 12:17
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Every evil, every trial is a signal from God that he has a grace of life to give you that is new and that you have not received within yourself before. He has a new place of closeness to himself to bring you into that you have not been in before.
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Live in Peace - Romans 12:18
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Our society is short on patience. However, God wants us all to experience peace with the people we live with at home, school or at work. There are practical guidelines that can prevent strife and tension.
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The Time for Justice - Romans 12:19
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If you leave exacting justice to God and simply love other people -- whatever they do to you -- God will protect you from the actions that they are engaged in -- and from their consequences. It's like having an invisible shield is around you.
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My Real Enemy - Romans 12:20
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Who is my real enemy? The person doing me harm? God is able to bring blessing when I endure those who oppose me. Because they are my neighbors, I love them and treat them as if they had no attitude but love towards me. How is this possible?
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How to Defeat Evil - Romans 12:21
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Someone blabs what you told them in confidence. Your co-worker tells the boss a half truth about you to get you in trouble. People let you down. What can you do about the trouble they cause you? Where does the evil come from? Do you just have to suffer?
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The Purpose of Civil Authorities - Romans 13:1
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Civil authorities like government are necessary to preserve order in our society. We are a lost generation without roots and often have trouble with self-identity because we have no concept of authority.
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Undermining Civil Authority - Romans 13:2A
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Why does the Bible say to submit to rulers? Isn't that just what Karl Marx accuses religion of? Doesn't it just excuse rulers to be unjust and corrupt? Aren't there laws which are unjust? Aren't there court rulings that go against our beliefs?
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Supporting The Civil Authorities - Romans 13:2B
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Is withdrawing from civil society and living in isolated communities better than living under a government which we disagree with? Should we try to force the government to make laws that agree with the Christian world view? How should we deal with civil
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Government and Good behavior - Romans 13:3
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What ought we expect from government? Could a law make us love? Would government be better if it tried to make us all kind to one another? Or is there a better chance for some real love and kindness if the government sticks to restraining evil.
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Government and Bad behavior - Romans 13:4A
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Are the Declaration of Independence or the constitution of the United States inspired by God? Does the Bible have the same attitude to authority as the American constitution? Ought we to pressure the government to make laws that agree with our views?
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The Government and Justice - Romans 13:4B
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Presidents or prime ministers who don't believe in God, are they God's servants for my good? What about when government seems to be going the wrong way? What about when I get a speeding ticket or my car gets towed?
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Capital Punishment - Romans 13:5A
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We don't question that man has brought a lot of chaos and evil into this world. Paradise didn't last very long. But is our "kindness" undoing any of that? Is life in prison for a murderer kindness? What is the heart of the problem? Can we fix it?
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It's Only Money - Romans 13:6
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Why do we feel glad when the clerk returns some money and says "That's on sale today"? Something inside rises to that. Why do we feel guilty when we write a wrong figure on our tax form? We are part of a world of generosity. Conscience knows that.
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Authorities and Authority - Romans 13:7
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Why should we pay taxes? Why honor those in power? How can a Christian affect the direction of rulers and laws? Can civil disobedience change authority? Should we refuse to pay taxes that go for, for example, abortion?
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Working For Life - Romans 13:8A
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Are you sometimes happy at work and sometimes anxious? Does bad news about the economy cause you to fear and worry about your job? What do you depend on for security? What is the purpose of work? Is it getting what we need by the sweat of our brow?
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Debt of Love - Romans 13:8B
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Why don't we feel loved? What is real love? What is the relationship between love and faith? Can we afford to spend ourselves only for others? Who will look after us if we don't look after ourselves? Would having a millionaire uncle make a difference?
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Others Second, Ourselves Last - Romans 13:9
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Is love a feeling? Is love making sure I am OK first? Did the soldiers who died in war think that way? Is having an affair love? Is scheming to get as much for myself as I can love? But who will take care of me if I only put myself out for others?
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Love is action - Romans 13:10A
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What is the essential meaning of life and the universe? Where did you get your hand? Someone gave it to you because of love. It's different than love we talk so lightly of. Only a few people are doing it, but reality is laying yourself out for others.
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Loving Others - Romans 13:10B
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When we say, "I don't feel love for friends at work!" What has that got to do with it? We insist love is a feeling. But others don't benefit from our feelings. Our boss is much happier if we show up for work than any of our wonderful feelings for him.
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End of Time - Romans 13:11
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What do we know about the time we have left? Do we have 60 years or do we have only today? Do we ever get to the things we put off for tomorrow? Is it going to get easier to decide sometime later? Or are we already deciding by not deciding now?
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Can you chase the darkness out? - Romans 13:12A
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What if you could edit out all the bad parts of your life? Wouldn't it be nice to cut out all your mistakes, retract all the acts you wish you hadn't done, delete all the unkind words spoken and then replay only the good edited version of your life?
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To be or not to be ? how do you answer? - Romans 13:12B
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We can all talk about how we should live, how society should behave, how we should treat each other. But what can we do to get beyond all our talking and philosophizing? How do we start really living? How do we ?be??
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Step into Daylight - Romans 13:13
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Step into daylight. Walk every moment of your day as if God can see everything. Live that way. It takes a great burden and weight off your heart.
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The Damning Lie? I Can't Change? - Romans 13:14A
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How many of us have said every January that passes, ?This is the beginning of a new year, I'm going to make a change in my life now. I am going to clean up my life, get my life in order so that when I die I will be ready.?
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Faith or Knowledge? - Romans 14:01b
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How many of us try to run our lives virtually without God's intervention and without the expression of much faith until we really need help? Faith is not just believing the right things about God, it's action that makes sense only if God comes through.
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Faith is Personal Trust - Romans 14:01c
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What is the difference between faith and belief? Belief is acceptance of certain concepts as being true, but faith is committing yourself in action, on the basis of those beliefs. Faith is not just belief plus action, but faith is personal trust in God.
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Does Christianity Work For You? - Romans 14:01d
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Many of us don't know why Christianity doesn't work for us. We believe all the things we're supposed to and we've done all the things we are supposed to and yet our faith doesn't seem real to us. Why is that true for some of us?
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Is Your Faith Real? - Romans 14:01e
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What is the difference between authentic faith, which marries belief with action, and counterfeit faith that has a set of beliefs and a set of actions that we observe because we want to try to make ourselves consistent with our belief?
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Life or Knowledge - Romans 14:01
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What is being weak in faith? Is there a difference between weak faith and no faith? How do we make our faith strong? Do we need more teaching? Do we need to read more books? What does our faith do and what does God do?
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Faith That Saves - Romans 14:01
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Is our faith weak? Is it getting any stronger or is it much the same as when we started? What makes some others seem so alive? What makes all our trying to get into it so futile? Why does our faith create so little change in the dynamics of our life?
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God's Cure - Romans 14:02
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Are we trying to obey the law? Why did the Old Testament law prescribe death for disobedience? Was it because God was angry? Was it just to scare us into obedience? Could our trying to obey keep us from God's real cure? What was Jesus' death about?
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Me and My Actions - Romans 14:03
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Ought all Christians to think the same about abortion? Why are we a little uncomfortable with someone whose view is different than ours? Have we been pressured into a shift in the basis of our faith? What guides us in our Christian life?
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Only One Judge - Romans 14:04
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What is it that imprisons us? What is it that destroys our happiness and freedom? Why is it that we always have to be right? Why is it we are always setting people straight? How can we have a free loving others without judging them?
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The Cure For False Humanity - Romans 14:05
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Are we hoping that things will get better? Are we hoping that if we get the right laws passed somehow we'll get back to a more moral society? How can we live that will make a difference in our friends' lives? Have we started majoring in the minors?
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God's Spirit Our Coach - Romans 14:06
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Are all Christians meant to live the same way? Should a sprinter train the same way as a shot putter? Does everyone have the ability to become a marathon runner? Is God's plan for each of us the same? How do we know what we are meant to be?
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No Man is an Island - Romans 14:07
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How can we know which way our life is meant to go? How do we miss hearing God's direction? Are we meant to listen to the voices of all the people around us? Why do we get more confused? What keeps our relationships with those around us right?
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Fitting in Where? - Romans 14:08
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What is happening when our conscience warns us something is wrong? Why does Murphy's law hold so often? Is there some basic reality showing through? Why, on the other hand, are we hopeful in hopeless situations? Is there a reality there for us also?
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Both Sides of The Grave - Romans 14:09
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Where do we look for guidance? When we were children we looked to our dads and moms. But do any of those we look up to really know enough? Are they going to be able to help us about what lies beyond death? Is there anyone who knows?
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Eyes On Jesus - Romans 14:10
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Do we find ourselves thinking we have to tell somebody where they are wrong? Do we find ourselves questioning another's relationship with God? Do we carry a load of trying to make everyone else right? What is our responsibility for each other?
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Evil Resolved - Romans 14:11
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Why does God allow wars? Why does he allow evil men to torture and destroy innocent lives? Why does he allow mass murderers to blast away the lives of innocent little people? Why do things go from bad to worse? Is he there? Does he know?
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Meeting God - Romans 14:12
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What will it be like at the end of this life? What will we experience when we see God? What will become of the things we have done? The attitudes we have carried? The words we have spoken? Will God see a faith that was real?
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Living Free - Romans 14:13
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Where does condemnation come from? Why do we sometimes feel condemned? What ought we to say or do about the wrongs in others lives? How will they change if we don't tell them? What would happen if we just shut up and loved them?
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To The Pure... - Romans 14:14
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How can we know what is correct to do with the decisions of life, i.e., joby, marriage, where to live? Is there a place to go for guidance besides counseling, reading 'how to' books or self-realization therapy? Where?
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The Kingdom of God - Romans 14:17A
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How can I know what I believe is real? Is there another reality over and above this one, such as explanations given to us by quantum physics? How do I get there?
Transformation of Life - Revelation 11:15
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Can we transform our lives by what we believe or do? Is it a permanent transformation? Does it bring peace for our past and our future?
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The Kingdom of Joy - Romans 14:17C
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What stream of reality are you in? Do you try to change your day to bring you happiness? Or do you know who really is in control of your life-you maker-and allow him to give you deep joy within that cannot be explained?
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Are You Free or a Slave? - Romans 14:18A
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Have you ever asked yourself, am I free to do what I want only to realize there are things that constrain you from it? Why is that?
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What is Faith? - Romans 14:18B
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Do you believe what you see and hear? Or do you live your beliefs? If so, why are you anxious about the next mortgage payment? Our maker's love lifts us into a world of faith, a world where he works all things for his good.
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What Kingdom Do You Belong To? - Romans 14:18C
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Why is it that just because the car wouldn't start and the jumper cables were not where they were suppose to be - why do we let that destroy our happiness and our loved one's happiness? How do we stop that anger from rising within us?
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Effects Of Criticizing or Building Others Up - Romans 14:19
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The greatest achievement of hatred is to destroy while it professes to strengthen, to build yourself up while you actually succeed in eliminating somebody else completely.
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Are You A Hindrance? - Romans 14:21
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Moms are an example of living for other people, of living to enable other people to be born, to prosper, and to be successful in the world - that's what we're here to do. Society encourages us to so what suits us, that's not reality, that's savagery.
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Do You Walk in Integrity? - Romans 14:22
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What is the correspondence of your will in your day to day activity and behavior with what God has shown you in your conscience - what you ought to be doing or ought not to be doing? Are you walking in the integrity of that light or in schizophrenia?
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Do You Follow Your Conscience? - Romans 14:23a
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The whole purpose of our lives is not to judge each other and decide, "This man's right" or "This man's wrong", the purpose of our lives is to draw each other into a place where we do what God is guiding us to do.
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Having a Clear Conscience - Romans 14:23b
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You are responsible to the voice of God within you, which is your conscience and that conscience is a sure guide. You have within yourself a gyrocompass that is set for the course that God planned for your life.
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God's Willing But Are You? - Romans 14:23c
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Do you often find that when you are repenting your heart is not ready to leave it behind? God knows it! He ties His presence in your life to such practical things as stopping being irritable or stopping swearing. He is disgustingly down-to-earth.
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Are You Living In Vague Anxiety or Fear? - Romans 14:23f
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This vague feeling of fear and apprehension in your life is an accumulation of worries and anxieties about all kinds of different unresolved things in your life. It is possible to walk free from all those fears and apprehensions in delight and joy.
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Fault Finding - Romans 15:1
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We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not please ourselves. Do we simply do the best we can and put up with each other, or is it possible to express loving patience and kindness toward each other?
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True Love - Romans 15:2
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As our society crumbles we get more judgmental towards each other. We become more self righteous and find it easy to tell each other where to get off! Something inside tells us, surely there is a higher way to Discover the answer today!
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For Better or for Worse - Romans 15:3
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We are all in the same boat, we all have our miserable weaknesses. The fact is, we have been supernaturally changed by our Maker. We can be free liberated men and women.
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Our Nature needs to be Changed - Romans 15:3
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Our generation wants everything right now. The truth is, with instant things you only get an imitation of the original. Without knowing it, we slowly lose the things we used to relish and enjoy and gradually we settle for second best.
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Great is Thy Faithfulness - Romans 15:4a
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Even if we are faithless, He remains faithful. The only thing that can steal heaven from us is our believing that we are hopeless, helpless and cannot be changed. The moment we see that God has already changed us, then we begin to really live.
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Facing Life's Challenges - Romans 15:4b
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Many of us have a misconception about life. Our educational system has taught us that, with the aid of education and willpower, we can handle everything life throws at us, and if we fail, we are less then mature adults. This is far from the truth.
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Freedom from Fear - Romans 15:4c
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Where does fear come from? Fear comes from trying to calculate, how on earth are we going to meet all our needs and get through life, secured and safe with all the uncertainties of this world around us?` It is possible to live free of this deadly fear.
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Deliverance in Disaster - Romans 15:4d
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I allow disasters to occur, not so that you will suffer, but rather so that you will experience my power and learn to trust in Me. Yes, God has to deliver us from the disaster. The whole reason for the disaster is so that He can deliver us.
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God has a Dream for you - Romans 15:4e
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How many times have you felt that your life was a mess? All the plans that you had, they just are not going anywhere. You feel, your life is a disaster, so you've just decided to settle down and get through the best I can. What else can you do?
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A Reason for Hope - Romans 15:4f
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What is the point of life? Is there any reason for living? Is there any hope for us? Could it be that we were made for another world where we are freed from our selfishness and self-centeredness, a world of life, activity and achievement?
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Why do we Become Discouraged? - Romans 15:5a
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Many of us get discouraged because we live in the lie of "What might have been". We live in a tiny world where all we can do is look back to a life of dashed hopes and unfulfilled ambitions. Is it possible that all of this could be no more then a lie a
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Faith in Action - Romans 15:5b
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In our world there seems to be implanted a spirit of life and rejuvenation and vitality that is always lifting us up and yet on the other side there seems to be this dark spirit of discouragement and depression that can hit us.
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Living in Harmony - Romans 15:5e
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We all go into our professions, our business relationships and indeed our marriages believing idealistically that there will be harmony and peace and that everything will work out. Why then do we so often end up in failure?
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Who Do You accept? - Romans 15:7a
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What is your response to someone you don't agree with? Are you living in the realm of grace or the principle of law? One tears life apart and destroys both of you. The other brings a little spark faith towards life.
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Accepting One Another - Romans 15:7b
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If you are a father or mother, teacher, boss or policeman, you are in a position where you can administer a rebuke or reprove. Is it possible to do this without a judgmental attitude in it or feeling that the other person is worse then you?
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What Happens when you return Good for Evil - Romans 15:8
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When someone you know acts unkindly towards you, your first response it to make sure you never open yourself up to let them do it again. But-the right response is to treat them as a perfect person, perfectly remade by God.
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What's your basis for Hope? - Romans 15:13
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You can judge things will turn out right for you, based on how you read developing circumstances. That's human hope. But human hope doesn't satisfy our deep inner needs. Is there another kind of hope?
Righteousness Through Faith or Law? - Romans 4:13-15
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Jesus Meets Our Needs - Romans 4:15
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Stop Trying So Hard!
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What about Mysticism? - Romans 4:2
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Righteousness Through Faith or Signs? - Romans 4:9
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Living by Faith 1 - Romans 4:18
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Living by Faith 2 - Romans 4:22
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Created or Uncreated Life 3 - Romans 4:25
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How Does Real Peace Come? - Romans 5:1
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When we receive Jesus by faith we are justified in God's sight which means that He accepts us "just as if we had never sinned." If the Creator of the universe accepts us then we can enjoy peace with God no matter what others may think of us.
How Are We Made Right With God? - Romans 5:2
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Justification is God treating us as holy because Jesus has died for us. Sanctification is God's work also as He makes us holy through the Holy Spirit. Neither work is by our own effort.
Why Does God Allow Suffering To Come to Christians? - Romans 5:3
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Suffering can bring us to the place where we believe God accepts us solely because of what Jesus has done for us and not because of anything we do. Through suffering, faith is strengthened in us and our independent will is destroyed so God can have his w
Can We Improve Ourselves? - Rom 5:6
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God justifies us by Christ's death so that the Holy Spirit can move into our lives and change us from the inside out. With every new conviction of sin our part is to agree with the Holy Spirit and then trust Him to fill us completely so we can be like Je
God Loves You Whatever You're Like! - Rom 5:7A
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Soon after conversion the Holy Spirit begins to show us more of the sin within us and we come under false condemnation. We think God couldn't love someone as bad as me. But God does not love us as the world does.
The End of Our Insignificance - Romans 5:7B
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Most of us are struggling to gain some kind of significance. We have ignored our Creator and live as though everything depends upon us. But our Creator God loves us and wants us back as his children. He has one solution for all of us if we will but accep
How Can We Walk the Way We Talk? - Romans 5:10
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We can be saved from today's envy, jealousy, worry and depression. It's not true that the Christian life is one of defeat. Because Jesus died we can live. But, unless we die, He cannot live. What does this mean for us who want to walk the way we talk?
Why Has Man Made Such a Mess of This World? - Romans 5:12
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Romans 5:12 helps us to see how man has turned a beautiful world into a mess. Most men live independent from their Creator, don't trust Him and continue to spoil this world and their relationships. Can we reverse this death and destruction?
Resisting God's Spirit to be Independent - Romans 5:13
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God's plan is that we would choose to be part of His family and God's Spirit would live within us as our guide. Man chose to live independent from God and the Holy Spirit withdrew from him. The resulting sin produces death for men even while they live.
Sin Leads to Death - Romans 5:14
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All men have within them the moral law of conscience which prompts them to respond to God's Spirit. Sin is a conscious resisting of God's will for us at any moment. It always move us towards death in some way - worry,anxieties and physical deterioration.
The Gift of God's Love For Us - Romans 5:15
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Adam and Eve rejected God's spirit when they chose to know good and evil for themselves. This began the cycle of death and decline on earth. But, the gift of God's Son Jesus has saved man from eternal death. He has suffered death in our place.
Condemned or Justified? - Romans 5:16
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We live in a world headed for destruction and most of us feel condemned with it. But God has provided a way out for every individual. God's Son Jesus was condemned in our place allowing us to live fully here on earth and then eternally with God.
Minds Unhinged - Romans 5:17a
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Man's choice to run his life by his own understanding, to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil rather than God's way of receiving his Holy Spirit life, the tree of life, resulted in man's mind being impaired-offering thalidomide as a cure.
Emotions Unhinged - Romans 5:17b
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Adam and all his descendants down to now have passed on to us emotions that are unbalanced. We have all learned from him to try to satisfy our emotions from people and experiences instead of receiving that satisfaction from God's Holy Spirit.
Real Health for Sick Bodies - Romans 5:17c
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We have inherited sickness and death as a result of man's sin. We exacerbate it by our lives of tension and strain. But that is not the last word, because God sent Jesus to die to deliver us from both.
Jesus in You - Romans 5:19
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The difficulties for Jesus being born in Bethlehem he faces in us. There is no room. Our lives are too full of us. The king wants to kill him. There can't be 2 kings in Jerusalem nor 2 kings in us. Mary didn't know how-only by a miracle can he come.
How to Make a Fresh Start in Life - Romans 5:18
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Many of us go on believing Jesus and trying to live the way he describes but we still find ourselves worried what people think of us, defensive about our actions. We've never allowed Jesus life to come in and change us.
Cleansed From All Unrighteousness - Romans 5:20
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Many of us have experienced confessing our sins and receiving God's forgiveness but being cleansed from all unrighteousness has little meaning for us. But when by faith we are filled with the Holy Spirit we are made clean from all that old self-led life.
Keep the Law or Get the Life - Romans 5:20
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Too many of us think the natural life we have is all the life we need. That's why God gave us the law so we could see our lack of his supernatural life. The law is meant to show the symptoms of that lack-not so we'd try to keep the law.
Choosing Death or Life - Romans 5:21
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There are 2 ways to live. One is to slide into the mindlessness that comes from excusing our lack of trust in God by our claim we are unsure he exists. The other is to accept our better judgment and find life opening into meaning and purpose.
God is Ready. Am I? - Romans 6:1
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We forfeited our right to acceptance with God. But unbelievably God found away to give us a second chance to eat from the tree of life-receive His Spirit. But being glad for that offer is of no use if we never act on his terms to receive that life.
Believing or Receiving - Romans 6:2
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We worry about the future because we want to control it. We all want to be gods. God found a way to destroy that in his son and keep us alive. But believing we are reprieved is not the same as receiving his spirit which was his original plan.
Forgiven or Remade? - Romans 6:3
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Society doesn't like the idea that there is some evil so bad the only solution is to destroy it. That was how God dealt with man in the Flood. That is how he deals with the evil in us. He destroyed us in Jesus' death. That's more than a nice analogy.
God's Dilemma - Romans 6:4
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One of the dilemmas of war is how to destroy the enemy without harming the innocent. God had to find a way to target the evil in us and yet keep us alive. That is the meaning of Jesus' death. Why do so few Christians experience that targeted surgery?
Freedom from a selfish will - Romans 6:6
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Many of us are aware of a growing sense of evil in today's society, but we are slow to see it in our own lives. We aspire to live lives that are free, yet inside we find a selfish will that wants its own way. How can we find a lasting freedom from this
Freed from all evil - Romans 6:7
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In today's world there is a sense of independence and rebellion. At times we see streaks of anger and lust in ourselves, we try to rid ourselves of this evil, only to find it overpowers us time and again. Let's explore a cure for this deadly disease?
Why Am I not able to control Myself?
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Have you ever faced a supernatural force deep inside yourself persuading you to do things that you know are wrong? A force that is so strong it keeps overpowering you? Join with us as we discover a way to find lasting victory and freedom from this powe
Letting go brings lasting Freedom - Romans 6:9
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Each one of us has a great "" inside of us. Many times it takes control of us much like a supernatural force that we cannot manage ourselves.We want to do what is right, but we fail time and again. Did you know that you can be delivered from this powe
Living a consistant life Outwardly and Inwardly - Romans 6:10
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Is it possible to live an outward life that is consistent with our inward beliefs? Many of us find that there is a power within us that is stronger then our best interests. How can we find victory over this haunting contradiction?
Can we be Freed from Evil? - Romans 6:11
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We all face moral impotence. We try to overcome it by trying to educate ourselves out of it, or we try just a bit harder. In the end we face a giant monster that want's its own way. Is there an answer to our moral dilemma or do we just go on doing our
Free to Live - Romans 6:12
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Do you face an "inner struggle", you want to do good, but often you fail. Worse yet, there are things you know you should not do, yet these are the very things you end up doing. Are we meant to live this way, or can we be freed from this "inner struggl
Breaking into a New Freedom - Romans 6:13
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Think right and you will be right, love right and you wil be love. Many of us have tried the power of positive thinking with limited success. Can we ever break free of this vicious circle of living inside our little world?
The Problem of Moral Impotence - Romans 6:14
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Many of us find ourselves filled with good intentions. We want to do what is right only to find that we were unable to because of a supernatural power that seemed to control us from within. Can we break free from this power? If so how can we find free
Spontaneous Obedience - Romans 6:15
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Being under law means you have to obey the law to be accepted by God. Being under grace means that you ought to believe in Jesus and "try to obey", but if you can't it doesn't matter. At the end of the day, which person is right?
We can know and do what is right - Romans 6:16
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We explore the possibility that our Creator has offered us all an uncreated life, a life much better then our physical and psychological capacities. It contains a supernatural power and quality that spontaneously and harmoniously will know and do what i
Heart Freedom - Romans 6:17
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Some people say a Christian will experience victory at times and at other times continually fail over besetting sins. Others claim one can be changed so that they spontaneously live a victorious life. What are the possibilities of victory in the Christ
Live Free From the Person You Once Were - Romans 6:18
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Contemporary psychologists have concluded that mankind is perverse. However, we can experience the freedom of being delivered from our own self with its resentments, impure intentions and the bad behaviors that abuse our bodies. Superhuman? Yes.
From Unbalanced Emotions to an Amazing Life - Romans 6:19
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Our unbalanced emotions can create wildcat personalities that need to be re-routed and re-trained. Can we automatically live an unselfish life free from our old self-centered life -- an amazing life that goes out towards others instead of grabbing what
Freedom and Slavery: A Beautiful Life - Romans 6:20
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Being a slave is an attitude inside in your heart that regards a certain person as your master whom you obey immediately. Do you hear a whisper inside that says lust, criticism, gluttony, pride, and dishonesty are wrong? Can you come free of these?
Does a Life of Shame Bring Death or Life? - Romans 6:21
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Shameful living is living as if you have to get whatever you want in joy or desire and manipulating whomever you please because there is nobody to look after you but yourself. Living this way only brings death -- not real lasting peace and happiness.
A Complete Heart Transformation - Romans 6:22
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The moment you're really willing deep down in your heart to be dead to self, Jesus is able to touch you with the Holy Spirit --giving you a supernatural life that is utterly different from your old selfish life and which transforms you completely.
In Search of the Free Gift - Romans 6:23
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When we try to get security, love, recognition and enjoyment from people and things of this world, we end up dissipated and frustrated -- using others to get emotional thrills. We feel that there's nobody we can trust or who accepts and loves us.
Our Conscience and the Law - Romans 7:1
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Would you like to get rid of the person that is causing you trouble? There seems to be within all of us human beings a tremendous obligation within to live up to certain standards. There are things that are fair and there are things that are unfair.
The Law: A Mirror to See Inside - Romans 7:4
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Do we all act like little gods in competition with each other? Our emotions are out of balance and we are using each other for pleasure and joy -- all for our own purposes. There IS a solution beyond the law that deals with our destructive natures.
Living a Life of Distrust - Romans 7:5
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Do you trust yourself too much? If you want things to go YOUR way, you are probably experiencing strain by resisting God's will for your life. The law exposes to us our distrust and a sinister kind of thing that is actually just strong self-will.
Freedom to Be Ourselves - Romans 7:6
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Pretending we are someone that we are not is a bigger strain than financial burdens or difficult living situations. We were meant to live a free and exciting life, but we are worn out trying to mimic somebody else. It would just be so good to be ourselv
What the Law Exposes - Romans 7:7
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Do you waken depressed in the morning about your job situation? Do you worry about your finances -- or do you wonder and brood about whether you'll ever marry or whom you'll marry? Is it possible to trust God with these things that are so personal?
The Law and a Life of Rationalization - Romans 7:8
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Do you have a vague sense that there is something missing in your life? You can't identify it, but you live as if you were placed here with no definite purpose -- by chance. The law exposes our raw, naked disobedience and sophisticated rationalization.
Does Your Conscience Destroy Your Happiness? - Romans 7:9
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Many of us live fairly balanced, happy, professional and personal lives. We're not terribly aware that anything is wrong in our lives. We seem to be managing surprisingly well without God. So why does our conscience niggle us at times?
Law Brings Freedom: Part 1 - Romans 7:12A
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The law is a description of the kind of life that flows from you when you receive God into your own heart. It's not meant to create legalism nor to be ignored as unattainable. The law reveals God's nature and restrains the power of evil in our world.
Law Brings Freedom: Part 2 - Romans 7:12B
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The law is good as it directs you beyond your own natural strength and thus draws you into the life of God that alone can enable you to fulfill it. When we regard the law as a friend whom we enjoy rather than an enemy whom we resent there comes freedom.
Who Rules Your Life? - Romans 7:13
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God can not take your self-will from you. He respects your free will and He will not take from you what you are not willing to let go of yourself. You have to be willing to be made willing. How? Do you have the power to do it? Of course you have!
Stop Pretending - Romans 7:14
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It's easy to talk loftily of the way we and others ought to live. Yet so often we do exactly the opposite. The problem is not that we do stupid or wrong things. It's not the doing that's the problem; it's the being. We are what we do. Can we change?
The Problem Is What You Are - Romans 7:15
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If you have trouble with things in your life that you don't want to do but you find yourself doing them, if you have things that you hate but you find yourself doing them then the problem is in what you are. It's in your being; it's not in your doing.
Inside Out or Outside In - Which Are You? - Romans 7:16
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Instead of our personality working out from the inside, receiving from God all we need, our personality works as a parasite trying to get from outside what we need inside. We try to get from other people and from the world what we alone can get from God.
Are You Free? - Romans 7:17
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Do you have the power to be free? When you decide to be free of worry - can you? When you decide to stop criticizing - can you? When you decide not to be bitter - can you? Why don't you have the ability to be free of these things?
Are You A Slave To Your Will Or Your Conscience? - Romans 7:18
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Have you ever been in a situation where your conscience tells you to do something and you end up discussing it with your mind and emotions to see if it's a circumspect and prudent thing to do? Why don't you feel free at that moment?
The Mastery of The Will - Romans 7:19
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You alone can decide what your will wills. Then why do we feel at such a loss of words when ''I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do?" We try everything to make our wills strong but we still have the same trouble. Why?
The Devil Made Me Do It or A Willing Accomplice? - Romans 7:20
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A freedom from self-torture, punishment and condemnation comes when you accept that anger, envy, or jealousy that rises up in you does not originate in your heart. But no power can do anything in your life unless you are willing for that power to do it.
The Inner Conflict - Moral Impotence? - Romans 7:21
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It's just moral impotence -- the inability to do what we know is right and the inability to stop doing the things that we know are wrong. Dostoevsky called it the moral perversity of mankind that seems to run through every man and woman.
Principle of Garden of Eden - John 8:12
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Do we live our lives from inside out into the world or vice versa? Is there anything good inside us to share with the world? Garden of Eden was meant to be kept by us as we were listening to God's direction. Is it still a reality here on this earth?
Chain Reactions in Life - Romans 7:23
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Is your life a chain reaction of responses or can you live above those responses knowing you were created for a plan from a loving Creator?
Are You Being Real with Others? - Romans 7:24A
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How can a person be real to the people around him? Can there be freedom from hypocrisy or double mindedness? Can there be freedom from anger, resentment and irritability?
Release From A Dual Personality - Romans 7:24B
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Do you feel you have two responses to a situation? One you know is right but you do the other which is harsh, hurtful and unloving. Is it because your personality responds automatically or out of your control? Is there a way to react correctly?
Self-Managed Conflict or Spirit-Directed Peace? - Romans 7:25
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Do you feel a failure because of your job or a relationship? Why is this? Are you expecting too much from something or someone who can only fill a temporary need? Is there someone who can provide a permanent fulfillment?
Hopelessness in Life - Romans 8:1
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How do you respond to being ignored or treated unfairly? Do you retaliate or is there a way to live above it and respond in love and peace?
Are Peace and Joy Possible? - Romans 8:2
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Can we experience peace, joy and satisfaction through our own power and right living? Is there a power far greater than ours that can give us peace, satisfaction and joy for every event and circumstance in our lives?
A Tendency to do Wrong - Romans 8:3
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Is your personality doing wrong when you want to do right? Do you have an outward expression of right living but inside is all jealousy, anger or self-pity? Can we change? How?
Do we Need Help to do Good? - Romans 8:4
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Does our frustration come from doing what we know is wrong and wanting to do what is right? Can we change our personalities to do good? Is there a better way to live? Where does our help come from?
Are you Plagued with Selfish Thoughts? - Romans 8:5
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How can we get rid of selfish thoughts and motives? Do we react in irritability and resentment to people who aren't doing what we want them to do? Are our thoughts and mind the problem? Do we have control over our mind and thoughts?
Life and Peace - Romans 8:6
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Our peace and full satisfaction come from doing what we were created to do. How do we find what that is?
Does Positive Thinking Have Life Power? - Romans 8:7
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No power of thought, no manipulation of our thoughts, no autosuggestion or positive thinking can radically deal with our selfish independence. Doesn't it need something very drastic like an operation to remove it from us?
Can We Change Ourselves? - Romans 8:8
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Bad temper, resentment or telling white lies to protect our reputation are traits we either excuse or think we can change ourselves. But in fact we can't change unless we accept by faith the radical solution that God gave us in his son Jesus.
Two Ways to Live - Romans 8:9
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There are two ways to deal with the anxieties and pressures of life. We can try to manipulate other people to get them to change, or medicate ourselves with a shot of whisky. Or we can discover a different way to live, because Someone does care for us.
Who Supplies Your Needs? - Romans 8:10a
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Many of us depend only on our bodies or other people for our sexual or financial needs. We therefore become a kind of parasite of others instead of living in reality -- where everything has already been provided for us. So who can supply our needs?
A Life Free From Stress - Romans 8:10b
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Many of us try to establish our value to the world by the things that we achieve. We somehow feel that we are here to do well. But this often brings strain and stress. Is it possible to live a life free from stress?
Who Cares For You? - Romans 8:11
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Our bodies are dying from stress and high blood pressure because we think we're responsible for our own lives and there's nobody to take care of us. But we can reverse the process by living from the inside out -- by the spirit God has put inside us.
The Frustrated Life - Romans 8:12
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We're not animals or psychological beings in a closed mechanistic universe. There's a spirit part of us that enables us to be conscious of God. If we don't get our power from God we'll have to satisfy our needs or drives from other people or the world.
Who Plans Your Life? - Romans 8:13
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Many of us have plans for how we will manage our lives, our jobs, our marriages. We think these plans will make us happy - but often they don't. Why? Could your Creator have plan for you to do that is completely different and yet satisfying?
Living as Children or Creatures - Romans 8:14
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For centuries two aspirations have haunted us as human beings. One is that it was possible to be one with your Creator . The other is that we could live forever. Instead of living like animals, we can become children of the person who made us.
Why We Can Have Confidence - Romans 8:15
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You were designed to do something in the world that nobody else can do. That's why you're here. How can you find out what that is, and who made you? Knowing this purpose for your life brings a great freedom from anxiety and worry.
Fear or Trust? - Romans 8:16
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There are two different worlds we can live in: fear or trust. We either govern our lives by the appetites and desires of our bodies, minds and emotions -- or we believe we have a unique purpose to fulfil in life. How does this affect the way we live?
What is Your Ruling Passion? - Romans 8:16
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What is your ruling passion? The thing you want above all else? And when you get it, will you be satisfied? Somehow it never does satisfy, and we strive for that one more thing. We're driven people. Why don't these things make us happy?
Secure in our Father's Arms - Romans 8:17a
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Many of us are driven by the desire for profit, power or success. That attitude is so different from the one we had as children in our father's arms. How would life change if we knew we were heirs of the Creator of the universe -- already provided for?
The Necessity of Suffering - Romans 8:17b
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The phrase 'you get out what you put in' applies to everyone from scientists to musicians. It also describes the spiritual life. Everything has a cost, and seeking God is no exception. Many things we think are crucial -- God strips away.
The Purpose of Suffering - Romans 8:18
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Life which lasts 70 years is filled with pleasant things. Yet all people at their end are alone. Even our closest can't bridge the gap. Suffering reveals our identity and attention needs to be fixed firmly on something lasting - namely God Himself.
The Sons of God - Romans 8:19
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One of the purposes of suffering is to get us to look beyond all the surface circumstances and relationships we experience. There is a part of us that's deeper than our physical being and beyond our minds. Those inklings are God's beckoning us as sons.
The Fall of Creation - Romans 8:20
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From the fall of creation it is evident that everything's not right with the world . We sense that, which indicates there's some underlying reason. Where's an Ideal World to come from without some invisible reference point? We think God's to blame?!?
What is Freedom? - Romans 8:21
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If you've ever found a mess and cleaned it up, you feel you've done some good. There's a sense the effort was worth it. It's liberating- almost inspirational. Where do those feelings come from? You feel the world is a better place - why is that?
A Global Groan - Romans 8:22
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After the Gulf oil spill - how did you react? With a groan, wondering whose fault it was? Can't the world progress without catastrophe? If you believe it can, but it doesn't - you find yourself searching for some underlying wrong. What's really wrong?
Perfect as a Rose - Romans 8:23
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A child draws a picture with a house, a tree and the sun. It's a good start. Jesus said 'Be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect.' With the child - we credit the effort - not the result. Jesus speaks of love outflowing - do we experience this?
Becoming Perfect? - Romans 8:24
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How perfect can we be? It seems unattainable - yet Jesus said - 'You must be perfect ?' Is this a semantic trick or a spiritual mystery? Are we doomed, because we know we're nowhere near perfection? What did he mean when he said that?
A Perfect Personality? - Romans 8:25
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You must be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect - how can this be? God expects us to be perfect in love. There is a gradual process of making a soul a fit servant and efficient instrument to express this love. It requires of us great patience.
Personality Weaknesses - Romans 8:26
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When sharing your experience of God - are others uninterested? If we proceed using the force of our personality - that's repellent. Our personality seems to be an obstacle - what can we do? Let go, and be patient - prepared for God to act instead of you.
Personality Weaknesses or Disobedience? - Romans 8:27A
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We may believe that God is the life source and somehow there's a good life for us to live. Yet living a good outward life and receiving God's life into ours identifies problems. We find participating with God requires a complete rewiring.
Personality or Spirit Prayers? - Romans 8:27B
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We are governed by motive. If the life energy of God's spirit of love and peace run through your personality - it covers all aspects and is a beautiful thing. Unfortunately we think good occurs by knowing God's 'will' rather than knowing God Himself.
Luck or Providence? - Romans 8:28
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Voltaire's Candide has a character Pangloss whose motto 'This is the best of all possible worlds!' overlooks appalling situations. Voltaire mocked religious fatalism. God does interact with the world Himself and works through us to bring about His plans.
Can Achieving Success be a Crutch in your Life? - Romans 8:29A
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You may have heard it said - In all things God works for good for those who love him. Have you ever wondered - what supreme good does he want to work in you?
God Foreknows us and Predesigns us - Romans 8:29
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A father often sees his child's potential talents. He helps shape the child to conform them to the good life he glimpses for them. Similarly God foreknows who will follow him. He predesigns them, and conforms them to the image of his son, Jesus.
What it is to Follow God - Romans 8:30A
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To stop living for yourself, and to live for God and his purpose. That's God's call He makes to everyone. Then he will give you his own supernatural life to live your life.
Ever Wondered what Predestination is? - Romans 8:30A
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Here are questions and answers about predestination. What is it?
Are You Trying to Justify Your Life? - Romans 8:30B
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Do you try to overcome insignificance, insecurity, and unhappiness that you feel? Do you try to justify yourself so those feelings won't have a hold on you? There's a different way to be "right" than that difficult slog of a life.
Justify Yourself-or Accept your Makers Opinion of You - Romans 8:30C
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You may try to justify yourself to everybody and to yourself. However, God saw that you were incorrigibly selfish -- and has put you in his son, and destroyed that selfishness there. God is able to make that real to you.
God is for us - Even When we are not Fully for God - Romans 8:31
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Some of us don't realize that if God is for us, who can be against us? The real answer is - nobody. The only thing that can be against us is our misconceptions and our own disbelief that God is for us. He really is for us.
Satan's Tactics-Lying and Perversion of Power - Romans 8:31
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Though many don't believe in him, there is a person called Satan. His only power is to deceive people. The greatest lie he practices on us is that he doesn't exist. How should we respond to him? Resist him and continue to follow God.
Satan's Many Lies - and the Truth of God's Love for us - Romans 8:31
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The person called Satan accuses all people that God doesn't love them. He says we've sinned and deserve to die. The right way to answer this lie of Satan is to point to Jesus and his shed blood-through which God cancels our trespasses.
True Reality: Death Life or Resurrection Life? - Romans 1:4
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One person said, 'I have been out of the world and seen our creator-my father. This life he's given me is final reality. Death and death life is something that can be defeated by this stream of life he has given me.' This man rose above death.
Your Real Enemy - Romans 8:31
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It's important to distinguish your real enemy. People fighting you are the deceived tools of the real enemy, who is Satan. You need to resist Satan, and he will flee. Then believe the best for these people, and pray for them.
God and our Needs - Romans 8:32
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Will God who did not spare his own son, will he not give us all things with him? The answer is clear. Of course he'll give you the Holy Spirit-that is, God's own nature, and all that you need. That's the whole purpose in Jesus dying.
Love and Kindness - Romans 8:32B
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Love is giving yourself to others. Kindness is giving good things to others. God loves us by giving himself and his son to us. He also is kind to us by giving us what we need. Having given us his son in love, he won't fail to give us what we need.
Does my life have any meaning? - Romans 8:33
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Have you ever been shattered by a critical comment, a lost job, a failing grade in class? How is it that those things can so easily destroy any sense of self-assurance that we have?
Why can't I seem to do anything right? - Romans 8:34
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Ever found yourself thinking, "I condemn myself and can't forgive myself. It's not a problem of other people not forgiving me, I cannot forgive myself. On top of that I have a poor self image.? What if I told you that you can't condemn yourself?
Who will you turn to? - Romans 8:35
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What is your diversion of choice? When your job is overwhelming or your home life tense, or when you're just plain lonely how do you cope? Do you turn on the TV, take a drink or "go out" for the night to avoid and forget? Is there a better answer?
Is "My Way" your theme song? - Romans 8:36
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How often do you feel on your own -- that no one is interested enough or capable enough to help you? It can leave you feeling backed into a corner with no options but to attack the difficulties you face totally alone. But is that truly the position w
Indomitable Living - Romans 8:37
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When you've painted yourself into a corner in your personal or financial life how do you deal with it? As the corner gets smaller and you get squeezed more tightly what do you do? In the midst of apparent chaos there is a steady way through.
Can Addiction End? - Romans 8:38A
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The first difficulty is reaching the point where you want to quit. Fighting that desire is your body, your mind and your emotions. So what do you do?
How does each day end? - Romans 8:38B
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Often after a tense day we come home and reach for a drink, or look for someone to help relieve some of the burden of the day. What if instead we ended each day filled with life to give? That is what Christ made possible for us.
God's Love in Christ - Romans 8:38C
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Many of us are in the grip of all sorts of things we'd like to shake but we can't. No matter how many resolutions we make we always fail. We seem to have a will that's utterly paralyzed to change. What is the answer?
Christ in the present things - Romans 8:38D
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How is it possible that Christ, nailed to a tree, nearing the end of his life could have all of his thoughts focused on others and not himself? How could he not be filled with resentment,anxiety and fear? How is that possible?
Made To Be Loved - Romans 8:38E
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Our creator wants us to live relaxed and secure in his love for us yet so often we don't. If we're going to trust him as our loving Father and trust him to provide all that we need -- we probably have to do what he tells us.
Clarity of Revelations - Romans 8:38F
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What is shared here depends on our belief that Jesus is the son of the Creator of the Universe. Because of that we trust the descriptions he gives in Revelations of events that are to take place in this world.
The Love of God in Christ
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Think of someone whose work you admire - an artist or musician. You probably don't feel love coming back to you from them. We can feel that way about the Creator- we admire the mountains he has created but have no sense of the love he has for us.
Freedom from Anger and Jealousy
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Have you received the Holy Spirit personally? When Jesus is talked about does your heart rise up in agreement and hope?
How Will You Be Remembered? - Psalm 103:15-16
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Do you remember Bing Crosby or John Wayne? What do you remember about them? What will you think about in death? Not only is it inevitable but it is an important moment in each one of our lives.
What is Sin? - Romans 14:23D
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Do we do wrong because we try to defend ourselves when threatened? In our relationship with God it's important to know what is right and wrong. We need to nurture that awareness.
Faith, Not Doubt - Romans 14:23
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Why do we have vague anxieties and fears? Why are our lives full of unresolved tensions about how things will turn out? Why can't we think about our marriage in a clear relaxed way? Why aren't we clear and relaxed about how the future will turn out?
God of Help - Romans 15:5c
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Introduction to How to Walk After the Spirit - Romans 8:13
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In this introductory sermon, we begin to deal in detail with the spiritual life and how to walk after the Spirit. Pastor O'Neill begins by outlining our personality the way God meant for it to work and how it has become perverted through sin.
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Functions of The Soul and Spirit - Romans 8:13
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What does it mean to walk according to the Spirit? This talk will focus on the functions of the soul and the spirit. If you are trying to contact God with your soul you'll always be in difficulty because God works only through your spirit by faith.
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The Fall of Man - 1 John 1:1-3
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To be a friend of God meant that we had to be made in God's image and with a free will to love him or not. In this third talk we learn about the consequences of the fall of man when Adam and Eve sinned and the affect that it has on us even today.
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Our Need For Salvation
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Salvation is offered through the death of Jesus. When His death is applied to our perverted personalities God is free to give us the Holy Spirit. Our part in salvation is to repent and believe in what Jesus has done through his death on the cross.
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The Carnal Christian
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There are two kinds of Christians, carnal and spiritual. This sermon focuses on what a carnal Christian is and how we come to be carnal even though we are born of the spirit.
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How Are We Delivered From Being a Carnal Christian?
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This talk clarifies what it means to be a carnal Christian. Then it looks at the two steps it takes to be delivered from carnality. Finally Pastor O'Neill answers practical questions from the audience.
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Finding Cleanness and Deep Peace Within
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When you reach the ground of your heart, where you know a complete honesty with your Maker, then comes an absolute peace and complete faith and complete confidence that God is in charge of your life.
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Doing Good Works in Our Own Way - Romans 8:8
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We often try to do God's will but in our own way. So instead of our spirits being governed by the Holy Spirit, we are led by our own emotions, minds and opinions. We serve God according to our own ideas, not according to His. We become self-conscious.
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Deliverance From Sin and The Soul Life - Romans 6:12-14
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The absolute minimum for a child of God is to be saved from not just the guilt of sin but the power of sin. Envy, anger, jealousy and greed should not be the Christian's experience. How can we be free from these things?
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How to Continue in Victory - Galatians 5:17
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God has delivered us from sin, but the only want to remain free is by dependence on the Holy Spirit and listening to His direction in daily circumstances. Examples of our self-management vs.. dependence on Him that are warnings to us.
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Living by our Emotions and Minds - Luke 9:23
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A soulish Christian still tries to get from his mind and emotions what he is meant to get from God through his spirit. This deception can produce self-righteousness, confusion, over-sensitivity or argumentiveness that is contrary to God's nature.
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The Need for Changed Personalities - Luke 9:23
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Christians living by their souls (mind, emotions) impress us primarily by their strong personalities versus the tender sense of our touching God through them. They may blast us with opinions or manipulate us intellectually. How can we be changed?
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Trying to Get Love From Others - Romans 6:6
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We live either by the love of others or by the love of God. Even family love can dominate us unless we come free of dependence on their approval. Our concern with others' approval can prevent us from doing what we know is right to do.
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Inexpedient Personality Traits - Galatians 2:11-13
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Facetiousness, abruptness or a smothering affection for others are examples of personality traits that prevent Jesus' love and life from touching others through us. But only the Holy Spirit can reveal this to us through daily breaking experiences.
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Living From the Inside Out - Hebrews 4:12
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Most of us live with personalities that dominate our actions, but God wants to direct us from the inside out through our spirits. Our personality (soul) needs to be retrained by the Holy Spirit in order for others to see Jesus and not just us.
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Development of The Spiritual Life - I Corinthians 1:17-18
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Most Christians are no different from Jews because they believe in a sacrifice for sins but have no spiritual life inside. They live by the power of the world coming in instead of God's life coming out of them through their own spirits.
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Questions and answers - I John 1:9
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What the world needs to see is people who not only say they know God, but who look like him; who are freed from anger and jealousy. The problem is that we don't get all we need from God; we try to get it from the people and things around us. How can we c
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Crisis Experience of The Cross - Romans 6:6
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Does a change in our personality come from experience or repression or introspection? Do any of these bring a lasting change? Is there some other method or way to change ourselves?
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How Could A Loving God Allow Evil In His World? - Romans 9:24
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Why didn't God stop Hitler from murdering millions? Why doesn't he stop a man who rapes a child? Is it he is unable? Is it he is not concerned?
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Only One Attitude Towards Evil - Romans 9:24
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Do we regard evil as a necessary interruption of God's otherwise flawless plan for us? Is that why we get irked when someone messes up our plans?
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What Is The Worst Evil In The World? - Romans 9:24
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Is the worst evil pain? Is the worst evil sickness? Is the worst evil poverty? Are they the evils we need to be delivered from?
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When Are We Most Alive? - Romans 9:24
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You do not have all the resources you need, you do not have all the patience you need, nor all the love you need. Where will you get them?
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Daily Experience of the Cross - Luke 9:23-25
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Do you ever regret what you have said or done to someone? Ashamed of manipulating people and circumstances to get what you want and then realize it wasn't worth the distress you caused others? Is there a permanent release from this selfishness?
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The Holy Spirit & The Believers Spirit - 1 Thessalonians 5:23
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How can a pure life be possible without God? Do we use repression and suppression so people only see a certain type of person? How long does that last? Is there a permanent change possible? A change that comes not from within but from outside ourselve
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Do You Hear God?
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We don't wait on God, that's why we don't hear Him. Peace and contentment will be found if we will rise into the freedom of caring only for God's opinion of us.
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The Spiritual Man 2 - 1 Corinthians 2:15
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Are we living by faith in God's word? If he has remade us in Jesus, why do we live such unhappy lives? Are we missing an important part to our life in Jesus?
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Overcoming Criticism - 2 Corinthians 5:14
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A spiritual man or woman is one who lives not what friends or things can give but off God's love alone. How is that possible?
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Spiritual Prayer 1: Do we hear God? - Ezekiel 36:37
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Soulish prayer issues from the situation around us. ?Lord will you fix this flat tire?? Spiritual prayer is God revealing His will to us and then we pray for it to happen. Cry to the Lord ? what shall we do? Be ready to listen to God.
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Spiritual Prayer 2:How to Pray - 1 John 5:14,15
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Our job is not to tell God what to do. It's our job to discover what He wants to do and then we ask Him to do it. Prayer is knowing your Father's heart, being utterly committed to do His will to make all of us like Himself.
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Spiritual Prayer 3: Why Pray?
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Prayer is the method our Father has ordained for actualizing what He has done to us all in Jesus. Where there is real prayer miracles are performed and people react definitely one way or another. How do you pray?
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Hypocricy in the Church
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This world is filled with people who truly believe Christ died for their sins but who are not willing to give their whole lives to Him.
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Transforming Your Life!
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We are meant to be picture frames in which a portrait of Jesus is painted for the world to see.
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Spiritual Warfare 3:Defeating Satan - Romans 8:29
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Why are you on this earth? Because there's a unique picture of Jesus that's to be created in you.
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Finding Guidance for Your Life - Romans 8:2, 8:5
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When you're facing a situation and are confused about what to do you're usually trying to tackle it only by the power of your mind.
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Spiritual Intuition 2
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There is only one way to be a Christian; that is to allow God's Spirit to come in and take over your life and teach you how to live from His love rather than from what you can get from the world--which you know never satisfies.
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Where are you at with God? - 1 Thessalonians 5:23
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There are a few milestones in the Christian life beginning with asking Jesus to come into your life. Is he a visitor, resident, or possessor? Exercising your free will, do you follow where God leads - including to unexpected places?
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Making decisions - How does God factor in? - I Corinthians 12
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The 'big questions' in our life as adults - job, partner, children - are these things that we can ask God about? How can believers know which way to go when making decisions?
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Can you keep a secret? - 1 Corinthians 2:9
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There are things that God shares with you that are intended for you alone. If you then try to share those things with someone unprepared to hear them-there is no life in the words.
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How do you have Communion with God?
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You can only have communion with God if you are born of God. How is that possible?
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Do You Know God?
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Are you living depending on the world and other people for the things that God wanted to give you? Stop living independent of God and know a peace that is unshakable.
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Do you have trouble sensing God in your life?
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Like a drunkard who becomes coarsened to the world around him, we become coarsened in our attitude towards God when we indulge excessively in what the world has to offer.
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Knowing God as Father
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Do you have a sense of God as your Father? Or do you know that Jesus knows you?
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Our conscience our guide
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Our conscious is often the thing that makes us aware that the way we're operating our lives is not the way God intended.
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Depression, Anger, Irritability-why do they happen?
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Depression, anger and irritability are only symptoms of the fact that we're looking to people or circumstances for our sense of security and importance and when those fail, we react.
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God's plan or mine for my life?
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God's plan from the beginning was that we'd learn from Him what the purpose of our lives was meant to be, then do that with all our hearts.
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Difference between Sin and Sins
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There is a distinction between sin and sins.
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What does a conscience do? - I Thessalonians 5.23
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Conscience is that part of ourselves that is always encouraging us to live up to the highest or best that we know.
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Conscience and pure love
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Our conscience is always our guide; convicting us when we aren't living up to the best that we know.
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Is Your Life Dry or Fresh?
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Does your life reflect a fresh, glad, delightful individuality, a beautiful spontaneous spirit? What is the source of your life?
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The message of impatience or jealousy.
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Do you experience anger, jealousy or irritability in your life, yet still believe you're living the life meant to be lived by a normal Christian?
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Why is there strain in my life?
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Where is there strain in your life? That's where you're wanting something God doesn't want for you--do you realize that?
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The real you
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The real you--your spirit--determines what affect your life has on other people.
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Do you know victory over sin in your life? - I John 2:12
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Until you step into victory over sin in your own life, Jesus life cannot pour forth from you because His life comes from a heart that is glad and victorious.
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What Happens to you when you follow the Holy Spirit's Leading?
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If you become a Christian, God's Holy Spirit works to transform you to be like Jesus. He does this by flowing into you and through you-if you follow Him in your thinking, how you express your emotions, and how you take care of your body.
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Is Your Heart a Well of Joy and Love? - John 7:38
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God's plan for your life is that you'd know Him and continually have joy and love welling up inside you and flowing out to others. There are ways you can block this flow, or you can let it flow unimpeded.
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A Free Spirit Can Carry Burdens
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God does his work in the world through us. He will give a burden to us so that we will either pray, speak or act. Satan gives us weights that prevent us from any action for God. How do we keep our spirit free so that we can share in God's work?
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Trouble is a Good Thing
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God and trouble is usually a good thing because it throws us out of controlling our own lives and into the hands of God.
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The Laws of the Spirit - A Summary
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Our spirit is our real self and it is meant to be joyful and full of trust in God. Often however we feel anything but joyful, light and trusting. What is the secret to this kind of life and how can we enter into it?
Mind - a Terrible thing to Waste - Luke 21:19
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Some people feel they've had an encounter with God which leaves an impression. It's merely an acquaintance - and hasn't progressed to any level of friendship. The first step of a friendship or journey is tentative until the mind is engaged.
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We are Meant to Be Free Spirits!
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Jesus' spirit is free and he wants us to have the same freedom as he does. How do we find this freedom and become the new person that we are meant to be in God?
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Finding the Real You - Proverbs 16:19
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Only in Jesus are the forces and powers that tie you to the world and people broken. Life with Jesus and cooperation with his Holy Spirit free us to be the unique men and women that we were meant to be.
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Finding the Real You (continued)
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If we aren't connected to our Maker then there is no real you to find. We can only find our true self by coming to the one person that is truly alive. How do we become born again and find the person God meant for us to be?
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What Does The Baptism of The Holy Spirit Mean for Our Life - Acts 15:6
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Once we are born again we partner with Jesus to live our life. But we are in danger of slipping back to a life governed by people and the world unless we are baptized with the Holy Spirit. What does this mean and what will be required of us?
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We are filled with the Holy Spirit so we can be God's Witnesses
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We can be filled with the Spirit when we have aligned the purpose of our life with that of God's. His power is not given so that we'll have a better life but to enable us to be his witnesses throughout the world.
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Do We Need to be Born Again? - 2 Corinthians 5:17
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It's easy to change on the outside, but are you still in control of your will? Perhaps your mind and will is tied to something you won't let go of and it's weighing you down. There's no mystery about living the victorious life through your spirit.
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Living From Within
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You are different from everyone else -- not a boring stereo-typical robot. God has a picture of Himself that He wants to express through you. When we talk with God we can find out what He wants us to do and to learn what it means to live from within.
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A New Life - Romans 6:6
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Do we depend on others for security? Do we need emotional healing? We see the greater need to have changed personalities and be made whole. We can be made new -- not by works or by reading a lot of books -- but by faith in what Jesus has already done.
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The Emotions - John 17
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Emotions are a big part of our personalities. Do we let the world govern our emotions -- causing us to have so many ups and downs? When we have a relationship with God and put Him first in our lives our emotions will freely be expressed from within.
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Our Affections
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Affection has ceased to be an outgoing expression of love. It has ceased to be a thinking of what the other person would like or what we can do for them and has rather become an intern thing ? a desire for satisfaction that we can get.
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Why Marry?
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Love has nothing to do with marriage! Marriage has nothing to do with love! How can this be?
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True, Real Love
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Love is the whole and total and absolute devotion of your whole being to the only dear person who deserves it. Then real love is truly shed abroad in you heart for others.
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Living by Our Feelings - Romans 6:6
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Has guilt and fear taken over your life? Living by our emotions can make life difficult and unfragrant. We can see that condemnation can come into our hearts. When we attend to our conscience and exercise our wills, we experience spiritual health.
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Faith or Feelings? - 1 Corinthians 6:4
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It's dangerous to live by our emotions as they are influenced from our environment. When we lack feelings it is God's way of drawing us to Himself. The mature life of faith and joy is one lived in the spirit through the exercise of the will and obedience
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Our Natural Desires
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Are we deceived into perverting our three natural desires of self-propagation, self-preservation and self-defence? Where does our excitement, significance, peace and comfort come from -- food, sex, power, pride, honor among men or being understood?
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The Mind-A Battlefield
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The mind wants to be justified in some way. That's where the battle is: that gap between a thought and the action which makes way for rationalization and disobedience. Are we careless in our minds? If God gives you a revelation, it's precious.
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The Passive Mind
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If you leave your mind passive and blank, it makes it a playground for evil. You can get yourself into trouble by using your mind to contradict God's word. Your WILL can control your mind and thoughts and can stop sudden insights that are not from God.
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Forgetfulness, Dreams, Insomnia
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Do you suffer from unusual dreams, insomnia, anxiety or forgetfullness? Do you have trouble concentrating or are you depressed? Perhaps your mind has become passive. It's vital to begin to think and exercise your mind and take back your soul.
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Deliverance From a Passive Mind
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Do you go through the motions in your job? Are you dead inside: boring, depressed, disappointed? These are symptoms of a passive mind and you probably yielded ground to Satan. God's task is to renew our WHOLE being and deliver us from a passive mind.
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Deliverance From Passivity No.1
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Have you accepted any lies intro your life? Perhaps you are ill or your environment is in chaos. Maybe you are under the burden of imitating others. This is your opportunity to exercise faith by refusing to believe in only what you see with your eyes.
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Deliverance From Passivity: Summary - John 7:37
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Who is in control of your mind? We are led to believe that lack of concentration, talkativeness, gossip and critical thoughts are just wayward habits of the natural process of our minds. But we CAN stop this passivity and engage our minds with God's.
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Understanding God - Luke 1:46-47
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If we try to rely on our renewed mind there will be great uncertainty in our lives. Our spirits lose its sensitivity because we don't spend the necessary daily time waiting upon God. That's why God calls us to Himself - to be friends who understand Him.
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A Second-Best Life - Romans 8:5-8
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Do you feel that you are living a half-hearted, second-best kind of life? The old mind - drawn out with so many things around us - can create a blockage of the spirit. Your mind can become unfit to receive the messages from God and appreciate truth.
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Is Your Will Weak? - James 2:19
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The will is king and key to everything. Are our wills flabby like a jellyfish making us dead to communicate with God? Obedience to our conscience brings God's spirit alive. Is there one thing that we won't give up that is making our lives agony?
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Am I Still Living as if There is no God? - 1 Corinthians 2:12
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After we have taken the first step in being born again, we need to deal with the basic problem of the garbage heap in our hearts. A carnal Christian lives the worst of both worlds. God must be obeyed or we will continue to live as if there is no God.
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Who Will You Depend on in Your Life? - Psalm 103:10
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Most of us grew up depending on others' opinions of us for our significance. We depended on what happens for our happiness. Is there another, better way to get significance & happiness?
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Godly Power-Through Wills that Obey God - Joshua 6:1-5
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If you believe God, His power will come into your life as you exercise your will.
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Knowing What's Right but not being able to do it - 2 Corinthians 5:14-17
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We often know what's right to do, but don't seem to have the will power to do it. We've tried different methods to increase our will power. Is there a solution that goes beyond this that works?
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What Happens when you Willingly Follow God - Matthew 16:24
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Have you ever thought what would happen if you did the very things God asks you to do?
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Can You Will to Follow God-No Matter What?
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Some of you have given your lives to follow God. But you may sense an ugliness inside-leading you to be mean to others, or be hung up about things about your body. You may not be willing to do some things God directs. Is there a cure for this?
Full Consecration and Sanctification
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Perfect Life - 1 Thessalonians 5:23
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What is the main reason people dismiss Christians' witness? Why do their lives so often contradict their words? Does Jesus ask us to do what we can't do? Is holiness a continual struggle toward an unobtainable goal? What about temptation?
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Extra Ordinary Life - Matthew 1:21
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Why is it some Christians seem to live so far above ordinary Christians? Don't they still have weaknesses? Don't they still have temptations? Don't they still meet great difficulties in their life? How have they been changed?
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Breaking Free - James 4:17
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What do we do about that something in us that won't let us do what God wants? What do we do with this old personality that is so tied up to this world that we repeatedly try but fail to obey God? What is the secret of freedom and cleanness and joy?
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Freed From The Old Self 1 - Romans 7:15
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Does the Bible teach our sinful nature is something we cannot be rid of? Does Romans 7 describe the normal Christian life? Does God contradict himself in what he has promised us? What did he mean by asserting, He Will Save His People From Their Sins?
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Freed From The Old Self 2 - Romans 6:1
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I do not do the good that I want, but the evil I don't want is what I do. If that isn't normal for Christians, then why does it resonate with so many of us? Is there a secret to victory from that cycle? If there is why do so few find it?
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What is Our Old Self? - Romans 7:25
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Is struggling against our sinful nature the fight of faith? Why is it that it seems such an unequal battle? Why do all our self-help attempts work for a while but end us back where we started? Are we up against something bigger than us?
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What is Our Old Self 2? - Romans 7:15
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Do we find ourselves sinking into self pity? We know that we should be thankful and full of joy but we find it's more natural to sulk. Is the best we can do just to keep fighting it? Is there a way to send this personality back in to be made over?
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Man's Disease - Genesis 3:1-6
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Why is it when we think we should be patient with someone our minds and emotions do the opposite and we lose our temper? Where does that contrariness come from? Why can't we be what God wants us to be? What is the way out?
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Man's Original Disease - Genesis 3:1-6
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Have we sunk into a kind of boring existence? What keeps us from being spontaneous and living in faith? Could we have started to depend on our own knowledge of what is good and bad rather than on the one who creates sunsets and spring mornings?
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God's Part, Our Part - Romans 7:19-22
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Has our life often been one of defeat? Have we prayed and felt we were ready but then hit a situation where we failed again? What can we do differently to be what we know God wants? Is there a way through? What is our part and what is God's part?
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God in Charge - Leviticus 20:7-8
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Do others see us as good Christians but don't see anything that makes them hungry for the same? Have we become comfortable in our career but dry inside? Have we tried to consecrate ourselves to God but not seen much change? Is there more we need?
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What is Purity? - 1 Thessalonians 5:23
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Are we made right with God by trying to be good? If we have been made God's child by a power outside ourselves, are we going to be able to live the life of a child of God by something of our own working? What is our part, then? What is God's part?
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The Crisis of Purity - Romans 6:6
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Is becoming pure and clean inside a long process? Can we change our old nature? Can we make our old nature gradually die? Why does it seem we have an enemy inside? Can we sanctify ourselves? What part is ours and what part is God's?
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The Support of God's Spirit - Galatians 5:17
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Are we meant to live with the constant battle of the desires of the flesh being against the desires of the spirit? Is there something we can do more than exercise our will power to crucify the flesh and its desires? Has God arranged a better way?
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The Touch of God's Spirit - Luke 3:16
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Are our efforts to be what God wants us to be, all full of the big I? Are we I this and I that? Why are our efforts at holiness so legalistic and hard? How can God take people that are all full of self and make them sweet and fragrant like Jesus?
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Peace and Joy in God's Spirit - Acts 5:32
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The kingdom of God is peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. But do we know the Holy Spirit? Do we hear his voice? Do we know what we are missing? Are there doubtful things in our lives? Since he is like a dove how can we not frighten him away?
Sin after Conversion
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There are two kinds of Christians, carnal and spiritual. This sermon focuses on what a carnal Christian is and how we come to be one even though we are born of the spirit.
Ever Been Peeled Like an Onion? - Psalm 139: 23-24
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If you are aware and maintain an 'identity' outside of being a friend of God, you'll inevitably spend many 'unhappy' years defending your self to others. God will steadily unpeel the onion skin until you see there's nothing to boast about in you.
Living in Another Place - REVELATION 3:20
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A sub-normal Christian life - is where we don't have free access, the comfort and pleasure of God's presence. The garden of Eden was a snapshot of life with God - before the fall. Jesus came and restored that broken relationship.
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Man's Distrust of God - The Fall - Genesis 1:3
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Instead of choosing to live a life of faith, trusting in God for all that is needed in life, man chose to live independent of God. This talk is a summary of the fall of man in the Garden of Eden and how it affects our lives today.
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God's Saving Penalties - Genesis 3
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After the fall of man God's task was to expose Satan's deception so men would come back to him. This talk looks at God's saving penalties and precautions that could start the process of man's return.
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Living By Our Own Strength - Genesis 4
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When man fell from God's grace their ability to communicate with God died. If we ignore our dead spiritual condition caused by sin we live an impaired life isolated from God. Is there a remedy for this? Can we live a fruitful life again trusting in God?
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God Starts Over - Genesis 5
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In the story of Cain killing his brother Abel we can see the difference of a life lived trusting in God and one lived by our own strength. Why is one life rejected by God and another's accepted?
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The Tragedy of Mixed Marriage - Genesis 6
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God started over with man in the generation of Seth. Soon after men of faith married women without faith. This grieved God and created corruption and perversion again in man. How did God deal with this situation? What can we learn from this today?
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Faith Is Action - Genesis 7
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God acts when we act. Faith is action. It is obeying what God is telling us to do through our intuition. The account of Noah building the ark illustrates this important truth.
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Faith is Resting - Genesis 8
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While faith is action it is also resting. When we wait for God's timing before we act, as Noah did in the ark, then we are resting in faith.
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God's Promise to Noah and Us - Genesis 9
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The promise God made to Noah was that he would never again destroy man and the earth totally as he did in the flood. Sinful man is thus given time to enter into God's solution. Find out what that is.
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Populating the Earth After the Flood - Genesis 9
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How did God re-people the earth from the eight people left after the flood? This talk is a fascinating look at our world from the sons of Noah until now. We see that the events of history are not chance events.
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Why Does God Choose Those Whom He Chooses? - Genesis 11
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In every generation man's depending on knowledge rather than God has led to pride and perversion. With Abraham God turns his attention from the nations at large to focus on building a nation that would be his own people. What was God's plan for Israel?
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Working Faith - Genesis 12
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In this introduction to working faith we learn that it is not the power of positive thinking. It is not wishful thinking or hoping. Working faith is our acting based on what God has already done.
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Working Faith is the Way of Promise - Genesis 13
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In our study of Abraham we learn that faith is not a feeling or a notion about something. Faith is action. It is hearing the voice of God in your heart telling you to do something and you acting on that knowledge even when you don't know all the details.
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God's Mercy Towards Our Failures - Genesis 14
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Our faith is tested by God at times through detours so that it will be strengthened. Abraham took a detour when he went to Egypt and failed his test. Instead of trusting in God he took things into his own hands. Yet God did not treat him as he deserved.
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You Must Trust God To Please God - Genesis 15
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Do you want to know how to please God and be right with Him? Then trust Him and count on Him. Relax in his arms and stop worrying. Your faith is the acceptance of his love. Sin is a lack of trust in our Heavenly Father.
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How Does God Strengthen Our Faith? - Genesis 17A
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Why does God take so long to fulfill his promises? Our walk of faith is so important to God that he will take all the time that is needed to strengthen that faith. This is shown in Abraham's life as he waited over 24 years to have the son he was promise
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Faith and Righteousness or Symbols of Righteousness? - Genesis 17
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Sometimes Jews and Christians make the mistake of being more concerned about symbols of righteousness--than in pursuing righteousness itself.
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Faith and Appropriate Action - Genesis 18:1-15
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God sometimes draws close to us and lets us sense that He's near us. How do we act when this happens?
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Prayer-Getting Close to God - Genesis 18:16-33
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The purpose of our lives is to get to know God and understand him. That's where prayer comes in.
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The Man Lot-and the Importance of Everyday Faith - Genesis 19
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There are two ways to live. The first is hoping things will go well in your friendships and career. The second is having confidence someone is watching out for you and will provide for your needs.
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Faith, Human Hope, & Divine Hope - Romans 4:16-21
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With no human hope of having a son, Abraham and Sarah exercised divine hope-and had faith that God himself would bring them their son.
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Two Different Ways of Approaching God-Two Covenants - Genesis 21:1-21
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We can try to obey God using our own best efforts and strength. Or we can let God give us a new life from his own uncreated life so we can obey him. These two possible ways of relating to God are two different and opposing covenants with him.
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Trusting in Your Resources-or Trusting in God - Genesis 22
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God asked Abraham to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice. Abraham could choose-trust in his son for future descendants, or trust God was in control and could raise his son from death if necessary.
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What's Needed in Your Life is Real Faith-Not Skepticism - Genesis 23
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We can either live a life filled with faith or a life filled with doubts. If you live a life of faith, all won't be a bed of roses for you, but you will live a full life, and you'll know God from experience.
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Marriage-Sort it out Yourself, or Trust God? - Genesis 24:1-14
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If you trust God in your life-for money, marriage, career, and health-will he not bless you in these things? With regard to marriage specifically-is it reasonable to believe God will lead you to the right marriage partner-or show you to stay single?
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God's Way to Make Your Marriage Work - Genesis 24
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If you got married, you might have had the goals of getting significance from the other person, being happy, & having nice things and security. How interesting to see that God has other goals for marriage-including yours!
The Life of Faith 1 - Gen 1:1
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The book of Genesis is concerned with generations. Chapter one is concerned with the generation of creation while the rest of the book is concerned with the chosen family God tried to teach to live by faith after all mankind had rejected faith in him.
The Life of Faith 2 - Act 20:7
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Rather than dealing with the responsibilities and duties we find ourselves in today, we look away from those to some vague, far off future that is not real and so avoid living the full and very real life God has for us in this moment.
The Life of Faith 3
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It is the failure to realize the meaning of Gensis 3 that still gives people trouble with trying to understand why a just God would allow evil and suffering. In Genesis 3 the answer is very clear.
Canaan and The Tower of Babel - Gen 9; Gen 11:1
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Had the people not been scattered, the combined strength of their proud selfish ways would have made it impossible for people to come to Jesus.
Independence of Faith - Genesis 14
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Faith means your heart is light and you believe God has everything under control. Where you have confidence in God and he knows you have confidence in him. It in a confidence about what he has already done - not what he may do.
Confidence of Faith
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Faith isn't an assent to a doctrine or belief - it's a complete day to day acknowledgement of God working in our lives (whether we can see or feel it). Our part of faith is to step out in action using what his Holy Spirit has asked us to do.
Bravely Honest Faith - Genesis 20:1-18
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Abraham lied about his wife because he feared, but the fact is that God has made all things right for those who trust him and we can afford to be bravely honest with no fear.
Orphan or Heir? - Genesis 25:1-34
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If your father died when you were 10 and your mother had to work you start to determine to struggle to get ahead. But if your father is a millionaire you may still work hard but without the desperation and fear.
Faith For Tough Times - Luke 10:19
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Life in this world will be filled with difficulty and opposition. There is an evil power that dominates this world. Although that evil power has been overcome it is up to us to pronounce that victory to see the reality on the ground.
Faith that Doesn't Fear - Eph. 2:6
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Nothing that is lasting is created by sight. Reality is where we are in Jesus. It is what is done through us by faith based there that will last. Fear is not faith and faith knows no fear.
Faith vs Apparent - Eph. 6:12
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We are so used to arguing and reason, but often problems don't yield because they are on a different level and reason will not move them. Faith stands on reality and authority beyond what we can see and demands what consists with reality.
Take Control - Luke 10:19
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We live hoping something good will happen, but that ignores the control of the evil one over this world. There are good things, blessed things for us and for those around. Our job is to take authority over the author of evil and chaos
Reclaim the Earth - Gen 26:17
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We suffer anxiety because the world works under Murphy's law. What can go wrong will go wrong. But the death of Jesus was also the end of that force for those who live by the new reality. The contrary world yields to real faith
Eating Truth - Eph. 3:16
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We know we need faith to live in victory and we often feel we have faith when we are together with others listening to truth but on our own we try to work up faith but fail. Our spirits are weak because we have not learned to feed on God's truth.
Jacob's Ladder - Isaiah 43:13
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We rightly react against a do nothing Living by Faith. It is true we must act but it is not up to us to make it happen. We can do those things we need to do but always with a trust that it is God who is in control and who has a perfect plan for us.
Our Natural Strength - 1 Corinthians 3:10-14
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We have been told all our life that we are good at certain things. So we naturally rely on those abilities, but they count for nothing in what God wants to do through us. Obstacles where those natural abilities fail are to teach us living by faith.
Vision of Faith - Mark 11:24
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Faith does not focus on the chaotic situation that needs changed. It only looks at the situation as it has been changed by God and holds on to that vision as reality until God brings about the change on the ground.
Faith Fulfilled - 3 John 2
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God's plan for you is not that you'd fail. God has a definite plan of purpose, accomplishment and success for you. You are meant to find from God what he wants and change your thinking to seeing that as the reality he will bring about.
Faith Uncompromised - Genesis 31:11-13
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Envisioning God's answer is not the power of positive thinking. It is bringing our mind into line with our faith that God will do as he says. Faith and conscience are closely connected and faith will waver if we compromise with disobedience and fear.
Out of Gas Faith - Genesis 32:24-29
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When we scheme and manipulate we continually run into problems because there is always something we haven't foreseen. But when we finally empty all our fears and worries into God's hands he is able to bring us out.
Faith Refueled - Ephesians 2: 2-3
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Depending on people and events for happiness, money and a good job for security are not just wrong ways to live, but they put us under the power of spirits who are opposed to the dear warm Father who waits to provide all we need out of his love for us.
Crutchless Faith - 2 Corinthians 2:14
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Idolatry is depending on something other than God. Baal is depending on our possessions. Mulloch is depending on our ability to control people and situations. Ashteroth is depending on pleasure for happiness. God blesses when we depend on him alone.
End of Striving - Genesis 35:5-7
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When we come to the end of ourselves and all our self efforts and trying to achieve something on our own and simply obey God, he is able to bring about his beautiful plan for our lives in ways we could never imagine.
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Get rid of the Inner Monster. - Romans 6:6
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Appearances aren't everything - inside we can be a monster. We hide it, but our critical attitude toward people demonstrates it. Wouldn't it be nice not to have an inner monster? That's what God has for us - a 'Clean Heart'- the same inside and out.
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A Clean Heart - Matthew 15:17-20
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A Christian usually repents doing what's wrong. But inside he still has a selfish tendency and is prone to sin as he gives in to temptation. He can be free of this? By asking God to change his nature and make him pure inside.
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Temptation Vs Sin - Matthew 15:17-20
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Is having a lustful thought pass through your mind sin?
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Partly Clean Heart - Matthew 15:17-20
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Why don't our spiritual experiences last? Can't the Holy Spirit make us clean inside?
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Forgiven Not Cleansed - Matthew 15:17-20
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I do not understand my own actions. I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.
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Cloudy Vision - Matthew 15:17-20
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Do we ever find ourselves talking behind the back of a friend?
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How To Get Clean Inside - Matthew 15:17-20
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Getting a clean heart is simple but costs everything.
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Living Without a Clean Heart - Mark 1: 4,8
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The Jews knew about the Old Covenant-God removes guilt and forgives sins. Christianity's New Covenant deals with being clean inside-and is received by faith.
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What Is An Unclean Heart - Mark 1: 4,8
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We're like a computer with a bug. We meet a disagreeable guy. We know a gentle spirit should rise but we spout a 'Give him as good as you get' blast.
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Clean Heart Different Than New Birth? - Mark 1: 4,8
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You're born of God. But the Holy Spirit is not able to dwell in your heart. There's an inconstant Christian life, up and down.
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Clean Heart And New Birth--Simultaneous? - Mark 1: 4,8
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Some may have been born of God and been cleansed inside all at once but many of us have not experienced the clean heart.
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Do You Have A Clean Heart - Mark 1: 4,8
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If my heart doesn't immediately expel feelings of pride or jealousy or anger then I'm living the Christian life the hard way--my heart is not clean.
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How Do You Receive A Clean Heart - Mark 1: 4,8
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How many of us believe we can receive a clean heart by faith? We don't. We believe we work on an unclean heart by psychology, and trying harder.
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What Is Repentance? - Mark 1: 4,8
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Repentance is not never sinning, but it is a refusal to accept sinning as normal.
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How to Receive a Clean Heart - Ezekiel 36:26-27
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A Christian often has trouble in keeping from sinning. To have victory, they need to be clean within-have a clean heart. God gives them this by baptizing them with the Holy Spirit, as they seek him for this.
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A Heart Made Clean by Faith - Acts 15:9
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A Christian who is born again, still finds he has problems with uncleanness inside. He needs to have God cleanse his heart-by faith. Then God will fill him with the Holy Spirit.
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New Covenant Or Old? - Acts 15:9
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Our spirits are alive to God, but our heart still struggles against sinful thoughts and acts.
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Why Is My Heart Not Clean? - Acts 15:9
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We want to be clean inside, but we still look to money to be safe and secure.
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New Covenant: How To Get In - Acts 15:9
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The New Covenant is not forgiveness of sin but the power of the Holy Spirit to be clean and pure inside.
Purified by Faith - Galatians 5:17-20
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The Way to get to Know the Creator - John 16:7,13
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It's important we use our intellects to answer most of life's How To questions-how to do this and how to do that. However, when it comes to understanding our relationship with our creator, he has a different way for us.
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Creatures or Children of God? - John 16:12-15
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We want to be like God-and be close to him-but we find it difficult, because we are creatures and not his children. We are like a dog who wants to eat off the table. He tries, but he's still a creature and not like us. So it is with us and God.
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Does Your Life Work-the Right Way or the Wrong Way? - I Thessalonians 5:23
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We sense our lives were meant to work right with our spirits, souls, and bodies. But somehow something went wrong & they don't work how we expected. Is there any way they can work right?
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Your Internal Guide to Life
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Are you willing to live inside out? Or are you determined to live outside in? How you answer will lead you to the answer to life!
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A Counselor for Life
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Real life is full of tenderness and love and kindliness and understanding. It's a monstrosity of life that is filled with bickering, irritability, anger, criticism and conflict. Who can show us how to enter into real life?
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Nobody is Perfect? Right?
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We try to live good lives but so often find ourselves saying ?well, nobody is perfect? when we fail. How do we get off the treadmill of trying to retrain our mind, emotions and behavior? Is there an alternative that works?
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Nobody Is Perfect--Is That God's Plan?
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Are we missing God's realistic plan for our inner life? Is there more than just trying harder?
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Clean from the Inside Out
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How many of us are troubled by those inward reactions that no one sees? Outwardly we conform but inwardly we react. Is it possible to live clean from the inside out? Is it possible to have clean hearts that we are not afraid to show anyone?
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Baptized With The Holy Spirit - John 21:18
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Are there moments when you know you should speak or do something because you know it's right? But you don't. Is it because you do not care or are you afraid of those around you and what they think of you?
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Can You Tackle Your Problems In Rest And Peace? - John 21:18
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Is there a higher life where we can tackle our problems in rest and peace?
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Born Of The Spirit Or Baptized With The Spirit? - John 21:18
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What is the difference between being born of the Spirit and being baptized with the Spirit?
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A Life Baptized With The Holy Spirit - John 21:18
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What is it like to be baptized with the Holy Spirit?
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Baptism With The Spirit
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Do you feel and act differently outside yourself to what's inside in a situation? Could you call yourself 'two faced', showing good on outer face but seething with jealousy, impatience or criticism for a person inside?
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The Result of Broken Vows - Acts 5:1-6; Ecc. 5:4
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Are you experiencing dryness or coldness in your life? Do you feel like you are willingly being independent of God and living on shattered vows? It may be that you have grieved the Holy Spirit by lying to God and breaking the vows you made to Him.
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Obey The Holy Spirit - Luke 12:10
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The Holy Spirit is a person who speaks to our conscience. If we refuse to listen to and obey His voice then we soon become immune to it and grieve him. Obedience brings us into freedom.
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What Happens When We Ignore The Holy Spirit? - Luke 12:10
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Blaspheming the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven ref. Luke 12.10. What does that mean? Could we be guilty?
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Can My Evil Heart Be Cleaned - Romans 12:9
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Many talk about Christianity but have hearts same as people who make no claim to belief. We gossip, criticize; we're irritable and resentful. We know what is right to do but we don't do it. Our dirty heart is the problem but there is a power to clean it.
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Is My Heart Like Christ's? - Romans 12:9
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The world becomes a little lonelier every time I say an unkind word about my friend behind his back
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The Gift of The Holy Spirit
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Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became a Christian? This vital gift is often missing in a Christian's life due to an incomplete understanding of the Gospel. Without the Holy Spirit we will never receive all that Jesus wants to give us.
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The Gift of The Holy Spirit Clip 1
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The Gift of The Holy Spirit Clip 2
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The Gift of The Holy Spirit Clip 3
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Who Is In Control? - Romans 8
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Do you really know what it means to trust someone or do you struggle daily, trying to live by your own wits?
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I Want To Do Right, But How Can I? - Romans 6:6
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It is so easy to become a prisoner of the world or of this society in which we live. What prevents us doing what we know is right? There is a new personality that we can have that works free and fresh. But, do you want really to live that way?
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Is your Christian Life Making you Different from Others? - Acts 5:32
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Are we Christian in mind knowledge or in our heart? We're influenced by people, media etc. and they take precedence over the voice of the Holy Spirit. Right or wrong is based off of knowledge, rather than obedience to God. Solution: Holy Spirit Baptism.
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Are You A Christian In Knowledge Or In Spirit? - Acts 5:32
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Our Christian experience is often just the knowledge of good and evil. We know the right thing to believe about abortion etc. but we know nothing about life in the Spirit.
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Listening to the Voice Inside - Matthew 6:25
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We are not forced to live in slavery to ourselves or our situations. The same Person who causes the sun to rise every day has provided us with an answer. Find out how you He can give you health, a happy family and freedom from anxiety.
The New Creation and the Holy Spirit
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Believe that you have died and your life is hid with Christ in God. Then when someone ignores you or treats you as nothing, you will not be troubled. Which is it in your life? Peace and quiet inside -- or full of resentment and hurt?
Me or The Holy Spirit? - John 16:14
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Talks on how the Holy Spirit works in us the fragrance of Jesus if we give all to Him and honor Him. He will impart Jesus' character to us. There will be honesty amongst us.
The Holy Spirit Brings Rest When We Obey - Colossians 1:15
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Long before Jesus was physically born on this earth, whole nations existed: the Chinese existed; Moses and David had been born. So how do we make any sense of Jesus being called the first born of all creation?
God's Guarantee - Ephesians 1:14
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When we come together to share at the table where Jesus offers us of his own life to us he is saying this is what you've done to me and you can continue to do to me and I will still love you. It is his Spirit that enables us to recognize that.
Who is the Holy Spirit? - Romans 8:3
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As much as we admire Jesus' life - we can't live that way by any form of imitation. Those who try to make themselves like Jesus fail. The Holy Spirit - sent by Jesus to those love God - works out Jesus' life from within us. x
God Alive in the 21st Century - John 3:5
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The striking thing about Jesus was that no matter what circumstances brought his way - life passed out through him to those in need. We can't manufacture that in our own lives, but Christ can live out through us - the fruit of the Spirit of Christ.
Spiritual Fruit as Evidence of God - Galatians 5:22-23
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The striking thing about Jesus was that no matter what circumstances brought his way - life passed out through him to those in need. We can't manufacture that in our own lives, but Christ can live out through us - the fruit of the Spirit of Christ.
God's Presence in One's Life - I Cor. 12 & 14
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The gifts of the Spirit are a demonstration and empowering of the saints for their work in the natural world with supernatural power. The gifts when rightly used confirm God's love and provision for the individual and the world.
Spiritual Life and its Counterfeit - 1 John 4:3
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With our own spirit we learn to perceive the difference between God's voice and the adversary. Material things, personal issues, relationships - these reveal our disposition - are we pre-occupied with God or something subtly else.
Time for a Change - Galatian 2:19
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It's a great relief to feel that Jesus died for my sins. But He also rose from the dead, a greater fact! Resurrection when played out in our lives shows our freedom (new life indeed) includes being free from a 'sin' disposition this side of heaven.
How to Enter Into Deliverance
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How do we enter into deliverance from our old self that keeps us perpetually sinning and independent from God? The key is believing what God says in his word and then submitting to the Holy Spirit who teaches us how to walk in the truth of God's word.
Living With a New Personality - Romans 8:3,4
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God has put all of us into His son in a cosmic miracle so that when he died our old personality died. When Christ rose we also rose with NEW personalities. If we believe this then we have to let the Holy Spirit of Jesus begin to run our life.
Lasting Help - Acts 2:38
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Many of us deal with our wrong inner desires and motivations in the same we deal with a headache. We deal with the symptoms. We take an aspirin rather then deal with the real problem. We need a new dynamic that changes and energizes us from the insid
Ultimate Intention of the Holy Spirit - Ephesians 1:9-10
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The baptism of the Holy Spirit is for inward cleansing but also so that we have power for service. If we only accept the inward work and don't go on to be led by the Holy Spirit in our ministry then we will have a powerless life and church.
What Keeps Us From Being Baptised With the Holy Spirit?
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How are we baptized with the Holy Spirit? We trust that we have died with Christ and then we obey the Holy Spirit absolutely. Instant obedience and submission to the Holy Spirit enable us to walk in victory.
Without the Anointing of the Holy Spirit We are Poor Witnesses
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We learn in this talk why the anointing of the Holy Spirit is absolutely necessary to be witnesses to people who don't know God and then be intercessors to God for these people.
Who Can Make My Heart Clean?
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Is your life becoming a series of hills and valleys? Do you feel like you are leading a double life? On the outside you can control your acts and words but on the inside there are wrong thoughts, attitudes and emotions governing your heart.
The Anti-Christ Will Look Like Christ - Will You Know The Difference
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When the Holy Spirit comes into your heart he makes you treasure honesty. When we examine our hearts do we find a desire that wants to rise up and rule our own lives? Perhaps that is the clearest mark of the spirit of antichrist.
Questions On Spirit-Filled Living
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Why is there a pattern of many being born of the spirit and living in defeat for years and then being filled with the spirit years later when we've already brought years of disrepute and shame to the name of Jesus claiming that we were full Christians?
We Are A Tripartite Being
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God wanted us to receive that uncreated spiritual life into our spirits and then go into the world allowing that spirit to pour through our minds, emotions, and will and then flow out through the body to subdue the earth and bring it under God's will.
Walking in Reality - Acts 1:8
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What difference does the Holy Spirit make to your own life? Does he give you more laws or rules to follow or does he make Jesus alive inside you?
When You Walk By Faith There Is Absolute Rest
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The life of feeling draws us to be satisfied with the joy that we feel. The life of faith draws us to be satisfied with God's will only. The life of faith is independent of circumstance. Are you in that place where God can begin to use you?
Power To Serve
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A Christian is not only like Jesus inside, he is like Jesus outwardly in the miracles that Jesus was able to perform. That's what made the world stop and stare which we don't see today. What drives skeptics crazy is so many of us talking and not being.
How To Walk In Victory
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There is only one way to walk in victory. You must 'trust and obey for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus'. Trust the fact of your past death with Christ and obey the Holy Spirit who asks you to stop self management and walk in obedience to him.
Emptiness and Unease Inside - Revelation 3:20
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We've heard of Jesus, asked him into OUR lives, received forgiveness and new life, yet strangely we still experience emptiness or unease. Why is that? He is waiting for us to come into HIS life and share it - He is waiting to be the Master.
What Makes You Tick? - Galatians 3:3
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If someone looked at your life - wouldn't they see your ruling passion? Perhaps it's your job, family, reputation or hobbies. Good things all, yet is there something Else? We see many vigorous lives - the how to live is covered, but not the Why!
God Gave All, and so can We - Romans 7
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Christians face a dilemma when they see their lives don't live up to their own expectations. They see a superlative life from without. This is the Holy Spirit's revelation that call us to give our whole life to God without reserve.
Exchanged Life - New for Old
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Everyone experiences powerlessness sometime in their life, emphasising that we aren't a dynamic source of life in the universe. God is the enlivening source - with the Holy Spirit - revealing and meeting our need. We exchange our life and take God's.
Action of the Holy Spirit - James 3:17
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Some think that spiritual life is an outward behaviour that conforms to group belief. But it's actually a dynamic personal experience of God moving from within us outward. Invigorated by the Holy Spirit, our life begins changing under His guidance.
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Does God Hear Your Prayer?
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The whole purpose of prayer is not to get things but to get to know God. God will hear you if you'll be real and honest with Him.
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Talking to God - Hebrews 11:6
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Yes, it is possible for us to speak to God in prayer. If we are most of all real, then honest and simple with God, He will not only hear us, but he will answer our prayers. Find out more about how we can get to know God through prayer.
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What is Prayer?
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We pray not to let God know what we need but because by doing so we are choosing to know His will. Only then can we ask Him to bring about in our lives the things He knows are best.
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Prayer is a Personal Relationship
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How do we get to know someone deeply? By spending time with them, learning how they think, recognizing their voice. It's the same with getting to know God.
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How Do You Get To Know God? - Hebrews 11:6
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However it happens you and I are going to die. And at that moment the only one who will be with us is the one who made us. It's better to get to know Him now than to wait until you're face to face.
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Praying according to God's Will
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Is it possible to actually know what God's will is so that we can pray with confidence when we ask?
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The Importance of Prayer: Praying for Loved Ones - Genesis 18:20-33
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we have loved ones in our lives who desperately need to be changed yet year after year we see no change. It's because we don't them enough to keep on praying for them.
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God Answers Prayer - Luke 11:9
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: God brings difficult situations into our lives because he knows that Man's extremity is God's opportunity. God wants us to plead with Him importunity, repeatedly and continuously for the impossible problems we face.
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Man's Extremity Is God's Opportunity - Luke 11:9
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In a fallen world God allows impossible problems to drive us to Him. Never give up praying because man's extremity is God's opportunity.
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Persistance In Prayer - Luke 11:9
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God wants us to pray for a person until we have the answer. To stop praying for a person or situation means that we have stopped believing God.
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Pleading With God In Prayer - Luke 11:9
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God wants to answer our prayers but so few of us will plead with Him repeatedly for the impossible situations we face.
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Why Is God Not Answering My Prayer? - Luke 11:9
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Why doesn't God answer our prayers at times? Could it be that He knows we don't really love the person we're praying for?
Can We Communicate With God? - Mark 1:35
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God is real in our life when we treat Him as a person and talk with Him. We can learn about His character through the Bible and we can know how involved He is in our lives.
Function and Authority of the Intercessor
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What makes true intercessory prayer different from hopeful wishful thinking that a situation will change? Or is there no difference?
The Christian's Work: Prayer - Romans 1:9
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We'll all heard the line, "there's nothing left to do but pray". According to Paul in Romans 1:9 the work of prayer should be the first thing we try and not the last. Our prayers for others is to be our primary work for God.
The Key To Prayer
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A Christian's main work is to serve God by praying for others. The key to prayer is God wanting to reveal himself to us so that we can be like Him. Whenever there is something in our nature that is not like Him this can prevent our prayers being heard.
Effective Prayer 1
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We pray but when we don't see any answer our prayers deteriorate to, If it's your will, Lord. God wants us to be confident he hears and answers. An uncertain attitude is not faith. Need to start by knowing he has an answer and finding what he wants.
Prevailing Prayer 2
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Prevailing prayer is prayer that is answered all the time. Do you experience this -- or are you like so many; praying prayers of wishing and hoping with no certainty about the outcome?
Prayer, Does it Work? - Ex.15:22-23
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We miss out on much of what God has for us because we do not go to him in prayer. When we go to him we need to recognize him as the one who has good things for us. What is important is that we go to him and give him a chance to work in our lives
How Prayer Works - Ezekiel 36:37
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If you want a relationship with God sooner or later you have to pray. But how to pray? What about unanswered prayer? Why pray if God already knows what he wants? Could there be a life of companionship with God where we know the wonder of his answers?
How Do You Get Through To God?
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The only way you can touch God himself is by praying to him yourself. God does not yield his secrets to those who demand that he fits into their schedule. He yields his secrets to those who set sufficient disciplined time for him.
Meeting God Each Day in Prayer
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Prayer and Spiritual Warfare
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The baptism of the Holy Spirit gives us special insight into issues and problems because the real battle is going on in the heavenlies. The chief weapon in spiritual warfare is praying in the Spirit. It requires time with God so we hear him speak.
What Does It Mean to Pray in the Spirit?
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Prayer in the Spirit means spending time with God -- going before him in faith and obedience. God wants to show us his will so we can ask him for it. He will not act apart from our asking because he won't violate our free will.
Go-Betweens for God - John 17:9
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Our free wills cannot be overruled by God. He has allowed us to choose to acknowledge Him. Then we can pray (intercede) for others. God brings circumstances which will allow the prayed for to choose Him.
Identification Through Jesus - Exodus 32:31
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An intercessor has an absolute identification with Jesus in His death for your own selfish concerns so that the Holy Spirit can begin to give you the desires of Jesus. On this basis you can listen to the Spirit and pray His will for others.
What Does It Mean to Interceed For Others?
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To intercede we must come to a place where we forget our own concerns and take up God's concerns. We become a bridge between God and people. We learn to pray from our position at God's right hand which allows us to see beyond the problem to what God sees
Real Prayer - Jn. 15:6
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God will always answer our prayers. He will not let us pray on and on without giving us an answer. He will either explain to us why we are not getting an answer or he will show us the real prayer He wants us to pray..
Is Prayer Necessary?
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God has ordained that His kingdom here on earth will be created by the Holy Spirit in response to our prayers. Therefore the real work of the Lord is prayer - for by it God works his miracles and people begin to change.
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The Basis of Marriage - Genesis 24:1-51
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How can you know who to marry? How do you know if love will last? How do you know what a person will turn out like after marriage? What is the greatest reason for marrying someone?
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The Purpose of Marriage
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The purpose of marriage is to reproduce God's image in us. God's plan for marriage is to become one flesh, not a physical and mental joining primarily for each other's sake. That's selfish love that tends to concentrate on getting rather than giving.
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Love & Marriage - 1 Corinthians 7
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Marriage is two helpers fit for each other to love each other into the image of God. The one would help the other be fit to fulfill the purpose that God has for that person in this world. Love will stretch you. It's going to change you.
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Physical Relationship in Marriage
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The depth of intimacy in marriage comes as a culmination of a spiritual, mental and emotional intercourse. The beauty of the physical relationship is the mutual response from the desire that comes from the union of your spirits, minds and soul.
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Physical aspects of Christian Marriage
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In a marriage relationship we are meant to work out the love that God is giving us in our spirits, giving that out to the other person. When our physical acts of love are based on that it is a beautiful expression of selfless love.
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Divorce
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When you reach the point of not satisfying your will or purpose in your marriage - then there is hope of making something out of your marriage, to begin to create something new.
Get Married or Not - Mt. 19:10-12
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Jesus standard for marriage was so high his disciples questioned if it was worth it. First is to love God with all our being., humanly impossible--but his Spirit fills us with his love if we are willing. Then we are complete whether we marry or not.
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Authority & Submission in Marriage
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Marriage is to be a beautiful cooperation. The issue is not to elevate one or denigrate the other but to be subject to one another. The issue is what does God want you two to do with your lives?
Christian Marriage With Questions
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Real Marriage - Romans 7:2
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The basis and purpose for real marriage. Listening to and trusting in God for His will for you in finding the right person.
Why Not Divorce? - Romans 7:3
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God's will for us is never to divorce. People divorce because they demand things from each other that only God can give.
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Jekyll Or Hyde?
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Are you nice one minute, angry and irritable the next? Have you tried to change, but fail every time? There is a way.
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Can You Change?
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You're never so far down a certain path that you can't decide today, I'll change. It's never too late to change.
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How will You live your life?
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Decide today what you're going to do with your life. You only have a certain number of years and they are precious so take time now to choose wisely how you're going to spend them.
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Is it possible to be certain God Loves you? - Romans 6:6
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Is it possible to be certain God's loves you and has truly forgiven all? Hear a clear declaration the answer is yes and why this is true.
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You Can Be Changed
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The hardness you sense deep inside you has been changed by God. Come to Him, start with what you know and He will take you deeper into the change He made in your life through Christ
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Give New Life a Chance - Hosea 10:12
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So many of us have lives that are dead and hardened. If we deal with sins, one by one, there will be a beautiful life pouring out of us. There are no substitutes or alternatives for this kind of joy.
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Where does revival begin? - 2 Timothy 3:5
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Are you someone who runs your spiritual experience by your own will power? Do you lack the fragrance of Holy Spirit? Are you cold and dead inside? You need a revival in your heart.
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To whom have you given your life? - Mark 1:18
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Many people go to church, take communion and give money. We cannot comfort each other with a controlled surrender, or with a pseudo Christianity. Jesus died for us, He gave us His whole life and He wants our whole life. It is life for life.
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Why do we get Angry? - Mark 1:18
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It doesn't matter how good we are outwardly. If our hearts are not changed we will not be able to live as we want. Our real problem lies in us, we look to other people and expect things from them, rather then asking our Maker for a heart like His.
Living Saints - Leviticus 20:7
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The common notion that reserves saintliness for exceptional people is incorrect. God expects us to first set ourselves apart to Him, and secondly He separates us by His own action to be Holy before Him whatever and wherever the circumstances.
Saints Set Apart - 1 Thessalonians 5:23
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Saints whose lives are extraordinary choose to let God place them in circumstances beyond their control, because of their faith in God, rather than their own personal pluck or cleverness.
Saints Walk in The Light - Romans 1:7
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The life of a saint, distils down to several simple things. A life devoted to attending on God ( as opposed to a life focusing on self-fulfilment), and then walking in the light we receive from Him. This involves changing - when things are uncovered.
Why Judgement? - Revelation 20:12
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An Ostrich is a simple creature, but it doesn't hide by sticking a head in the sand. We though, might be doing exactly that - by thinking our lives' actions will be magically overlooked in the end. Now is the time to review our lives- forgetting others.
Freedom of The Will - John 8:32
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Working out your faith involves dealing with the incongruities in your life. Accept neither repression, rationalisation nor despair and you will find the only answer is that the Truth will set you free. We can't earn that freedom - we must accept it.
Freedom From The Will - Galatians 2:14
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In childhood our minds and emotions are programmed by a selfish will - how do all things relate to me? Our faith begins when we recognise it's not all about me, and we then learn from God, that we need to control our mind and emotions with our spirit.
A Complete Birth - James 4:17
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Revival comes when our hearts are changed by God in a miraculous way apart from our own effort. Faith is the key.
Death Faced without Fear - Matthew 7:16-20, 1 John 3
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Those perfect moments when a ballerina floats in the air, an actor disappears in character, or apt advice is offered, come from discipline and application. We see the results, not the process. Such is the shared life of God on earth - onto perfection.
Life Giving Life
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Live a good life' - is an aspiration with ourselves as central. Simply siding with Good against Evil isn't all we need. Creation is God's way to share his love with creatures, ourselves, in a vital relationship - Uncreated life sharing with created life.
God Sweeps Away all Obstacles - Exodus
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If you believe in God - you'll be aware of the chasm between God's life and the fallen place of this world. There is no bridge between, but we can live in this world, the life of heaven as invaders and here serve God in spirit.
Belief is Action
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Belief is demonstrated in action. If I jump - will you catch me? says a child. The best thinking leads nowhere. Jesus humbled himself and became a servant - letting go of everything. That letting go is the beginning of service - and demonstrates belief.
Living Beyond the Law - Romans 3:31
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What makes you a child of God isn't just believing Jesus died for you. You become a child of God when you receive God's spirit -- which gives you life. It's letting God put his spirit inside you.
How to Become a Christian - Mark 1:15B
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Having a passion for getting things or for enjoying things-when it harms others-are sins that make you guilty before God. Repenting is stopping doing these and other wrong things. Jesus wants us to repent, and believe the gospel.
Black and White versus Grey Spirituality
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A Christian experiences a miraculous spiritual new birth, and death (- to the life once lived). If we resist the second part - then we're managing a controlled surrender.
Half Alive - 1 John 1:9
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We are each one made for a purpose that no one else can fulfill -- that is uniquely our own in Christ. Our lives are meant to be vessels for Christ's own life to livethrough us by his own eternal power and grace whether the world sees it or not.
Meeting God involves Letting Go
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Communion is friendship with God, but if there's anything that thwarts that relationship - we have to, and can let it go. Either God is foremost, or something else is more important ( ourselves?) - We have to make the choice.
Truth Frees - John 8:32
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There are many things that can weigh heavily on us, but none should. We appear to live with no strings attached - but the strings which keep us up are Gods' love and those that pull us down are sins and sin. Jesus said the Truth would make us free.
A New Start - Romans 6:6
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We seek exhilaration, and serene peace and stability. It doesn't happen. As Jesus said, what is born of flesh is flesh. You need to become a new type of person. Be re-born, come alive spiritually and receive the peace and stability you seek.
Is Jesus God's Son? - Luke 1:38
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Why is it plausible to believe that Jesus was God's son? He talked like God would. That's one reason to investigate whether he is who he said he was.
A Spirit of Revived Living
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Communion is a place arranged by God where man and God meet. Everything is provided by God including man's ability to meet and encounter God. God has dealt with those things which hold man back - that which is mortal is swallowed up by Life.
A Revived Spirit Sustained
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A life close to God doesn't necessarily mean being free of distractions. There may be abundance and blessings that intercept our singular attention to God. The danger with so much going on is that we sidestep God. The cure is getting back to basics.
Give us the Bad News First! - Romans 3:23
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We're finished, what can we do? This guy can fix it, but we gotta talk to him straight. We'll never be the same, but we'll be OK - no turning back. We've gotta put it in his hands whatever happens - from now on. All or nothing, life or death = faith.
Invaluable Pearl - Romans 3:15-17
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There was a pearl merchant who sold everything to acquire one pearl. Everything for one pearl - how impractical - what an extraordinary exchange! Compare this merchant and a believer who plays a careful game. One has commitment and the other a game plan.
Life Beyond our Expectations
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We try so hard to make everything fall into place. It often seems there's just one obstacle that prevents a 'perfect' outcome. What if your 'vision' of life is swept away - can you experience a fulfilled life without being in control?
Gospel - Simple
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Jesus, who lived in the 1st Century, was unlike any other person. He came to deal with the great difficulty of our independence of God. The price of rebellion had to be paid with His death, and a restoration provided with His resurrection.
Believing Repentance - Matthew 11:38
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We can't keep God a prisoner inside of us as we go on living our own lives - filled with many plans (religious or not). God doesn't insist on control - we simply offer our lives freely and repeatedly as we see all the areas we managed and now let go.
The Heart of Communion
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Communion is a place arranged by God where man and God meet. Everything is provided by God including man's ability to meet and encounter God. God has dealt with those things which hold man back - that which is mortal is swallowed up by Life.
A Restored Life - 2 Chronicles 2:14
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Is there anything we can do to draw God into our lives? We seek an encounter with The Creator and must realize we aren't the primary actors - we are the recipients of God's chosen action - and he responds to the desire of our hearts.
Sinning-Our Need for Redemption - Mark 9:47-48
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When we commit our first sin we set ourselves up against God-claiming our judgment is more correct than his. This makes a gulf between him and us. We're in danger of being apart from him forever-being in hell. We need to be made right again with God.
Knowing God and Sinning - Revelation 3:20
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God is disgustingly down-to-earth. He won't give you his spirit while you willfully sin against him. But if you stop sinning, the spirit of God's son will come into your heart.
Can God be Seen in You by Others?
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God can only be seen in you when you allow Him to replace your life with His. Do people see a good, honest person or do they see Jesus in you?
A Serious Choice Explained
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People serious about their relationship and searching for God, at last, reach the point when they ask God to search them for impediments. Yielding all - they receive God onto the throne of their heart. If you have something left to give still- press on.
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A Simple Gospel - Matthew 1:21
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The gospel is not, Jesus will save you IN your sins. The gospel is that Jesus will save you FROM your sins. Many Christians are preoccupied with arguing over doctrine and denominations but do not live like Jesus. Isn't this what puts people off religion?
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Willing to be Changed - Romans 10:10
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We are to be immersed in Jesus. Water baptism symbolizes that a person no longer depends on the world for security, significance, & happiness-but on Jesus for these things.
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The Cure for Carnality - I Corinthians 11
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Carnality is trying to get from others what we can only get from our Maker. It creates greed and selfishness. God has a cure, but it requires not just faith but action.
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Commit Your Way to God - Psalm 37:5
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We are not meant to be weighed down and be anxious about our responsibilities. Instead we are to commit them to God and let Him take care of them-which gives us rest and peace about them. We're to not take them back to manage them ourselves.
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Uncreated Life - John 20:24-29
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Many scholars, historians, and politicians agree-the evidence argues that Jesus died and became alive again. It's a fact-but does it influence your life?
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Jesus' Resurrection Appearances-Were They Hallucinations? - John 20:24
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Were the appearances Jesus made to people after his resurrection from the dead hallucinations by those claiming to have seen him? This talk addresses that issue.
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You Can Receive Life That Conquers Death - John 20:24
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If Jesus destroyed death once, then he can destroy it however often he wants and that means he is alive today. What does that mean for us?
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How to Walk in the Light - 1 John 1 & 2
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A willing readiness to walk into obedience to God brings light.
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Forsaking Every Sin - James 4:17
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We weren't meant to get our satisfaction and exhilaration from our possessions, having sex, or taking drugs or alcohol. Looking to them for our satisfaction is sinning. We were meant to get our satisfaction from knowing God.
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The Love we were Meant to Know - John 6:53-56
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The purpose of our lives is to have a love relationship each day with our Maker. By being quiet with him and enjoying his company, you will start to hear him speak directly to you.
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How can you Live up to Your Ideals? - 2 Cor. 5:14
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We often think and act in ways we know we shouldn't-getting angry with someone, or not able to control our lustful thoughts, for example. Is there any hope of freedom from this way of living?
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The Changed Life Available to Us - Isaiah 53:11
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Sometimes we see how absurd we are-when we act to get others to praise us. This way of living seems ingrained in us. How can you and I be freed from it?
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Why is Christmas Important?
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Has Christmas happened in your heart? Has God become incarnate in your life? Are you Christian or are you Christ like?
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Getting Proper Perspective on Your Life - John 15:1-11
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The astronauts have freedom from many things that tie them down on earth. They give up some personal freedom to receive this new freedom. Could you be free from the weights that tie you down and make life heavy?
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Where do You Look to Meet your Needs?
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We can live relying on money in our bank accounts and thrills from beautiful sunsets. But they never satisfy us. What would it be like if we relied on the one who made the banks and the money and the sunsets?
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Crisis transformed - Philippians 3:10
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There are crisis moments in life when we are entirely beyond our resources to meet the situation, and yet from without us comes a power that meets the crisis completely -the source of this is the resurrection power of Christ from the dead.
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The New Birth
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What is the meaning of the phrase ' The New Birth - to be born again?' Just as there is a birth into the physical world and we learn to relate to it, so too there is also a birth into the Spiritual world, but we can't enter it just by thinking about it.
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Path To God: Repentance
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How do you come into a relationship with God? 1) Listen to what your conscience has been saying. 2) Confess -agree with what it is saying against yourself. 3)Admit you can't change, and ask God to change you and make you a child of God.
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Overcoming Sin
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We want to control everything in our lives- be the 'God' of our life. Problems show us that something is wrong in our life. The solution is to acknowledge that God is God, allow Him to comment on our lives, and act on the things that need changing.
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Freedom From Bondage
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There's lots of evidence of people being enslaved to things, which they'd rather not be. Seems like there are 2 possible versions we can imagine for our life- the one we know, and the one we'd like. How can we choose a different version of our life?
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Willingness To Change - 1 Corinthians 11:23-29
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Asking forgiveness is hard, repeatedly- is numbing. What's needed is a change. For us individually, a willingness to change makes all the difference. We appreciate the change we see every springtime, and it's transforming. Springtime in our hearts.
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Deciding For God - 1 Corinthians 11:23-29
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What have you done in the last year, or decade? It's worth considering, we've all made choices and they've lead to different places. Take time to consider your situation before God. You can decide to live guided by God - a new beginning.
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The New Year's Resolution? - Romans 7:15
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Broken New Year's resolutions are beautiful gifts from the Father to show us where our lives are still in our own control. It is vital to not be passive and accept our failings. Although we can only succeed with God's help, we need to act.
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Acknowledgement of Belief - Romans 10:10
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When we profess what we believe, we bring into our heart and mind into alignment. In other words, we are using the action of speaking or confessing to one another to agree with what is in our heart. Faith in action.
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Superhuman Life
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Haven't we all felt as young adults that we were to do something that nobody else can do? Where does this come from? Is there a life for us that isn't restricted by time and space? Has someone lived this life before us?
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Letting Jesus In - John 6:57
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Do you feel driven by the demands of job, family and friends? What can release you from this drudgery of life? We always wanted to be different from everyone else but don't know how to do this. Is there a power that will give us freedom?
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Supernatural Living
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Our consciences were given to us for a reason. Either we can respond to what they are saying to us or not. If we don't respond to it, we have to accept the consequences of that action. When we do respond, this is faith.
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Personal Testimony: Ernest O'Neill - Acts 15:9
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Ernest O'Neill was ordained as a Methodist minister in 1960, but still struggled with inward sin like anger, envy and selfishness. Through honest seeking and obedience to God, he received a clean heart from the Holy Spirit.
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Robot or Human?
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We feel we're an independent person, but we often behave like robots - reacting to people or circumstances when they upset our equilibrium. Years of living this way have made us feel empty. We know there's more to life than that, remembering the wonder
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Proof Of Belief
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Do you believe there is a God? That the Bible is reliable history? And the historical evidence points to Jesus as the son of your Maker? Then you must believe that it's possible to contact him and find out from Him why you were created.
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Communion-End of Strain? - I Corinthians 11
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Where does stain come from? Can we be free from strain, worry and doing wrong? How?
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Short-Circuiting Death - Genesis 6 & 7
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Do you keep repeating over and over again actions you know are wrong--and you want to stop--but don't know how? There is an answer.
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Communion: Self Centeredness
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Why do we allow our emotions to control our lives? Can fear, sorrow, jealousy, frustration, resentment and hatred cause physical damage such as ulcers, heart palpitations and mental aberrations? Is there a cure?
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Give Thanks for Everything
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Do you give thanks for everything? God does not cause the difficult things in our lives but He does allow them if they will work in us for our good. He asks us to trust Him enough to thank Him for all things.
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Why We Can't Thank God
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Are there circumstances so bad we can't thank God? Why do we find it hard?
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Putting Things Right - 1 Samuel 15:12-26
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We cannot solve the problems in our lives until we admit that we are full of sin and need to be separated from it. That's why Jesus died. Our part is to deliberately bring before God the things that we know are wrong. He will do the rest.
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How Are We Delivered From a Heart Bent on Sinning?
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Our unclean hearts result from operating independently of God. It leads to sin, guilt and frustration. How do we get rid of our besetting sins so we can enjoy the victorious life that God wants for us?
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What Is A Dirty Heart?
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There are many Christians who share one thing in common with people who aren't Christians. They have a dirty heart. Ernest O'Neill shares clearly what a dirty heart looks like.
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What is the Essence of Sin?
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Have you ever wondered what is sin and what is not? How can we have deliverance from it?
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Holiness Comes by Faith Not by Trying Harder
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Holiness comes by faith, not by your own self-discipline and will power. It's not about trying harder but it's by having faith in your death and resurrection with Christ and then in your being filled with his Holy Spirit.
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How Do You Get The Faith To Have Victory Over Sin And A Clean H
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Ernest O'Neill answers a question as to how we get the faith for victory over sin and a clean heart.
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Real Life is Found Only in Jesus - John 5:39
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Do you have the problem of wanting a relationship with God, going through the motions but finding that nothing seems real? Could it be that you search the books, and listen to speakers but refuse to come to Jesus for himself?
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How To Know Jesus - John 5:39
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Are we caught in doing what everyone says rather than meeting Jesus himself?
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Amending Your Life - John 5:39
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How do you escape God's wrath against yourself? Amend your life and be in perfect charity with all men. Repent of your sins, receive God's forgiveness and ask Him to pour His Holy Spirit into your heart so that you can live like him.
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What is The Normal Christian Life? - Romans 6,7,8
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We become a Christian when we repent and believe. But soon we can find ourselves back into living a defeated life. This talk deals with our old sinful nature and how we become free from it so we can live in victory over sin.
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Are You At Peace With Your Maker? - Romans 6,7,8
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What two steps do we need to take to be at peace with our Maker?
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We Are Saved From The Guilt And Power Of Sin By Faith - Romans 6,7,8
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Ernest O'Neill in, What is the Normal Christian Life, shares that we are saved not only from the guilt of sin but also from the power of sin.
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Can We Ever Be Freed From Our Old Personality Traits? - Romans 7
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Even after becoming a Christian our old personality tendencies seem to become a law of their own resulting in a carnal and frustrating Christian life. Can we ever be free from it to live the joyful, trusting life that God has planned for us?
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Did Jesus Die So God Could Forgive Us - Romans 7
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