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07.31.15

Paul has a theme that comes up in many of his epistles, and the theme is unity. Because Paul mentions it so much, it's clear to us that the early church must have had some fairly momentous struggles hanging together and staying unified.

Paul writes to the Romans to encourage them toward unity. But if you like interesting facts, he most...

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07.30.15

As human beings we are so attached to the tangible. Because of that we tend to want to turn the practice of our faith toward physical things -- things we can see, taste, hear, touch.

For the Christians in first-century Rome this became a thing about what food believers should eat, and what food they shouldn't eat.

Over the years,...

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07.30.15

As human beings we are so attached to the tangible. Because of that we tend to want to turn the practice of our faith toward physical things — things we can see, taste, hear, touch.

For the Christians in first-century Rome this became a thing about what food believers should eat, and what food they shouldn’t eat.

Over the years,...

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07.29.15

Life is nothing more than a blip, really. So, it's actually amazing that we have some time to think about what's coming next after this blip is over. But we do, by the grace of God.

What's next is eternity. Heaven. Our salvation is near and our destiny is drawing closer. And that means that this blip of a life is going to end sooner than...

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07.29.15

Life is nothing more than a blip, really. So, it’s actually amazing that we have some time to think about what’s coming next after this blip is over. But we do, by the grace of God.

What’s next is eternity. Heaven. Our salvation is near and our destiny is drawing closer. And that means that this blip of a life is going to end sooner than...

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07.28.15

Where's your joy been recently?

Paul the apostle gives us a beautiful command. And it's extremely helpful as well. Because listening to it can guide us back to our joy, even if we seem to have left it behind long ago. Even if it seems to be forever gone.

Paul writes, "Be joyful in...

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07.28.15

Where’s your joy been recently?

Paul the apostle gives us a beautiful command. And it’s extremely helpful as well. Because listening to it can guide us back to our joy, even if we seem to have left it behind long ago. Even if it seems to be forever gone.

Paul writes, Be joyful in...

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07.27.15

There's a little voice inside all of our heads that likes to speak up when we're in the midst of trouble and hard times.

And this voice likes to say something along these lines: "If God really loved me, and if God really had his eye on me, and if God is all-powerful as he claims to be, then why wouldn't he prevent all these troubles and...

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07.26.15

Interestingly, there are two definitions of the word "personal" and they often intertwine. But in the case of faith, the two definitions really need to be separated.

Definition one is "of, affecting, or belonging to a particular person rather than to anyone else." This definition fits well with our Christian faith. Your faith in Jesus is...

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07.25.15

It can be easy to be led astray by people's passion and sincerity. When we see people who have a lot of zeal for their faith and their religion, we naturally want to applaud that kind of heartfelt devotion.

Paul saw this heartfelt devotion when he looked at the Jews. In fact, he knew this zeal from the inside-out. Because Paul himself...

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07.24.15

There is something about God that's extremely difficult for us to wrap our brains around. But the Bible tells us it is true again and again.

Perhaps the reason it's so hard for us to understand this truth is that it seems to go against everything else we know or have experienced. Typically, we have to work hard and earn what we get in...

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07.23.15

Every now and then we come across abandoned buildings. Have you ever noticed that sense of loneliness associated with an empty, desolate, deserted building? It's difficult not to think of it as a place that was once busy and bustling, and filled with people, relationships, purpose and love.

It's not so very different with people.

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