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On Worldliness - Part 3

Worldliness

Is your religion real? In James 1:26 and 27, we are given three tests. 1.) The way we speak. 2.) The way we relate to the vulnerable. And, 3.) The way we relate to the world. Are we worldly? Over the past couple of posts we have been defining worldliness and thinking a little about why it is dangerous. Now, let's try to get specific. What are some specific ways we ...

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On Worldliness - Part 2

Worldliness

Worldliness is dangerous because it stains us. James says true religion is to 'keep oneself unstained by the world.' In other words, if you are not actively keeping yourself, you are going to be stained by the world. The reason you have to actively keep yourself unstained by the world is because the world is constantly seeking to press us into its mold.You hear a lot t...

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On Worldliness - Part 1

Worldliness

Are you worldly? That's an important question. After all, listen to James 1:27. "This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Fatherto keep oneself unstained by the world." Worldliness is a problem because the world wants to stain you and it's a problem you should be concerned about because as James explains worship that God accepts comes from people...

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Thoughts on Leadership

What is the Church to do_

It's hard to think of many men I have personally known who have had as much worldwide impact as John MacArthur. So it was a tremendous privilege at the Legacy Conference to have him visit with us and share some of the lessons he has learned over the years about leadership. Here are a few of things I scribbled down as I was listening. Leadership involves being able to a...

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Speak Truth at All Costs

Truth

Truth is an essential difference between the new way we look at the world as believers and the old way we used to look at the world as unbelievers...

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What is the Church to do? Gather! - Part 5

What is the Church to do_

It seems so ordinary. Get in your car. Gather with a big group. Sing some songs. Listen to someone talk. Spend time with other people. Week after week after week. Why is gathering as a church so important? The reason it is important is because we all are sinners who deserve God's punishment but in His grace this God sent His own Son into the world to die in our place t...

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The Humble Person is like a Little Child...

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"The first and worst cause of errors that abound in our day and age is spiritual pride.This is the main door by which the devil comes into the hearts of those who are zealous for the advancement of Christ. It is the chief inlet of smoke from the bottomless pit to darken the mind and mislead the judgement.Pride is the main handle by which he has hold of Christian persons an...

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What is the Church to do? Gather! - Part 1

What is the Church to do_

The first part in a series by Pastor Josh answering the question: What is the Church to do? ...

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What is the Church to do? Gather! - Part 4

What is the Church to do_

Christians get together. Over and over and over and over again. Week after week we meet as a church. Why? We are looking at Hebrews 10 and we've seen that one reason has to do withGod. A second reason for our gathering together is found in verse 23, and it has to do withyou. The writer of Hebrews says, "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for ...

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What is the Church to do? Gather! - Part 3

What is the Church to do_

We are to get together as a church on a regular basis. But what for? After reminding us why we gather in chapter 10, verses 19 through 21, the writer of Hebrews, draws out three implications for our life together as a church in verses 22 through 25. And I think those three implications give us a good grid for what's supposed to be happening when we gather as a church. T...

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