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Lance, Lies, and A Look In The Mirror - #6820
We may think lying is no big deal. It is to God, and we're going to answer to Him some day. On the Bible list of "six things the Lord hates," lying is the only one that appears twice in Proverbs 6:16-19. And in our word today from the Word of God in Psalm 101:7, He bluntly declares that "no one who practices deceit will dwell in My house." God is a God of truth. Lying sets God against me. Dishonesty is a very big deal.
The Antidote For Loneliness - #6809
Being single doesn't mean being alone if you'll invest in those life partnerships and not just sit there saying, "Oh, when am I going to be married?" Take encouragement from this, that the God who made you need people - will give you the people you need.
Addicts Need a Meeting - #6804
Now, our support group is a support person. We cannot stay away from sin unless we have our meeting - yeah, our meeting with God - regularly. The day you skip your meeting is the day you start to slip. We're not talking about some legalistic ritual where you have check the box Christianity: Read my Bible and prayed. No, not doing your duty. It's a love thing.
Never in the Oven Too Long - #6799
Right now, maybe all you know is it's really hot. Well, you have a guarantee from the Master Potter, "not beyond what you can bear." Oh, He might take you to the edge, but He'll never allow you to go over. God will let the heat make you stronger, but He'll never leave His masterpiece in the oven too long.
The Mistakes We Make For Love - #6795
After every "I want" should come four little words that mark the road to God's best. "It's up to Jesus." It's often our broken dreams and our messed up plans that turn our heart in God's direction. And that's where we finally find the love and the purpose that we were made for; that we've looked for our whole life.
Guns and Chainsaws
Jesus can clean out a heart full of anger and resentment and pain of the past. And turn a life-robbing chainsaw into a life-giving river. That's why I need to make King David's prayer my prayer - each day: "Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips" (Psalm 141:3 ).
The Gift He Didn't Want - #6769
This Christmas, you've got to decide what you're going to do with this greatest gift of all. To reject that gift is to reject God's great sacrifice for you, is to spurn this ultimate act of love from the God who made you, and to turn your back on the heaven that you want to go to when you die.
The Pregnant Pause - #6767
God has started His greater good, but right now it's just shaking up your world. Oh, He'll explain it. He'll fulfill it in the future. But now, in between, obey before you understand - like a boy jumping off a sled before his Dad told him why. Joseph discovered that the apparent disaster is actually clearing the way for a mighty work of God. You've just got to obey in the meantime.
Spending it All On the One He Loves - #6741
Romans 8:32 says this: "He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He also with Him not freely give us all things?" Delivered up His own Son for us! There was nothing more valuable God had than His Son. How do you know how much He loves you? He spent the best He had. He spent His Son to get you back.
Cameras Everywhere - #6736
Jesus does what no one else in the universe can do. He hits the delete button that erases a lifetime of sin.