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THE PRIVILEGE OF PRAYER PT 2 – THE NEXT STEP #32

Words evolve. With usage, meanings morph over time. Take GAY for example. Because of its appropriation by the gay community most people don't use it any more for girls names or in casual conversation. A perfectly fine word that once was used in reference to a...

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THE PRIVILEGE OF PRAYER pt 1 – THE NEXT STEP #31

Prayer is the key in the hand of faith to unlock heaven's storehouse, where are treasured the boundless resources of Omnipotence (SC p. 94). If all of heaven's riches are at our disposal through PRAYER, then we need to understand prayer! We need to practice it. We...

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A KNOWLEDGE OF GOD – THE NEXT STEP #30

TRUTH - it is not a certain course you take in school. The truth is not merely something you tell in a court of law. TRUTH is a person! Jesus said, "I am ... the truth." John 14:6 This is either an idle claim or it is ... well, the truth! Each of us has the privilege...

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SURPRISED BY JOY – THE NEXT STEP #29

Everyone of us is looking for something. We know something is missing, but can't quite put our finger on it. This reminds me of the lady who was in a parking lot on a dark night looking for her keys. A man saw the damsel in distress and asked what the problem was.  "I...

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STAY CLOSE, STAY CLOSE – THE NEXT STEP #28

Sometimes the simple things in life and truth get lost in the distractions of the daily.  Here's a simple truth - branches don't grow or bear fruit if they are cut off of the trunk. It is a truth that even Jesus had to apply to His own life (John 5:30). And so do we...

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GROWING UP INTO CHRIST – THE NEXT STEP #27

When we plant a garden we expect a crop. We look forward to the tomatoes, squash, and beans.  Farmers who spend large sums to sew hundreds of acres of wheat fully intend to reap a harvest and a return on their investment. The same is true with God. He has invested...

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STUDY THAT SATISFIES – THE NEXT STEP #26

If you want to be a disciple of Christ then you will need to be a student, a pupil, one who is learning daily in the school of Christ. The question may be asked, "How do I study the Bible?"  Great question! That is the topic of our 26th episode in our Next Step...

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DISCIPLESHIP VALIDATED – THE NEXT STEP #25

We make Christianity or religion far too complicated. But it doesn't need to be! What would cause you to throw away a mechanical pencil?  What would make you junk a car?  What would compel you to fire an employee?  If the pencil doesn’t write, if the car won’t drive,...

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THE TEST OF DISCIPLESHIP – THE NEXT STEP #24

IMAGINE - You are in the army.  Out on patrol you see movement. “Friend or foe?” is the question you want answered. You call out and a voice answers in perfect English. Then he steps out of the shadow with a “perfect” uniform. Does speaking good English make him your...

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FAITH & ACCEPTANCE – THE NEXT STEP #23

There are certain things one must have if life is to be sustained. Breath for example. You can't live without breathing. Water is another nonnegotiable, for, without water we are without life. Faith is also a spiritual imperative. Without faith there is no spiritual...

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