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REPENTANCE: A WORKING MODEL – THE NEXT STEP #12

If we were to  play a little word association game the first three words I've written down below would probably come easy for most people.  But what about the fourth word? OFF          -          OVER          -          BLACK          -          REPENTANCE If you...

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BATTLE FOR THE HEART – THE NEXT STEP # 11

REVIEW:  OK, God loves me!  He loved me enough to die for me while I was yet a sinner!  How do I know I'm a sinner?  Because God gave us a law, clear lines that mark between right and wrong, good and bad, life and death.  But I've already crossed that line.  But it's...

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ESCAPE FROM SIN – THE NEXT STEP #10

So, we've been talking about sin - It's the transgression of God's law.  We've talked about why we sin - we desire it and we choose to.  Once we've broken God's law, once we've sinned, fallen into the deep pit, how do we get out?  How do we escape from sin once we've...

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THE MOTIVE TO SIN – THE NEXT STEP #9

We know drinking and driving is dumb, but we do it anyway.  We know smoking causes cancer, impotence, emphysema, and death, but we still smoke.  Why?  If we know cheating on our spouse could ruin our marriage, our carrier, our life, why do we still do it? In the...

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THE LINE THAT DIVIDES – THE NEXT STEP #8

Is it a "sin" to eat a burger at a fast food joint like McDonalds? Virtually all christians today would say, "No, not at all." But that answer would be based on what? In most cases our culture. But the question is, "Is it a sin?"  On what basis do we define sin, on...

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DEFINING THE ENEMY – THE NEXT STEP #7

We have spent six weeks looking at the subject of love.  How wonderful to know that God loves us so much that He will only, and always give us what is truly needed most.  That great principle encourages us even when times are hard and painful.  But this truth also...

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PERFECT LOVE, NO FEAR – THE NEXT STEP #6

We had been invited to serve as missionaries on the Island of Saipan. According to the policies, our family of 5 was only allowed to take 4,000 pounds of personal effects. We'd been at it for several weeks sorting, selling, giving away, and setting aside for storage....

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LOVE CLOSE TO HOME – THE NEXT STEP #5

God so loved the world that He gave, gave us what we needed most, a Savior. And this giving continues - it never stops! • He gave at the cross - John 3:16 • He gives us grace today interceding in heaven - Hebrews 7:25 • He gives us His law so we can rightly define...

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LOVE IN REAL LIFE – THE NEXT STEP #4

Stop it!  Just Stop it!  What?  Stop listening to the world, the novels, the movies, the music.  Why?  Because they are giving us our definitions of love, our philosophies of life.  The enemy of our souls loves to poke holes in our faith with the vain words from the...

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THE LAW OF LOVE – The Next Step #3

Virtually every TV show, every novel, and every song about love has caused confusion, and led us to believe Satan's lie about what love is.  Jesus came to change our thoughts giving us a new standard, a solid foundation for understanding love.  What is that direct,...

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