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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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DIVINE IMAGINATION – THE NEXT STEP #22

When you read the Bible stories does it ever pique your inquisitive mind? Do you find yourself asking hard questions? For example, in Matthew 15 a woman of Canaan asked Jesus to heal her daughter and He appears to ignore her and even call her a dog. What made her...

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THE COST OF CONSECRATION – THE NEXT STEP #21

April 19, 2019 was the 14th day Nisan. To most people (who aren't Jewish) that doesn't mean anything. But it was on April 19, one thousand nine hundred and eighty eight years ago, that Jesus died on the cross for our sins. Over the sacred Sabbath hours Jesus, our...

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CONSECRATION – THE NEXT STEP #20

Who am I? That is a question people often struggle with. Sometimes young people purchase a VW van and go to California in an attempt to answer that question. But let me save you some time a money. The answer to that question is found in Proverbs 23:7. "For as [a...

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THE CONFESSING CHRIST – THE NEXT STEP #19

If Jesus lived a life of repentance (and I believe he did Mark 1:4, 9 - MORE INFO), and if CONFESSION follows REPENTANCE, (it does) then we need to answer the question, "Did Jesus Confess?" In this sermon we'll be answering that question and also investigate how...

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