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Will We Be Punished in Heaven

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The Bible tells us that in Heaven, all believers will stand before the judgement seat of Christ so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. (2 Corinthians 5:10)

Four Ways to Be a Great Small Group Leader

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Ever been in a small group that was life changing and stimulated your hunger to know God more? Ever wondered what the leader did to make it that way?

If you’ve led or have been a member of a small group for any length of time then

Be Patient in Judgment

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Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. –Matthew 7:1-2

Ask a person to describe a fruit tree during

Should the Church Be Involved in Politics

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In all my years as a pastor, I have found few issues so divisive, that anger so many, and that have more Christians at odds with one another than the issue of the Church and politics.

When you dive into the subject, you find some people

A Lion in the Wild

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As a kid I loved lions. Still do. In fact my nickname as child was Ryan the Lion. I would let out a ferocious roar almost everywhere I went. I remember I was only allowed to trick-or-treat one year and my mom made me a lion costume. It was

Satans Agenda to Perpetuate Prejudice

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When I was 28 years old, I found myself serving in my first pastorate in a little rural town in Texas. It was a place where people used the “N” word and argued about the KJV versus the NIV translation of the Bible in the same

Why We Have Misplaced Priorities

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Have you ever started prioritizing your time, relationships, and money in a God-honoring way, only to have those new priorities begin to slip away years, months, and even weeks later?

For many of us, our priorities seem

Do You Know Who Jesus Really Is

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In the religious world today, many people seem to be asking, who is Jesus? Was he really a man, or just a myth? Was he just a religious guru, or God revealed in the flesh?

There also seems to be as many opinions about

When Your World Falls Apart

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As a pastor for over 25 years, I can honestly say that everyone at some point in this life has a broken world experience. Even the people who love God the most aren’t immune.

Yet so many Christians think

Whats Heaven Really Like

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Humankind has been fascinated with the concept of Heaven for centuries. In every culture, people have a vivid idea of what they think the afterlife is going to be like. And today, it’s a very hot topic. Just go to any bookstore and

Whats the Role of a Man in the Home

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When I was in high school, I began dating a girl. One day, I went over to her house to meet her mother and I immediately noticed a picture of man in uniform.

I asked them, “Is that your dad?”

My girlfriend

Understanding Gods Grace

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The single most important thing in the Bible is the concept of grace. Yet, as Christians, whether we are new, not so new, or old, we all struggle with grasping the meaning of grace. Even though we may know the definition -- “the free,

Gods Unstoppable Wave of Grace

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God’s grace continues to move throughout the world, century after century. From the very beginning when sin first entered the world, God in His great mercy and grace covered Adam and Eve’s naked bodies. Later,

The Secret to Happiness

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Is there one thing in your life about which you think, “If God could give me this, then I’d be happy”? For some of us, it’s a mate, a job, or good health. For others, it’s money, a house or a

You Love God But Do You Trust Him

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The most difficult question of the Christian life is: “If God really loves me, how can He let ‘this’ happen to me?” “This” for some of us might be a divorce, the death of a child, or a loved who

What Does It Mean to Follow Jesus

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Everyone is following something or someone. Some people follow in the footsteps of their family. Some follow a philosophy of life, like the Golden Rule: “Treat others the way you want to be treated.” While others follow their

What is Gods View of Abortion

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Regardless of where you find yourself landing on the issue of abortion, it’s one of the most pivotal and most volatile issues in America today. And no longer is it just an issue “out there.” We now know that 65 percent of

Why We Hurt Others with Our Words

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Has someone ever said something judgmental and negative behind your back that questioned your motive, integrity or character? If so, how did it make you feel when you found out about it? Probably pretty rotten, right? Nothing is more

Gods Design for Marriage

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Imagine a giant 15,000-piece jigsaw puzzle in a big cardboard box. Now imagine a married couple locked up in a room together where the only way out is to solve this jigsaw puzzle without the box top. Without the box top they

Do You Take Jesus Seriously

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I’ll never forget the first day I walked into Mr. Hall’s 9th grade Algebra class. Brad Star, who was my friend since junior high, was the class clown and I was his assistant. That day, Brad started up his usual antics

What is True Spirituality

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These days, it seems everyone has a different explanation about what God is like and what it means to be spiritual. We live in a world of competing gods, religious systems, and hundreds of years of traditions. Yet, some of the very things

Discovering Gods Design for Our Work

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Did you know that 60-80 percent of our waking hours are spent at work? Yet the majority of Americans are dissatisfied with their jobs. Research tells us that most of us see our work as just a paycheck. We “live and work for the

Discovering the Unfiltered Jesus

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Nearly every weekend at Venture Christian Church, someone who’s been listening to me on the radio will meet me in person for the first time. When they see me, their reaction is almost always the same: “Pastor Chip, you don’t

How to Speak Life to Those We Love

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Are you or someone you know facing a difficult situation and in desperate need of a spiritual “shot in the arm?” Most of us have been discouraged and depressed at some point in our lives, yet most of us don’t know

Why Does God Have Rules about Sex

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One year for Christmas, I gave bikes to my little twin boys. For months I saved money so that I could bless them with these gifts. After they unwrapped the presents on Christmas morning, I took them outside so they could learn how to

Does Doing Good Matter as a Christian

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<p>In America today, we have the highest percentage of people who say they have no spiritual affiliation. There is a growing generation that is disillusioned with organized religion, especially Christianity. </p> <p>I believe the

A Hope that Doesnt Disappoint

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<p><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><br /> This Christmas, people from all around the world will celebrate the birth of a baby named Jesus who was born in a manger. Yet there&rsquo;s still a lot of debate about who this

The Antidote to Doubt

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<p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br /> Do you struggle with doubt in an area of your life? Maybe you doubt your financial future or the future of our country. Or maybe you&rsquo;re struggling in your marriage or

The Truth about Sex

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<br /> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Never in the history of the world has a culture shifted its values concerning sexuality as rapidly or drastically as it has in America in the last 50 years. In the 1950s, only 5

How to Overcome Anxiety

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When I was five years old, I actually believed there was a monster living underneath my bed and I would get very afraid. With my heart pounding, I’d bury my head underneath the

Why We All Hate Hypocrisy

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Do you remember the first time that you tasted hypocrisy – the kind that was really ugly? You know, the time when someone really projected genuine concern and

Youre Gods Masterpiece

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Did you know that you’re God’s masterpiece in the making? God didn’t save you just so He could take you to heaven. He has created you for so much more. He created you spiritually and physically

Are You Getting Gods Best

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During my early years as a Christian, I felt torn between two worlds - Bible study and bars. I would have sacred moments with God in the morning and then indulge in sexual fantasies at night. I honestly

Why Do You Worship This God

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Have you ever thought about why you worship the God of the Bible?

I remember several years ago, I was on an airplane from Hong Kong to Beijing, and a young woman sitting next to me

Its All About Relationship

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I’ll never forget the time when I was a very young and very ambitious Christian in graduate school. I was teaching a class, leading a campus ministry, and even doing some basketball coaching on the

How to Find Hope in Uncertain Times

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People today, like never before, need hope. Our world is facing some serious issues. Terrorism, the failing global economy, the AIDS epidemic...the list goes on and on. And individually, many of us are facing

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