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Meet the citizens of heaven

It might surprise some to meet the true citizens of heaven. Many religious leaders “shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces” (Matthew 23:13). Jesus said of them,  “You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. ….You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are” (Matthew 23:14-15). Jesus said to these religious leaders, “religious leaders “shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces” (Matthew 23:13). Jesus said,  “You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. …Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you” (Matthew 21:31). Continue reading

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True followers of Christ

Consider how eight blessings (which we call beatitudes) present in a logical, interrelated sequence the character qualities of normal Christianity.  Continue reading

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Blessed are the persecuted?


Here are people declared by our Lord to be “blessed” when they are insulted, persecuted and falsely maligned with all kinds of evil against them. How unusual for them to be commanded to, “Rejoice and be glad!”
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What does it mean to believe?

Belief is not merely an agreement with facts about God. Rarely is unbelief solely a matter of changing one’s mind about facts. Continue reading

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The true problem with lust

Which is worse the Animal self or the Diabolical self? Who is nearer to hell a cold, self-righteous prig who goes regularly to church or a prostitute? The sins of the flesh are bad but are they the least bad of all sins? Continue reading

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After 33 years as a pastor…

After 33 years as a pastor (32 in the same church), I know by experience that the life of a pastor is a continual reminder that God put His “treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power … Continue reading

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A closer look at repentance

What does it mean to repent? Is it a change of lifestyle or a deeper change prior to other changes? Has repentance been misunderstood? Continue reading

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