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3 Ways to Use God's Name & Receive Blessings


God promises blessing when we use His name correctly. There are literally hundreds of verses in the Bible that talk about the name of God. And there are promises of incredible blessings for the person who honors God's name. I want to give us three ways to use God's name correctly 1. I SHOULD REVERENCE GOD'S NAME CONTINUALLY Treat it with the utmost respect. Use it care...

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4 Ways You May be Misusing God's Name


We're going to look at the third commandment that I can summarize in one sentence: God says, "Take My name seriously." Exodus 20:7 "You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God." Why is God so sensitive about His name? God says that your name represents three things: It represents your reputation. You've heard people say, "He's making a name for himself." When...

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Becoming Who We Already Are... And What That Even Means


God promises, if we surrender, he will purify our heart. We will see God in and through our life as he develops the character of Christ in us. It does not happen overnight. It is a process. It's a lifelong process. We have a role to play in that process. Our role is surrender. Our role is to practice what we already know. Our role is to cooperate with God in becoming wha...

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Why You Should Share Your Story


So many people feel hopeless today. As a pastor I talk to them all the time. "My life is out of control! I can't seem to change. Nothing seems to work. Life has kicked the hope out of me. I feel trapped. I'm trapped in a hopeless marriage.I'm trapped in a hopeless career. I'm trapped in a hopeless crisis. I'm trapped in a hopeless addiction. I'm trapped in a hopeless heal...

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Controlling Our Anger

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Proverbs 29:11 "Fools vent their anger, but the wise quietly hold it back." How do we do that? We have to learn to communicate our feelings without attacking the other person. We fix the problem, we don't fix the blame. Attack the issue, not the person. We communicate without attacking. For example: If a husband is repeatedly late for dinner. He seems totally indifferent...

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Fall in Love with Your Spouse... Again (Part 2)


The Bible says if we want to return to our first love we need to do the things we did at first. Yesterday we walked about going back to giving Attention, Affirmation and Affection. If we start doing those things those feelings will return. Here's the fourth thing. 4. ADVENTURE Recreational Intimacy Let's face it, most marriages are dull. Eccl. 9:9 "Live happily with ...

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Fall in Love with Your Spouse... Again (Part 1)


Yesterday, I gave you three things to do to rekindle the romance in your marriage, straight from scripture. Today, I want to give you some catalysts of romance. When we first fell in love we did five things. And to fall in love again, we need to do those five things again. Today, we will go into the first three. 1. ATTENTION Intellectual Intimacy Philippians 2:2,4 "Then...

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How do you Rekindle the Romance in Your Marriage?


The Bible teaches that our marriage is always either growing together or drifting apart. It does not stand still. What do we do when our marriage has gone flat? How do we rekindle that first love? We do what Jesus told the church at Ephesus when the church had lost its first love. The same three things apply to our marriage. Revelation 2:4-5 (NIV) "You have forsaken the...

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Made to Worship


We were created to worship. What does it mean to worship? Worship = Give my highest LOVE and DEVOTION. Only God deserves our highest loyalty. Not any person, any career, any thing, only God deserves that because He made us. Unfortunately, most people are like the people talked about in Romans 1:25. Romans 1:25 They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshipe...

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What Happens When I Always Want More?


Exodus 20:17 "Do not covet your neighbor's house. Do not covet your neighbor's wife, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else your neighbor owns." What is coveting? Covet: the UNCONTROLLED desire to acquire. The desire to acquire in itself is not bad. God put it in us. He filled the world with all kinds of exciting, wonderful, good, desirable things and ...

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Prayer & People


Monday, we talked about spiritual growth. We talked about growth being intentional. It doesn't just happen. We have to intentionally and actively allow God to change us, and we have a role to play in our spiritual growth. If you missed part one, you can read it here: GROWTH ON PURPOSE. What else do you need to do in order to see real, lasting change in your life? 3. I ne...

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Growth on Purpose


Spiritual growth is a choice. Spiritual growth is intentional.Are you going to be more spiritually mature a year from today? If you say, "I don't know." Then most likely you won't. Because growth is intentional. You must choose to grow and continue growing. Today we're going to look at how to continue your growth, how to maintain the momentum once you make the decision t...

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