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Who the Son Sets Free is Free Indeed


Matthew 5:8 (NIV) Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. What does pure in heart mean? That's kind of scary. I doubt many of us would say, "Yep. I have a pure heart." I know I don't have a pure heart. What does pure in heart mean? The first thing I want you to notice is what it doesn't say. Jesus did not say, "Blessed (happy), are the religious in heart."...

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Admitting You Need Help...


Matthew 5:3, Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. This means nobody gets into heaven pridefully. It's all by grace. What does it mean to be poor in spirit? He's not talking about physical poverty. There is no blessing in being poor physically. He's not talking about physical poverty. He's talking about spiritual poverty - recognizing my s...

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When Was the Last Time You Asked for Help?


Yesterday we talked about being poor in spirit. If I'm going to be poor in spirit is I must humbly admit I don't have it all together. Humbly admit I need help. That's the first step in unlocking God's grace to get the help we need. There's a second thing I need to do. Something we need to do after we admit we need God's help. I need to humbly ASK God for help. I admi...

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People DO Change, Here's How...


On Monday we started a blog series about transformation. How do you allow God to change your thinking? How do you transform your mind? How can you experience real, lasting change so that you can start living a better life? I change the way I think by changing my FOCUS. I am going to give you seven ways to change your focus so you can cooperate with the way God wants to ...

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7 Keys to Real, Lasting Change


What about yourself are you wanting to improve? What area of your life are you needing change? Is real, lasting change possible? Romans 12:2 let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. If you want to change your life you've got to change the way you think. The Bible says, your thoughts determine your feelings, your feelings determine your acti...

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Who is God, Really?


How does God give us comfort and hope? I NEED TO SEE WHO GOD REALLY IS That's where it starts. You see who God really is. How do I know that I can trust God to comfort me? I only know that if I see him for who he really is. Have you believed some lies about what you think God is like? Maybe even unintentionally? How do I know that I can trust God to comfort me if I th...

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How Much Are You Worth?


Deuteronomy 7:6 "You are a holy people, who belong to the Lord your God, his own special treasure." When God looks at you he sees you as his treasured possession. Nobody values you more than God. God says you are precious to him. In Christ, you are holy. You are extremely valuable. Why am I extremely valuable? There are two reasons. I am extremely valuable because of W...

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The Good News About Temptation


1 Cor. 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. That is an encouraging verse! That's the good news about temptation. When God is with us, He promises to provide a way out. W...

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The Lord is Close to the Brokenhearted


Psalm 34:18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. If you're discouraged, one thing I can say with all confidence: God is with you. Is your heart breaking? The Lord is near you. "Where is God When I Hurt?" people ask. The answer to that question is He's with you. He feels your hurt. He feels your discouragement. He knows when ...

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Need a Confidence Boost?


Isaiah 43:2 When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. This verse reminds me of the three Hebrew children, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego who walked through the fire. God walked through it with t...

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