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Can You Have Assurance? Part Two:"When You Don't!"

I began this little series here. In that first post, I pointed out that the Bible teaches it is possible to have assurance and complete confidence in God, and that's an encouragement for us. So often, we're actually discouraged because we don't believe there's any way for us to be like that. God, however, says there is so don't give up. Don't drop your shoulders and walk off dejected yet. 



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Can You Have Assurance?

I want to bring two Biblical truths about Faith, Confidence, and Assurance in God to your attention. We’ll look at the first one in this post, and the second one in a following post.



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Burdened By Guilt And Condemnation

For whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God



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What Would Jesus Do? He'd Proclaim The Good News!

 And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.”  - Mark 1:38



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Best Articles I Read In 2015

The last post was about the best books I had read in 2015, and since books only make up one part of my reading, and for many people it's more worthwhile to suggest an article anyway, here are my favorite articles from last year. I read a lot more than these, but for one reason or another, these stood out to me. 



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Best Books I Read In 2015

Here's a round up of some of my favorite books from this past year.  They are NOT necessarily books that were written in 2015, though some of them are. They're just books I read in 2015. I tried to list them in order of how good I thought they were, but it was too hard. I argued with myself over every one of them.  (Also, I tried to stick with a "Top 5" but it turns out I couldn't. Technically, there are ten books represented here. 



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An Education in the Knowledge of Good and Evil

Before Adam committed his sin in the Garden all that he and Eve had seen in the world was good, deeply and powerfully good. Their harsh introduction to the school of evil was only to begin after they rebelled against God by disobeying Him, and they were cast out of Eden. No matter how much we may wish for it today, we cannot return to the time before that act when everything was good. God's people are waiting until the Gardener comes back and pulls up all the weeds. The sad result for us? We not only know evil now, but we must be educated in the distinction between good and evil. That is, we must be able to recognize evil as evil and good as good. 

The sexual revolution, which is well on it's way to becoming the sexual tyranny by this point, is working hard on presenting an illusion to the world. That illusion is that there is no good and no evil. There are only the ways we feel about things, and that feeling is only a biological reaction of the human body which has been evolving over millenia. Does this make you feel good? Then it must be good, at least for you. Does this make you feel bad? Then, for you, it is. Don't, however, call it evil. To some other person, it may feel good and be good for them.



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Should We Make Vows To God If He Will Answer Our Prayers?

During our Sunday night service, we have a time where questions can be asked. The topics are usually limited to the morning sermon or the Sunday school classes, but sometimes we go further afield. I simply ask the church to be nice to me, and give me the question either in the morning or over email so I don't have to repeat the same mantra over and over- "Wow, that's a great question. I don't know. Maybe I could think about that this week and we'll talk next week?" I'm going to start posting the questions with my answers here. 



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Why I Hate Abortion Ministries, But I'm Leading Us Into One

It was one of the worst experiences of my life. I stood there looking at a plain, boring storefront in a strip mall that is exactly like every other strip mall I’ve ever seen in the south. There was a beauty salon, an empty storefront, and a burger joint. Inside one storefront though, little limbs were being torn apart, little heads were being crushed, and souls that were harder than I could imagine were getting just a little bit more so. 

My friend Bobby had invited me to come with him to a Planned Parenthood center where he did sidewalk counseling. Bobby is an evangelist who loves the Lord and the lost deeply so he goes to this center every week. He is also a member of the church where I was a pastor, and I wanted to support him. I did not, however, want to get into an abortion ministry. In so many ways, I still don’t. It is not that I think abortion is unimportant. It is very important. Over 300,000 babies are killed each year by Planned Parenthood alone, and the numbers have added up over the years to a mind-numbingly, staggeringly high amount of little lifes snuffed out. I don’t want to do it because I hate how it makes me feel.

“Sir, please don’t go in there. Would you come over here and talk with us first? We’ve got resources, and there are other options.” 

I watched as a car pulled up, and a man and woman got out. I felt sick looking at them. My own kids were standing beside me, little eyes watching what was happening, little hands seeking my own for comfort. How could someone be in so much darkness that they would do that? 

“Ma’am?” A young lady who was with us had taken the mega phone from Bobby. These Christians who come out here try and make sure that women speak to women, if possible. We have to stand across the parking lot from the entrance though, because we are not allowed to stand any closer. Hence the mega phone.



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