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The Verdict Is In

“Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have NOT seen yet have believed!” John 20:29 Eye-witness. First-hand account. Court-side seat. Present and accounted for....

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Free To Be One: The One New Man

Faith Studies Ephesians | “No foreigner may enter within the barricade which surrounds the sanctuary and enclosure. Anyone who is caught doing so will have himself to blame for his ensuing death.” Wall-builders. Boundary setters. Exclusionists. Separatists. Elitist. Us versus Them....

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Orphans No More

Ephesians 1:3-6 | “He predestined us to ADOPTION as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will…” Ephesians 1:5 Amazing grace! “Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” James 1:27...

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Deliverance: It's All About Him

Ephesians 1:3-14 | It was not a day of joy. It was an annual event both dreaded and anticipated. It was dreaded in that the day would begin with the painful reminder of all the many, many ways that you had failed....

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What Heart-Eyes See

Ephesians 1:15-23 | We were not alone when we laughed out loud at what the preacher was saying. “Why is it,” he asked, “that we think that in order to appear ‘Christian’ in our decaying culture we have to be marked by our symbols? We have ‘Christian coffee shops’ and ‘Christian jewelry’ and ‘Christian bookstores’ and ‘Christian t-shirts’ and we ev...

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Out of Africa

She was helping us with a major decision and we began a conversation… I asked, “Where are you from?” “I’m from Africa,” she replied. “I was in Kenya and Rwanda last month. Is that anywhere close to your home?” “I’m from Uganda. It’s a smaller nation in Africa. I usually just say ‘I’m from Africa’ because most Americans think it is just one ...

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Trophies of Grace

Ephesians 2:8-10 | Legends. That would be the best word to describe us. The Class of ’68 was the MOST talented, the MOST accomplished, the MOST memorable, the GREATEST athletes, the most BRILLIANT scholars, trendsetters long before #trending was added to Webster’s treasury of frequently used words and freshly coined phrases. We were “All-Class” performers! Well…a...

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New Dawn Sunday

It is the sermon every Bible preaching pastor wishes he had delivered. For 40 years Pastor S.M. Lockridge faithfully shepherded the Calvary Baptist Church of San Diego, California. There were many memorable sermons delivered from that pulpit in those more than 2,000 Sundays. But the most noted of all was entitled, Sunday Is A Comin’!...

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Building Faith

Ephesians 2:18-22 | “In Him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.” Ephesians 2:22 It’s not about the building! “Being ‘the church’ is our passion. Understanding from the Bible that Christ loves His church, died for His church, nurtures His church, and offers hope to a hopeless world through His church, we deeply desire t...

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