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The Upward Call


What Does God Expect of Me? Part 3--Baptism

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In the first two parts of this blog on “What Does God Expect of Me?”, we learned that God expects us to believe in His Son. This belief has to include action that leads to confession and repentance. Talking about the name of Jesus and repentance are both actions, they require us to do something. If you fail to do either one, it short circuits the plan God has for our redemption.   In a like manner, baptism is another element that is required to be obedient to God’s plan. Yet, many who teach about God’s plan today state that baptism...
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What Does God Expect of Me? Part 2--Repentance

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When Tiger Woods’ infidelity hit the headlines during Thanksgiving 2009, it was a stark revelation about a man that many held up in a spotlight of respect because of his accomplishments and propriety. Or so it seemed. When the truth about his private life began to be revealed, sponsors began to distance themselves from the 14 time major winner, and the public was shocked about the ugliness that was hidden beneath the refined appearance. In the weeks to come, it would be revealed that he had not just one mistress but fifteen, most of whom were porn stars or exotic dancers....
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What Does God Expect of Me?

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                                        What does God expect of me? What does He want me to be? How will I know if I am achieving these things? These are good questions for people to ask themselves. In fact, it is the same type of question that people asked of Jesus almost 2,000 years ago; “Then they said to him, ‘What must we do, to be doing the works of God?’” (John 6:28).               In a culture that has so much information and media, we are bound to get a...
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Moving Upward

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Every time I think of an upward call I think of Superman blasting off from the ground toward the skies in a fury of speed. Yet, as I try to live my life the way God wants me to, I find that my fury of speed often seems like a snail’s crawl instead. Why does it seem so difficult to live the sort of life consistently that God wants? I.  We are in a battle that is bigger than we probably realize or understand. Ephesians 6:12 says, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against...
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