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Ashley Madison: Walking Through the Mess

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At the start of 2015, we declared that our desire as a church is to be Compelled by the Spirit, that as we take a step of faith toward God, trusting in Jesus, that we will see His kingdom expand in our communities and across the state. When God moves in a community, He also commonly shakes up the ...

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Tags: adultery, alone, ashley madison, betrayal, grace, grief, healing, innocence, mercy, pray, restoration, truth

Truth in A World of Grey (Part 2)

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Every year before the kids go back to school, I take my family on a two- to three-day trip to the lake, where I have a friend who has a boat. (Everybody has to have one friend with a boat!) He lets me take it out, and I touch the buttons, and it’s awesome. There are some shallow areas on ...

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Truth in A World of Grey (Part 1)

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We live in a culture that is shifting, though not towards the things of God. I’ve delved lately into a book that has certainly influenced my angle on this topic, called Thriving in Babylon. It’s a good book, especially in the season we’re in right now. I don’t agree with ...

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Truth & Grace

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"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." – John 1:14         When Michelle and I moved to Arkansas, I said, “Lord, we want to be ...

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Tags: grace, truth

Authentic Humility – My Visit with Billy Graham

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A few years ago, my friend Dino Rizzo and I had the opportunity to speak to the staff of the world-renowned evangelist, dr. billy graham. While there, they invited us to meet Dr. Graham, and we of course jumped at the opportunity. At first they said, “You probably won’t be able to, ...

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Tags: humility, authenticity, billy graham

Are We Living in the End Times Right Now?

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Reverend Boudreaux was the pastor of the Cajun Baptist Church, and Pastor Thibodeaux was the minister of the Covenant Church across the road. They were both standing by the road, pounding a sign into the ground that read: “Da End is Near! Turn Yo’ self Around Now! Before It’s Too ...

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Tags: apocalypse, coming back, end of days, end of the world, end times, jesus, rapture, revelation, tribulation

Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

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If you could have Jesus over for dinner and ask Him any question, what would you ask? The top question that people ask is, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” We covered this last week, and I wanted to review some of it here today. Luke 2:46-47 says, “After three days they ...

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Tags: destiny, god's will, prayer, purpose, answer, atheism, atheist, doubt, faith, god, hope, jesus, love, question, why do bad things happen to good people

A New Me: Everybody is Self-Righteous

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Everybody is lazy in some way. Everybody! You may argue with me about that. You may say, "I work 80 hours a week! I get up early in the morning, and I never stop. How could you call me 'lazy'? Maybe you're lazy in different ways. Maybe when you and your wife have an issue, you're too lazy to walk ...

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Tags: faith, lazy, self-righteous, sin

Pray and Fast for the Church God Sees

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Hey NLC Family and Friends – New Life Church is starting the year with a season of prayer and fasting, beginning this Sunday, January 11 with a combined Conway/Little Rock Worship & Prayer service at Greater Little Rock campus at 6:30pm. I hope you will join me as we seek the ...

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Tags: fasting, prayer, new year, 2015, church, arkansas, holy spirit

The Pain of Anger

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Photo Credit: jeco It’s common to get stressed out about spending Christmastime with relatives or extended family, because of pain surrounding past events or hurtful words. And anger is commonly attached to that. Anger is an issue of the heart. There are some issues that we run to God ...

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Tags: anger, relationships, pain, words, communication, doc rivers, woody hayes, anger issue, prodigal son, sinful nature, explosive anger, derogatory term, sin, christmas season, fighting instinct, commit adultery, god, christianity, spirit filled, pressure, spirit of god

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