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Is the Bible Scientifically Accurate?

It should be noted that God did not provide his Word to us as a science book but more as a history (His story) and user guide for daily living. With that said, however, the Bible should not be thought of as inaccurate or contrary to scientific revelation....

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Are You a "Separatist" or "Cultural" Christian?

I am reading a book called The Next Christians: Seven Ways You Can Live the Gospel and Restore the World by Gabe Lyons. I haven't finished the book yet but I want to share some provoking ideas I have found so far....

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Keeping a Balanced View of God

I have been particularly convicted of my self-centeredness lately. No one huge event specifically but more of an awareness that EVERY thought of mine is completely centered on me...

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Don't Conform. Be Transformed!

As we begin the New Year do you feel like your spiritual life is blasé? Is your walk with God kind of sputtering? Do you miss that new-believer closeness that you once had with the Father through Jesus? Do you feel like your faith is dull and dry or that God is distant?...

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Advent Joy

Well, we have done it again, we have worked our way through another year and find ourselves once again in the holiday season, that time in the year that is full of celebration and happiness, right? (Isn't it the "hap, happiest time of the year?") Well, not always and not for everyone. ...

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Perspective - A Key to Contentment

I am so amazed at how easy discontentment creeps into my thoughts. “If only . . . then I could have . . . or I could be . . .” That constant comparison to the “better life.” My thoughts don’t seem to drift to how stinking blessed I am nearly as often....

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Outflow - Just Another Evangelism Program?

If you have been around Paseo del Rey Church for very long, you have seen a few versions of how to do evangelism. Several years ago (2004), we did a video series in our Growth Groups called Contagious Christianity modeled after Bill Hybels' book of the same name. Many people picked up good tips for sharing their faith with others by being "contagious" as Christians. A few...

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