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Gender first?

Gender first?

There’s a new California law nearing passage that would effectively prohibit even the argument that a person’s sexual behavior should conform to biblical standards. The California Assembly Bill 2943 would make it unlawful to engage in “a transaction intended to result or that results in the sale or lease of goods or services to any consumer” that advertise, engage in, or even offer to engage in, “sexual orientation change efforts with an individual.” The bill defines sexual orientations change efforts as “any practices that seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation. This includes efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions,

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God’s Masterfully Crafted Poem

God’s Masterfully Crafted Poem

For we are God's handiwork [poiēma--masterfully crafted poem], created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10 NIV)

How many of you struggle with identity issues? It doesn’t have to be some epic struggle over worthiness to live, political affiliations, or sexual identity, but could be issues caused by peer pressure, or deciding which college to go to—or the ultimate: “What will I be when I grow up?” Maybe abuse has caused an identity crisis in your life; or relocating to a new city, state, or country; or you may

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Homosexuality

Homosexuality

Our culture understands sexual orientation to exist on a continuum, with the completely heterosexual person on one end and the completely homosexual on the other. Of course, there are many facets to the subject of sexuality like: sexual morality, sexual preference, gender identity, sexual acts, bisexuality, cross-genderization, LBGTQ societal acceptance, and others. Homosexuality can be broadly defined as behavior characterized by a tendency to direct sexual desires toward a person of the same sex.

 But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit. (1 Corinthians 6:17 NIV)

Occurring in 1 Corinthians Chapters 6 and 7, there

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The Seventh Commandment

The Seventh Commandment

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:27–28 NIV)

Fornication and adultery are both issues of the heart. It is not what you or I say or think fornication and adultery are that counts in the end, but rather what God says fornication and adultery are and what He thinks about them. Adultery is committed when a married or betrothed person has a sexual encounter with someone who is not

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Jars of Clay

Jars of Clay

So he [Jesus] came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob's well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon. When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, "Will you give me a drink?" (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food). John 4:5-7 (NIV)

While we, in today’s society, enjoy great conveniences like running water from multiple faucets in our homes, and have an abundance of inexpensive “jars”

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The Great I AM

The Great I AM

Then Moses said to God, "Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I will say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you.' Now they may say to me, 'What is His name?' What shall I say to them?" God said to Moses, "I AM THAT I AM"; and He said, "Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you.'" (Exodus 3:13-14)

God called Moses to bring revival to the Children of Israel who were living in a pagan nation. The Egyptians gave names to their

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Growing Up

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“Speaking [being] the truth [alētheuō] in love, we will grow to become [auxanō] in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.” (Ephesians 4:15 NIV)

The Greek word alētheuō means to be the truth, or more literally, exude the truth. (Being the truth transcends speaking the truth in that being the truth includes speaking the truth and so much more.) Therefore: Every judgment made, every word spoken, every action taken, every attitude assumed, every possible lifestyle component we manifest, along with every fiber of our earthly existence should not be about judging our earthly

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Being the Truth

"Take … the sword [machaira] of the Spirit, which is the word of God." (Ephesians 6:17b NIV)

truth loveThe Greek word translated sword in Ephesians 6:17 is machaira—a sword of judgment. This is not a combat, battle sword used to slay earthly enemies in a fight but rather a sword used in executing judgment. This is because our first priority is not to condemn any person, Christian or not, but rather to point them to the resurrected Christ and the Word of God—where they ought to be judged. Therefore, if there is any judging to be done on this side

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