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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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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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