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by David Guzik - 4 years ago

Is Romance Important to God?

Is Romance Important to God?That's a dangerous question to ask today. It's dangerous for at least two reasons. First, many people find it easy to think that their romantic life isn't very important to God, especially if they aren't sinning in their romance. Second, more and more people today are single out of choice, circumstances, or a bit of both.God Cares About Romance...

by David Guzik - 4 years ago

How to Be a Good American Christian: 7 Keys for Balancing Patriotism & Faith

1. We Are Dual CitizensGod says that believers in Jesus Christ have citizenship in heaven (Philippians 3:20, Ephesians 2:19) and He told us to be good citizens on this earth (1 Peter 2:17). Jesus told us that we should render unto Caesar and unto God (Matthew 22:21). We have responsibilities in both areas.2. Our Heavenly Citizenship Has PriorityChristians must do all they ...

by David Guzik - 4 years ago

What Mary Knew an Advent Meditation

This year I've thought a lot about this verse from Luke 2:19: "But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart." The Bethlehem shepherds had a rare experience—a visitation from the angel of the Lord, announcing good news: the birth of a baby who was both Messiah and God (Christ the Lord). The same angel gave them a sign to confirm this good news—that they would find this baby wrapped in torn c...

by David Guzik - 4 years ago

Where Christmas Began an Advent Meditation

Sacrifice and offering You did not desire; My ears You have opened; burnt offering and sin offering You did not require. Then I said, “Behold, I come; in the scroll of the Book it is written of Me. I delight to do Your will, O my God, and Your law is within My heart” (Psalm 40:6-8). In Psalm 40 David spoke about his own willingness to submit to God and to ...

by David Guzik - 5 years ago

The End of Fear an Advent Meditation

Traditionally, Christians have remembered the four Sundays before Christmas Day as Sundays of Advent, often lighting a series of four candles over those days. In our home we have a row of four red advent candles, one for each of those Sundays. By the time the fourth Sunday comes all four candles are bright, their flames bringing light to our home. It's a tradition that can serve to prepare us to celebrate t...

by David Guzik - 5 years ago

Why Jesus Came to Us - An Advent Meditation

“And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.” (1 John 3:5)With Advent, we think about the coming of Jesus and prepare our hearts to receive Him. Different Christian traditions have different customs regarding advent, but the basic idea of thinking of the meaning and importance of Jesus' arrival into this world is common to all. So, we ask: "Why did Jesus com...

by David Guzik - 5 years ago

4 Principles of Biblical Church Government

David Guzik's Friday Lecture at CCBC Murrieta.[embed width="600" height="338" class="center" thumbnail="http://i.vimeocdn.com/video/493442266_1280.jpg?r"]http://vimeo.com/109473235[/embed]

by David Guzik - 5 years ago

Critical Elements of Biblical Preaching Part 3

Recently I wrote a short piece describing what I believe is an important part of being a good expository preacher or teacher - the ability to simply see what is there in the Biblical text. One of the points I made was that learning to do this is not easy, and many things can get in the way. Here are some thoughts on the things that may hinder simply seeing what is there in the Biblica...

by David Guzik - 5 years ago

A Father's Legacy

Sometimes parenting feels like the most wonderful duty in the world, sometimes it feels like the worst. The Bible is filled with stories of success and failure in parenting and gives us both promises and principles along the way for our work in raising and loving our children. One of the greatest men of the Bible was David, the son of Jesse - the great king and the sweet psalmist of Israel. Nevertheless, Da...

by David Guzik - 5 years ago

Organic vs Strategic Church Planting

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