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Never Give Up! – 8. Now I See

2 Corinthians 3: 12 - 4:6 Atheist - Christopher Hitchens - author - God is Not Great: Why Religion Poisons Everything - interviewed by a Unitarian minister – “The religion you cite in your book is generally the fundamentalist faith of various kinds. I’m a liberal Christian, and I don’t take the stories from the scripture literally. I don’t believe in the doctrine of atonement (that Jesus died for our sins, for example). Do you make and distinction between fundamentalist faith and liberal religion?” Hitchens: “I would say that if you don’t believe that Jesus of Nazareth was the Christ and Messiah, and that he rose again from the dead and by his sacrifice our sins are forgiven, you’re really

Never Give Up – 7. Unfading Glory

2 Corinthians 3: 7 - 11 Nostalgia can be deadly to your faith. I suppose there is always a temptation to look back at the past and imagine that it is better than the present, especially if you find yourself in a hard place. If you are old, you may wish you were young again. If your children have left home, you may wish they were young again. Sometimes those nostalgic thoughts can lead us in a wrong direction: Those were happy days. These are hard days. Those were good times. These are bad times. Things were better then. Things are worse now. Remembering the past is always important lest we forget who we are and where we come from, but living in the past can be deadly to our spiritual healt

Never Give Up – 6. The God-Dependent Life

2 Corinthians 3: 4 - 6 Do you know why God put you where you are right now? That’s a tough question for some of us to answer. Do you think it happened by chance that you are single (or married), with children at home (or long since moved away), with a good job (or stuck in a bad situation)? Or is there a larger purpose at work in your life? Let me ask that question from a completely different perspective. What will you have to show for your life when you stand before Jesus Christ? A good job? A degree? Money in the bank? Lots of friends? A large reputation? A successful career? The praise of others? A bagful of awards? Chairman, President or CEO? If that’s all you’ve got to show for your

Never Give Up – 5. How Do You Measure Success?

2 Corinthians 3: 1 - 3 Would you call this man as your pastor? *Arrested many times. *In and out of prison. *Often run out of town. *Never built a building. *Never spoke on TV. *Never had a website. *Never had a Facebook page. *Never owned his own home. *Had to work on the side to support himself. *Never stayed very long in one place. *Not a skilled public speaker. *Unimpressive appearance. *Sometimes preaches for hours at a time. *Seems to get involved in public controversies. Most churches would pass on a man like that. After all, you can’t trust your pulpit to just anyone who comes along. That’s why the Apostle Paul would not feel at home in many of our churches today. Success in the mi

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