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Matt Carter, lead pastor of The Austin Stone Community Church, delivers a message on Mark 9:1-13.
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Image by christmas-specials.wikia.com John tells us in his gospel that, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us and we have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only son of the father, full of grace and truth.” (1:14) I like saying it from this perspective, “God’s best idea became human, to be like us, to live with us” Often times as both believers in Jesus and non believers, we place majority emphasis on the divinity of Jesus an»
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We Are The Body Note: This series is on human trafficking, including sex trafficking. See the previous installment here. Terms are plain, although situations are not explicit. Still, reader discretion is advised. We get a lot of questions that start out "Why does God allow" cancer/war/Justin Bieber. He "allows" because He gave us free will and we choose to be catastrophic pickle-heads. But the follow-up question should be "Where is God when" W»
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I Didn't Choose This   Note: This series is on human trafficking, including sex trafficking. See the previous installment here. Terms are plain, although situations are not explicit. Still, reader discretion is advised. This is the hardest part of this series, so I want you to stick with me. Hope is coming, but first we have to walk through the dark. Neither of us wants to go through this, but awareness is power. Who? A young Armenian woma»
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The Slavery Next Door   Note: This series is on human trafficking, including sex trafficking. See the first installment here. Terms are plain, although situations are not explicit. Still, reader discretion is advised. Labor trafficking is using force, fraud, deception, or coercion to benefit from another’s labor. It’s slavery. And there are more people caught in labor trafficking today than there were slaves in the pre-Civil War era. Wh»
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Eve   Note: This series is on human trafficking, including sex trafficking. See the previous installment here. Terms are plain, although situations are not explicit. Still, reader discretion is advised. We get a lot of questions asking why God is so sexist. Why so many rules beating down women? I think it must break His heart to hear such accusations. And it must hurt even more to know how sin has taken His greatest creation and trampled i»
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Note: This series is on human trafficking, including sex trafficking. Terms are plain, although situations are not explicit. Still, reader discretion is advised. This is the first post in a series of articles on human trafficking. Recently I started volunteering with Restore Innocence, a local ministry endeavoring to build a home where victims of sex trafficking can live and heal. The issue seemed so big and impossible that I figured there was n»
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Father to the Fatherless Note: This series is on human trafficking, including sex trafficking. See the previous installment here. Terms are plain, although situations are not explicit. Still, reader discretion is advised.   Freeing the captives is usually the purview of Hollywood. It's a universal theme that can be used in any setting. The latest example I've seen is Cowboys vs. Aliens. We forget, though, that God was the One who came up wit»
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The Girls   Note: This series is on human trafficking, including sex trafficking. See the previous installment here. Terms are plain, although situations are not explicit. Still, reader discretion is advised. Annie* is sixteen. She had it rough as a child, including being molested by her brother’s friends. When she was twelve, Tony, the older brother of one of the friends, told them to stop. He was nineteen, and he was kind to her. He di»
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Secrets   Note: This series is on human trafficking, including sex trafficking. See the previous installment here. Where the previous articles were not explicit, this one gets farther into the weeds. If that makes you nervous, you may be the one who needs to read on. Still, reader discretion is advised. Through a series of links and blogs, I found an excerpt from an interview by John Mayer on the temptation of pornographic sex. He admitted t»