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Family

This is the page dedicated to those posts that relate to family life and health.


Faith

This page will host posts that concern the “Faith once and for all contended for by the saints” as Jude puts it.  Theology and Christian life issues will addressed.

 

To be a Follower or Friend or Both?

This morning I was dwelling on the use of the word relationship as it pertains to Jesus and confessing sinner. We have come to use the word relationship almost exclusively in certain contexts and corners of Christianity. While I think that this shift in vocabulary is by and large a good thing (Jesus is called the friend of sinners and one of my favorite old hymns is “What a Friend We Have in Jesus) if we aren’t careful we begin to forget that this relationship clearly has a master and appren …


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7 Questions To Enhance Your Bible Study (Repost)

Repost from TomMesser.com

Essential to growth for a Christian is cultivating the spiritual disciplines of prayer and Bible study. Often times, those disciplines …


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More of the Same?

I have been asked recently why I just keep beating the presumably dead horse called legalism. I do this simply because it is what so much of Paul the Apostles ministry became about. It amazes me how his defense of Grace is riddled throughout his letters to the church.  His attitude toward legalists at one point was so dramatic that he said that he wished they would castrate themselves! I write and preach and teach against legalism and for grace because even today on Facebook there was yet again …


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Great post on how to spot a legalist (repost)

Great post on how to spot a legalist;-) http://ow.ly/jWkLu



Grace and the Word

I am finding more and more ‘Christians’ have an aversion to the Word of God rather than an attraction to it… this is a disturbing trend. The Word of God is perfect and beautiful.  It is the misuse of the Law that should be decried. The Law of the Lord leads one to salvation and then guides one as the agent of the Lord within. We need to internalize God’s Truth.  Prior to salvation  the Law showed us our guiltiness and condemned us as sure as the sun sets in the west.

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Please Him?

Just thought I would share a few passages of Scripture this morning on the topic of pleasing God. There are some authors out there that are proposing that in Christ we please God so there is no need to try to please Him, or to consider our works before him.


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Context!

A quote out of context can be a terrible thing. Be careful that what you hear from someone is the whole truth. This is the problem with listening to stories from others and not hearing it yourself first hand.

There are false books that do this very thing to early New Testament Greek Scholars Wescott and Hort in order to support a faulty defensive strategy of an English Translation of the Bible.  When we must resort to ripping things out of context to support our positions, we might want to rec …


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Right or Responsibility?

Just a thought on the hot debate over women’s rights. …


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Someone Else III

I have a few more thoughts on someone else that I  thought I should share with whomever may be reading.  In my last post I mentioned being a blessing to someone else in you …


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Someone Else II

Been thinking that the last post was just the beginning.  We have many in churches that are focused on themselves and not on someone else.  Today I was speaking wi …


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Ministry

Here you will find articles and posts helpful to those in the ministry.

 

Seven Preaching Topics To Repeat Often (Repost)

“Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift that is in you….” (II Timothy 1:6)

“Of these things put them in remembrance….” (II Timothy 2:14).

Recently I spent the morning hours in a school in North Carolina giving my little presentation we call “Lessons in self-esteem from drawing 100,000 people.” I sketch a lot of students, then segue into the talk which, among other things, urges the …


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Leader or Reactor?

This one is for my pastor friends out there.  Both those that are aspiring pastors and those that may be more accomplished.

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Be a leader not a reactor.


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Expectant vs. Reactionary Churches (repost from Tom Rainer)

By Chuck Lawless

Most churches that contact my church consulting firm do so after they’ve recognized a problem; that is, they are reacting by asking for outside help. I’m grateful to assist them, but their process itself often reveals a problem that inflicts most churches: they are reactionary rather than expectant congregations.

Is your church more expectant or reactionary? Review these characteristics to see where your church is.

Vision

Ex …


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Managing Your Marriage

lifw_tight_ropeOuch! That’s a tough title to follow-up with!  However, having been married now for almost 23 years, I have found that without managing my marriage and all of the complexities involved it can become a very diffi …


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Autopsy of a Deceased Church (Repost from Thom Rainer)

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Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 11 Things I Learned (Repost from Tom Rainer)

April 24, 2013 

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More of the Same?

I have been asked recently why I just keep beating the presumably dead horse called legalism. I do this simply because it is what so much of Paul the Apostles ministry became about. It amazes me how his defense of Grace is riddled throughout his letters to the church.  His attitude toward legalists at one point was so dramatic that he said that he wished they would castrate themselves! I write and preach and teach against legalism and for grace because even today on Facebook there was yet again …


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CHANGE (repost from Charles Wood)

   Oops, just touched a “sacred cow.” How clumsy of me! It is, however, a big issue in many churches. Believe it or not, in my eightieth year and fifty-seventh year of ministry I am – for the very first time – working with Senior Citizens. It’s a learning experience for me, but far from being on a bumpy ride, I’m having a ball (probably due to the great group with which I am really privileged to work). With any group of our age, change is usually a big …


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Great post on how to spot a legalist (repost)

Great post on how to spot a legalist;-) http://ow.ly/jWkLu



Song Leader or Worship Pastor?

In my church, we have had a history of Song Directors.  I was the Song Director or Music Minister for about 9 years.  As many of you may know from reading my blog or attending the church that I have been privileged to pastor, I have been going through many paradigm shifts.

When I became a senior pastor I began to instruct the leadership concerning my ministry or leadership philosophy, which encapsulated, is unleash the leadership. This doesn’t mean that I let the leadership run in every dir …


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Context!

A quote out of context can be a terrible thing. Be careful that what you hear from someone is the whole truth. This is the problem with listening to stories from others and not hearing it yourself first hand.

There are false books that do this very thing to early New Testament Greek Scholars Wescott and Hort in order to support a faulty defensive strategy of an English Translation of the Bible.  When we must resort to ripping things out of context to support our positions, we might want to rec …


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