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Another Argument for the Total Lordship of Christ

    A couple of weeks ago, I addressed an understandable challenge to preaching the Lordship of Christ in a person’s life.  This challenge said that if a person cannot know everything that Christ will call him to in the future, such as sin to forsake or life decisions to make, then demanding Christ’s Lordship is too demanding.  You can rea...

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A Common Challenge to Jesus’ Lordship

    Last Sunday we were looking at Matthew 21:35-46 and our attention was brought to the matter of Jesus’ Lordship.  In the parable, hired vine-growers were attempting to overthrow the ownership, rights and lordship of the owner [God] and take the vineyard for themselves.  Just what is the extent of Christ’s lordship over someone’s ...

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Reflections on 5 Years of Ministry

    Time flies when your…doing ministry, apparently.  People often talk about how kids grow up before you know it, but it is true of a church as well.  It is hard to believe we have been here five years.  The mixture of excitement and uncertainty felt in that first year is still vivid.  Maybe it is because that mixture of excitement a...

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Next Level Humility

  The Olympics is right around the corner which means we will soon be hearing the oft repeated phrase, “They make it look so easy.” There is no mystery why this is. When you do anything 10,000 times, it is going to become second-nature to you. You discover how things work, when to do this, why to do that, which way to adjust at just the right time. Much o...

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How to Leave a church

  Leaving a church should be a difficult undertaking for multiple reasons. First, it should be difficult because of the questions one needs to answer before leaving. Second, it should be difficult because of the relationships you built within the church. If your leaving is not a very difficult thing, it is because one or both of the above has not been adequately cons...

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When Not To Leave A Church

  1. When there are church problems Ironically, this is one of the most common reasons people leave a church. When you think about it, however, this is crazy. Satan is hell-bent on destroying the church. With such a powerful being opposing us, do we really think any good church will avoid problems? I would say you have something to worry about if there are never pro...

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When To Leave A Church

  1) When there is false teaching. Doctrine is the engine of decision making. What we really truly believe drives our behavior. Therefore, there is nothing more important in a church than continuous, faithful teaching of Scripture; especially in matters of essential doctrine. If our beliefs are not constantly challenged and corrected by Scripture, then we might be i...

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A Surprising Mark of Godly Love

  Are you a loving person? Your answer can help you determine your level of spiritual maturity. Christians are to be known by our love (John 13:35), and only those who love abide in the light (1 John 2:10). The attributes of biblical love listed in 1 Corinthians 13 are helpful. However, love is like an ocean with various currents constantly moving the waters. Some cu...

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Understanding and Bearing Spiritual Fruit, Part 3

  Today we are looking at the third and final category of spiritual fruit. The first was the general category dealing with the nature of spiritual fruit. The second addressed spiritual fruit that is internal to the believer and primarily connected to the believer’s own life. In working through those first two categories we developed this definition: Spiritual...

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Understanding and Bearing Spiritual Fruit, Part 2

  Last week I began this blog series by describing three different categories of spiritual fruit. First is the general category that primarily speaks to the nature of spiritual fruit. Second is a specific category of spiritual fruit that is internal to the believer and primarily connected to the believer’s own life. Third is the specific category of spiritual f...

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Understanding and Bearing Spiritual Fruit, Pt. 1

  I am fascinated by fruit. Sometimes I catch myself staring at an apple. In my hand is a perfectly portioned meal, containing wonderful nutrients, sealed in its own protective skin, carrying seeds for propagation, and to top it off it is delightfully tasty. What a wonderful gift God has designed for us. But even more wonderful is spiritual fruit. I have been thinkin...

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After the Barbeque

  People. Oh, the complexities that come with people. There are so many personalities, so many backgrounds, so many ways we sin against one another. Challenges and perils aside, God calls us to love people and pour out our lives for them. So let’s say you want to do better at loving people. You know this is the second greatest commandment, so it isn’t ef...

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The Hypocrite: A Better Definition

  We have all heard it from someone at some time. They don’t want to go to church because of all the hypocrites. But who exactly are they talking about and what church are they talking about. Let’s deal with the church first. If the person you are talking to doesn’t want to go to your church because of all the hypocrites, he might have a very good ...

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