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Monthly Archives: March 2012

Pornography in the Church

The other day I posted on my personal blog regarding the topic of pornography and the church. I know the “P” word isn’t one we’re usually comfortable discussing in Christian circles. Or if we do it’s always as someone else’s problem, or we listen to a tear jerker story of someone being set free from … Continue reading »

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Music Monday: Defender

I happened to stumble on the music of Chris McClarney almost by accident. I had heard the song “Your Lover Never Fails” a bunch of times (made by popular by the Jesus Culture version), and had seen Chris listed as one of the writers on Hope of Heaven. Then we became friends on Facebook through … Continue reading »

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Religious?

Have you ever been labeled “religious” because you had a view point that didn’t agree with someone else when it came to spiritual matters? If someone is truly acting in a religious / inappropriately judgmental ways, let’s address it for what it is. By religious or religious spirit I’m referring to acting like a Pharisee … Continue reading »

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Negotiating for Mercy

Let me ask you straight up: Have you ever bargained with God? Come on, you can tell me. There must have been a time or two when you approached the Lord with an if/then scenario that included your best bargaining skills. Perhaps a foxhole experience was yours, one where you said to God something like … Continue reading »

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TENSION: Humility vs. Honor

  TENSION:  Humility vs. Honor “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.”  1 Peter 5:6-7 (NKJV) “So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you … Continue reading »

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Our God & Figurative Speech

The Bible is full of references to God as other things:  Our Praise, our Rock, our Fortress, a Lamb.  We might wonder, “Why does God need to be referred to in any way other than God, isn’t that plain enough?”  Why do we need figurative terms to communicate who God is and what He does.  Don’t they only muddy the … Continue reading »

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Music Monday: Hope of Heaven

My lifelong friend / brother, Dave Fitzgerald, released his debut album “Hope of Heaven” in the fall of 2010. “Hope of Heaven” was recorded live at Bethel Church, home of the artists behind “The Loft Sessions.” The album can be found on iTunes, Google Music, and from Dave’s site. And no, I don’t get a … Continue reading »

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Steps to Understanding Your Bible

STEPS TO UNDERSTANDING YOUR BIBLE:  ADAPTED FROM A STUDENT MINISTRY STUDY GUIDE.  Here is the description for the picture below.  This was originally designed for students in a small group setting, so some of the directions aren’t relevant to you specifically.  I encourage you to adapt and adopt these steps – or something like them … Continue reading »

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7 Steps to Understanding Your Bible

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Yes to People or Yes to God?

“Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God?  Or am I trying to please men?  If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.”  Galatians 1:10   “So then, men ought to regard us as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with … Continue reading »

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