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Ministry Burn-out

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Another announcement for the need for Sunday School teacher!? Someone needs to step up! Not me though, I do stuff, plus I'm busy and Sundays are the days I rest... As Wade would say: "wrrroong hoss!" ...

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Open Minded

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Being open minded is the most appreciated state of mind in our culture. It has the veneer of humility and acceptance. What happens when an "open mind" comes in contact with the Gospel?...

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Cross

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It's Good Friday. It's a day that is dedicated to remember the death of Jesus upon the cross. But why do Christians choose to remember a moment that seems so dark?...

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No God Like Experience

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Have you ever tried to share the hope of Jesus Christ with someone and you can't get past their "real life experiences" that have led them to believe what they do? The more you try to share the Biblical truth, the more tightly they cling to their experience. ...

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How do ya like them apples?

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Should we be training our disciples up in theology before we can trust them to understand the Bible? No. In fact, giving them a theology before they are trusted to understand the Bible does more damage than you might think. It's unnatural, unwise and comes up short compared to the effectiveness of a disciple who knows his theology because he knows his Bible, not the other ...

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I've got good news and bad news.

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Being indifferent to the Gospel of Jesus Christ is troubling. It can really only be because there is a lack of belief in the condition that demands the necessity for the Gospel. In other words, the cross is only attractive to people who know they need the cross. So why don't people think they need Jesus?...

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"Just give him his iPad!"

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In today's culture, technology is an ever-present reality. Kids have lots of choices when it comes to what the world has to offer, but does that mean they should have all that the world has to offer? 1 Corinthians 6:12 helps shed some light on this question. ...

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Why Jesus?

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"Like, I've looked into all the religions, and none of them really appeal to me, like, all religions are basically the same and Jesus basically just taught us to love each other." It's statements like these that just cause me to stare blankly at the person saying them, but we can do better....

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Breaking Down Walls

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"I'm just not gifted like that" is Christianese for one of two things. It either means "I'm not there yet, but I'm learning" or it means "I'm a selfish person who refuses to be obedient". No gifting ever got this excuse more than the gift of evangelism. ...

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Where have all the Prophets gone?

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Prophets played a vital role in God's plan for his people. They were his spokesmen. When his people strayed, the prophets were commissioned to beckon them back. In the New Covenant of Christ's blood, the role of Prophet seems to disappear. But when we examine the life of a Spirit-filled believer named Stephen, we can see why their role is now obsolete....

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Hold my Walkman

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There's a popular phrase that needs some fine tuning. A phrase that once resonated to a culture that needed it has lost its luster. I mean who hasn't heard the phrase "personal relationship with Jesus Christ"? ...

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Bold

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When you ask what should be most important to Christians, an easy answer that will get the most gold stars is "glorifying Jesus". But what does it mean to glorify Jesus? A better way to say it might be "to make Jesus matter to people". The Church (you and me) is in the business of making Jesus matter. Let's consider how...

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Bla Bla Bla

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The Bible is translated in English so that we can easily understand it. But, we cannot expect that the concepts or even some of the terms it uses will be understood by someone who wasn't raised with it. More and more, America's generations are becoming those people. We have to change how we communicate. ...

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Does your church have Apostles?

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There are large organizations calling themselves the true church of Jesus Christ. The main reason they insist that they are the true church is because they lay claim to apostolic succession. In other words, they believe the first Apostles have passed their office and authority down to replacements and their church still retains these individuals today. But is there Biblica...

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Church Outreach?

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Bouncy castles, cotton candy machines, fun music; is it a carnival? O lots of kids playing, must be a festival. Nope, it's a Church outreach. Rats! Those Christians got me again! I should've known something was up when I noticed the guy in his mid-twenties in skinny jeans playing with all the teenagers! He had Youth Pastor written all over him!...

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What is Truth? (2)

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When you’re not sure if a chair is structurally sound, you don’t sit in it to see if it is. You press on it. You might shake it a little. Even when you sit down on the chair, you’re going to ease on to it with caution. How do we press on the Bible? How do shake it up? How do we ease in?...

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What is Truth? (1)

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Truth is a statement that agrees with reality. This means that we can know something to be true by simply comparing it to reality. When people mature into independent thinkers, they sometimes have the boldness to take things they have assumed to be true and sought to find if they agree with reality. When some truth-claims turn out to be false, it can cause a real crisis. B...

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Meet Clark

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The identity of Jesus demands a response. Your response reveals the person you believe him to be. ...

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What Should Church Be About?

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Organizations bearing a specific title ought to have a function that matches it. So what should an organization called the Church of Jesus Christ be about? A brief look at Matthew 28:18-20 is our answer....

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How could a loving God send people to hell?

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The objection to the doctrine that Jesus sends people to hell is one we can naturally relate to. If there is one doctrine that people cannot tolerate about Biblical Christianity, it is that it clearly teaches people that God sends individuals to a hot hell for all eternity. The question itself seems to settle the issue. It insinuates that it is illogical to believe both. E...

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Not the Same

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As a Christian, I have a lot of LDS friends who want to insist that we worship the same God. It isn’t asserted right away, but it doesn’t take long in a theological discussion for this statement to come out. It’s like when you’re playing streetfighter with your friend......

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Why Mine Is Better

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If you haven’t read my first post entitled “Not the Same”, reading it will give a little better context for this post. If you have read it, we have either agreed that we (Evangelicals and Mormons) do not worship the same God or you’re just curious to see how deep the r......

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Why Are You Just Standing There!?

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know a guy here in St. George with an LDS upbringing (not uncommon) who asked “so what exactly does someone have to do to be saved and Christian and stuff?” Knowing his background, I understood why he was asking. After all, when the whole “plan” is laid out in front......

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Jesus Only Takes Black Sheep

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One of the remarkable things about the ministry of Jesus; so remarkable that the “good” teachers in Israel couldn’t wrap their minds around its' seeming absurdity, was to whom he came to minister to. When we read passages like Isaiah 6, when Isaiah gets a vision of God......

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The Hamster Wheel

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At dinner the other night, my Friend Mike was showing us some good ole YouTube videos of hamsters wiping out on hamster wheels. The funny thing about hamsters is that no one really trains them on how to use these contraptions. If there's another hamster there to demon......

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Ready Aim Fire

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Webster's definition of trajectory is "the path followed by a projectile flying or an object moving under the action of given forces". I like to use this word to describe what Jesus meant by being "the way" in John 14. There are three things necessary to give something trajectory. Ready, aim, and fire. When it comes to the trajectory of the Christian life, Jesus also gav...

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Don't settle for less

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Nothing compares to real Christianity. Despite that, sinful men will always try to offer substitutes to line their own pockets and egos. What we offer is truth and if you're currently in a religious system that keeps you giving with no end in sight, than this truth can set you free....

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The Good the Bad and the Ugly

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There are three types of people in this world when it comes to what we believe about God. This post is here for you to consider which category you fall into: The Good, the Bad or the Ugly....

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The Big Picture

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God gave us the Bible so that we would have perspective. With proper perspective we are made aware of things that have been, things that are, and things that will come to pass. So what has God done, what is he doing, and what is he going to do? ...

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