Relationship, not religion…
Soteriology / September 24, 2013

Religion has become almost a curse word in society today, with good reason.  What might surprise you is that it has been a curse word for me for nearly all 28 years of my life after becoming a follower of Jesus.  Yesterday I had the chance to listen to a fellow claiming to be an “atheist” of sorts who actually believed in Jesus.  What he didn’t believe in were, and I quote, “the criminal ecclesiastics…

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Does everything “go better” with Jesus?
Anthropology , Ecclesiology , Soteriology / September 23, 2013

Today, I am addressing the school of thought that says “things go better with Jesus,” like the old Coca cola commercial used to claim about the product it sold.  Is this in fact the case? I can categorically state that it does NOT.  In fact, I searched the scriptures for quotes from Jesus that I could use to demonstrate the concept of a better life by believing Jesus.  My search took me through 16 different…

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Encouragement, not condemnation…
Ecclesiology / September 22, 2013

“For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him. Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.”  1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 (NASB) Something we need to be aware of is that as Christians, it is our sacred duty to be an encourager.  I…

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Forsake NOT the assembling of yourselves together…
Ecclesiology / September 22, 2013

“…not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”  Hebrews 10:25 I am reminded today sadly of those who make a choice to NOT attend worship because of some perceived grievance or because something else has become a higher priority than the King of the universe.  (Now there’s a modern definition of idolatry!) In this verse, our…

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Get back up!
Resources / September 3, 2013

Hosea 14:9 Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; Whoever is discerning, let him know them. For the ways of the Lord are right, And the righteous will walk in them, But transgressors will stumble in them. When we fail in our walk with the Lord, we need to get back up and keep going.  If we can’t do that, we become stumbling backsliders, and a very bad testimony to those around us.  We…

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