From Rocky to Refined
Resources / October 1, 2015

Sometimes life leaves our hearts hardened like a garden plot in a drought. The surface is cracked, broken, and has no growth or beauty. God is the master gardener and there is nothing too difficult for Him to handle. When we surrender our lives to Him and seek Him with all our hearts, he removes the rocky ground and prepares our hearts for deep growth and renewal in Him. Colossians 2:7 “Let your roots grow…

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Discipleship 101 – Prayer
Christology , Ecclesiology , Resources / October 1, 2015

As we come to the final practice of the original church listed in our Key text of Acts 2:42, we should also bear in mind that this also has individual and corporate applications. It is a very big subject with varied opinions on what constitutes prayer. My attempt here is to show what the Word of God says about the practice. At it’s most basic level, Prayer is communication with God. It is not accomplished…

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What Drives You to Share Christ?
Soteriology / October 1, 2015

I often run across believers that are so afraid of sharing Christ with others that they are paralyzed when the opportunity presents itself. I have felt that fear myself occasionally. What can be done to help them, or any one of us that faces a similar problem? People who understand the need for evangelism speak about the HOW, WHAT, WHO, WHY, WHERE, and even the what – without always communicating the underlying truth behind our…

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What the Gospel is NOT
Soteriology / September 24, 2015

There are many things that many people refer to as the good news of Jesus Christ, and not all of them pass Biblical or even intellectual muster. How can we tell the difference between what is real and what is not? There are a few things that come to mind immediately. The gospel is not for gain. The Gospel is not for our own selfishness. The Gospel is not for emotionalism. The Gospel does not…

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Discipleship 101 – The Breaking of Bread – Worship
Christology , Ecclesiology , General , Worship / September 24, 2015

In our consideration of the practices of the very first group of Christian converts, we come to what our key text of Acts 2:42 calls “the breaking of bread.” As before, there are both individual and corporate considerations, but in this article, I will restrict myself to the individual exercise. The breaking of bread is a specific ordinance of Christian worship that was practiced by the very first group of Christian converts (Acts 2:42). It…

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