Words are one of the most powerful tools known to man. James explains that the tongue, which is used to formulate speech, can be compared to the rudder of a large ship—small in size but mighty in power(James 3:1-12). Despite the power of words, however, sometimes they just aren’t enough. The first and perhaps most striking…
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Since February, we have had several conversations with applicants all over the country for a full-time Worship and Creative Arts Minister. I am excited to announce that through a series of events that we could not have chosen ourselves, God has led us to Matt Dilley. Matt will be joining us here in the next [...]
At a Baptist church on a hot summer night, the congregation was standing and singing the opening hymn of the first service of the annual week of evangelistic meetings. After the song, the pastor called on one of the faithful leaders of the church to lead the congregation in prayer. Fifteen minutes later, the man [...]
One of the greatest joys of being a follower of Christ is the hope eternal life through him and the knowledge that death has no victory over us (1 Cor 15:5). A most prominent theme of the entire Bible is the fact that there will be a “Day of the Lord.” The greatest truth in [...]
One area of psychological research that really took off in the 1980’s was that of twin studies. The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research was created…
The GREAT myth: “It is a message from God, written mainly in words you know, but with a meaning that is generally not clear. So, they say, you need an expert to explain it to you—a pastor, perhaps, or some Bible scholar. Or you need a long course of study that will enable you to understand its meaning. Maybe the Bible is a hidden, divine writing you can understand only through a special experience.” –T. Norton Sterrett
One of the most puzzling statements in all of Scripture is found in Matthew 12:31-32 and Mark 3:28-29 where Jesus warns that those who have committed blaspheme against the Holy Spirit have committed an unforgivable sin. By contrast, Jesus states that blaspheme against the Son of Man (Jesus) is forgivable.
Numerous illustrations, Bible verse references, and other sources have been utilized to drive home the idea that as Christians we are to be as one. But it wasn’t until I took a closer look at the three-fold prayer of Jesus in John 17 that I realized where to find the highest standard by which to judge how the church is doing in this area–God Himself.