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In a Culture War, There Can Be No Truce Nor Victory, So…

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Hobby Lobby went to court. World Vision changed its hiring policy. Then they changed it back. The President visited the Pope. It's been a big week - not for the kingdom, but for western evangelicalism. And it hasn't been pretty. The church is called, in Scripture, the "pillar and ground of truth," so I …

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The Truth of the Bible Still Matters, and It Always Will

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The Bible is literally true. If I just lost you, that's okay. I get that this may come across as a weird statement to anyone reading who is 1) not a Christian, 2) a new Christian, or 3) a "progressive" Christian who disagrees. And it's downright laughable to the skeptic who denies it on scientific or …

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What the Church Needs Now Is Roots. Deep Roots

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I want the church - your church and my church - to grow. I'm encouraged when I see the church effectively demonstrating the love of God and communicating the good news of Jesus to a culture with an ever-evolving language. I'm concerned when I see the church struggling to connect with people who are far from …

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Why Bible Gateway Is My Favorite Bible App

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I feel almost as if I'm being unfaithful to YouVersion because I love the mission and mindset of the guys behind it. It's an incredibly powerful, community-centric Bible tool, but I have to lean toward Bible Gateway being my favorite at the moment. Here's why: Parallel Columns I don't know of many Bible …

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8 Year Old Mary Margaret Tells the Story of Jonah

via youtube.com Wow. She did this in church too, before a live audience. …

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8 Reasons to Love YouVersion

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YouVersion is awesome. I love old leather Bibles, as you can probably tell by the design of this blog. And I love Bibles with paper in them - the kind you can jot notes in, underline verses, and pass on to the kids. I've filled several with notations and outlines. So I've been fighting the urge to dive into …

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Three Questions for Pursuing God’s Will

One of the most common questions among human beings is, how do I know God's will? Or sometimes we'll simply ask, how do I make right and wise decisions? Christians sometimes want to make this issue mystical. In fact, we can be downright superstitious, seeking signs and waiting for audible voices. But what if …

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To Become a Man After God’s Own Heart

In our journey through the Word at Bethel, we've come up to the historical books of the Old Testament. We jump right into the first two kings, Saul and David, who could not be more of a contrast. I've always been struck by the supreme difference between the two of them Saul would do anything for the approval of …

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Our Most Precious Commodity: God’s Word

This article is adapted from my sermon from 1 Samuel 2-3 …

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Three Functions of the Word of God

Every time I stand up to preach, I have the privilege of watching God's living word accomplish dynamic things in the lives of people. In 1 Thessalonians, Paul spells out three distinct functions that the Word of God performs in our lives... As you know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of …

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