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Let’s Fight FOR Worship!

Everybody worships. Not everyone believes in God, or in gods, or in the God of the Bible, but everyone worships. Everybody ascribes worth to something, which is one of the basic definitions of worship. My favorite book about worship, outside the Bible, is Warren Wiersbe's Real Worship: Playground, Battleground, or Holy Ground?. Wiersbe offers this concise definition of worship... Worship is the believer’s response of all that they are—mind, emotions, will, and body—to …

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Can You Just Heal My Boy?

"I begged your disciples to cast out the spirit, but they couldn't do it." (Luke 9:40 NLT) The disciples had plenty of great experiences to boast about. They were in the inner circle. They had been hanging out with one of Israel's most popular rabbis. But on this day, they were powerless. They had religious solutions to offer, but this man wanted just one simple thing... "Can you just heal my boy?" Sometimes we have a ton of great answers to offer, but no one is asking …

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Book Review (and Giveaway): Transforming Church in Rural America

I grew up in a small, rural community in a small, rural church. I've served as Pastor of small, rural churches as well. So to see that Pastor Shannon O'Dell had written a book on "breaking all the rurals," he had my attention. Upon reading his work, I've been left uncomfortable and disturbed! In Transforming Church in Rural America, Shannon actually has the gall to challenge our longstanding traditions such as voting on everything and settling for the status quo. He calls …

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When Tradition Is Meaningless

I'm currently studying Zechariah, chapter 7 in the course of teaching through the Minor Prophets on Wednesday nights. We've been covering these dozen books in leaps and bounds, but sometimes I am forced to slow down and really camp out in a shorter passage of Scripture. Such is the case here. …

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The Lord Who Heals and the People Who Worship

I must confess, as a Baptist, it took me a rather long time to come to understand the healing nature of God. We Baptists, as Adrian Rogers put it, "believe in miracles, but trust in Jesus." I still believe this is best. But I also freely admit that in our reaction to the extremism of "healing evangelists" like Binny Hinn and other obvious hucksters and false prophets, that we have a tendency to write off all supposed healings as a mere charade. Scripture, however, clearly …

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The Price of a Soul

"Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:" -1 Peter 1:18-19 Do you realize that we've each sold ourselves under slavery to sin? We owe a spiritual debt for our rebellion that we cannot pay. Further, we cannot pay the debt of those we love either. For us to be redeemed, …

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Thank God For the BMA of America

I grew up in a staunchly conservative Southern Baptist church, where I first heard the gospel and received Christ as my Savior. I was baptized by Doug Riley, a man who was committed to the faithful proclamation of God's inerrant Word. Many of my heroes in the faith are or were Southern Baptist leaders.I have benefitted greatly from W. A. Criswell's heart for the preaching of the Word of God in its perfect entirety. I've been inspired to be a more wise and well-equipped leader …

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