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It’s Not That We DON’T Know, It’s That We WON’T Know…

Don't Worry

The "wrath of God" is a touchy subject in our current culture, partly because we have a broken sense of fairness. We have the assumption that what we think we know ought to count in the place of what we really should know about God. In our arrogance, we assume that our postulations and philosophies are so …

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Why Do Christians See the Hobby Lobby Decision as a Big Win?

Hobby Lobby

The Supreme Court of the United States handed down a ruling today in the rather controversial Hobby Lobby religious liberty case. It was extremely significant in that it ultimately upheld the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and made it clear that closely held corporations cannot be separated from the …

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The Two Big Lies Money Tells

Ransom

If "money talks," then money most certainly lies. Jesus, who never had much money and never depended on having any warned in the parable of the sower that "the deceitful pleasures of riches choke the word so that it can’t produce anything." (Matthew 13:22 GW) Can money really be deceptive? It's it morally …

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Is Money the Root of All Evil?

Love of Money

Is money really the root of all evil? I mean, it seems like there's a lot of evil out there and to blame it all on money seems unfair. Actually, the Bible doesn't say money is the root of all evil, but that's how 1 Timothy 6:10 gets misquoted quite often. It actually says that "The LOVE of money is a root of …

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Is Social Media Really THAT Important?

Your Brand Represents the Gospel

No. Oh, did you expect me to say yes? To sell you on the undeniable need for developing a social media platform? To convince you that if you don't start tweeting, your influence is going down in flames? Let me elaborate. Social media is important. It matters so much that I wrote a book about using social …

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Acknowledging the Ultimate Gift Giver

Giver

James, the brother of Jesus, once said, "Every good present and every perfect gift comes from above, from the Father..." (James 1:17 GW) All the stuff we possess is a gift from God, and failing to recognize Him as the Giver is to miss the opportunity to glorify Him in our lives and in the …

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Four Commitments the Church Ought to Keep for the World’s Sake

SBC America

I'm not an SBC Pastor (Southern Baptist Convention). I'm a BMA Pastor (Baptist Missionary Association of America), but I did grow up in an SBC church, served as a Pastor at an SBC church, and many of my great heroes in ministry have been SBC leaders. So I remain somewhat tuned into SBC happenings, especially …

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Why Talk About Money at Church?

Talking About Money

As a Pastor, I'm well aware of how many people have the assumption that "all Pastors want to talk about is money." The funny thing is, after twenty years in ministry and communicating regularly with thousands of pastors, I can firmly assert that talking about money is one of our least favorite things to do, …

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Walk In the Spirit and Overcome!

Spirit vs Law

There is a wrestling match going on inside every believer in Christ. It is the war between the Holy Spirit Who has intertwined Himself with our very being and our flesh, that part of us that acts and decides apart from the influence of God. One of the most common questions Christians ask is, "Will I ever be …

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God Wants to Bring Life to Others Through You

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One of the greatest problems facing Christianity today is our lack of confidence. We lack confidence in ourselves, in the Gospel, and in the church. And often, we allow the culture to back us into a corner In silence because of its misunderstandings about the nature of all three. How different was the attitude …

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