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Hermeneutics: Basic Bible Study Methods and Tools

This comes from a lecture we are doing with our PLI class, a lecture on hermeneutics and bible study methods ...

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The Broken Belong Here: Jesus is the Remedy

This morning, we celebrate the ordinance of baptism, and in doing so, sometimes its good to get a little nostalgic. ...

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Give Thanks for the Little Things: Thoughts from Dietrich Bonhoeffer

This is an excerpt from Bonhoeffer's book, "Life Together." I haven't read anything outside of Scripture so profound in quite a while. I pray that you will be as enriched as I was upoon reading these words, and that we all can learn to give thanks for the little things in life. "In the Christian community, thankfulness is just what it is anywhere else in the Christian lif...

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Why America Still Need the Church

The Church is a Kingdom within the world. It’s King is Christ, his subjects are Christians. Before any other worldly powers, our allegiance is to Christ, our King. Because this is true, we also submit to our authorities today. The Scripture is clear - these authorities are in place due to God’s doing. To not submit to them would be to be in direct disobedience ...

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Some Important Aspects of Authentic Biblical Community

If everyone wants to find authentic community, why is it often so difficult? Even people that come together around a common belief in Jesus can have a hard time knowing where or how to fit in. In this latest blog, we try to address some of this. ...

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The Ancient Roots of Thanksgiving

Did you know the regular practice of enjoying a big meal once a year vastly precedes 1621? In fact, we can find it being practiced nearly 3,000 years ago in Scripture, and many people think this ancient biblical holiday is what originally influenced the first Thanksgiving meal that took place on our soil in the 1600’s.
 The Feast of Booths (or Feast of Taberna...

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Finding the Love of God in the Desert

"The love of God is better than life at it's best." - Charles Spurgeon   In Psalm 63, David writes - "O God, you are my God.  Earnestly I seek you.  My soul thirsts for you, my flesh faints for you as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.... because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you" (63:1,3)When David wrote t...

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Growing in Christ: Proof that He's our Daddy

Part 3 - Christian growth is proof that God’s our Daddy “… but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!” Romans 8:15b In part one of this series, we learned that if you are a Christian, it is expected that you are living a life led by the Holy Spirit. Part two taught us that because we are sons of God...

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Adopted into the Family of God, Pt. III - The Christian is Fearless

“For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear” - Romans 8:15a The problem with children is that ALL of them have a natural knack for sinning. We as parents have to teach and train them on what is right and how to do right, since they have the doing wrong thing down so well without our instruction. So my son, who is now four, has been di...

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Holiness not not equal morality

For many of my years in Christianity, I had a broken view of God's commandments to be holy. I confused "holy" with "get better", "act right", and "be good". As I begin to talk to others about the awakening that I have been having about what biblical holiness mean, it seems I am not alone. And when people begin to realize that they missed the bus on this one, they experi...

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