How To Get the Most Out of Bible Study

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Maybe you are a new Christian with energy enough for all of us to save the world just like God saved you. Maybe you have been raised in the church and don’t really remember when you were saved, but you know you are. Maybe you have been a Christian for a long time. No matter what stage in your Christian walk you are currently in, we are all to “let the word of Christ richly dwell within [us]” (Col 3:16).

“But,” I hear some of you saying, “I’m not a preacher. I have never been to Bible College or adoracionseminary. How can I, a lowly Christian, let the Bible dwell in me when I am not sure how to study it?”

An excellent question!… Continue reading

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Pastors Care About Your Giving

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WHAT!?!?! I knew it!!!! “All pastors care about is how much money the church has!” CEdHSl5WgAA9qPO.jpg-largeMost of us have probably heard this charge a time or two. Unfortunately there are ‘ministers’ out there who seem to care more about the quantity of your financial giving than the quality of your heart. TBN seems to give time and space to men and women who advertise the more you give, the more God blesses you. But this post is not about false teachers. This post is about why faithful, men of God, trustworthy, honorable, and called to shepherd your soul care about your tithing — to be referenced as giving from this point on.… Continue reading

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The Reality of Eternal Punishment

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untitledThe Scripture does not take a moderate stance on hell. The Bible clearly teaches that all those who reject the grace and mercy of God in this life will ultimately face judgment in hell and be cast into the lake of fire (Mark 9:42-48; Matthew 5:20-30; 24-25; Luke 16:19-31; Paul in 2 Thess. 1:5-10; Hebrews 10:27-31; James 4:12; 5:1-5; 2 Pet. 2:4-17; Jude 13-23; and John in Rev. 21:8; 22:15.). The Lord Jesus Himself stands out as hell’s chief spokesman (Luke 16:19–31). While many Christians agree that hell awaits those who reject Christ as Lord and Savior, many disagree over the nature of the punishment that is to come.… Continue reading

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Humility from our Fathers

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UnknownRecently a friend opened me up to Michael Haykin’s Rediscovering the Church Fathers. Church history and I are not the closest of friends — a relationship requiring my investment. This book is a gem. I just finished it this morning and plan on reading it a second time. It took me some time to finish all 156 pages because Haykin inspired me to read the primary texts. I read Letter to Diognetus and have planned Basil of Caesarea, On the Holy Spirit. What a tremendous read Diognetus was and I look forward to Basil. Most of my thoughts on the book are still scattered in 800 different directions requiring more thought and questions, but I was immediately struck by Basil.… Continue reading

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The Nature of Christ Pt. 2

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The Bible clearly teaches questionmarkJesus is both fully divine and fully man. That is certain and truth be told, easy to understand. See part one to this post for details.

The great mystery is how these two natures relate to one another? The biblical record is clear, Jesus nature is both 100% divine and 100% human at the same time. While there are no contradictions in scripture there are paradoxes and this is one of the most difficult to unravel. This question is so profound as to be impenetrable to human reason. There is simply nothing in the human experience with which to compare this profound mystery.… Continue reading

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