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There's Hope For Unbelieving Family Members- Part 2

In our last study we examined the Scriptures that revealed the unbelief and disrespect of Jesus' siblings, as well as most of the citizens of Jesus' hometown, for over thirty years. According to Mark 3, James, the half-brother of Christ, had gone with his family to try to get Jesus to quit publicly asserting His true identity. James seems to be saying to Jesus, "You're te...

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How To Live A Life Full of the Fear of God!

Never in my seventy-two years of life have I seen so much fear, fear-mongering and panic precipitated by the potential devastation and death of the coronavirus. Great numbers of leaders, medical experts, and church leaders are assuring us to be cautious and play it safe, but all in all, we have nothing to fear. Yet, in spite of their "FDR" type of "we-have nothing-to-fear...

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Disciple-Making Can Transform Institutions!

A clear and convincing illustration of how God can use one man to transform the institutional church is in the life and ministry of Charles Simeon. He was born on September 24, 1759, and at the age of nineteen, was soundly converted to Christ while a student at King's College in the University of Cambridge. For the next three years after his conversion, Simeon often walked...

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Heaven is Not My Home - I'm Just Passing Through!

Revelation 21:1, "Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea." Many years ago I was taught a presentation of the gospel devised by the late Dr. D. James Kennedy that began with probing questions asked of the potential convert to Christ. The first question was: "If you were to die today do yo...

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Can Small Groups Become Missional and Make Disciples?

Can Small Groups Become Missional and Make Disciples? by Neil Cole and Wade Trimmer Pastor Brian Jones tells of the response he got from one "nationally recognized" pastor when Brian told him that he hadn't figured out the whole small group thing yet. Brian said the pastor's response was something like this: "Well, Brian, that's because they don't work. Small groups a...

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Everything Sad is Going to Come Untrue!

There is an immeasurable and universal amount of suffering and sadness in our world. This isn't new, but has been true throughout history since Adam got us kicked out of the Garden of Eden. Having spent fifty years in vocational Christian ministry where I did my share of conflict counseling and funerals, and now facing, like never before, the reality of my own mortality, ...

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Does Islam Have a Lot in Common With the Christian Faith?

The Muslim's message to Christians in the West these days is," We have a lot in common, we are similar, accept us, listen to us" Pastor Sam Storms reports on the contents of a billboard in Oklahoma City: "On the right side of the sign, in huge letters, is the word ISLAM.On the left side, under the title One Family, are the names of Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad." S...

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Must Christians Choose Between Being Happy or Having Joy?

Until 2017, when I read Randy Alcorn's excellent, 450 page book titled, Happiness, (a book that I highly recommend and one that exhaustively covers the subject), I had believed, preached and taught for 47 years that Christians are to experience joy but not happiness. I asserted that happiness was a bubbly, superficial, and circumstantial feeling that comes and goes. In con...

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A Perfect Witness Isn't Enough to Convince Loved Ones to See and Believe the Gospel!

1 Corinthians 15:7, "Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles." The James mentioned in 1 Cor. 15:7 is the half brother of Jesus, who was the oldest remaining son of the family that grew up in Nazareth. John tells us that Christ's brothers did not believe Jesus was the Messiah (Jn. 7:5). Hegesippus(c.110c.180), wrote five books ofCommentaries on the Acts of th...

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No Contact- No Impact!

It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glo...

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