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11
Jan

The Fruit of Joy

Joy. This is a misunderstood principle in our modern culture. It is not happiness, but instead a deep rooted sense that is independent of life circumstances and fully dependent on our knowledge of God’s truth that we are not in control of anything in our world, yet we know that our God, a good God, …

10
Aug

Release the Spirit

The Holy Spirit is undoubtedly the most misunderstood part of the Godhead.  We forget that He is a person, has specific roles in the life of the Christian, and even that He is working when we do not directly see his work.  The Spirit supplements our conscience convicting us of God’s law.  John 14:26 says, …

20
Jul

Your Brother’s Keeper

We have no doubt heard the phrase, “I am not my brother’s keeper” usually uttered in annoyance in reference to how we may have let a church member or a friend falls into sin.  The first time that phrase was ever uttered was in another context.  After Cain kills Abel, the Lord asks where his …

13
Jul

The Purpose of the Church as God Sees it

The purpose of the church seems to have been co-opted by modern movements and philosophies that have perverted the role of the pastor, the congregation, and they interact with the world. It is not uncommon to find that churches that are so focused on bringing people into the congregation that the dedicated members are left …

29
Jun

The Purpose of the Church Part 2

Last week I discussed the first purpose of the church being to equip the believers for the ministry of the Gospel.  The church leaders should be teaching the congregation a sound Gospel from the Scriptures, neither focusing on attracting large attendance numbers nor on modern marketing campaigns.  While the leaders focus on teaching and clarifying …

15
Jun

Fellowship Done Right

Christians are repeatedly encouraged to fellowship with one another. The call to fellowship is the most common admonitions that we hear regarding church life and function, but it is rarely defined. We are left to assume that fellowship means to merely spend time with other Christians. This means going out to lunch after a Sunday …

26
Oct

Breakthrough

This weeks poem was written in an immunology seminar while I was in graduate school.  It is about overcoming.   Breakthrough 4/3/02 I have been born, the younger of two And many people saw me right through Mother had a grateful love But had no thoughts to show that love. I grew up in many …

9
Oct

Persevere Through the Trials of Life

My heart weighs heavy today as I reflect.  I have no specific idea where I am going with this post, so I will just write and see what happens.  I guess that at times, we must think inward and pray how we might grow outward.  No growth comes without a struggle.  Jesus said that we …