The Church Part 1: For Christians Only?

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I found a book the other day called How Church Can Change Your Life: Answers to the ten most common questions about the church, by Josh Moody. It is a short, 10 chapter, book, that has very practical questions about the church. I want to take on His questions and give my answer to them. If you want to know what Josh said check out his book.

The first question he raises is for whom the church is designed–Is it for Christians only?

William Temple–former Archbishop of Canterbury, theologian, and scholar–once said:

“The Church is the only institution that exists primarily for the benefit of those who are not its members.”

This is so true! The foundational principal on which the church is built is Continue reading “The Church Part 1: For Christians Only?”

10 NON Bible Verses

We have heard these phrases for so long–yet none are found in the Bible. Some are variations or misquotes–which are still not biblical!

What have I missed? Leave it in the comments below.

10. Spare the rod, spoil the child.

  9. Money is the root of all evil.

8. Cleanliness is next to godliness.

7. All things work together for good. (it is actually “GOD WORKS all things  together…” and its for his good, not necessarily ours at that particular moment.)

6. Pride comes before the fall.

5. Hate the sin, love the sinner.

4. God works in mysterious ways.

3. This too shall pass.

2. God will not give you more than you can handle. (a misinterpretation of 1 Cor. 10:13)

1. God helps those who help themselves.

Scripture Roulette & My Life Verse

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When I was struggling with what God wanted me to do with my life (at age 16) I turned to His word for direction. I previously had used the method of “scripture roulette” to try and find the will of God for my life. You know what scripture roulette is, right? It is when you start flipping through your Bible, then you plant your finger on a page. Wherever your finger lands that is what God wants you to do. I just did this for fun to see what happened. My finger landed on

Continue reading “Scripture Roulette & My Life Verse”

Jonathan Edwards, “Father of the First Great Awakening”

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One of the first things I think of when I hear the name Jonathan Edwards is “Father of the First Great Awakening.”  His powerful preaching is credited with jumpstarting the spiritual fervor of the colonies. In 1734 there were six sudden conversions within his church, which opened up the gates for about thirty conversions every week that followed.  It is said that people would travel up to one hundred miles just to hear him preach. Continue reading “Jonathan Edwards, “Father of the First Great Awakening””

God, Satan and Demons

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When we start to talk about Satan (Devil), people start thinking about a man who wears a red suit, has horns, a tail, and carries a pitchfork, right? We know that this is not what Satan actually looks like, but that is how he is often portrayed.

While many believe in a literal Devil, there are actually a growing number of people who don’t think that he exists. So, what does the Bible say? Who or what is Satan? Where did he come from? What does he do? What are demons? Does demon possession happen today? These are all question that flood our thoughts when we benign to think about this topic.  Continue reading “God, Satan and Demons”

God, Angels

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What do you think of when you hear the word “Angel?” Maybe you think of little chubby baby-like beings flying around with wings. Maybe you think about beings who are dressed in glowing white robes. Maybe you picture them with halo’s around their head. When I was younger, my theology of Angels was based more on movies and TV shows like “Touched by an Angel,” than it was on the Bible. Maybe it was that way for you too!

While some TV shows are pleasant to watch and give you a warm fuzzy feeling, who or what are Angels? Do people become angels when they die? What are they like? What do they do?

The Bible actually has a lot to say about Angels. First, a definition: Continue reading “God, Angels”

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