Heart Prep for Sunday

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Pray

Begin with a short prayer thanking God that his King over all things, including your heart.

Read

1 Peter 2:25

For you were like sheep going astray, but you have now returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.

John 10:11 Continue reading “Heart Prep for Sunday”

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4 Lessons from the Life of Judas

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This is a guest post by my friend Darin. The post “4 Lessons from the Life of Judas” appeared first on darincsmith.com.

This week at our church, we are concluding our study in a study over the 12 apostles as we progress through the Gospel of Mark. Here are four quick takeaways from a study this week over the life of Judas. These aren’t in the sermon – but ones that came out of study. Continue reading “4 Lessons from the Life of Judas”

That’s NOT in the Bible: 10 Unbiblical Statements Christians​ Believe (Part 2)

That's NOT in the Bible 2

While the Bible continues to be one of the most distributed books in the world, there are still many unbiblical things that even Christians believe, that are not contained in its pages. You can check out part 1 here, where I deal with #1-5. This post is a continuation of that one. Enjoy!

6. We all worship the same God.

While it is nice to think that everyone, everywhere, is worshipping the same God, it simply is not true. I spoke with a few “missionaries” a couple of years ago who told me that every religion in the world had Continue reading “That’s NOT in the Bible: 10 Unbiblical Statements Christians​ Believe (Part 2)”

That’s NOT in the Bible: 10 Unbiblical Statements Christians​ Believe (Part 1)

That's NOT in the Bible

The Bible continues to be best-selling, and one of the most often quoted, books in the world.[1] However, there are many people who love and believe the Bible, that also believe some very unbiblical statements. Here are the top 10:

1. God wants you to be happy.

This is probably the most pervasive. Many think of God as a cosmic vending machine, grandfather in the sky, or a personal genie. If you put in the right amount of spiritual currency, give Him the “I won’t do that again” speech, or say the magic words, Continue reading “That’s NOT in the Bible: 10 Unbiblical Statements Christians​ Believe (Part 1)”

Heart Prep for Sunday

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Pray

Begin with a short prayer asking God to open your heart to His vast grace and mercy toward you.

Read

Ephesians 3:14-21

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Continue reading “Heart Prep for Sunday”

The Slow Fade and 4 Steps to Beat It

The Slow Fade

Falling flat in our relationship with Jesus doesn’t just happen overnight–it happens over time. There are subtle things that crop up in our lives which draw us away from God. I call this “the slow fade.” They are not the one time, or seasonal, things we face that temporarily draw our focus away from Christ. We can see those, recognize them, and realize that they were a fluke and go back to our previous devotion. What I am talking about is something much smaller, more incremental, so much so that we don’t even realize that we have drifted away.

What does it look like? Continue reading “The Slow Fade and 4 Steps to Beat It”

Your Spiritual Gift is NOT Just for You

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What is your spiritual gift? If you don’t know, take a test here to find out.

Spiritual gifts are abilities given to believers, at conversion, for the purpose of building up the body of Christ. Nowhere in the New Testament do we find that God gives spiritual gifts to build up an individual. Rather, spiritual gifts are given to each believer, as a tool, to help build up others in the body of Christ and His church. (see 1 Corinthians 12:7, Ephesians 4:11-14, 1 Peter 4:10). Thus, the main reason gifts are given is “for the common good.”

There are two major truths about Spiritual gifts: Continue reading “Your Spiritual Gift is NOT Just for You”