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Giving Halloween back to God

Giving Halloween back to God

It’s October 31st and that means it’s Halloween everywhere around the country. Children will be dressing up and attending parties and going out on the streets in their local neighborhoods visiting homes with the message of trick or treat in search of candy. That’s the observation and it applies to churches everywhere as well. So why do you suppose there is so much superstitiousness in the body of Christ today when it comes to Halloween? Why don’t we feel like…

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When promise turns to poison

When promise turns to poison

When we are full of promise, yet we look to others for our promotion, we can become toxic. The promises we believe in are from God, not others. Having great promises in your life is wonderful but when we are not dependent upon God for the timing and release of those promises, and if we have nowhere to serve that promise and we start to become resentful toward others for not recognizing it too, our promise can start to become…

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Our view of God Matters

Our view of God Matters

I was on Twitter today and came across a post that stopped me in my tracks. It reflected on how negative we can define God to be, especially if we do not see him as personally loving us. Our view of God is immensely important. Just as a positive view can shape our views to see what is good in people, a negative view of God can become toxic and make us see what is negative about others. It is not good news and that right…

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The sonship of God

The sonship of God

What would you say describes you best: Are you a son of God or a slave for God? Is it better to love God or just obey him? I am not saying we should not obey God because it is better to obey than to sacrifice. 1 Sam 15:22.  But Rahab was a prostitute and scripture says at the time, she was made righteous only because she believed God and she did what was asked of her in order of…

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Some Pastors make local church the line between you and God

Some Pastors make local church the line between you and God

The first major conflict I encountered in my ministry came after about three years, when I preached an extended sermon series on the Christian family. Part way through the series, all of the older people in the church stopped coming on the same Sunday. Since we were a church of only about 100, it was quite obvious that they were gone! I learned that they were disgruntled because my series did not relate to their needs. Here were people who…

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Doing the will of the Father means simply to love him

Doing the will of the Father means simply to love him

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”  Matt. 7:21 This is such a profound scripture to me in my life, as is the parable of the 10 virgins (Matt 25). I believe that true truth-seeker and an honest, sincere believer who claims to want to follow God owes it to God to humbly ask him to show them…

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Spiritual Growth: 10 Keys to Spiritual Growth in God

Spiritual Growth: 10 Keys to Spiritual Growth in God

There is a variety of material in circulation on what it means to develop spiritual growth in your life. I can personally find everything from extremely useful to useless dribble depending on where I go. Some of this is due to nomenclature and how we define “spiritual growth,” but more of it has to do to the fact that spirituality or spiritual growth more specifically speaking, is not something that can be taught by anyone other than those who have…

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Church as we know it is going to change

Church as we know it is going to change

Francis Frangipane said, “True humility is, ‘I now see myself as a servant to others not one above them.’” This type of thinking needs to be cultural. If we truly believe this our sacred cows much go! True servants to this vision must surrender what they want from people and must cooperate with what God wants in others. Being otherly or Fatherly is apostolic not ownership. It is multiple not singular. It’s about release not control. It’s messy, not clean….

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Gaining in our Authority – Luke 4

Gaining in our Authority – Luke 4

One of the things I often think about is Jesus’ ability to heal and cast out spirits who had to obey him. I desperately want to see his people get healed and freed from sin and as I read in scripture what Jesus did, I want this for his people today so very badly. Yet it seems as if it is elusive and that we are missing something because most of us are not walking in that power. I take…

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Avoiding the “I never knew you” list

Avoiding the “I never knew you” list

Doing good works is good. Doing great works is better, right? Well not so fast. That’s what some thought in the New Testament when they were casting out demons and performing miracles until Jesus said, “Get away from me, I never knew you.” The scripture is well known. You’ll find it in Matt. 7:22. Jesus is giving his famous Sermon on the Mount. He just spent a great deal of time laying out his now famous doctrine of love, life,…

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