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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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Following your call instead of the Spirit can have deadly consequences

Following your call instead of the Spirit can have deadly consequences

There is no formula for following God and ultimately, every Christian should not follow the written word over the Spirit because the Spirit is dynamic and for every situation, where as the word cannot be. For instance, the apostles were called by God to go into all nations and preach the gospel (the call). But if they locked into the call instead of the spirit, they could’ve been killed. In Acts 16:6 you can see the spirit of Jesus told…

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The best response to liberal progressive Christianity

The best response to liberal progressive Christianity

Recently on Facebook I had an exchange with a friend who was musing about how each side of the political debate attempts to co-opt God to support their political arguments. I typically shy away from such tactics because it tends to shut down discourse but this friend is a liberal Christian and I find that he spreads a lot of misinformation using scripture against the traditional side of the faith, so I felt compelled to respond. My friend was writing…

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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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The difference between Peace and Relief

The difference between Peace and Relief

Do you have peace or relief? RELIEF: Is a feeling of reassurance and relaxation following RELEASE from anxiety or distress. It is temporary and based on circumstances. PEACE: Is a Spirit that comes from God and is FREEDOM from disturbance. Peace is unfazed by negative circumstances. It brings quiet and tranquility in the midst of chaos and also does not invalidate the word of God. If our lives are chaotic and our own actions calm the rage, that’s relief. If…

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5 keys to releasing the 5-Fold

5 keys to releasing the 5-Fold

We find ourselves in an interesting place in church history right now where we are in transition between an old system and an old church governance model and a new beginning, a new governance model, where the body Christ begins to accept the idea that anyone can walk into the fullness of their identity. And this is not something I am making up. This is biblical. God told us what it should look like in his Church and to this day…

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Church and the gay marriage (DOMA) Decision – what now?

Church and the gay marriage (DOMA) Decision – what now?

As I am sure many of you are reacting to the decisions that came down from SCOTUS recently, I couldn’t help but share some thoughts of my own in terms of what we do about it now.  I’m sure the tendency for most of us is the same…to go negative and opine about moral decline, etc. My wife Theresa Brockett Grote bought a book this week that she said she probably won’t read through because the author only talks about…

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