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The Encouragement of Involvement

After the defeat of Ammonites and Moabites, lands east of the Jordan River, the Gad, Reuben, and half the tribe of Manasseh came to Moses and asked if it were possible for them to settle east of the Jordan. They … Continue reading

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DEVOTED TO…FELLOWSHIP… BROKE BREAD IN THEIR HOUSES 

How much time do you spend in secular or worldly influences in your everyday life? Battling the traffic to and from work or school; interacting with friends, associates, and colleagues during the day; surfing the web for a while; talking … Continue reading

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Christian Leadership, Part 2

In my last post I began a short series on Christian leadership. Again, this isn’t a prelude to the process of appointing elders, which is usually one of the only times we visit the topic; but it about general Christian leadership … Continue reading

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The Therapeutic Level

In the world of medicine there is a term that is used of prescribed drugs, the “therapeutic level”. It means the amount of drug that must be present in the body to achieve the desired benefit. While it is a … Continue reading

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The Pattern of God — The Pattern of Personal Growth, part 3

Personal spiritual growth is a goal for every serious Christian. Moreover, it is an expectation of God (e.g., Hebrew 5:11—6:3). But it’s not obtained by just any ol’ way. Although there have been numerous spiritual growth suggestions made over the … Continue reading

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The Pattern of God— The Pattern of Personal Growth, Part 2

Though we sometimes think of spiritual growth as being a personal journey, different for every individual, the Scripture tells us that there actually are certain things that universally promote the spiritual growth of the Christian — call them patterns. Last … Continue reading

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“Church People Judge Me” — Lessons for Christians to Learn

Many avoid coming to church, according to research (see my last posting), because of fear that they will be judged instead of well received. Some of their fear of judgment is really just a bad conscience that doesn’t want to … Continue reading

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