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[18 Jun 2010 | No Comment | 419 views]

Peter warming himself by the fire of the enemies of Christ. What was he going to do now? Jesus was arrested. His mentor was gone. He wanted acceptance and affirmation. So he visited the wrong fire. Suddenly, fear began to replace his faith. These were those who did not really love Jesus, the Truth. When accused of being a disciple of Jesus, he denied it. He wanted their endorsement more than that of Jesus. Then the cock crew.
We don’t really need the endorsement or affirmation of the world—the Christ rejectors, …

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[17 Jun 2010 | No Comment | 708 views]

We made a mistake. What we should have done when people crossed the line of faith and become Christians, we should have started telling people and teaching people that they have to take responsibility to become ‘self feeders.’ We should have gotten people, taught people, how to read their Bible between services, how to do the spiritual practices much more aggressively on their own.

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[16 Jun 2010 | No Comment | 459 views]

“…but the word of God is not bound.” 2 Timothy 2:9
John the beloved was isolated on the Isle of Patmos, but he was in the spirit on the Lord’s day. God’s word isn’t subject to human bondage.
Jeremiah was in bonds when God instructed him to buy a parcel of land. The prophet was bound, but God’s word wasn’t bound.
Sometimes our circumstances seem to confine us but we would all do well to note the fact that God’s word is not bound. His promises, His calling, His purpose for our lives …

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[15 Jun 2010 | No Comment | 209 views]

In a debate response to a liberal “Christian” who confessed to not believing in Christ’s atonement, noted atheist Christopher Hitchens stated: “I would say that if you don’t believe that Jesus of Nazareth was the Christ and Messiah as the Christ and Messiah, and that he rose again from the dead and by his sacrifice our sins are forgiven, you’re really not in any meaningful sense a Christian.”

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[14 Jun 2010 | No Comment | 399 views]

Following is a great illustration from the book, “King Me” by Steve Farrar…
“If you’re an argyra spider, you want to avoid the hymenoepimecis wasp at all costs. This wasp is a parasite. It turns the spider into something it was never intended to be. And it all begins when the wasp stings the spider.
When the stinger enters the spider, the spider is temporarily paralyzed. The wasp then lays its egg inside the abdomen of the spider. The spider soon recovers and does the normal work of a spider, which, of …

Ministry Development »

[11 Jun 2010 | No Comment | 188 views]

Seth Godin cuts past the excuses for not being successful and gives five simple steps to getting things done…
The number of people you need to ask for permission keeps going down:
1. Go, make something happen.
2. Do work you’re proud of.
3. Treat people with respect.
4. Make big promises and keep them.
5. Ship it out the door (deliver).
When in doubt, see #1.
Great advice… How might the above steps help churches and pastors reach their goals?

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[10 Jun 2010 | No Comment | 238 views]

If you passively just want to sit around in the next 10 years and just waste your life on things that won’t last, you probably want to find another church because you’re not going to really feel comfortable here. Because if you’re in this church, I’m coming after you to be mobilized.

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[9 Jun 2010 | No Comment | 249 views]

These items were suggested by Pastor Greg Davis. The original list. Was created by. A psychologist regarding disruptive influences within a family. Pastor Davis suggested that perhaps these are also reasons people can become disenfranchised with the ministry.
1. Disrespectful Judgments – talking down to people. Using names like Dumb, stupid, ignorant… Acting arrogant and tearing down others efforts, actions, or abilities. “You are the worst….”
2. Angry Outbursts – Unloading your frustrated feelings may make you feel better, but is a poor representation of self-control.
3. Independent Behaviors – Having …

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[8 Jun 2010 | No Comment | 318 views]

God didn’t call me to fill this building, but he did call me to fill this pulpit!

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[7 Jun 2010 | No Comment | 235 views]

Jerusalem – May 18, 2010. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu turned to the Bible on Wednesday to answer questions over the Jewish state’s claim to Jerusalem.
“As to how many times Jerusalem is mentioned in the holy scriptures of other faiths, I recommend you check,” he said.
Netanyahu told Israel’s parliament that Jerusalem’s alternative Hebrew name of Zion appears in the Old Testament 850 times.
He then quickly pointed out that Jerusalem is not mentioned in the Koran, Muslim holy book.
“Because you asked: Jerusalem is mentioned 142 times in the New Testament, and …