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Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit (Part I)

Have you ever felt like you may have gone too far and there was no coming back from the disaster you yourself created? That’s a horrific and dark place to be. Wonderful Grace of Jesus One of the most wonderful things about the Gospel is the news that in Christ there is forgiveness. God is not only willing to forgive, but eager to do so. But, you may ask, are there sins God could never…

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All religions the same? Book of Acts and Christian Exclusivity

We live in a pluralistic society. This is a good thing. The alternative would be for one group to impose its view of the world on everyone else. That leads to tyranny, even if the ones doing the imposing are Christians. At the core, the idea of a pluralistic society is the acknowledgment that the kingdom of God cannot be established by force. The only way to expand God’s kingdom is through love and persuasion,…

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Children separated at southern border: A Christian response

Generally we don’t write about politics on this site, but the other day, in one of the Facebook groups to which I belong, I came across some comments that were absolute gold. The comments are about the current uproar over immigration policies, especially related to the children. Lori Nij brings such a fresh and first-hand perspective to the questions raging in the U.S. right now that I thought it was critical for others to hear…

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Problems Online Church Pastors – Facebook Pages, Groups & LIVE Streaming

I launched a Facebook page at the beginning of this year. It is called Lift Up Jesus. Though I am by no means an expert I have learned a few things about Facebook Pages, Groups and LIVE. Considering how long most folks stick … or don’t stick to their pages, I *may* qualify as an expert after all. Getting Started with Facebook Pages I did my homework. I created a lookalike audience based on an…

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Open-Minded Thinking: A Key to Learning and Discipleship

“Certainty and routine breed complacency.” So wrote James Kouzes and Barry Posner in their celebrated book, “The Leadership Challenge.” If this is true, then we are in trouble, because churches love their routines. In this post, I want to explore the concept of open-minded thinking and how it might help us break out of the soul-crushing rut of routine. Churches should be learning communities, able to envision and implement effective strategies for reaching a rapidly…

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  • Psalm 94:18-19 August 23, 2019
    “When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, LORD, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.”
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