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Lessons on Forgiveness

In the church, there will always be the potential for us to sin against each other. The key to healthy relationships within the body of Christ is measured by our willingness to forgive each other. As believers, we are to forgive one another every time someone sins against us. Jesus teaches this clearly in Matthew 18:21-22, "Then Peter came and said to Him, 'Lord, how often...

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Solidarity

In this new blog series, we are considering, "If God does everything for His sake, how can we be like God and do all things for His glory?" What captures our hearts and minds will usually be the things we will be committed to. As followers of Christ, we are called to love God with all of our heart, soul, and mind. In others words, God should capture our affections. If this...

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Motivations

Life is filled with many motivations. The promise of a job after education drives us to work hard in school. We are motivated to seek out work so that we can provide for our families. There are numerous motivations in life, but there is one motivation in life that surpasses all others, the glory of God. For the believer, the glory of God should be the driving force in all ...

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Is the Bible Enough?

There has been an attack in subtle ways and in non-subtle ways against the sufficiency of Scripture. At the core of this argument is, "Is the Bible sufficient to handle all matters of life?" including issues in counseling, church ministry, discipleship, conflict, relationships, and the like. There is no issue that the Bible is not able to sufficiently handle, by way of imp...

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Commitment

How sound is your commitment to Lord Jesus Christ? Is your commitment to God based on what God does for you? I am afraid that much of evangelical beliefs are focused on a doctrine that teaches God is our servant and is here for our happiness. If we survey Scripture with just a little effort, we will discover this is not true. In the life of Job, for example, we see a man ...

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Is the Bible Enough?

In our concluding survey concerning the sufficiency of Scripture, I want to end our discussion on why the Bible is enough by looking at what the Bible claims about itself in Psalm 19:7-9. The author of this text gives us six clear pictures of what the Word of God is capable of. The author, the Holy Spirit, uses six synonyms to describe the Word of God: law, testimony, pre...

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Is the Bible Enough for Teaching Us to Pray?

In our current blog post series, we have been asking the question, "Is the Bible sufficient?" This week we are going to look at how God's Word teaches us to pray. The Bible is our guidebook on prayer. It tells us how to pray and what to pray for. Notice how detailed the Bible is about the what and how of prayer: Colossians 4:2, "Devote yourself to prayer, keeping alert in...

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Is the Bible Enough for Worship?

"We will not have Jesus Christ at the center of our church services if we do not have his Word at the center. It is the Word of God that brought the Church of God into existence, and it is the ministry of the Word of God that is the wellspring and center of the church's life. The church in its local manifestation is the group of people who assemble around the ministry of t...

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Is the Bible Enough for Counseling?

Where were Christians before Freud? Up a tree? Were they bereft of all crucial knowledge about man's relationship to God and his neighbor? Was the church's counseling a hopeless, primitive, stone-age activity that should have disappeared with flint knives? This seems to be the attitude today in the church of Jesus Christ, as the Word of God is replaced with secular psychol...

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The Church and Evangelism

The recent Super Study weekend with Pastor Mike Riccardi was a real blessing and encouragement to us as a church on many levels. It affirmed for us what our calling is by highlighting biblical themes like God's Mission, the believer's Motivation for Evangelism, and the Message God has given us to share. I would like to highlight three areas so that we can stay fruitful to ...

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