The Joy of Having No Reputation – by Frank Viola
Sep30

The Joy of Having No Reputation – by Frank Viola

Early in my Christian life, I sometimes thought about how many of us Christians would follow Jesus if we lived during His time? I was mainly thinking about the possibility of being killed for our faith, just like most of the apostles were. However, after I began reading church history and got to know some people whom God was using mightily in my own lifetime, my question shifted from the threat of death to something else. Imagine . ....

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Ten Negative Consequences of Separating Gospel Truths from the Kingdom by Joseph Mattera
Sep26

Ten Negative Consequences of Separating Gospel Truths from the Kingdom by Joseph Mattera

Truly the greatest discovery I ever made in the Bible was when my eyes were opened to understand how the gospel relates to the Kingdom of God! When this happened in 1995 it was after 17 years of preaching an individualistic gospel that conceptually reduced the gospel to deal only in terms of individual salvation. Missing was the societal and systemic impact the gospel is supposed to have, which is embedded throughout Scripture....

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God’s House and Church Building Idolatry
Sep23

God’s House and Church Building Idolatry

Before we can see the next move of God we will have to surrender our Idols. Most Christians in the 21st century say they understand the word of God but with their mouth the defile His House on a daily basis. The main problem is that we have been doing it for so long that is has now become a part of our regular speech. So with the same mouth that we worship Him, we also celebrate our prideful idols. Nowhere can this be better...

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Tugging Rugs and Tired Horses – Disillusionment in the Church
Sep20

Tugging Rugs and Tired Horses – Disillusionment in the Church

In our interpersonal dealings with folks, as long as people are happy with the rug they are standing on, they will not appreciate you or I trying to pull it out from under them – even if we really have a better rug for them, tug ever so gently, and try to convince them of how loving we are for tugging! As long as people are happy with their rug, every attempt to persuade them about how bad their rug is, how unhelpful it is for them,...

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Recovering from a Bad Church Experience by Steve Crosby
Sep19

Recovering from a Bad Church Experience by Steve Crosby

A great challenge for folks who have had a bad church experience is how to recover from it and move forward. Sometimes folks feel very alone. Former friends often abandon you. You feel like you might have even made a mistake (Certainly everyone who stays in your former affiliation will try to get you to think so). The sense of hurt and betrayal can at times be paralyzing. Obviously, our Father is for us and grieves over what we may...

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