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Paul’s Encouragement to Timothy

Nov 11, 2018 |

In his final and intimate letter to his “son in the faith” (2 Timothy) Paul reminded Timothy of the essentials of the faith, the basis of Christian ministry. Paul did not want Timothy to drift away from the truth, as Phygellus and Hermogenes had done (1:15). Therefore he passionately exhorted Timothy to hold on tightly ...

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The Challenge of Contentment – Paul’s Message to Timothy

There is neither godliness nor contentment found in accumulating the things of this world.  What was Paul’s message to Timothy about contentment?   Paul’s young disciple Timothy had his hands full in Ephesus. The apostle had left Timothy in that city to oversee the organization of the church. Timothy was to provide consistent teaching, help ...

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What Do You Know If You “Know” the Bible?

Oct 10, 2018 | |Max Anders

Most Christians would say that they would like to know the Bible, but what does that mean?   Some time back when I was actively teaching in college and seminary, I used to ask the students “What do you know if you ‘know’ the Bible?” The students would volunteer subject after subject. The subjects they ...

30 Days to Understanding the Bible

Build a Foundation for a Lifetime of Spiritual Growth

Oct 10, 2018 | |Max Anders

There is some information so vital to the Christian life that if you do not know it you cannot become a mature Christian. If you rely only on Sunday sermons and occasional input from blog posts, YouTube videos, or simple internet Bible studies…if there is no overall game plan to hit all the vital subject ...

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What is the Starting Point for Understanding the Bible?

Oct 10, 2018 | |Max Anders

Every Christian needs a good understanding of the Bible.  Our entire experience as a believer depends on it.  But if you wanted a good understanding of the Bible, where would you start? The answer was not obvious or easy for me. I became a Christian after my first year in college. I was a young ...

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Eliminating the Divisions Between Us and Them

Two pronouns lie at the center of human history: Us and Them. Us is the inclusive part of human nature. Us is the God-given desire for relationships, community and fellowship. Us is the instinct that inspired our ancestors to live together, first as families, and then as clans, villages, cities, nations, kingdoms and empires. Us ...


Preachers Who Don’t Preach the Word

A friend once told me about a time when his spirit felt empty. He had been attending a church where the sermons, while entertaining, were often filled with pop psychology and personal opinion. One week, my friend decided to visit a small, out-of-the-way church pastored by a simple old man. The pastor wasn’t a dynamic ...

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What’s Preventing You from Trusting God?

Oct 10, 2018 |

It seems so easy in the Bible. People put their trust in God, and He rewards them by doing something miraculous in their lives. Why, then, is it sometimes so difficult for us to put our full trust in God? We put our trust in lesser things every day, including weather forecasts and news sources—not ...

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A Time to LEAD: Four Lessons in Godly Leadership

As a follower of Christ, you’re also called to lead. This month, our guest blog contributor, Terence Chatmon of John Maxwell’s EQUIP Leadership®, has been leading a four-part study on Godly leadership drawn from the Bible. Together, the four principles create the acronym L.E.A.D. We hope you’re blessed and inspired by the sometimes surprising people ...

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Do For Others What They Cannot Do For Themselves: Godly Leadership, Part 4

Sep 9, 2018 | |Terence Chatmon

My friend, we are ending our four-part series on Godly leadership with a lesson that continues with the idea of being “others-focused.” In summary, our first three lessons in Godly leadership have been: Listen with a God-softened heart from Acts 15 Encourage the dreams of others from Ruth 2-3 Add value to people from Genesis ...