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Diagnosis: Anxiety — Pinpointing the Source of Your Worry

Nov 11, 2018 |

Recent studies suggest that over 40 million Americans suffer from some form of anxiety disorder. That number, which represents roughly 18 percent of the population, probably doesn’t surprise you. Anxiety is practically a natural byproduct of the culture we live in. A Steady Stream of Bad News: Blame the 24/7 news cycle. Positive stories—the kind ...

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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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Can You Give Me a Nano Summary of the Bible?

Nov 11, 2018 | |Max Anders

Could you tell someone the story of the Bible?  Could you summarize its teachings?  Could you articulate the main message the Bible is conveying?   These are three massive questions, and yet most Christian would like to be able to answer all three questions…first for themselves, and then for others. This is important because if ...

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Jesus’ Seven “I Am” Statements

Jesus’ “I am” statements would have particular significance to the first-century Jewish listener. God had revealed Himself to Moses with a resounding “I AM” (Ex. 3:14). Jesus used the same words to describe Himself (4:26; 6:20; 13:19). Below is a list of Jesus’ seven “I Am” statements in the book of John. “I am the ...

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Get the Most Out of Your Bible Study

I once heard the story of a new pastor fresh out of seminary who went to a rural church in Montana.  The first Sunday, only one cowboy showed up, so the pastor asked him if he wanted to go ahead and hear the sermon, or just go home, since no one else was there. The ...

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Attitudes of Gratitude: Stories of Thankfulness in the Bible

Thanksgiving was established as a national holiday in the United States by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. The roots of the holiday can be traced back to 1621, when the Pilgrims offered a prayer of thanks before their meal with members of the Wampanoag Tribe. The Pilgrims were grateful for their first harvest in the ...

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Joseph’s Story – A Nation from a Troubled Family

The remarkable story of Joseph’s rise to power in Egypt is not just another rags-to-riches story. Fundamentally, the story is about how the Lord created a nation out of a troubled family.   Jacob’s family was plagued by jealousy. Rachel envied Leah, and Leah envied Rachel (Genesis 30:1). Leah’s sons inherited this pattern of jealousy. ...

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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 ...

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The Lord’s Supper: Past, Present, and Future

As Christians today look for meaning in Lord’s Supper, it’s helpful to exam the meal’s significance relating to three concepts–past, present, and future.  Here are three things to think about the next time you take communion.   First, the Lord’s Supper is a time of remembrance and Eucharist. Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of ...

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 ...