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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 ...

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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 ...

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Revealing the Truth – Helping Others Recognize God’s Love

Second Kings 6 tells the story of King Aram’s attempts to silence the prophet Elisha. The king was understandably peeved by Elisha’s ability to predict where and when Aram’s army would attack Israel’s forces, thus eliminating Aram’s element of surprise and giving Israel a decided strategic advantage. There is nothing to fear when you realize ...

Add Value to People: Godly Leadership, Part 3

Sep 9, 2018 | |Terence Chatmon

If we hope to carry the mantle of godly leadership, then we must always walk with an “others” sort of focus. After all, God tells us in Mark 12:30-31 to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the ...

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Encourage the Dream in Others: Godly Leadership, Part 2

Sep 9, 2018 | |Terence Chatmon

My friends, I hope you have been challenged to listen with a God-softened heart in this last week and you have made an attempt at making harmony where there was conflict in your life. As we continue in our series on how God’s Word guides us on the path to godly leadership, today’s lesson on ...