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But What About My___?

Last night, I was asked by one of my Personal Evangelism Class students, “What is the most difficult question you encounter in your studies with people?” A flood of different memories came to mind of challenging questions I have encountered. Questions on baptism, the One Church, acceptable worship, among others came to mind. While these all are very FREQUENT questions, none of these really fit the description of the most DIFFICULT question. There really are numerous questions that arise in…
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A GENTLE ATTITUDE

In aeronautic terminology, “attitude” refers to the angle of an aircraft in regard to a reference point such as the horizon. It encompasses the yaw (i.e. the left-to-right movement of an aircraft in relation to its vertical axis), pitch (i.e. the up or down tilt of the aircraft’s nose in relation to its side-to-side axis), and roll (i.e. the rotation of the wings around its front-to-back axis)) of the aircraft. In simplistic terms, a plane’s attitude refers to its overall…
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“There’s more than one way to skin a cat”

I am not much of a cat person. I don’t like the way they seemingly look down on me with their smug glances, their lack of engagement when it comes to being able to play with them, and to top it off I am allergic to them. Now I say most of that in a joking manner and to be completely honest, if it wasn’t for being allergic to them I believe I would be much more up to liking…
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THE GREAT COMMISSION: TEACH

Over the past few weeks, we have explored the Great Commission and the different components of it in an effort to obtain a clearer understanding ofJesus’ parting assignment for disciples. Thus far, we have seen that He expects us to “go,” to “proclaim the gospel,” and to “make disciples.” Jesus then indicated that making disciples consists of “baptizing” them and “teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20). What is the difference between Jesus’ “baptizing” instruction…
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Articluhaphobia

What are you afraid of? What is something that gives you chills or makes you feel uncomfortable when you see it, feel it, or even just think about it? When it comes to the population of America there are a few fear or phobias that affect a majority of people. See if you fall into any of these categories:   -Arachnophobia – Fear of Spiders. Affects as many as 1 in 3 women & 1 in 4 men. -Ophidiophobia –…
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THE GREAT COMMISSION: BAPTIZING

This month we have explored the Great Commission to discover what Jesus expects of us when it comes to sharing our faith. Thus far, we have seen that He expects us to “go,” to “proclaim the gospel,” and to “make disciples.” The final two instructions that comprise the whole of the Great Commission are components of the disciple making process. The first of these appears in Matthew 28:19 where, after instructing His followers to “make disciples of all nations,” Jesus…
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THE GREAT COMMISSION: MAKE DISCIPLES

How many things can you make? I am fascinated by the ingenuity and creativity of individuals who make things because there is very little that I can make. I can make breakfast, I can make a joyful noise, and I once made a functional, yet aesthetically unappealing, dog house. But beyond that, I am not a “maker.” I am not an artist. I am not an inventor. I am not a cook. I am not a carpenter. And the list…
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Signing Up & Staying On

In January of 2017 I decided I wanted to sign up for something I had always wanted to try, a half marathon. So I signed up for the Tuscaloosa Half and started my 3-month training right away. Everything was going great until about a month into it when I injured my left foot and had to wear a boot for 6-weeks. I had to completely cut out running up until 2 weeks before the race. To say I was a…
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The Problem With Walls

The single most polarizing topic in our culture today is the issue of the southern border of the United States and Mexico. Some are of the opinion that a physical barrier like a wall is the best solution; while others are certain that a wall is the worst solution possible. Everyone has an opinion, but few are willing to compromise. All involved agree that there must be a control over the border because a nation with no border is not…
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THE GREAT COMMISSION: PROCLAIM

Before Jesus returned to heaven, He left an assignment for His followers. We often refer to it as the Great Commission. This one assignment consists of five distinct commands that are stated in either Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15-16, Luke 24:44-49, or Acts 1:7-8. Over the course of this month, we will examine one of these commands each week so we can obtain a clearer understanding of what Jesus expects us to do in the interim between His ascension and His…

Jesus the Living Water: PART 3

For the last couple of weeks we have been taking an in-depth look at the methods Jesus used in His efforts to win the Samaritan Woman’s soul. Today, we will conclude with PART 3 of this study of the Biblical account from John 4. The issue we so often run into when striving to be evangelistic is we really have struggles getting someone to even be interested in having a spiritual conversation. The problem lies in simply peaking someone’s interest…
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THE GREAT COMMISSION: GO

Can you remember the last time you were given a “to do” list? Maybe your parents left the house to run some errands, and they gave you a list of chores to complete before they returned. Maybe your teacher or employer presented you with a project to complete by a prescribed deadline. Maybe your wife handed you a “honey do” list that she wanted you to complete before that big event you were scheduled to host in your home. Regardless…