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What Is Your Story?

Our story shapes who we are. It explains how we have gone from what WAS to what IS. Our stories are all different; no story is the same. What story am I referring to? I am referring to the story of how each of us was brought to Christ, and what He has done in our lives since then. I am convinced that God has given each of us a different story to tell for a reason. Even though we all…
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YOU MIGHT BE A HYPOCRITE IF…

The term “hypocrite” originally referred to an actor who pretended to be something he was not. In its original context, the word “hypocrite” was not a derogatory title; however, it evolved over time so that it came to be associated with dishonesty, a lack of genuineness, and contradictory behavior. It is this latter understanding of hypocrisy that the Bible utilizes. As Christians, we are consistently instructed to eliminate hypocrisy. We are called to “love…without hypocrisy” (Romans 12:9), we are called…
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EXTRA-ORDINARY MEN

People do not decide to be extraordinary, they simply decide to accomplish extraordinary things. One such man was named Sir Edmund Hilary born July 20, 1919.  Starting out in life Edmund was always much smaller than the neighborhood kids and classmates. Instead of going out and playing with the big kids he spent his time mostly indoors reading or playing with toy trains. As he grew up, though, his problem of having a small frame and a short stature quickly…
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The Plague of the Past

The seemingly most inescapable thing known to man is the past; every single person has one. It does not matter how good that past might have been or how bad that past might have been, we all at the end of the day have the tendency to dwell on it. There are many different ways in which we like to dwell on the past. Individually, we dwell on the past remembering the “good old days,” or maybe remembering our childhood……
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Is God an “Indian Giver”?

The phrase “Indian giver” is an interesting phrase that we sometimes use. It’s what we call someone who gives a “gift” and later wants it back, or who expects something in return. The expression itself has its own unique history that shows how it has changed over the years. It is thought to have originated around the 15thcentury when there was a cultural misunderstanding between European settlers and Native Americans. Th new settlers thought they were receiving gifts from the native…
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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…