Articles (Page 3)

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BE A BARNABAS

William Arthur Ward once wrote, “Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you.” I believe that sentiment embodies the example of a man named Joseph who was integral to the growth of the church during its infancy. In Acts 4:36 we are introduced to Joseph. We tend not to remember him for his surname but for…

Prepared But Not Ready

On June 28th, 1914 an assassination took place in which the Archduke of Austria, Franz Ferdinand, was killed by a political extremist while riding in a parade. This single event is credited as the lynchpin that set off the first World War, one that would last over four years and forever change the course of history. Armies from around the world prepared themselves to enter into this conflict, whether or not they truly were ready is the question. WWI is…

Forgetting Nemo

On May 30th, 2003, one of the greatest animated films to ever be made came into theaters. Finding Nemo became a generational sensation from the very opening weekend and still rests easily in the list of the top ten grossing animated films of all time. Finding Nemo was a worldwide phenomenon raking in $940,335,536 and four Academy Award nominations. The beautiful story of a father searching for his son that was lost and overcoming insurmountable odds to see once again his baby…
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RESTOLOGY

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention posted an article on their website entitled, “Insufficient Sleep is a Public Health Epidemic,” which documented research from the past decade on sleep-related behaviors.[1]According to their research, thirty percent of adults report getting an average of less than or equal to six hours of sleep per night when they actually need at least seven to nine hours of sleep per night. In other words, many people fail to get the rest they need…

Empty Arms with Full Hearts

In John chapter 4 we have Jesus talking to someone who, according to the apostles and the Jews of that day, He has no business talking to. Culturally speaking, Jesus is crossing a line by having this conversation that completely shocks His apostles. In John 4:27 we have their reaction described as, “…At this point, His disciples came, and they were amazed that He had been speaking with a woman…” The word used there to describe their reaction to what Jesus…
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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…