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Does Hell Exist?

February 20, 2019

Religious Pluralism and Christianity The purpose of this post is to help us understand the religious pluralism movement and its impact on Christianity.[i]   Religious pluralism teaches we need to have a positive attitude and acceptance to the diversity of religious belief systems co-existing in society. Perhaps you have seen the bumper sticker encouraging people to “coexist.” It…

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To Lent or Not to Lent?

February 13, 2019

Why we choose not to practice Lent at Christ Community Church Lent season is coming soon. This year, Lent begins on March 6. Before long, we will be seeing people post what they have “given up” for Lent, or some of our coworkers will show up with a spot of ash on their forehead. At…

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Why Observing the Sabbath is Not Applicable to the Christian

January 22, 2019

What should the Christian position be regarding the 4th Commandment? Should the Christian observe the Sabbath? Should the Sabbath be on Sunday or Saturday? How should the Sabbath be observed in practice? Is Saturday the Jewish Sabbath and Sunday the Christian Sabbath?

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Camel, Needle, Salvation, and a Gate

January 21, 2019

It’s easier for a camel In December, I gave a message in which I spoke about the rich young ruler. After the ruler walks away, Jesus tells His disciples: And Jesus, looking around, said to His disciples, “How hard it will be for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God!” The disciples…

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Celebrate Dependence on God on Independence Day

June 27, 2018

Celebrate Dependence on God on Independence Day Americans celebrate Independence Day on July 4th. It is the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The signers of the document declare independence from the present King of Great Britain while stating causes which impel them to throw off British governance. They did not consider…

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Why Read the Bible Every Day

April 23, 2018

Why Read the Bible Every Day I like to read the Bible every day. In talking about this, I like to think of it as, “No read, no feed.” This means, if I am unwilling to read the Bible, I should also be unwilling to put food in my mouth. Let me share a bit…

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Members of One Another

April 16, 2018

Romans 12:1-7 1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove…

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Strength to Carry On

March 22, 2018

The Apostle Paul told the Colossians a specific prayer he had for their church. The prayer was they “may be filled with the knowledge of His (God’s) will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding …” (Colossians 1:9). God’s will is the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on…

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Rewarding Children for Good Behavior

February 22, 2018

We are discussing Paul Tripp’s book, Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family during our Sunday Adult Bible Fellowship (ABF). At the end of the ABF, the topic of rewards came up. The discussion centered on using rewards to encourage our children to obey God’s moral law. Paul Tripp discusses rewarding our…

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Four Steps to Humility

February 15, 2018

Four steps we may take to fight pride – putting on Christ’s humility   Pride is an abomination to God as it is an attack on His glory. We don’t see our self-exaltation as an attack on God, but we should. When we exalt ourselves, we are encouraging others to look to us as a…

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Will the cross of Jesus be in Heaven?

April 14, 2017

Some of the best conversations I have about our Lord happens with my seven-year-old son Jack! He asks some pretty tough questions like, “Will his stuffed giraffe go to heaven?” I am confident that giraffe will not be in heaven but how do you break that to an overtired seven-year-old with crocodile tears running down…

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Does God give you only what you can handle?

April 8, 2017

Janet is lying in a hotel room 500 miles from home. Her husband Jon is lying just next to her sleeping. Janet, however, has not slept in days and is anything but peaceful. Thoughts of bills that need to be paid, the kid’s school projects, a relationship struggle with her mother, and other thoughts are…

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