When the vicissitudes of life overwhelm me When life’s obstructions frustrates me When the picture before me appear hazy and unclear When my heart is empty and lonely When there is no one else to run to When it seems like all hope is lost and gone I hold on to the Infallible Word of God
YES, of course homosexuals are welcome in the church.
Matthew 11:28 (NKJV)
28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
NO, it does not excuse nor condone that particular sin. All sinners must repent and work on turning from lifestyles displeasing to God.
Romans 1:26-27 (NKJV)
26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
YES, there are fornicators and adulterers in the church…
1 Corinthians 5:1 (NKJV)
5 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even…
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Yesterday, I had the rare privilege of sharing some thoughts with my brothers and sister at the Acts 29 Global Gathering in Nashville, TN. It has been a remarkable time together and I love this family more than ever. I was tasked to speak for fifteen minutes on things I have learned as church planter and leader in a suburban context. For some reason, it seems to have struck a chord, and I hope and pray that it might prove useful to some.
Below is the full transcript. Grace and peace.
My Life as a Suburban Church Planter: Acts 29 Global Gathering
18 July 2017
I have spent the last ten years serving a church in the big, bad, beautiful city of Johannesburg, South Africa. But that isn’t an entirely true statement, because the community in which our church gathers is found in the leafy suburbs to the North of…
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FREE DOWNLOAD click here The Art of Now Coloring Page I AM page
I AM two of the most powerful words, for what you put behind them determines your reality. The words “I am”, which you consistently use to define who you are and what you are capable of. Throughout life you have been through a conditioning process that has created a mind-set overflowing with I am nots.
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3 Myths Millennials Believe About Christianity
Guest Blogger: Jordan Maness
My view of Christianity has been an evolving one. Growing up in church religion was taught to me but never really chosen by me. In other words, for most of my life, I claimed Christianity because “it’s what my parents told me to do” or it’s what I saw. For this reason, I’ve either misunderstood or malpracticed many of the core concepts of Christianity. I am currently 24 years old and it wasn’t until 23 that I would say I truly grasped some core concepts of Christianity. As an example, I used to think, that there’s a level of sanctification or spiritual maturity where you don’t feel temptation. Obviously, this isn’t true, even Jesus himself was tempted while on earth. We are no different but we do have encouraging texts like 1 Corinthians 10:13 telling us God will not allow…
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One of my greatest disappointments in growing up was realizing how much we really don’t. As a kid, I thought adults had it all together.
I’ve found that one of the areas in which some of us refuse to grow up is insulting one another.
There will always be at LEAST two sides to every issue, but most of the time there are many more. And, most of the time people are passionate about their opinion or position.
The list goes on and on.
Of course, these opinions and positions will lead to disagreements. What’s important is that we learn to disagree without insults.
From social media, to demonstrations, to conference rooms, to private conversations…people allow their disagreement to be expressed with insults.
It’s natural to want to hurt someone back who’s hurt or insulted us, or someone we love, care about or…
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Meet and greet are opportunities for you to give people a chance to know more about you. It also gives you the opportunity to promote your blog. To make this more fun. Tell us what country you are posting from, what is your favorite meal growing up and one surprising thing about you people would […]
Psalm 118:7 (NKJV)
The Lord is for me among those who help me; Therefore, I shall see my desire on those who hate me.
What does this reveal about us and what’s really in our hearts?
What’s the first thing you think about when you read, “I shall see my desire on those who hate me”?
How do you feel about those who hate you? Hurt you? Abused you? Mocked you? Embarrassed you? Who strives against you? Who works against you…right now! Today?
What is YOUR desire on those who hate you? Revenge? Hurt? Pain? Suffering? Death? Hell?
If we aren’t careful, we can get to the point that we don’t even want to see them saved.
What did God say?
Pray for them…
Do good to them…
Romans 12:17-21 (NKJV)
17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18
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So many (the mighty)
chase the dollar,
others fame, the sage,
incomplete, and they
don’t know why;
sensations, to try to fly-
incomplete without you,
rotting and dying, all they do
until they find you.
Manic laughter, tears abound
and no one hears them
fall to the ground.
Don’t scramble to fight
against flesh and blood,
sword aimed at a throat
you see as no good.
Don’t use your shield
as a battering ram,
no lashing out at
what you can.
Your helmet, not to ram
them in the eyes,
don’t seek to wound them,
to elicit cries.
Your belt not used
to beat them down,
your breastplate not used to
smash to the ground.
Don’t use your shoes to
kick them hard-
still for the unseen,
be on your guard.