YES/NO: HOMOSEXUALITY & OTHER SINS IN THE CHURCH…

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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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My Life as a Suburban Church Planter

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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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The Millennial Mindset

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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WE HAVE GOT TO LEARN TO DISAGREE WITHOUT INSULTS…

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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.

Politics

Wages

Business

Sports

Race

Relationships

Religion

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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WHAT IS YOUR DESIRE ON THOSE WHO HATE YOU? (PSALM 118:7)…

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wp-1483884024953.jpgPsalm 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…

Feed 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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Spiritual warfare

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.

Abide in Me

The Pitcher can only pour
when it has its fill,
you need to receive want, to
do what you will.
Exercise your gifts
through God’s mighty arm-
With your armor activated,
He keeps you from harm.
Your soul in safe harbor with
passage of time,
abiding in Him,
your nourishing vine.