Author: Jason Helopoulos

The Omnipotence of God

I want to fly. No, not just purchase a ticket and take a seat in 3B. I want to really fly. Put out my arms, jump off the Empire State building, and fly. It isn’t just the fancy of it that appeals to me. Don’t get me wrong, it would be fun, but I have practical reasons too. My commute home from work would be quicker. During those cold Michigan winters it would be nice to fly to Florida for an afternoon. Surely, it would increase my overall health. Others would benefit as well. I could make a quick...

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Guard the Good Deposit Entrusted To You

“Guard the good deposit entrusted to you,” Paul said to Timothy (2 Timothy 1:14). Some things are of such worth that we must hold onto them, no matter the cost. The Reformers of the 16th century rightly understood this. They valued the Word of God to such a degree that many willingly gave their lives for the cause of preserving this truth and passing it on to future generations. In fact, it is no overstatement to say we possess the Bible because our forefathers and foremothers in the faith were willing to die for it. Why? What makes the...

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When A Christian Feels Dry: A Simple Practice

If you know life in Christ, you know languishing in Christ. We all go through dry seasons. The Christian life is never lived from mountain top to mountain top. Every saint has known lackluster days in relationship with the Lord. God doesn’t feel close. You have His peace but are not peaceful. You know His love, but are not enjoying His love. Your spiritual life isn’t dead, but it is dull. What is the answer? What is a Christian to do? The answer lies at the very heart of our Christian faith. Even as we embarked upon the Christian...

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The Heart-Cry of the Christian

Every Christian heart cries, “Give me more of Christ.” We long to see Him. David said, “One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after, that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord” (Psalm 27:4). When Peter sees the glory of the Lord on the Mount of Transfiguration, he believes he has arrived. There is nothing left on his “bucket list”; he is ready to camp out and stay for all eternity. The saints long to see the glory...

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A Greater Vision for Your Church: Pastoral internships

As a local church, dare to think beyond yourself. There is everything right about encouraging or inviting people to your church services, and promoting such outreach events as a summer VBS. In fact, it is good and right to focus on ministry in our own little portion of the vineyard. This is why the Lord placed your church in the particular neighborhood, city, and county in which you live. Yet, a local church should also have a broader and more far-reaching view. There should be ministries and efforts in which we engage as a local church that may provide very little...

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