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“One Another”: How to Nurture Biblical Love in Body Life

How do you define church? What does being a member of the church mean to you? “Attending meetings; giving my offerings; casting my vote,” might be a typical answer. But actually, church membership embodies so much more than that. Church is about relationships. How we relate to God (worship); how we relate to His Word (discipleship); how we relate to the needy (ministry); how we relate to the world (evangelism); and how we relate to one another (fellowship). Let’s focus on fellowship. The Scriptures are full of directives on how we are to relate to one another. Paul teaches...

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Managing Time: A Theology of Waiting

The parable of the ten virgins, or, if you prefer, “the ten bridesmaids,” is an important parable not only in its content but in its sequence. The parable follows chapter twenty-four of Matthew, which foretells of the destruction of Jerusalem, as well as the coming of the Son of Man. The apocalyptic nature of the prophecy about the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70, as we now know it to have happened, blended in with the eschatological vision of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. I believe that we may forgive those who differ in their opinions about the...

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Three Errors of “Word of Faith” Preaching

The movement known as “Word of Faith” is a branch off of the Pentecostal movement. In the late 20th century, E. W. Kenyon studied under Phineas Quimby and was taught a system known as “New Thought” that connected the mind with God’s Word in such a way that what we think and speak is brought into reality by God. This is where the “name it and claim it” theology originated. Quimby would pass on his teachings to men like Kenneth Hagin, and he would, in turn, make his own disciples. Today, the Word of Faith movement is enormous—and is...

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Gazing At Heaven Is Practical Now

“But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God” (Acts 7:55). The scene into which we are breaking is this: Stephen, “full of grace and power” (Acts 6:8), has been proclaiming the gospel with great authority and performing miracles among the common people. In what has become typical modus operandi for the Jewish leaders, when they are unable to publicly resist the force of Stephen’s words they privately stage a mock trial, complete with a lineup of fake, paid-off witnesses. When Stephen is...

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5 Ways Adult Children Can Honor Their Parents

How should an adult grown (presumably married, but not necessarily) child relate to his or her parents? There is a tension in Scripture between obeying the Scripture which says to “leave and cleave” in forming your own adult identity and family (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5) and obeying the Scripture which says to “honor your father and mother” (Exodus 20:12;Ephesians 6:2). Every family has it’s own rhythm. Every family has its own share of circumstances, from abusive to permissive to annoying, etc. So how one adult child handles his or her parents isn’t necessarily a blueprint for another. Still, the Scriptures...

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