Gospel Ministry according to Philippians

I want to discuss what I believe is a missing element in many church ministry philosophies. Most churches will readily express their awareness of the Great Commission and the need to make disciples. Churches rarely communicate, however, their vision for the progress of the gospel. Of course the Great Commission, evangelism, and discipleship are all

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Reflections on Hebrews: Endurance

Last time I wrote on the theme of perseverance in the book of Hebrews. I looked at the overall theme of persevering as it is presented in the letter, and concluded that the warning passages about “falling away,” in spite of their interpretive difficulties, are consistent throughout Hebrews, and should be of special importance. Again,

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Reflections on Hebrews: Until the End

The last few days I have immersed myself in the book of Hebrews. It seems that the Lord keeps bringing me back to this particular letter in my daily reading. Each time I read the letter with fresh eyes and I learn something new. I also feel that I am getting a better grasp on

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Dying Churches Can Live Again

There has been a lot of talk in recent years about “church revitalization.” Evangelicals have awakened to the fact that many churches are dying, and those that aren’t on their deathbeds are showing signs of terminal illness. As a result there has been an interest in this topic and many books have been written trying

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4 Reasons You Never Hear Sermons from the Minor Prophets

I can say that as long as I have been a Christian I have heard very little preaching on the Minor Prophets. This is probably true for you as well. You might have heard a sermon on tithing from Malachai, or if your pastor wanted to start a building campaign to get a new “fellowship

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Why We Pray

In his book Christian Doctrine, W.T. Connor, a late professor of theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, said this about the nature of prayer: “In the broadest sense of the term, prayer is communion of the soul with God; that is, it is the conscious outgoing of the soul in spiritual fellowship

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Our sin, God’s wrath, and the complaint.

I have been on a two-day journey through the book of Lamentations. I must say that I have read this book before, but I have never been as engaged and fascinated as I have this time. The message of Lamentations is simple: God’s prophet is mourning over the destruction and devastation of his own people

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Flashy Faith or Costly Sacrifice?

Luke 21:1-4closeLuke 21:1-4 The Widow’s Offering 21:1 Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, 2 and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. 3 And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. 4 For they all contributed out

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What do you see?

  To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours (1 Cor. 1:2close1 Corinthians 1:2 2 To the church of God that is in Corinth,

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Image: Fact or Fiction?

Image. We live in a world that exists for image. Image fuels the activity of our culture. How one appears to others captivates the hearts and minds of individuals from all ages and backgrounds. Even children pick up on image and discover how the system works. From the toddler years on, kids know that they

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