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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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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A Soothing Aroma

For the past few days I have been engaged with the words of Leviticus. This book of the Old Testament has for some time been a personal favorite of mine. Now what I have just said is starting to concern many of you. I know what you are thinking. There is absolutely no way that

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Battered, Bruised, and Blessed

We live in a day when the world at large is captivated by the philosophy of Hollywood. By this I mean that success is defined by personal achievement and popularity with an audience. In this world you are doing good if people like you. Popular opinion sets you up for fame and fortune. The downside

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The Simplicity of Growth

Each morning for the past couple of weeks I wake up, pour a cup of coffee, and walk out onto my deck. The first thing that I do is look at the tiny sprouts of cabbage, spinach, and lettuce that my wife and I planted (Our boys were interested and helped out up until the

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