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Tied to Earth Yet Heavenbound

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Dream Journey If I had the funds and the free time, my dream would be to take my wife Lindsay on an around the world cruise (sorry kids!). I’m talking a Queen Mary II, one hundred twenty day voyage, from England, all the way to the Orient and back with all the stops in between. Sights and sounds and smells not even comprehended would soon be ours. Exotic foods and astonishing sights, new faces and strange customs would be set in front of us while we enjoyed the comforts of a twenty first century vessel and twenty four hour service.. . .
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Jesus Messed Up My Life

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The Neat & Tidy Life I think it was soon after reading Discipline, the Glad Surrender and Ordering Your Private World that I developed the mistaken assumption that Jesus came to make my life neat and tidy. If I was a really good Christian I would follow a schedule, have a daily quiet time, keep up on all household chores, be perfectly consistent in disciplining the children, and always balance work, rest, and play. Perhaps I was the only one living under these assumptions, but I think that some of these ideas are a reflection of our Western and American. . .
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4 Warnings Jesus Gives to Churchgoers

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Church Door. (4 Warnings Jesus Gives to Churchgoers)

Jesus Talked to Churchgoers “If you are not more spiritual than those who are teaching you how to be spiritual, you will be one of those who will one day call out to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and I will say to your face—I never knew you.” Scary? It should be, especially since the above paraphrase is a synopsis of Jesus speaking to the Church at that time. The quote is a connecting of the dots from Jesus’ teaching at the Sermon on the Mount. Do you remember as a child getting one of those books full of all types of. . .
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Christian Friends & a Kick in the Pants

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Christian friends confronting eath other.

Christian Friends Tell You What You Need to Hear There was a time, long, long, ago when women, young and old, did not sing songs praising my maturity and grace under pressure. It was the 1980s, long before the Kardashians roamed the earth and we all possessed iEverythings. I was not a ogre, I was not a child, but I was less mature and in need of the occasional kicking of the hindparts. And so entered my friend Dennis. Dennis Drennen was a campus fixture at Geneva College where I studied and a minister to the local Beaver Falls youths.. . .
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Understanding Covenant in the Book of Hebrews

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Understanding Covenant in the Book of Hebrews

But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, by as much as He is also the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted on better promises. Hebrews 8:6 The assignment given me in this column is to help us understand this text from the book of Hebrews (actually vv. 6-13). I am to exegete it in such a manner that I deal with questions like: Was the old covenant bad? How do we understand the reality of covenantal continuity and the new and better covenant under which we serve? This may sound simple enough, but no less. . .
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The Road to Emmaus — Remembering the Wonder of the Story

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The Road to Emmaus — Remembering the Wonder of the Story

Stories On the Road to Emmaus Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures. – Luke 24:27 “Daddy, tell me the story again. Please!” Children love stories. They do not mind if they are passed along by memory or in turning the pages of a book, just tell them a story. They will listen in wonder and ask for the same stories to be read over and over again. They cannot get enough. This is another example of why we, Christians of all ages, must become like. . .
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The Gospel Learned & Re-learned

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The Gospel Learned & Re-learned

I have been listening to my teachers and pastors speak about our relationship with God for some years now and slowly the drip, drip of this Gospel teaching is wearing through the hard rock that is my heart. The tape that we all have in our heads runs a certain default message again and again through our minds and it can be a blessing or a curse depending on the message. Unfortunately for most of us the message is negative and we spend our lives trying to change the messages or simply get the messages to stop. My reoccurring message. . .
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Teaching Your Children About Total Depravity

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Teaching Your Children About Total Depravity

Dinner Table Doctrine I recently taught my children the meaning of total depravity. We started with the first word: total. Sitting around the dinner table I explained the biblical truth that there is nothing good in us. Not even a speck. Until God gives us a new heart, our hearts (and toes, and elbows, and eyelashes, etc) are completely bad. There is no innocence, no righteousness, nothing within us as fallen creatures that is pleasing to God. I think that they got it. And I really mean that, about their understanding what Daddy was teaching, but I also know that. . .
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To Live is Christ

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Teach Them to Live is Christ “Charlie is dead.” Charlie was our pet Beta fish who didn’t make it more than a week in our house. “Where is Charlie?” she asked again. “He is dead, sweetheart; he isn’t coming back.” I have known parents that have tried to hide the idea of death from their children. Others have tried to push off the conversation and thought the idea would simply scare them. Death in my church community is, however, something that I cannot hide from. I have buried five friends (not acquaintances, actual friends) in the last three years. My. . .
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A Cartoon Jesus by Kara Murphy

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In the sunday school classrooms in which I taught years ago, each weekly lesson had a main idea that we repeated over and over. Platitudes such as “God loves me,” “I am special to God,” and “We are kind to one another” filled the teacher’s manual. Curiously, we did not see “God is angry at the wicked every day.” Unfortunately, twentieth century American Christians more often take our cues from Frobel and Montessori than from the Word of God. If we are to train up a generation of God-fearing Christians, we must change both the methods and content of what. . .
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Baby Jesus — Mysteries of Christmas

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Mystery of the Incarnation With Christmas now at hand, our hearts are naturally turned toward the mystery and wonder of Jesus. I say mystery and wonder because everywhere I look in Scripture the writing about the incarnation is revealing, and yet shrouded where we cannot penetrate, or, at least defies full understanding. Jesus told us He is our brother and our friend. Because of those assurances we sometimes forget He remains the King of the universe. He is the mighty warrior who rides a white horse to victory in Revelation, or is predicted to arrive with hosts of angels. He. . .
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