Owning vs. Renting Your Community

“It’s a rental.” It was a perfect day for the beach, and my new bride and I had the top down in a fun but gutless Mustang. We had left the main track miles ago and were tearing down a dirt road riddled with potholes. My faith in the directions our host had given us…

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The Why in Community

You should join a community group because ________. That is very important blank.  How you fill it in will have a profound effect on the health of your community group ministry.  You can do a lot of things right and still be torpedoed by that question. If you are not convinced the question of why…

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In Search of Green Pastures

When I was a boy the most popular shows on television were the Westerns.  The three major networks provided a veritable smorgasbord of choices.  I fondly remember sitting next to my father as we would watch Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Wagon Train, The Rifleman, Rawhide and many others.  My favorite was Wagon Train and my hero of…

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Can God Make a Rock Even He Cannot Lift?

I remember when I first heard this bit of immature atheistic reductio ad absurdum. I was in high school, and I didn’t respond to it because the Nirvana-shirted, long-banged drama stud who said it didn’t say it to me. He was laying it on his friend like it was theist kryptonite. My answer then, steeped…

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The Difference between Religion and the Gospel

Last week, we posted a video about religion and Jesus and wanted to follow up with some more content. Tim Keller’sGospel in Life Study Guide is incredibly helpful and expounds upon the difference of religion and the gospel. We like it so much, we made a 11 x 17 poster of it for you to download and print. The following…

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Self-effort vs. Grace

Periodically I come across a book that grips my soul and takes my breath away. I am presently reading such a book and though not a lengthy book it is a meaty book that requires one to back up and read again. The book is titled Jesus+Nothing=Everything. The author is Tullian Tchividjian, pastor of Coral…

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The New Testament says that when churches gather they should read the Bible, preach the Bible, pray the Bible, sing the Bible, and see the Bible. Read the Bible: Paul told Timothy to “devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture” (1 Tim. 4:13). Churches should read Scripture, out loud, in their gatherings. Preach the Bible: Paul told…

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How Does Worship Transform Us?

Because we worship our way into sin, ultimately we need to worship our way out. When Christians commit sin, they do not cease worshiping. Rather, their worship is directed away from the Creator and toward created things. Repentance is the act of turning from sin and returning to God by trusting in Jesus Christ who is the…

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11 Ways to Find Your Idols

Find your idols Idols are sneaky. They tip toe past our brains, set up shop in a corner of our heart, and begin to grow. Most of the time we don’t even notice because we’ve fallen in love with the idol—it’s become part of what drives us and makes us (momentarily) happy.   Recently Jared Wilson blogged about…

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2011 year in review: recommended books and sermon!

Books!: Some of my favorite books I read in 2011:  Read them, grow by them and enjoy! 1. Vintage Church: http://www.amazon.com/Vintage-Church-Timeless-Truths-Methods/dp/1433501309/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1326404578&sr=8-1 2. Kings Cross: http://www.amazon.com/Kings-Cross-Story-World-Jesus/dp/0525952101/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1326404621&sr=1-1 3. Radical Reformission: http://www.amazon.com/Radical-Reformission-Reaching-without-Selling/dp/0310256593/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1326404660&sr=1-1 4. Scandalous: http://www.amazon.com/Scandalous-Cross-Resurrection-Jesus-Books/dp/1433511258/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1326404683&sr=1-1 5. Church Leadership: http://www.amazon.com/Church-Leadership-Book-Youll-Actually/dp/1433501376/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1326404748&sr=1-1 Sermon of the year: http://marshill.com/media/religionsaves/predestination