The Uncomfortable Word

The Uncomfortable Word

They ate bugs and said things that could get them killed . . . did get them killed. One came soon before, one soon after.

They had average names but did not live average lives. They had embraced a radical … Read the rest

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Practice Love

Practice Love

With only two words, she rocked my world. In a sentence I don’t remember, within a presentation I can barely remember, Dr. Brené Brown rocked my world. A handful of Lodi CoG7’s leaders and I were attending last summer’s Global … Read the rest

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Most Glorious Idea

Most Glorious Idea

God created the church to be eternal.

This is a basic Christian conviction: Nothing created lasts forever.

Where is ancient Babylon? Persia? The Greeks? The Roman Empire? Other great civilizations? History testifies that impressive things of the past are now … Read the rest

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Church Is Family

Church Is Family

Jesus had some difficult things to say about family. When He was so pressed by the crowds that He and His disciples could not find time even to eat, Jesus’ mother and siblings came to His rescue. But Jesus didn’t … Read the rest

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Number One Purpose

Number One Purpose

What is the number one responsibility of the church? Is it to have a one-, two-, or eight-hour service on the Sabbath once a week? Is it for small group or youth group programs? Is it to entertain or uphold … Read the rest

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The Church

The Church

In 1943 psychologist Abraham Maslow presented his hierarchy of human needs. In second priority Maslow puts esteem, the need for acceptance and belonging — finding people who will take you in as part of the “pack.” In my youth I … Read the rest

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Plain Church

Plain Church

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My Lord and My God

My Lord and My God

And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28).

 

I have known situations in which a person’s connection to Christ has been based mostly or wholly on another’s relationship with Christ. Examples include a … Read the rest

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Jesus Plus What?

Jesus Plus What?

One Sabbath morning in a small Midwestern church, the pastor quoted Romans 4:24 like this: “But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we obey him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead.”

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Reality in Jesus

Reality in Jesus

Few will dispute that a man named Jesus lived some two thousand years ago and that He was an amazing teacher who changed the world forever. What separates Him from other good men is the audacious claim that He was Read the rest

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