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13
Jul

The Lord's Supper

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There is a lot of controversy over the Lord’s Supper and how often we partake of it. Some fellowships will only partake of it once a month, or once a quarter, and some will only offer it a couple of times a year. When I study with people and show them what God’s Word says about partaking of it, that it should be every first day of the week, they are often shocked.   In Acts 20:7 the Bible says, “On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread.” The church came together for the...
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30
Jun

Are We Bold for Christ?

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What is the best way to tell if someone really believes in something? For example, our country’ founders who had to stand up against England, they had to decide if they really believed in this idea of independence and liberty or whether it was a nice dinner conversation. It is very popular to tweet, Facebook, and talk about our religion, but how much are we really willing to sacrifice for the cause of Jesus. It doesn’t cost a lot to do any of these things, especially on electronic media. We can feel so bold on our Facebook page, but how would...
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23
Jun

Why is the Bible Different from Other Books of "Inspiration"?

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  What makes the Bible different from other books that claim to be inspired? This is a question Christians are asked often. If the Book of Mormon and the Koran are on equal footing with the Bible, then these religions would have to be considered equally as valid. If they really contain a message that is directed by God, then they should probably not be separated into different books; instead, they should be lumped in as one book with the Bible.   Let’s look at what makes these other “inspired” books different from the New Testament. First of all, if we...
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16
Jun

Can We Trust the Bible? Part 3: Inspiration

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One of the most important factors in identifying which books are considered part of the New Testament is inspiration. Is this the sort of inspiration a young man is talking about when a woman causes him to write a poem in her honor? Not exactly. In the case of the inspiration of God for writing down His message to mankind, we are talking about something different.   First of all, God selected men to write down His message. It may be of interest to you to know that not all of the writers of the New Testament were Jesus’ specially chosen...
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10
Jun
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A good question concerning the Bible is why do we only have 27 books in the New Testament? These 27 books are referred to as a canon. The word canon in this context simply means a standard or a rule, a list or an index. These are the list of books that are received as Holy Scripture.   If you listen to the news or look in the newspaper, it seems that fairly often a conversation will come up about a newly discovered “book” that should belong in the New Testament. Examples of these types of books would be “the Gospel...
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01
Jun

Can We Trust the Bible?

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I often get questions as I study with people about the Bible. Questions like: How do we know the Bible is the one and only true Word of God? How do we know that it is truly inspired by God? Since it was written by men, how do we know it is trustworthy? Why do we only use the 27 books that are in the New Testament when there are others left out?   All of these are good questions. In fact, I think they are some of the most important questions we can answer because they deal with a foundation...
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26
May

Is Church a Matter of Choice? Part 4: Departure from the Teachings of Christ--Salvation

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If you like Fruit Loops cereal, there is nothing like the original. I have tried all the bargain brands, and if I am on an extremely tight budget or the original Fruit Loops are not available, then I may try the others. But I am always disappointed by the knock-offs and wish I had held out for the original because there is a difference unless you have gotten used to the others.    When it comes down to finding a church to attend, many are offering a knock-off of the original plan that God has for our salvation. For whatever reason,...
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19
May

Is Church a Matter of Choice? Part 3: Departure from the Teachings of Christ

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If unity is to be found in being of the “same mind and the same judgment” as Paul states in 1 Corinthians 1:10, then how did all the variation in teaching about God and His will come about? Did God know that people would not stick to His plan but would change it and try to “improve” upon it or make it easier to follow? Let’s see what the Scriptures say about this departure from the teachings of Christ and how it relates to the excess of “churches” that exists where we live.    Let’s start by establishing a foundation for...
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10
May

Is Church a Matter of Choice--Part 2: Where is Unity among Christians?

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Last week we started this series by stating that both God and Jesus wanted to establish only one church. Yet, when you look at the religious landscape today, it is made up of 41,000 different denominations within 5 major families. Here is the breakdown of these families: the Catholic church--50%, the historic Protestant/Anglican church--18%, the Eastern churches (Orthodox, etc.)--12%; the Pentecostal churches--12%, and the Evangelical non-Pentecostal—8%. Non-denominational churches are included in the last two categories as well as independent churches.   Does 41,000 different branches of Christianity sound like what God and Jesus wanted with the idea of one church to...
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05
May

Is Church a Matter of Choice--Part 1

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Over the next few weeks, I want to spend some time digging into the question that I get asked by a number of people, “Does it really matter where I go to church?” I remember when I was about 7 years old (40 years ago) walking down the cereal aisle at the grocery store. There were about 10-15 varieties of cereal—Rice Krispies, Life, Post Toasties, Raisin Bran, and my favorite Fruity Pebbles. If you go to the grocery store today, not only is there a much larger selection of choices (over 200), but every type of cereal has 5-6 different...
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