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Should We Just Ignore The Devil?

Should We Just Ignore The Devil?

There seems to be an increasing number of believers who are taking an approach to the devil that is totally foreign to the New Testament. The thought process goes something like this: Since Jesus defeated Satan through His death and resurrection, we can pretty much ignore him now. While the premise is true, the conclusion is very false. This mindset of ignoring the devil sounds nice, but it has one major problem: the New Testament paints a...

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Christians: Stop Trying so Hard to be Non-religious!

Christians: Stop Trying so Hard to be Non-religious!

There is a lot of information about the “religious spirit” and how to be free from its influence. I have written before that the religious spirit is a destructive influence that destroys the church. Jesus warned about the leaven of the Pharisees (see Mark 8:15) and this force is still alive and well today. I wrote about it in Restoring the Ministry of Jesus as one of the influences that still opposes Christ’s ministry. The religious...

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4 Myths About Organic Church

4 Myths About Organic Church

I am a big proponent of the church developing organically. I believe that many church growth methods used in the American church are too formulaic and mechanical, and have often turned the church into a business. When numerical growth becomes the primary measure of success, the door is opened to all kinds of impure methods to gain entrance. Pastors act like CEOs and members are treated like customers to keep rather than saints to be...

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3 Ways that Error Gets Into the Church

3 Ways that Error Gets Into the Church

The New Testament is full of exhortations to guard against error. There are warnings about false doctrine, false prophets/teachers, lying signs, and other types of destructive influences. The devil is always at work trying to get inroads into the church. I have noticed that he is multi-faceted in his approach. Just like he tried multiple ways of tempting Jesus, he will try various methods of getting error into God’s people. Below are some...

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3 Wrong Responses to the Supreme Court Ruling on Gay Marriage

3 Wrong Responses to the Supreme Court Ruling on Gay Marriage

With last Friday’s Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage throughout the United States, the social media and blog world have been blowing up non-stop over the last week. I very rarely address political issues on my blog, and I was not planning on writing anything on this topic. But this past Sunday while in worship and prayer, I felt like the Holy Spirit gave me a prompting to write, and an outline for an article. (That is not to...

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4 Characteristics of Spiritual Fathers

4 Characteristics of Spiritual Fathers

One of the desperate needs of the church today is for true spiritual fathers and mothers to arise and pour into the next generation of believers. There is a cry for spiritual fathers and mothers in today’s church; men and women who will invest in others sacrificially, with no strings attached. As God has brought spiritual fathers into my life, and as I have begun to step into a fathering role, I am beginning to see some characteristics...

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5 Components of Effective Discipleship

5 Components of Effective Discipleship

I wrote recently of the call of the church to make disciples. Jesus is our example in this. He intentionally selected disciples, calling them to follow Him. As they made the commitment to discipleship, they were transformed in the process. What are some keys for effective discipleship? Based on the example of Jesus, and on personal experience, I believe that we must have a multi-faceted approach. Below are five components that make for...

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The Call of Discipleship

The Call of Discipleship

The call of God for the church is not only to make converts, but to make disciples. Jesus gave what is known as the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20: And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have...

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Heresy Hunters and Pharisee Hunters

Heresy Hunters and Pharisee Hunters

There are many ministries out there today that are dedicated to exposing false teaching, pointing out false prophets, and making the church aware of aberrant movements. These ministries have been sometimes called “heresy hunters” and with the rise of the internet, heresy hunter websites and ministries are becoming more common. It is true that we must be on guard against false teaching and false prophets. Jesus warned about being...

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3 Foundations for Christian Unity

3 Foundations for Christian Unity

We know that unity is an important topic in the Bible. Jesus prayed for the unity of believers in His well-known prayer in John 17 (see verse 20-21). The apostle Paul gives us this exhortation in Ephesians 4:1-6 (emphasis added): “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring...

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