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How I Prepare a Sermon – Christian Article

I have enjoyed reading articles by various Aussies as they tell how they prepare their weekly sermons. I always find it beneficial to hear how others set about the task and thought I’d add my voice to the mix. The point in this article and the others is not to suggest that one method is superior to any other or to suggest any of them is worthy of total imitation. Rather, it’s to provide a smorgasbord of options other preachers…

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How To Achieve Your Financial Goals This Month ecclezzia.com – Christian Article

At the beginning of every year, many of us create New Year’s resolutions. We think about what we did or didn’t accomplish last year. And create new hopes and dreams for the coming year. Unfortunately, not everyone knows the difference between a resolution and a goal. And few people understand how to set goals and achieve them successfully. According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, only 9.2% of all people ever feel that they are successful in achieving their New Year’s…

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Does Your Church Truly Care for True Widows? – Christian Article

An especially important ministry of the earliest church was the ministry of caring for widows. In fact, early in the book of Acts we see that the church’s first conflict was related to widows, when some were unjustly favored over others. The Apostles responded by appointing a body of men of good repute to oversee and ensure the equitable distribution of charity. And though that was undoubtedly the right course of action, it did not solve every problem or answer…

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Fellowship Is Supernatural -Pastor Sam Adeyemi – Christian Article

One of the most significant ways in which a Christian experiences inspiration is through fellowship. When we gather together in fellowship, there is a unique manifestation of the presence of God (Ps. 133). The place where we gather together in fellowship is a place of blessing. Fellowship brings inspiration which illuminates our inner faculties. The psalmist talks about the impact of going to the sanctuary or the house of God in Psalm 73: 1-17 (MSG). It is so easy to…

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You Can Talk To Anything – Christian Article

For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith (Mark 11:23). The words of Jesus above reveal that not only are our words potent and would come to pass, but you also can talk to anything; yes, ANYTHING! This is because…

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What’s with the Brackets around John 7:52–8:12? – Christian Article

In this excerpt from John for Everyone, esteemed New Testament scholar and professor N. T. Wright—whose books and courses are on sale for just two more days—explains why John 7:52–8:12 is often included in the Gospel, though there are good reasons for its omission. Whether the story “should” be there or not, it can help us better understand John’s Gospel and Jesus’ mission on earth. *** There is a puzzle about this story. It doesn’t really seem to fit here.…

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The Five Things You Want Your Church To Be – Christian Article

Let’s say there are five things you really want in a local church. Through reading good books and listening to helpful podcasts, you’ve drawn up a list of key qualities. You want deeply biblical expositional preaching, passionate zeal for evangelism, close-knit and sacrificially-minded small groups, worship that is both physically expressive and grounded in truth, and a congregation that displays all the diversity of the neighborhood around. Those are good and noble desires. But this is the real world. So…

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Let the Bible Be What It Is – Christian Article

As a biblical scholar, I’m often asked for advice on how to interpret the Bible. I could refer people to tools (like Logos Bible Software) and techniques for analyzing the original languages, even for people dependent on English. But neither of those are my go-to answer. My own journey has convinced me there’s one fundamental insight that, if faithfully observed, will help more than anything. It’s the best piece of advice I can give you:Let the Bible be what it…

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Getting Older Involves a Lot of Dying – Christian Article

I am finding that getting older involves a lot of dying. And while I’m not that old yet, I expect that as more time passes, it will also come with a lot more death. Obviously physical mortality will be my final end, just as it has been for everyone else, but I’m seeing there is lots more I’ll need to die to before that. Dying to dreams. I have always been something of a dreamer. I like to look forward…

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Sunday A La Carte – Tim Challies – Christian Article

As I collected links this week, I found the list growing and growing until I realized I had a lot more than I could put to use. So I decided to collect some of them into a special Sunday edition of A La Carte. Enjoy! From time to time I like to link to some of the books I’ve been enjoying but don’t plan to review. In that vein, William Hague’s William Wilberforce is a brilliant biography of a great…

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New Series from Lexham Press: the Best of Christianity Today – Christian Article

Since 1956, Christianity Today has been the leading voice for evangelicalism in America—a bellwether of theology, politics, and culture for evangelicals. Some of the most influential and respected modern evangelical leaders have written for the magazine, including John Stott, Carl F.H. Henry, F.F. Bruce, Cornelius Van Til, J.I. Packer, and others.   Now, the best of Christianity Today is being collected into books, and the first three are available for pre-order today. These books mark the beginning of a three-year…

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How To Make Yourself Happy – Pastor Chris – Christian Article

For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost (Romans 14:17). The recreated human spirit produces endless joy. Thus, it’s easy for every and any Christian to be happy, by simply choosing to be. Someone who’s not happy about himself can’t make anyone else happy. It’s one of the ways you know people who are frustrated; they tend to pass it on. Don’t live that way. You have a responsibility,…

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What I Pack In My Spiritual First Aid Kit – Christian Article

Last year, before I set out on my journey round the world, I did a bit of research on the first aid supplies I ought to bring with me. After all, at some points I would be pretty far off the beaten path and pretty far from emergency care. I found all kinds of recommendations and put together a little kit to carry with me. It wasn’t much, but it was only ever meant to tide me over in the…

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What Is Logos in the Bible? A Short and Extended Answer – Christian Article

More than the name of this blog and our Bible study software, logos (which we pronounce LOW-goess . . .  and LAH-gahss) is an important Greek word in biblical and theological studies. “Logos is arguably the most debated and most discussed word in the Greek New Testament,” writes Douglas Estes in his entry on this word in the Lexham Bible Dictionary (a free resource from Lexham Press). What does logos mean, and why is it significant for Christian theology and biblical…

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What Is Biblical Hearing? Kevin Vanhoozer on Hearing and Doing – Christian Article

Photo by Ilya Ilford on Unsplash By Kevin Vanhoozer In perhaps the most famous Arabian Nights story, Aladdin discovers a magic lamp that, when rubbed, produces a genie who invariably responds, “Your wish is my command.” It is the classic response of a servant to his master: “To hear is to obey.” But in real life there is often a gap, sometimes a yawning chasm, between hearing and obeying. Not everyone is as fortunate as Aladdin: sometimes servants hear, and do half-heartedly; at…

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The Benefits and Drawbacks of Following a Parenting Method – Christian Article

Some parents embark on the great task of raising a child already convinced of a particular parenting method. They’ve done the research, read the books, scoured the forums, and have made up their minds. Other parents embark on the great task of raising a child without having put any substantial thought into methodology. They haven’t completed the hours of research, haven’t read the books, haven’t scoured the forums, and basically intend to learn as they go. What’s remarkable to me…

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How We Worshipped One Sunday in May – Christian Article

Every few weeks I like to share an example of one of our worship services from Grace Fellowship Church. I do so hoping they serve as a model of how one church attempts to worship the Lord in a distinctly biblical way. In this case I’m sharing a service in which we baptized four new believers. This service’s cast of characters included Paul as our service leader and preacher and Josh as our lead worshipper. Steve, our associate pastor, closed…

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3 Financial Mistakes Your Church May Be Making . . . And How to Avoid Them – Christian Article

Photo by NORTHFOLK on Unsplash Maybe this describes you. Research shows that 66% of senior pastors love teaching and preaching, but in small churches especially, pastors have to wear many other hats they are less excited about. Like financial decision-maker. Around 20% of the same group said that the church budget is the most stressful part of their job. And chances are, most pastors (not just that 20%) would cut budgeting from their role entirely if they could. Preparing an annual budget can…

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3 Questions Your Church Should Be Asking about Technology and Scripture – Christian Article

Photo by Benjaminrobyn Jespersen on Unsplash A few weeks ago Faithlife hosted BibleTech, a two-day conference on the intersection of technology and Scripture in the Christian life. As a co-host, I had the privilege of sitting in on at least half the talks. Topics ranged from the future of AI in Bible study to the enduring value of paper Bibles, and overall attendees were warm toward technology. And yet there was an uneasiness in the air about it, too—fears about what technology might…

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How Many Loves Have You Experienced Today? – Christian Article

“Love is a many splendored thing,” says the old song. Love has many hues, many shades, many facets. Love has many features to observe, many marvels to behold. There is so much to love that none of us can ever experience it in all its forms. Not even close. Yet while none of us can ever experience it in all its forms, we really do have the pleasure of experiencing it in many of its forms. Do you ever pause…

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The True Meaning of Easter! – Christian Article

Easter is a Pagan Holiday This article was originally published on this site for Easter, 2003. ENJOY! Note: Illustrative images NSFW. Reading from Compton’s Pictured Encyclopedia, 1948, Volume 4, page 140, we find that Easter is the Greatest Festival of the Christian Church, which commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ – which festival was named after the ancient Anglo Saxon Goddess of Spring! EASTER. The greatest festival of the Christian church commemorates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is a…

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Don’t Limit Your Vision – Pastor Adeboye ecclezzia.com – Christian Article

As humans, we naturally build our vision around what we can see. Many years ago as a pastor in RCCG, during conventions, we would have a crowd of two thousand and I would say “What a crowd!” but in 1979, I attended Kenneth Hagin’s camp meeting in America and I saw 17,000 people in attendance; I was astonished. That became the extent of my vision. I was now anticipating an RCCG convention as large as the Kenneth Hagin meeting. Years…

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3 Short Words: Why the ‘Date’ of Palm Sunday Is so Profound – Christian Article

I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. — Isaiah 46:10, NIV The significance of Palm Sunday was lost on me as a child. I suspect it’s lost on most Christian adults, too. My first memories of Palm Sunday were of sitting patiently in Sunday school next to my friends, holding palm fronds. When signaled, we waved them high while singing “Hosanna! Hosanna in the highest!” to a slightly off-key piano. I…

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We Murder Babies – Tim Challies – Christian Article

We were driving across Africa’s dusty plains—he, a man who has never left his nation and I, a traveler far from my own. We bounced along rutted, unpaved roads and passed by villages with access to little more than the most rudimentary infrastructure. As we chatted about his life and mine, he asked me what’s meant by that little euphemism he has seen in Western media: “a woman’s right to choose.” As I explained it, his face registered first shock,…

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Evangelical Christianity’s Ten Biggest Mindfucks – Christian Article

By Valerie Tarico ~ Mind·fuck: [ˈmīndˌfək] NOUN. A disturbing or extremely confusing experience, in particular one that is caused by deliberate psychological manipulation. Some stuff people tell you messes with your head if you buy into it. Maybe it’s self-contradictory. Maybe it doesn’t line up with what you know about yourself or the world around you. Maybe it makes you question the evidence of your own senses or your ability to think straight. Maybe it muddles your intuitions about right…

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