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Mark 9:37-41 Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me. And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and...

The Imperfect Church

I think one of the most unusually comforting thoughts for me as a pastor is the imperfection of the church in the book of Acts and following epistles. If you examine those Scriptures closely, you’ll find that we are not much different than they were. Deifying the...

Remember Lot's wife

Smack dab in the middle of Jesus’ discourse on the days prior to His coming, He warns us with these words, “Remember Lot’s wife.” (Luke 17:32) She looked back on Sodom and turned into a pillar of salt (Genesis 19:26). The tragic error of Lot’s wife was that she placed...

The Two Ways Of Reconciliation

I hope that the statement I’m about to make will not be a new revelation to you, but here goes. Born again Christians at times have differences, disputes, and flare-ups, for any number of reasons. Some are theological, some are personal. Some are real, some are...

Giving – A Way We Worship

Philippians 4:14 Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction. As Paul closes his letter to the Philippians (4:14-23), he thanks them once again for their generous giving and care for him. He says that they ministered to him in his...

Counterculture Christianity

Luke 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. “Counterculture” is a buzzword in our nation today. Its basic message is calling for a radical change of society that is based on new,...