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  • Remember Who We Should Be Thanking

    Thanksgiving is arguably the greatest American holiday. There are so many traditions, centered around family, and focused on being thankful…oh, and eating. How great is this!?! I absolutely love Thanksgiving. For my entire life, my family has gathered at my grandparents’ house to celebrate. For me, Thanksgiving is an opportunity to see family we don’t…

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  • Who is Jesus’ Church, Really? (Clarifying Fundamental Misunderstanding)

    There’s a lot of talk these days about the need for greater unity between Christians and among churches. And for good reason! There are like a bazillion denominations now, each claiming to be “of Jesus.” People recognize that improved unity is needed. Jesus taught His disciples the importance of unity and prayed for it among…

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  • How the Word “Church” is Used in the New Testament

    Let’s look at how the word “church” is used in the New Testament (NT). This is an important study in modern times because society has redefined the English word “church” and this makes it challenging to separate what is from what should be. “Church” Defined In the NT, the Holy Spirit used a single Greek word…

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  • Bible Book Introductions: New Testament

    This post lists the introductions of each New Testament book. A comparative side-by-side list like this can be a helpful study tool.

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  • How Do I Study the Bible? (How to Get Started)

    Occasionally someone will say to me, “I want to study my Bible, but I don’t know where to start. How do I study? Where do I begin?” Good news! The answer is easy. C’mon and I’ll show you… Before We Begin… Before we discuss the how to, I need to say this: strategies are great,…

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  • The Prayer Bowl: A Great Exercise to Teach Kids About Prayer

    This post was written by Sandy Farmer. I recently read the book The God Who Sees You by Tammy Maltby. In this book, Tammy Maltby mentions how the “Israelites would pile up pillars of stones—stones of remembrance—to commemorate times when God moved powerfully and showed Himself to them.” (46% Kindle Edition) Joshua 4 (verses 1-9) is one example…

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  • Top 10: Myths About Hell

    Note: Hell is a subject that I studied afresh since writing this post. I left the contents of the post intact. However, I highly recommend the video linked at the bottom.  —Tim In this article, I look to dispel ten of the most common myths about hell. Myth #10: Hell doesn’t exist. Let’s get this…

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  • The Popularity Paradox (Effectively Reaching Lost People without Compromising Truth)

    Today I read a newspaper article discussing how a particular denomination is wrestling with certain decisions pertaining to their heritage—things like whether they should change their name or drop their denomination’s name from their title entirely, past strong political ties and turmoil over race-related issues. The article I’m referring to was written by a pastor…

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  • The Vicious Cycle of Traditionalism (What Prevents Christians from Growing)

    Over the years, I have observed a certain cycle which exists among many Christians and churches which seriously inhibits spiritual growth, robs people of joy and keeps people from experiencing the abundant life which Jesus promised (at least, this side of heaven). Let me show you. … In northwest India there is a place called…

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  • Jesus Came to Transform Us

    In the previous post, we observed that Jesus came for the purpose of saving us. But that isn’t the only reason Jesus came to earth. In this post, we consider the truth that Jesus came for the purpose of transforming us. When GOD created us, He intended for us to be with Him—to share life…

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  • Jesus Came to Save Us

    Why did Jesus come to earth? There are numerous answers to this question. The most important answer is that Jesus came to “seek and save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). From the Fall in the Garden (see Gen. 3), humanity was separated from GOD. Since that day, everyone has sinned and falls short of…

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  • What Does the Bible Say about Giving (Tithes and Offerings)?

    What does the Bible really teach about the subject of giving—supporting the poor, tithes and offerings? You might be surprised to learn that common church practice is often far from what we read of in the New Testament. In this post, I’ll take you through the entire Bible to show you what the Scriptures really…

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  • Love Feasts (W.E. Vine’s Notes)

    “agapé (ἀγάπη, 26) is used in the plural in Jude 12, and in some mss. in 2 Pet. 2:13; RV marg., “many ancient authorities read ‘deceivings,’” (apatais); so the KJV. The love feasts arose from the common meals of the early churches (cf. 1 Cor. 11:21).

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  • Re-Thinking Paul’s Teaching on the Lord’s Supper (1 Corinthians 11:17-34)

    Paul’s teaching regarding the Lord’s Supper in 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 is a commonly misunderstood Scripture. Often, this misunderstanding has contributed to significant division among believers and Christians. Let’s reexamine this important text together. The Text 17 In the following directives I have no praise for you, for your meetings do more harm than good. 18…

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  • Top 10: Lies of Satan

    In John 8:44, Jesus referred to Satan as “a liar and the father of lies.“ Ever since the first temptation in the Garden, Satan’s lies have been deceiving people. In this post, I give you what I believe would be Satan’s most successful lies of our generation today.

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  • Why Prayer is the Perfect Communication Method

    The following post was written by Sandy Farmer. If there’s one thing I’ve realized over the last ten years of my life, it is how often people have a hard time saying how they feel, verbalizing their needs, their feelings, their desires, their hurts, pains, and disappointments. This lack of ability to communicate is a…

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  • What Does the Bible Say about Dancing? (Is Dancing a Sin?)

    Over the centuries, there’s been a lot of debate and disagreement over whether Christians should dance or condone dancing. What does GOD think about dancing? What does the Bible say about dancing? Is it a sin to dance? Did Jesus dance? Let’s study for ourselves and see. You might be surprised.

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  • Wake Up and Start Living! (Discover the Invigorating Life GOD Wants for You)

    Meet Ted. Say, “Hi, Ted!” Hi, Ted! Ted is a 42-year-old married man with three kids. Ted grew up in a Christian home where both his father and mother were what we’d call “faithful Christians.” They regularly attended church and were well-respected in their community. As a child, Ted’s parents consistently made certain that he…

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  • Top 10: Reasons I Believe GOD Exists

    “Why do you believe in GOD?” Here are my top 10 reasons. Reason #1: Design Implies a Designer When I look around at nature, everything from the way my hand functions as my brain signals it to open and close, to the way an ant gathers its food for winter, to the way the earth…

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  • Myths about Baptism (Separating Truth from False Doctrine)

    There are a lot of teachings about baptism. Most of them are neither from GOD nor accurate. Let’s look at some common myths in light of what GOD’s word says about baptism.

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  • Christian Standards aren’t Defined By Culture

    Too often, “Christians” today like the idea of being Jesus’ disciple, yet we want to live just like everyone else around us. Thing is, this problem isn’t new. If you’ve never heard, then I have news for you: GOD doesn’t play that game! Never has. GOD’s not fooled by a person’s professing to be a Christian—which…

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  • Unity in the Bible

    Let’s examine what the Scriptures say about unity. GOD is Unified Our starting point for any study of character traits or attributes should be to look at the nature of GOD. GOD wants man to imitate His character and nature in every way, so He always provides the target for which we should aim. Unity…

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  • Scriptures on the Unity of the Godhead

    The unified nature of GOD is one of the more complicated concepts to explain.  The Godhead is comprised of the Father, Word/Son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit. The three deities, which are collectively called GOD, are perfectly and completely unified. Because they are unified, the Scriptures state numerous times that there is “one GOD.” Here…

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  • Top 10: Spiritual Blessings I’m Thankful For Today

    Aside from Jesus, who obviously tops the list, here are ten examples of spiritual blessings I’m thankful for today. 10. I’m thankful for the process GOD uses to grow people. I’m thankful that GOD brings us along slowly, at His pace—which, like everything He does, is what’s best for us. I’m thankful that He’s still…

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  • The Law of Swinging Pendulums

    I’ve observed a human tendency that I think out to be a law (as in Newton’s First Law of Motion or Moore’s Law dealing with computer hardware): Human behavior continually swings between extremes. There’s probably a better way to word it, but the point is that we seem to be constantly swinging from one extreme…

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