“Stress and Danger are Normal”

Saturday Musings Every day I hear stories of pastors or churches proving unfaithful in the task of proclaiming the truth once delivered to the saints (Jude 3). Denominations ordaining practicing homosexuals, a pastor running off with someone else’s wife or church funds. Some, I fear, where never believers in the first place. They convinced themselves … More “Stress and Danger are Normal”

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The Place of “Dying” in Discipleship

Thursday is for Discipleship Six years before he was imprisoned by the Nazi’s, Dietrich Bonhoeffer penned these words: “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.” It was passages like Matthew 10:37-39; Mark 8:34-38; Luke 14:25-27 that forced Bonhoeffer to the conclusion that would later cost him his life. Questions: What part … More The Place of “Dying” in Discipleship

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A Cross-shaped People: The Goal of Christian Discipleship

Continued from Yesterday “What is a Christian: How Should He View himself and His Mission? (part 4) Today: (Part 5) We are a “cross-bought and cross-shaped people.” Let me start by citing a number of Scriptures. First, on the “cross-bought” nature of our existence, Paul speaking to the Ephesian elders says this: Acts 20:28 “Be … More A Cross-shaped People: The Goal of Christian Discipleship

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When a Christian understands the cross-shapedness of his calling, what happens?

Continued from Yesterday “What is a Christian: How Should He View Himself and His Mission? (part 3) To be a sojourner, to be a fisher of men, is to understand the cross-shapedness of our calling. We must train our people to be driven by a vision of the cross. Believers in Christ who know, who … More When a Christian understands the cross-shapedness of his calling, what happens?

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Is Jesus Really Worth all the World’s Hatred?

Friday is for Heart Songs “Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you.” (1 John 3:13) I love being loved. I love preaching the word of God and knowing on the faces of the congregation, that what I am teaching is being heard clearly, appreciated and excitedly applied. I love “coming down from … More Is Jesus Really Worth all the World’s Hatred?

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