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Worship Wars

Have you ever heard the phrase “Worship Wars”?  It is frequently used to describe what has happened in many of our churches over the last couple of decades as worship styles have changed. The two words that make up the phrase “Worship Wars” ought not to go together.  Worship is holy and sacred.  Wars can on rare occasions be justified, but most often they are the opposite of holy and sacred....

He Did That For Me

Theologians have a fancy phrase for it… they call it “Substitutionary Atonement.”  What it means in plain English is that Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for sin.  From the beginning of the church, there has been a clear understanding of what Christ’s death on the cross meant.  It was not simply the unjust murder of an influential if somewhat unorthodox Jewish teacher on a...

He Leadeth Me

We’ve all had this experience at some point in our lives: We are in an area that we are not familiar with; an area where if left to our own devices, we would get completely and thoroughly lost.  As you know if you have ever experienced it, it is a frightening feeling to not know where you are or where you need to go. What a relief it is when we are with someone who is familiar with the area! We don’t...

Lessons Learned

A pastor friend of mine is fond of saying that God never wastes an experience. I recently heard a powerful testimony of the truth of that statement. I had the opportunity to talk with a friend who is the Communications Director for a well-known, high profile church. Over the last couple of years they have faced some really, really tough times. I was encouraged to hear from him that things had stabilized there.  It...

Wonderful Words of Life

An American believer took a trip to the Soviet Union back in the 1980s and was allowed to bring four Russian language Bibles with him.  He gave away three of them, but toward the end of his visit, he still had one Bible left.  Visiting a state-approved Baptist Church in Moscow, he saw a young man who obviously possessed the joy of the Lord.  Shaking hands with the young man, he pressed the Bible into his hands in...

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