Three ways to overcome sin and temptation

Originally posted by Rick Thomas     The New Testament gives three broad categories to help think about and work through temptation. The resolution to debilitating short-term and life-long habits do not always happen the same way. Not only are there different strokes for different folks, but there can be different strokes for each of … Continue reading Three ways to overcome sin and temptation

How Micah’s Christmas Prophecy Can Strengthen Your Faith

originally posted by Living by Faith   Times of Doubt We all have times when God makes himself so real to us through His word that we know beyond any doubt that we are meeting God, and that His Word is true. But we also have times when we do not feel that certainty. We … Continue reading How Micah’s Christmas Prophecy Can Strengthen Your Faith

What Makes A Christian A Christian?


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I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

Read: Job 8:1-11:20, 1 Corinthians 15:1-28, Psalm 38:1-22, Proverbs 21:28-29

Relate: What makes a Christian a Christian? Even a cursory glance at history or sociology shows that this question can be much more complex than what first seems. What resemblance exists between a modern country pentecostal church in Alabama and the twelfth century Irish monks? Is there a commonality between today’s persecuted Egyptian Coptic church and the accusation Augustine made of his contemporaries when he wrote: “the church is a whore, but she is our mother”? Eighteenth century Russian Orthodox, nineteenth century Latin catholic, the early pioneer American Methodist churches, Scots Presbyterian…

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Book Briefs: NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible

Originally Posted by Bob Hayton   Zondervan has released a monumental study Bible. The NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible promises to bring the ancient world of Scripture to life for contemporary readers. The array of resources presented and the depth of research made accessible could almost be described as incredible. This Bible is presented in … Continue reading Book Briefs: NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible

Lies / Truth

Originally posted by Church Mouse   I think we all think things in our minds and struggle with recognizing what is truth from God and what is a lie from Satan.  When we can recognize the difference, we can "take every thought captive" and we can triumph!  I'm sharing the exercise that helped me so … Continue reading Lies / Truth

Don’t fall asleep on your watch

walking on the narrow path.

Acts20:9 And a young man Eutychus sitting on the window sill sinking in a deep sleep; and as Paul kept on talking,he was overcome by sleep and fell down from the third floor and was picked up dead. (Nasb)

We must never fall asleep on our watch. When we fall asleep on our watch it can become a danger to us. Because we leave ourselves open to attack. When we become apathetic that could be a sign that we are falling asleep on our watch. Or maybe when we let our attendance from church fall off. Or even if we don’t devote time to God in by reading his word. In order for us not to be caught it the predicament we must fight and and stay strong.

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