I was reading the story of Jonah today and it just made me think, “What if I don’t want what God wants for me?”
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There she stood in the garden. She was beautiful, intelligent and confident. There was no need for a crusade for her rights. There was no need for a protest. She had no use for greed, she was the richest women to ever walk the earth. Everything in the garden has been entrusted to her and Adam. The enemy knew that faith and unhindered fellowship with God can’t be defeated. The Serpent is described as crafty and witty. The truth is he has to be. He dwells in darkness. Deceitful spirits especially The Father of Lies have no place in the light. It would be too easy to see clearly and expose him for what he is, a fraud.
The Serpent decides, “I must use what God said some how or call into question His Word. The man and the woman were given everything in the garden.” The fact is they can eat from any…
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So, you want to know how you find the right church? Well, this is how you find the right church. Many people have personal preferences as to the kind of church they like. Some people prefer ones that play loud music, ones that have a charismatic preacher, and a number of other things. But do these things necessarily amount to what Scripture determines as necessary in finding the right church? Shouldn’t scripture be the most important standard as to what is the right local body of Christ we should be assembling with? Well, let’s dive into scripture and observe what information it has for.
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originally posted by Bob Hayton Anyone with roots in conservative evangelicalism, and particularly fundamentalism, will have heard 1 Thess. 5:22 used as justification for all sorts of personal standards. Going to see a movie, drinking from a dark bottle, using playing cards, wearing facial hair (for men) or wearing pants (for women) — all … Continue reading The Real Meaning of 1 Thessalonians 5:22
This is post 5 in our ongoing series reviewing pastor Bill Johnson’s book God Is Good: He is Better than You Think. Pastor Bill Johnson tells a story about a woman he asked to pray for during a church service. She was suffering from cancer. Her reply was, “God has given me cancer to teach … Continue reading God’s Sovereign Will: What Was God Thinking?