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7 Kingdom Misconceptions

For most Christians today, the Kingdom of God is a vague, mystical non-reality. Heaven is a celestial rest home for dearly departed saints. The Kingdom is mentioned twice in the ceremonial recitation of the Lord’s Prayer but has virtually no impact on the spiritual consciousness of the average church-goer.

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Why Are You Here?

I’ve been lying in bed awake since 2:15 a.m. thinking about the answer to a question I ask myself regularly: “Why am I here?” It helps to regularly touch base with your purpose. But while I was thinking about the answer to that, I thought about something Paul said in Galatians 4:19 that sounds a little strange…

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The Sad Story of a Wise Old Fool

However well Solomon may have started out, and however well he may have lived for most of his life, Solomon did not finish well. He did not end his life on a good note. He ended poorly. He did not just make some mistakes towards the end of his life – he utterly, completely, and totally failed.

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The Foolishness of the Cross

What’s wrong with the Church is that Christ is not preached, the Cross is not taken up, and the Self has not died. So if I am to suffer, let me suffer for preaching the foolishness of the Cross.

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Living the Christ-Life

So many times I do something thinking it is Good, thinking it is really Spiritual and Holy and Pure, but it results in Death. It is Death because it is “me” doing it. For many years that was the way I pursued the ministry. I was very busy doing things for God, and of course I thought I was a good, spiritual person. But I am in the flesh whenever “I” am doing anything apart from Jesus.

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The Altar is Already Built

Stop building crap FOR Him, offering crap TO Him, and defending the crap that people do in His Name! All that is just a way to avoid offering up YOURSELF on the CROSS as living sacrifice – which is what God is really asking for.

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The Triumph of Love

“He died FOR me!” says one who hears the story. “He died AS me!” says one who knows the Man. To embrace the Cross is To take the greatest possible risk To endure the greatest possible suffering To overcome the greatest possible evil To achieve the greatest possible... read more

Why Israel Matters

The topic of Israel has been talked about, it’s been preached about, and it’s a topic that seems to generate a lot of interest among Christian people. But a lot of them really don’t have a clue about how Israel fits into the plan of God or how Israel is related to the Ekklesia, they just kind of follow the lead of the preachers who get on television and talk about Israel.

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The Bird Clock: A Lesson in Grace

When my older daughter was just a little girl (maybe 7 or 8 years old) she saved her money and bought a clock for her bedroom. This clock was very unique! Instead of using numbers, this clock was decorated with different birds that would chirp their distinctive call... read more

I Know Whom I Have Believed

As we grow out of infancy and begin to wrestle with the deeper questions and issues of the Christian faith we will learn to say, I know WHY I believe. The ultimate experience, however, is to be brought to a place where we can say with confidence, I know WHOM I believe. Knowing WHAT is a beginning. Knowing WHY is progress. Knowing WHO is maturity.

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Why Does Fellowship Elude Us?

If everyone is looking for fellowship, why is fellowship so hard to find?  And once we have found it, why is it so hard to maintain it? When God begins to bring you out of church and into a deeper relationship with Himself, there is a lot of unlearning that has to... read more

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