Be Gentle

Morning Thought

But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will. 2 Tim 2:23-26

I am no expert but I really try to avoid spiritual and secular arguments. I have never liked conflict and disputes.

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I Want You to Know Him – Eph. 1:15-23 (sermon audio)

Give Me The Bible

9/10/17 p.m. sermon

The apostle Paul was always ready to let the brethren to whom he wrote know that he was praying for them.  The letter to the Ephesians is no different as he tells them, “I never cease giving thanks for you and I am regularly remembering you in prayer.”  In particular, Paul prays for them to grow in the knowledge of God, in three specific ways that we will consider in this lesson.  He wanted them to grow in knowledge concerning their hope, concerning their inheritance, and concerning God’s power.

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Making Your Pastor Your Master

sugarfreeden

Yes, I’m on this again! Too many people in today’s churches have made their pastors/leaders their Master. They have put them on pedal’s acting as if they are God. Stop praising and worshipping the creature and start praising and worshipping the Creator! Your pastor’s knees has to bend like yours, they are servants just like you; NOT the Savior! They may be some of your god’s, but they aren’t the God Almighty, the Master, the Great I am, the Savior, at all!

Those pedal stools some people have put them on will cause them to tumble right into the pits of hell. The reason why is these leaders act like they are God. They are not!!! They act the way they do, because this is how hey are treated. Many have become puffed up and vain.

God isn’t pleased with what is going on in the churches today. Some things…

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The Church and the Book of Revelation.

Food for Thought

I was on my way into work this morning, taking the time to talk to God about my day. I knew I wanted to write something for the blog but I couldn’t figure out what it would be. And then it came to me: write about the church and the Book of Revelation.

And I don’t just mean the ‘church’, as in the body of believers; I also mean the pulpit we all look to when the church is in the building.

I can’t help but think that many in the body and those in the pulpit are becoming like the church of the Laodiceans. Here is what Jesus had to say to John about the Laodiceans:

And unto the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know they works; that thou art…

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“The Healthy Local Church”

Shoreline Community Church

This weekend Pastor Mike Barnard plans to bring the message “The Healthy Local Church” from 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; the Recon 12:2 worship team from our Frontline Student Ministry will be leading the worship music.  Please read through the attached “Digging Deeper” Bible study notes before Sunday to get the most out of the message.  Hope to see you this Sunday at 8:30 or 11:00am; our annual All-Church Barbecue will follow the 11:00am service!

DD The Healthy Local Church-2

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The Raising of Disciples, and Why Every Moment Counts

Raising My Tribe

The other morning I was hurrying around trying to get breakfast on the table. My children, bless their little souls, were giving me every distraction conceivable to stop me from accomplishing that task. I admittedly was ignoring them until my eight year old asked me to update her on the new hurricane and if it was going to hit Florida. Catching me off guard, I stopped (without actually stopping) and answered her as much as I could. But then entirely stopping—briefly forgetting I had a to-do list—I asked her why she wanted the update. She was just trying to stay current, so she knew how to pray and was wrestling with why it had to go to Florida.

Unable to ignore her tender heart and desire to pray, I began to ask her some more questions, which then led us to discuss God’s power and purpose behind allowing a hurricane…

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The Church Should Focus On It’s Own Family

More Than Don't Have Sex

Many years ago when I was driving through Colorado Springs I saw a bumper sticker directed at Focus on the Family that said, “Focus On Your Own Family”.  I thought it was sort of funny but I didn’t really give it a lot of thought.  But the phrase sort of stayed with me.  Whenever I’d see something from Focus I’d think about that sticker and smile.

But in thinking about it, this might actually be a good idea.  Now to be clear, before I start, I like a lot of what Focus the organization does.*  I’m not picking on them here.  However, the Church’s focus on the nuclear family is a huge problem with far, far reaching implications.

As I’ve stated many times, I’m not against the church teaching on family or how to be a good husband, wife, parent or even child.  I’m not against that all.  If I’m…

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