The Feast of Tabernacles

We recently celebrated the Feast of Tabernacles  (Leviticus 23) by camping for eight days at a campground.  When I tell some people that they sometimes wonder, “Oh my goodness, Jesus set us free from all that or don’t go back into legalism…”  But what we experienced besides eating a lot of food, hanging out, and

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Keeping the Feast 1 Corinthians 5:7-8

I love spring; the budding trees, the flowers, the warmer weather, the singing birds, its as if all of creation is calling forth the newness of life!  This is our Lord’s backdrop for the spring feasts (Passover, Unleavened Bread, Wave Sheaf/1st Fruits in Leviticus 23).  The Spring feasts usher in a new year and a

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Commitment to Spiritual Growth

How do we encourage commitment to spiritual growth in a consumer culture?   First, we must be honest and “count the costs” on the front end.  By that I mean we must clearly teach a commitment to Jesus to be disciples (Matthew 28:19-20).  Even in the face of expectations to get a lot of people on

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Praying Always Ephesians 6:18

I once heard a story of a ship that was sinking in the middle of a terrible storm.  It got so bad, the captain called out to his crew, “Does anyone know how to pray?”  One man stepped forward and said, “Yes sir, I know how to pray.”  The captain then replied, “Wonderful, you pray

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Accountability in the Church Hebrews 10:25

It is estimated that only one in twenty Christians share the gospel with others.  A much smaller percentage ever get around to making disciples (which is the calling of the church in Matthew 28:19).  One of the biggest reasons Christians are not making more disciples is because of a lack of understanding of accountability in

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Dealing With Doubts

The Milleniel generation (twenty somethings) often struggle with doubts as part of its identity.  Our mission to reach this generation must address some of these doubts since many unchurched milleniels feel the church does not permit any doubt at all.  Here are 6 points to help address doubts among milleniels.   1)  Doubts can be evidence

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Pastor Bible

Don’t Judge Me!

We hear this said often times jokingly, but are Christians never supposed to judge?  Jesus is quoted in Matthew 7:  “Judge not, that you be not judged.  For with what judgement you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.”.  Should we conclude that Christians

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