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Get to Know People (Feature Friday 09/06/19)

Being a friend is inconvenient, takes time, and is often difficult. It was true of friendships when I was 9 years old and wanted to play baseball, but my friends wanted to ride bikes. It was especially true in college when a friend and I realized we liked the same girl. And being a friend to others as an adult is hard on so many levels. But being a friend is part and parcel to following Jesus.

As Craig Etheridge shares, “Jesus was called a ‘friend of sinners.'” And if you want or claim to follow Jesus you will need to work on being a friend as well. We are surrounded by people who simply need friends and ultimately need Jesus. The reality is that people may never know they need Jesus until they have a friend who is a friend of Jesus. This is exactly what Craig is getting at in his article, “Friend of Sinners“.

Jesus instilled in his disciples a heart for people and his followers today should still be evidencing that heart. How are you doing at it? Comment below some routine ways to develop friendships around you.

Enjoy the article and your weekend and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

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Feature Friday (06/29/18)

Sharing is caring! At least that is how the slogan goes. Sharing can be fun. You can share a victory as a team, you could share a meal with family and friends, and you can share a vacation with others as well. In all of these instances, sharing is fun. But sharing can also be difficult, even scary.

Sharing can become frightening when you think about personal information or aspects of our lives. While sharing personal information can be scary in light of all the digital and technological fraud going on these days and hacking involved; I believe sharing is even more daunting when we consider sharing personal aspects of our lives. This is especially true when we think about sharing our faith.

Because sharing the good news of Jesus Christ can be difficult I love Jim Putnam’s article “The Disciple Maker’s Journey Starts with This Step“. Jim reveals a simple step and reality when it comes to sharing the gospel and thus disciple-making.

Check out the article and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

Feature Friday (12/29/17)

It’s Friday afternoon. I sit in my office contemplating the meaning of hope. What is it? How does it impact my life? And what do I put my hope in? It seems like every end of the year I go through this. I contemplate the last year. Look forward to the next and ask some important and intentional questions.

Questions like: what do I want to accomplish next year? Or what could I improve upon personally, spiritually, vocationally in the coming year? I realize all of these questions have to do with hope. And even as a follower of Jesus, finding and maintaining hope can be difficult in our day and age. But thankfully Joe Henegan offers some help.

In his article, “What 2018 Holds For Us: The Upside”, Joe offers 4 important positives 2018 will give us. As Joe says it, “There’s a lot to be excited about as we face a new year of Gospel growth worldwide.” I need to hear that and I agree.

I hope you will enjoy the article and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

*Photo from featured article.*

Feature Friday (9/23/16)

“I have some great news!” I remember hearing and saying these words after learning my wife and I were having our first child. There was some great news indeed. A new life was about to be born. A new adventure about to begin. And a new relationship was going to start. However, I wish I had that same attitude and aspiration when it comes to hearing and telling other great news…the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

I know it is good news, I know speaking it can begin new life, start new adventures, and stir up new relationships, but it can still be a struggle to practice evangelism. In light of that, I am always encouraged and given a renewed passion when I come across articles like this one. So if you have ever, are, or quite possible may struggle for ways to share Jesus Christ, here are 10 Ways to Practice Normal Evangelism from Lifeway Pastors blog.

As always enjoy and invite someone to join you this weekend on the Lord’s day with the Lord’s people.

Feature Friday (4/29/16)

The gospel of Matthew…check. The gospel of Mark…check. The gospel of Luke…check. The gospel of John…check. The gospel of Judas…? Are there more gospel accounts that should be included in the Bible but aren’t? How do we know only the 4 belong and are actually “God-breathed”? These are just some of the questions that will be answered if you “Would Like to Take a New Testament Course with Tim Challies“. Follow the link and the directions given there and you will receive a seminary level course titled Introducing the Gospels and Acts: Their Background, Nature, and Purpose  taught by Dr. Darrell Bock, research professor of New Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. It usually costs $229.99, but they are giving us access for free!

I hope you will consider taking this course. Again, simply click here and follow the directions given to join the group and start the class next Monday May 2nd.

And as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

Feature Friday (1/9/15)

imagesModesty. An issue that almost makes you cringe. However, when you speak of such a topic around Christians and in regards to church attire, the debate will rage. So this week’s collective post brings great insight into the question of modesty in answering the question: “What To Say to That Immodestly Dressed Girl at Church“.

Enjoy and be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

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