bible study

Teaching Purity

Two weeks ago, I was in Magnolia, Arkansas speaking at a purity conference for teen girls.  We had a great time and I was so blessed by the women there and their hearts to serve, lead and mentor their youth. I have literally had months to study the topic of purity and to ask the Lord to reveal His ideas and His ways for teaching it.  I’ve been angered, convicted and overjoyed all in the same breath as He has…

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The Problem of “Free” (Sample) Salvation

Christians need to take care to explain Biblical concepts when talking to non-believers. While we might be comfortable with our “Christianese,” we have to remember that the vast majority of the population does not go to church. We need to be diligent students and patient witnesses so those who do not believe are not more confused about Christ after speaking with us than they were before. One area where I think there is a lot of confusion is the idea…

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house of cards

House of Cards Christianity

Have you ever built a house of cards? It isn’t easy because it doesn’t take much to knock the whole thing down. If you pull out one card, even if that card is on the top of the “house,” you have a good chance of making the entire thing collapse. Unfortunately, sometimes I see the Christian faith taught in a way that makes it look like a house-of-cards faith. Let me explain, starting with the good news. There is only…

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Jaclyn Needs a Favor

Yesterday was my last day to teach King Hezekiah at the Community-Wide Ladies Bible study in Potosi, MO. What a unique and blessed experience! My heart was so encouraged by the faithfulness and response of the women. Thank you if you are one of the ladies who attended! What a beautiful group of women. God knows how far we’ve come and how thrilling it was for me to have had the opportunity to teach the study He placed on my…

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The Curse of a “Good” Life

I’m sure your life is good.  Normal.  Your life is a perfect picture of someone living out the American dream.  Life is not perfect.  You have your ups and downs.  But, you have a family and have landed a decent job.  Fun, social events and day trips fill your calendar.  Maybe you even attend church sometimes.  Anyone observing your day-to-day activities would conclude that things are, well, good. Tonight as I sat in my living room floor, Bible open, King…

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Bathsheba, a Mother of Jesus

If you haven’t taken a close look at the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew, my headline might seem shocking, maybe even blasphemous. However, she is listed, not by name, but simply as Solomon’s mother, “…the wife of Uriah.” And, at least to me, Bathsheba’s story is one of the greatest accounts of God’s grace and redemption in the entire Bible. Bathsheba came to my attention as I was trying to come up with a subject for this week’s column. My…

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Is The Bible True Because It’s God’s Word?

No. The Bible is not true because it is God’s Word. Don’t. Panic. Keep. Reading. Absolutely, the Bible is God’s Word, but that is not what makes the Bible true. The Bible is true because it is true. Profound, I know. But please, hear me out. You see, something that is true accurately reflects reality. This is how we know there are some things God cannot do. If someone told you that God said He has made a circle in…

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Pigs in a Blanket: Sanctification Part II

How would you like to have these things added to your spiritual resume?: · Literally followed Jesus everywhere he went for three years · Walked on water toward Jesus · Saw the risen Christ in the flesh · Was personally restored to fellowship by said risen Christ after betraying Him · Spoke in tongues toward the salvation of 3000 people in one day · Laid hands on the Samarian believers and they received the Spirit · Cast out demons ·…

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Progressive

Why Christians Should Be Progressive

­­This site is titled “Life in Progress,” which sounds more like your average self-help book than a Christian ministry. But there is a good reason why my sister, Jaclyn Rowe, gave that name to our speaking/writing ministry. It can be summed up in one word: Sanctification. What we mean when we say “sanctification” is the process by which God is conforming us to the likeness of His son after we accept Christ and are born again. While some teach that…

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The Best sermon on sexuality we’ve heard

David Platt, author of Radical and Follow Me delivers one of the best sermons on sexuality I’ve ever heard. I wish I had heard this sermon a decade ago.  If the player below won’t work, you can find it labeled “The Cross and Christian Sexuality Part 2” on this page: http://www.brookhills.org/media/series/the-cross-and-christian-community/v921

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