Many Church Goers Do Not Worship God

For many months now, God has been stirring my heart, revealing Himself and asking me to truly worship Him — at church.  What a concept. The truth is, I’ve been a worshiper for years.  Being a worshiper simply means you recognize who God is.  You meditate on His attributes; His great holiness, faithfulness and love (to name my top three) and as you do, you begin to see yourself appropriately by comparison.  Worship is extremely humbling and extremely satisfying.  When…

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With all Your Mind?

In my opinion, loving the Lord with all your mind is the most widely neglected principle in the church today. It is often referred to as “the greatest commandment” — “… You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matt. 22:37 ESV). (Other reports of this command include “and with all your strength.”) Unfortunately, most Christians have a hard time obeying this rule in all three key…

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The Reality of Grammy Idols

I was so utterly discouraged Wednesday after my talk to nearly 150 teen girls, I couldn’t even write this article.  I couldn’t look at their evaluations of my program and I couldn’t understand why I couldn’t overcome my despair.  I was spent. See, mid-day on Monday I began preparing for my speech to this group.   Since I am now in my thirties — can’t believe I’m saying that —I thought it might be a good idea to do a little…

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Does your Church even matter?

My title might look like a ridiculous question, but it is one that needs to be asked by each and every one of us. So, does your church matter? Your initial response was probably like mine: “Of course! Every church matters.” OK then, what makes your church matter? The answer to this question is inextricably linked to another question — Is your church full of disciples who are passionately concerned with making more disciples? If you had to honestly answer,…

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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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The Church Needs Some Drama Queens

At the RZIM Summer institute, I met a guy whom we called “Joey B.” Joey B was an active participant in the worship and lectures. If he heard something he liked, you would hear him say “That’s so good!” or “Come onnn!” At first, I and others found this to be a little distracting. I actually wanted him to stop — that was me being foolish. You see, Joey B actually had the joy of the Lord in his heart.…

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Quote that Scripture (Secretly…)

Believe it or not, I have found that most non-believers agree with almost all of what the Bible says – especially when it comes to the pitiful state of humanity and the need for transformation – as long as they don’t know that the Bible says it. For example: Take anyone struggling with any kind of addiction or self-control problem. Chances are if you said, “I know what you mean, it’s like that which I want to do, I don’t…

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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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Truth, tolerance, logic

Why Bother With Apologetics?

If you believe in Jesus, then apologetics is for you; it is not just for “intellectuals.” The clearest definition I’ve heard is that apologetics is the communication and defense of the Christian gospel. I have heard some speakers say that “God does not need His people to defend Him.” Of course that is true in a literal sense, as if God is in danger. But God certainly uses people to speak for Him. God certainly does not accept blasphemy. And…

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