5 gospels

You Are the Fifth Gospel!

I love quotes, especially ones that stop me in my tracks and make me think.  This is one of those quotes.  I read it recently and it made me really think.  It is a very powerful and true quote. Most Americans today are not as familiar with the Bible as they were in generations past.  In

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atonement of god

The Atonement of God: Building Your Theology on a Crucivision of God (book review)

Why did Jesus really die? Was it to defeat sin? Was it to appease atonement of godthe wrath of an angry God? Was it so that God wouldn’t have to punish us because He punished Jesus? Was it to ransom us from the devil? Is God a child abuser? All these questions are answered within various theories as to why Jesus died. In this book, Jeremy looks at the four most popular theories: penal substitutionary theory, the moral influence theory, the ransom theory, and the Christus Victor theory.

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Don’t Let Sin Be Your Master

For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace. (Romans 6:14) This is such a freeing verse. Many Christians today believe that they will never get above sin. They believe that they are still sinners who are just saved by grace. But this is not the truth.

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The Final Word

The Final Word Has Not Been Spoken!

We just celebrated the apex of Christian beliefs – the resurrection of Jesus (Easter Sunday).  On Good Friday, Jesus cried out from the cross, “It is finished.”  From his perspective, everything that he came to do was now finished.  He came to be sacrificed for the sins of the world and after unbelievable torture and

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Manifesto

My Writing Manifesto: Why I Write

For a blog challenge from Jeff Goins, I was asked to write a manifesto to answer the question, “why do I write.”  It’s a fair question and one that will help guide my writing. I see many people today with a false image of God (of the Bible).  They believe God to be angry, judgmental,

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Becoming a City Church

Becoming a City Church

There are lots of churches within a city but few City Churches.  God wants us to serve our cities.  In this message I outline five ways that a Church can be a City Church instead of just another church in a city. Click here to give it a listen.

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Spiritual Stretch marks (1)

Spiritual Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are unsightly.  They occur on people who have either gained weight or on women during pregnancy because the body is gaining weight rapidly and the skin cannot keep up with the changes.  They happen because the skin gets stretched due to growth.  I don’t know anyone that likes them or even desires them.

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With God Nothing is Wasted

Nothing is Wasted With God

All of us have gone through hard times, suffered loss and tragedy, and at times even made some really costly mistakes.  Many times we think that we have hit the end of the road. We wonder how things can be salvaged out of the mess that has been created. What’s really frustrating, to me anyway,

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Forbidden Fruit

Three Consequences of Eating Forbidden Fruit

Have you ever wanted something that you were told you couldn’t have?  For some reason, it always seems to make us want it even more. Some would call that human nature.  But I wonder what it must have been like for Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden with the Tree of Knowledge of

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You May (1)

You May Freely Eat! (podcast)

I am posting a message I did at The Gathering Place in Dyersburg, TN.  I believe this is one of the most important messages I have ever released.  Many people see God as being stingy, miserly and withholding. They see Him as angry and judgmental.  But He is not like that.  He is generous and

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