Am I a Christian? Ask My Neighbor!

If your neighbors, family, friends or co-workers were asked if you were a Christian what would their answer be?  Would they be able to answer with a resounding yes or would they simply say that you claim to be one? What would make the difference? Most people know what a Christian is…..a follower of Jesus.

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The Politically Divided American Church

I do not believe that I have ever seen an election that has the American Church as divided as this present election does.  I thought the last two elections with President Obama were very divisive but I do believe that this one really tops them all. There are many people who can’t believe that we

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You Were Born to be Loved!

Deep on the inside of every human being is the inherent need to be loved, to know that they have value and worth.  No one can escape it nor deny it.  Some people try to act all macho and tough as if they don’t need to be loved, or that they don’t need anybody, but

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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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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 Despise the Package!

Gifts come in all shapes and sizes. My family Christmas tree is full of gifts in different colored wrapping paper, bows and ribbon.  Some are big and some are small.  Each of my children hopes that the biggest one goes to them.  For some reason, we often get excited thinking that the bigger the gift

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A Man Did Time For Me

Prison life has always fascinated me.  It’s another world inside those walls behind the fence.  I’ve watched numerous prison movies and documentaries.  The whole concept of survival in a place like that is interesting to me.  I once had a friend who spent eighteen years of his life behind bars.  His stories intrigued me as

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Unconditional Love is an Oxymoron

  All of my life I have heard Christians talk about the unconditional love of God.  I’ve heard, and even spoken, about the love of God being without conditions, while people tend to love with conditions.  As I think about love and what love really is, I have come to an understanding that “unconditional love”

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Are you a Christian Cannibal?

Sometimes Christians resort to what I would call Christian cannibalism. It’s where we, as fellow believers, tend to eat our own . . . symbolically speaking. It’s what happens when we talk about another believer in a critical, judgmental way.  It’s where we “throw someone under the bus” when they sin in a way that

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I Murdered Someone This Week

I murdered someone this week. I got away with it, too .  . . well sort of. I like to think of myself as a good Christian man.  I try to follow the teachings of Jesus.  I try to love folks the way that Jesus loves me.  I try to not hold grudges, unforgiveness or

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