Framed By Your Past

One of the most profound things that I have learned as of late is the fact that my life, as well as yours, has been framed by the things that we have said in the past. In other words, our present has been framed by our past. The things that we have said about ourselves,

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Keeping Your Faith

The Bible says that without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6). The Christian life is all about faith. We either have faith in the positive or in the negative. We either believe that good things are going to happen to us or that bad things will happen. It is by the confession

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N.T. Wright Interview: “Simply Jesus” & Wright Responds to Critics

Click this link to read the unedited interview: http://frankviola.org/2012/01/23/ntwright

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How To Remove The Pain From Preparing A Weekly Sermon

After talking to hundreds of preachers, we’ve found most preachers love preaching, but the grind of preparation can often become a pain.  Here are three things we’ve seen. 1. Great preaching comes from a great preparation system.  Perry Noble doesn’t prepare in a vacuum.  He has a team at NewSpring Church that helps him prepare. 

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Every Christian should read this book.

I Am a Follower by Leonard Sweet is a book that tackles the thorny issue of leadership with the Church.  For decades now, we have had conferences, books and seminars on how to build better leadership within the Church.  We do need leadership but the Church cannot borrow it’s leadership sylte from the world, which

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Are You a Paroled Sinner or an Acquitted Christian?

Many Christians tend to view salvation as a legal idea whereby we are guilty sinners who stand before an angry judge (God).  Jesus is our defense attorney and because of His death on the cross, He tells the Judge that He took our place and offers our defense before God.  God then declares us not

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Immanuel — God with us (part one)

There have been plenty of times in my life when I felt that God didn’t understand me and my struggles.  How could He, I reasoned, as He is God and I am a human that deals with sin and weakness.  Not to mention, that I was raised to believe that God nearly demanded my perfection

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Another New Year

It seems that everyone looks at a new year like some magical day where everything will be different. Somehow at midnight on December 31st, something mystical happens that makes January 1st a magical day where everything changes and people get fresh starts. I sure wish it worked this way. It doesn’t. 2012 will not be

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Communion in a manger

My family and I went to church on Christmas morning.  Towards the end of the service the church partook of communion.  What was very interesting to me was that the communion plates were set up in mangers at the front of the church.  Normally during a service, ushers will pass around the communion plates to

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