The Misunderstood Jesus

Have you ever been misunderstood? Of course you have; we all have. It’s a very frustrating thing to go through. It’s really hard to deal with when people don’t want to know the truth about you. It seems that many times people would rather believe the gossip and the lies than to find out the

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The Spiritual Poverty Line

Jesus said in John 10:10 that He came that people might have life and have it more abundantly. As I think about my life and the lives of those that I lead and am in contact with, I find many of us are simply not satisified with where our lives are at.  For me personally,

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Religion vs Gospel

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Becoming More Appropriately Human

Jesus wants us to become more appropriately human.  Some may wonder what that means.  It simply means that we allow Jesus to redeem us to be what we were created to be – humans made in the image of God, who reflect God’s nature in their actions and love towards one another.  Notice that when

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Being Christian or Being More Appropriately Human?

One of the problems that I see with Christianity in America is that we work so hard at becoming better Christians, all the while we don’t really know Jesus as a Person.  We understand the “rules of Christianity” and what a Christian is supposed to do and not do.  We understand our particular belief system

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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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