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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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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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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Ordinary: How to turn the world upside down (book review)

Once in a while I will read a book that not only captivates my attention but also convicts my soul.  Ordinary:  How to Turn the World Upside Down by Tony Merida is a book that has done both.  It’s a small book that one can easily get through in a couple of hours but the

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How American Christianity differs from Kingdom Christianity, part 2

I wrote in an earlier blog about the differences between American Christianity and Kingdom Christianity.  I want to continue with this thought process. American Christianity has become prosperity and success driven whereas Kingdom Christianity is about giving. In America bigger is always better.  Americans believe that the key to the pursuit of happiness is built

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Why You Haven’t Committed the Unforgiveable Sin (book review)

Most Christians have heard of the unforgiveable sin, blasphemy of the Holy Spirit.  So many have wondered and even believed that they have committed this sin.  Most don’t understand even what this sin is. It is of the most misunderstood scriptures in the New Testament. 31 “Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy

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The Invitation

Jesus’ ministry was abuzz with rumors, questions and “office water cooler” talk.  He was famous throughout Israel. It would seem that people were not really quite sure what to think about this commoner who taught with authority and worked miracles.  Who was this man? Jesus asked his disciples about what others were saying about Him:

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Identity, Authority & Motives (part 3)

We all do what we do for a reason.  We may not know what that reason is but there is always a reason why.  Dr. Phil McGraw has ten life laws that he teaches. One of those laws is People Do What Works.  His statement is that people do what they do because there is

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Identity, Authority & Motives (part 2)

 The word authority gets thrown around a lot among Christian circles, especially in the Charismatic/Apostolic-Prophetic movement.  During the last 20 years I have heard the word authority used so many times.  Some in a right context, but unfortunately many times it has been used in a wrong way.  I’ve seen authority abused and misused.  I’ve

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Clearance Sale Jesus

A friend and I were talking one day about the cost of following Jesus. Following Jesus is a costly thing.  He said Himself that if we didn’t give up everything to follow Him that we couldn’t be His disciple (Luke 14:33).  That’s costly. It’s not about us working to receive salvation. It’s about being in

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