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The Book Shelf | Family Discipleship

“Discipling your child is not primarily your church’s job, your child’s school’s job, or your pastor’s job. This job is yours. This job is vital and requires your unique best... Making disciples at home is not ‘one more thing’ to add to your list of parental tasks. It is the thing, the primary mission and calling that should undergird every single interact...

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Prosperity Gospel and The Old Testament

A common error in today’s Christian landscape is the teaching of the ‘prosperity gospel.’ Generally speaking, this message communicates that strong enough faith and good enough obedience will always lead to physical health and tangible wealth. In other words, those who truly follow Jesus always find visible success and comfort in this life....

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The Thread

It's always been there. I just haven't always noticed it. It's thin, this thread. So thin that it often seems to disappear. But it is indeed there. It's always there. It runs through every single event in my life. From before I can even remember. It always appears bigger in the past than it does in the present. That's how I first noticed the thread. By looking back. The th...

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I Am.

Triumph. Humility. Confrontation. Celebration. Betrayal. Anxiety. Prayer. Trials. Torture. Death. Weeping. Resurrection. Victory. Jesus had quite the week. ...

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The Book Shelf | Live No Lies by John Mark Comer

"Our war against the three enemies of the soul is not a war of guns and bombs. It's not against other people at all. It's a war on lies. And the problem is less that we tell lies and more that we live them; we let false narratives about reality into our bodies, and they wreak havoc in our souls." -John Mark Comer ...

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The Book Shelf | Habits of Grace by David Mathis

"God has revealed certain channels through which he regularly pours out his favor. And we're foolish not to take his word on them and build habits of spiritual life around them." - Mathis...

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The Book Shelf | The Cost of Discipleship by Deitrich Bonhoeffer

"When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die." - Bonhoeffer...

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Joy to the Full

"Joy to the World!" "Let heaven and nature sing!" Each and every year, Christmas is supposed to bring a season of joy and laughter; magic and fun. It's a time to be filled with cheer, soak in extra time with family, and spread kindness to our neighbors. Joy to the world. And joy to the full. ...

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Why Membership Matters

Nowhere in the New Testament can you find the phrase "church member," or "church membership." There is no command from Jesus to "repent, believe, and then go take a membership class at the closest church." So what's all the fuss? Why is becoming an official member of a church important? Why does membership matter?...

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