The Early Bird Gets The Link

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Surprise! Life Does Begin at Conception
I don’t think people want to admit the distasteful truth to themselves that they’re dividing human beings into two groups: those whose lives we respect and those we don’t
3 Reasons My Idols Are Better Than Jesus

Yes, the heart is an idol factory. Today it’s busily working. Building. Manufacturing. And whatever comes out of that assembly line will tell you what you want to hear, think you’re the most important thing in the universe, and hate all the same things you do. In short, those idols will be another version of our worst selves.

Governed by Bad News or Good News?

Timely article, we get so consumed by our 24 hour news culture, we begin to have a “woe is us” attitude. “How do we keep ourselves from being governed by bad news? Continue reading “The Early Bird Gets The Link”

Breaking The Monotony 

I facilitate a college Bible study at church. We meet have dinner fellowship and Bible study. We have good times. Sometimes it’s good to break the routine, do something different. Last night, I seen the opportunity and took it.

Our church was hosting their Awana award celebration and end of year bash. This year we had Jeff McCullogh, he is owner/producer of Jump Start 3. Jeff takes Scripture and puts it into a musical style kids, and most adults, would enjoy. His work is featured in the Answers in Genesis VBS curriculum and he travels around the world performing and spreading the Gospel. I met Jeff earlier in the day and talked for a bit about my days in Southern California and “Los Doyers”.

Breaking The Monotony 

After his performance with the kids, I took the opportunity Continue reading “Breaking The Monotony “

The Early Bird Gets The Link 

How the Prosperity Gospel Hurts Racial Reconciliation
The more I’ve thought of that over the past few weeks, the more I’m convinced that Perkins is right. The prosperity gospel is a barrier to racial reconciliation.

The Two Kinds of Conversation You Need To Have With Your Children

He told me about the various conversations you will need to have with your children as they grow and mature. Those simple and direct talks with seven-year-olds eventually give way to much deeper and more nuanced ones with seventeen-year-olds. And then he offered advice on two different ways to have such conversations.

Four Ways to Create an Evangelistic Culture in Your Church

While the creation of an evangelistic culture cannot be reduced to a simple formulaic approach, I can offer four suggestions of a more practical nature.

How I Discovered True Masculinity

Growing to see myself as nothing more and nothing less than a redeemed man who struggles with the flesh might be the most freeing transformation I’ve experienced as a Christian. It’s freed me from anxiety, from feelings of inferiority, and from living in the shadows of isolation. And it’s freed me to meaningful friendship and fellowship with a local church—and with a community of men—who love Jesus. 

The Early Bird Gets The Link

There is still a chance to win Lecrae’s new book Un-Ashamed, click here.

Inside the Popular, Controversial Bethel Church
Well written article concerning Bethel Church movement. With the read.

The Daily Work of the Spirit

It’s easy to feel ministered to when soft guitar strums are playing, but harder when it feels like I’m a bunch of grapes being stomped in a wine vat. The stomping comes in the form of bitter thoughts towards my husband from a previous conflict, when my son disobeys for the fifth time in one day, and when my toddler won’t stop screaming for me to hold him. Yet, the pressure put on the grapes is turning them to sweet wine. Likewise, if I yield to the work of the Holy Spirit in these daily pressures I’ll progressively find myself producing good fruit.

Sorry, ‘Left Behind’: Only One-Third of Pastors Share Your End Times Theology

I would like to know what the “none of these” believe.  Continue reading “The Early Bird Gets The Link”

The Early Bird Gets The Link

Missing Easter
Thankfully, the season of Eastertide invites all to inquire—even those present on Easter Sunday—into how the continuing presence of the risen Lord manifests himself in our day-to-day reality. And this is good news. If Easter Sunday is only about an historical event of long ago, and only comes but once a year, then there is not much hope for me, or for Thomas, or for anyone who is seeking the Risen Jesus.
Why Aren’t Baptists … Baptizing?

As a member of an SBC church this is convicting because it is true. “First things first: Continue reading “The Early Bird Gets The Link”

Insights From Mathew: Overcoming Temptation Part 1

In Mathew 4 we read of Jesus victory over temptation. Satan approaches Jesus at the end of a 40 day fast, in solitude, in the wilderness. Satan thinks he sees an opportunity. Satan is coming to Christ in what appears to him as a moment of weakness. If you’ve ever read the account, then you know Christ overcame, Christ was the victor. If you are a believer Christ victory is your victory. Christ has overcome the evil one, Jesus is our way of escape when we face temptation. John tells us “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8c). We need to cling to Christ at all times because we never know when Satan will tempt us. But how do we Continue reading “Insights From Mathew: Overcoming Temptation Part 1”

The Early Bird Gets The Link 

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Interpreting the Bible in 3 Simple Steps
In the simplest form, we sit down and read the Bible with a focus on the fact that God is present and speaks to us through what we read. We consider a three-step approach to studying the Bible. 
The Father Himself Loves You

He’s telling us how the Father feels about us. He could say more, but he doesn’t. He doesn’t need to. It’s all we need. We can stop working for the love of God and start working out of the love of God.

35 Random Thoughts and Tips on The Reading of Books

Don’t like reading? I get it. I was there. But I want to encourage you to try. Just start anywhere, and ask God to bless you along the way. It is no exaggeration to say that reading good books can change the trajectory of your life.

The Jewish Intellectual Who Predicted America’s Social Collapse

To expose the problems of modern society, Rieff outlines Western history according to three cultural “worlds,” each representing a time period (not a separate sphere of existence). The first was the pagan world, enchanted by its many gods. Following this was the second cultural world, one dominated by monotheism. This era has only recently given way to the third cultural world, our present age, in which many wish to do away with the gods altogether.

Advice for Better Bible Memory

Many of us know how valuable it is to memorize God’s word. But we often don’t know where to start. We get discouraged. We burn out quickly and move on to something less taxing. I’ve wrestled with these frustrations for years now. As a performer and worship leader, I’ve had to develop techniques so that I don’t drop the ball when I take the stage.