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Spiritual Growth

Downloadable discipleship lessons with questions and answers on various topics

Here’s why I am a “Young Earther” Over the last 100 years, there’s been a debate among Christians about the nature of Genesis 1.  Some suggest that it provides space for evolutionary science.  Others suggest there is no space for an old earth in Genesis. Those who hold to the old earth view from Genesis…...
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How to Respond to the Failure of Church Leaders Over the years I’ve been personally affected by the failure of church leaders. As a young person, the pastor of my church was removed from leadership for actions of sexual indiscretion.  I remember the morning when it was announced.  I remember the effects on the denomination,…...
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The Biblical narrative provides both the example and precedence for our participation in the accountability element of each other’s journey of faith.  In the Old Testament, the Mosaic civil law prescribed behavior expectations, restitution requirements, punitive effects, and a sacrificial element. In the New Testament Jesus’ followers are to be actively encouraging each other to…...
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https://youtu.be/pGjxCwrP7DI?t=1099 Romans 13 is often misunderstood. It does not ask you to submit unconditionally to government. It does tell you that God has established a citizen & government relationship that is required for harmony to happen in any good society.  It requires both citizen and government to fulfill their duty! If one side does not fulfill…...
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In Romans 14 and 1 Corinthians 8-10 we find that the early church is polarized by preferences – the issue of purchasing and eating meat used in idol worship.  This meat was generally cheaper in the markets because it was donated to “feed the pagan idols” and later sold to fund the pagan temples.  In…...
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Over the last several months, I’ve received many questions from believers about how they ought to relate to government and through these interactions, I’ve realized:  1. Churches and Christian leaders have not put a great emphasis on discipling people in this area of their lives. There are few classes, sermons, or small groups focused on relating…...
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In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity.Rupertus Meldenius We all know this famous line but it is much easier said than done.  Especially because there isn’t always an agreement in the articulation about what the “essentials” and the “non-essentials” are.  Years ago, the Committee on Evangelical Unity in the Gospel attempted to…...
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This a good question – and as usual – there are always two sides when we talk about resisting authority. As a church leader and as a dad, I realize I need to be careful in what I say. I can imagine a church member or my kids will read this one day and try…...
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When my father immigrated to Canada in the 1960’s, he was bullied in a variety of ways because he was Italian. They called him Sandy – because they couldn’t pronounce his Italian name. He told me about his experience when I was a kid. He moved us into a multicultural community where we were the…...
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The Bible is clear about how human history will transition into a new reality.  Yet, scholars often disagree about the order the major events.  There are three major perspectives: premillennialism, postmillennialism, and amillennialism.  Each have several variations within them and yet each perspective recognizes the following major events in different ways. Tribulation We will experience…...
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