library: disciple-making lessons

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...
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accountability & confrontation

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...
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Romans 13 tells us when to resist government

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...
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Dealing with Preferences

In Romans 14 and 1 Corinthians 8-10 we find that the early church is polarized by the issue of purchasing and eating meat used in idol worship.  This meat was...
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Christians & Government

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...
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Don’t sweat the Non-Essentials

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...
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Is it ok resist authority?

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...
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How will the world end? Eschatology

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,...
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Who is the Spirit of God (Holy Spirit)?

The Holy Spirit is a member of the Godhead (Mark 1:10-11; John 15:26).  He shares the same attributes, characteristics, and motivations of God the Father and God the Son but...
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Why does God allow evil, pain, and suffering?

Q. Why does God allow evil in the world? Why does God allow people to hurt each other? A. Because He is love. We love the idea that God is...
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Should a Christian be involved in politics?

In ancient Athens, citizens of the state would gather in large amphitheaters to decide community matters through oral debate and a decibel voting system. This early method of democracy was very simple....
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Identifying Religious People

Have you ever heard a well meaning Christian friend or leader identify another Christian as “religious” or having a “religious spirit”? I’m sure no one reading these posts has ever...
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Five Perceptions We Have of God

Have you ever wanted to see God face to face?  I know that many people don’t believe God exists because they haven’t seen or touched Him.  We know of course...
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What is “the sabbath”

One Sabbath day as Jesus was walking through some grainfields, his disciples began breaking off heads of grain to eat. But the Pharisees said to Jesus, “Look, why are they...
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Ungodly Beliefs

As believers, our mind is moving to a place of being able to think as God thinks, of seeing and understanding the truth, and of being able to walk in...
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Looking For A Source

We all have questions about life – both the purpose and how we ought to live to day. Where can we find the answers to our questions? Do we look...
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How do I handle prophetic messages?

If you attend a charismatic or Pentecostal church, you may at some time receive a personal “prophetic word” from either a spiritual leader or someone who attends.  The average person...
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How to Hear the Voice of God

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. Joh 10:27 God is more anxious to talk to us than we are interested in listening to...
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Does God want us to be poor or prosper?

There are two extreme views on money in the church. I believe both these views are wrong. False belief: God wants us to be poor! False belief: God wants us...
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Jesus Set Boundaries

Do you realize that Jesus set boundaries for his family, his disciples, and those he ministered to? Boundaries are healthy and we need to learn how to set them in...
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Unforgiveness, Bitterness, Judgement

How we respond to rejection matters.  Here are three negative ways: Unforgiveness, Bitterness, Judgement. The key is learning how to get rid of it in your life.
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Fasting: what is it, how to

Allow me to share with you a biblical basis for fasting and prayer and help to equip you with practical tools (from my experience and the experience of others) as...
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Shedding ideas about the Holy Spirit

When I first dedicated my life to God I heard about people experiencing miracles and the supernatural – but I was cautiously optimistic because I saw weird stuff – and...
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