Christ’s Influence

Jesus influenced everyone around Him in one way or another. The multitudes thronged Him for His mighty works, and the protectors of the Law crucified Him for pointing out their shortcomings. One constant remained throughout Jesus’ ministry: love. His compassion for people was birthed long before He spoke the world into existence. In the beginning…

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Teaching a Bible Study

I begin with this statement: I do not believe there is any substitute for one-on-one evangelism. Going into someone’s home or inviting them to your house and discovering answers is a proven Biblical formula for discipleship. As technology advances, this format may be the only way to reach some who spend countless hours online. So,…

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Early Church Fundamental

When asked to identify something foundational for the early church, my mind gravitated directly to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The gift of the Holy Ghost is the catalyst and most basic requirement for all we do. It brings “Spiritual birth” (John 3:5); the Spirit guides us into all truth (John16:13) and teaches us…

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Timeless Evangelism

             The types and methods of evangelism used by the 1st-century church and the church of today are still very similar. Certain freedoms and technological advancements have changed how we approach ministry, but the overall mission and mindset are the same. People have also developed a dependency on conveniences, which must be accounted for when…

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The Oneness of God Outline

The following is an outline that I had to do for an assignment to use if we were going to explain the Oneness of God to someone who has not heard of this doctrine:   The Names of God. In Hebrew, the name of God is YHWH; sometimes represented in the Bible by LORD or…

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Pastoral Studies II

            The classes in Pastoral Studies II were an incredible wealth of information on a variety of subjects. Each class added to the next with useful information to add value to personal ministry and enrich daily Christian discipleship. From the notes taken in each class, I want to highlight the most personally impressionable portions of…

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Holiness Development pt. 2

Sanctification is defined as the action of making or declaring something holy and the process of being freed from sin or purified. In our daily journey of self-denial, seeking God’s perfect will, and giving up good to receive better, we move in the direction of Jesus. The most basic interpretation of being a Christian is…

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Holiness Development pt. 1

           The moment you begin to discuss holiness, those within earshot drift into a sadistic world where rules and oppression reign, life has had every bit of fun drained from its veins, and totalitarians come rummaging through your home to find evidence of rebellion and shame. Standards are not necessarily holiness, though…

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