Guest Post – A Claim of Faith

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Faith is only as good as its object. The man in the jungle bows before an idol of stone and trusts it to help him, but he receives no help. No matter how much faith a person may generate, if it is not directed at the right object, it will accomplish nothing. “I believe” may be the testimony of many sincere people, but the big question is, “In whom do you believe? What do you believe?” We are not saved by faith in faith; we are saved by faith in Christ as revealed in His Word. – Bible Exposition Commentary (BE Series) – New Testament – The Bible Exposition Commentary – New Testament, Volume 2.

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Guest Post – Why Should You Join a Small Group?

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Why are small groups important? In Hebrews 10:19-25 we are told to not forsake meeting together to exhort one another. Verses 24-25 specifically say, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (ESV) If all you do is go to church on Sunday and sit in a service you are not fully doing what we are being told to do here. How can you stir someone up to love and good works that you are not spending time with? The answer is you can’t.

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Free Friday! Letters to Timothy

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Happy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $19.95,  is Letters to Timothy: A Handbook for Pastors by John Bisagno. Click here to download.

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Guest Post – The Church and Extended Family

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Every year my family travels down to Jonesboro, GA for our Thanksgiving get together on Black Friday. While everyone else is unloading their big screens and midnight deals from their morning adventure, I’ve already downed an entire can of black olives (not exactly the wisest choice). All twenty plus aunts, uncles, cousins and significant others circle up and say grace before we sit down to a meal that will guarantee some form of turkey coma later in the day.

This picture of family has been ingrained in my mind for as long as I can remember. As we pulled out of my aunt and uncle’s driveway I always wished we lived closer so that we could get together more often. A few times a year just isn’t satisfying enough.

What if somehow I was able to create this “family” feeling wherever I lived? That’s the question I felt God ask me in an upstairs youth room in an urban church in San Francisco. There have to be others like me who are searching for this feeling or have never even experienced the joy that it brings.

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