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Like All The Others – Why We Have No Power

“…That we may be like all the nations.” (1 Samuel 8:20)  Nobody likes to not fit in. Billions of dollars are spent on advertising each year, in fact, to tell us how to fit in. You need these clothes, that…

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At The Crossroads

So many Christians are bound by a “rapture mentality” that they have consistently failed to see the wolves at the gate. It has been so for generations. I remember clearly Corrie ten Boom telling of a Chinese pastor that wept…

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10 Ways to Avoid Being Deceived

Read your Bible consistently, diligently and frequently. “Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman who needs not to be ashamed, rightfully dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15) Neither Jesus nor His followers ever deviated from the…

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Class – “Authentic” Youth Ministry

I came from an unconventional background, and I lived an unconventional life and did unconventional ministry. I was an unconventional child, much to the concern of my very conventional parents. I tried to re-bury worms when it rained one day…

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Youth Pastor or Youth Director?

Youth Pastor or Youth Director? A few years ago, I noticed a big change in youth ministry. It came on the heels of – or maybe part of – a package deal with megachurch, purpose driven and seeker friendly methods…

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A Letter to the Church-Wounded in “Exile”

A Letter to the Church-Wounded in “Exile”; This is a very sensitive message, one I hope to convey with a heart of humility and grace, one I pray will bring a little healing to those who are hurting for reasons…

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The Progressive Disease of Spiritual Deception in Our Time

There was a time when ideas like yoga or eastern meditation in the church were only associated with Christ Science churches, Universalist Churches, and a few spurious non-biblical fringe places. In a few scant decades, the walls have been so…

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Oopsie!

“Oopsie!” I think if the church stopped labeling things mistakes and called them sins (which we are all guilty of) we could lead people to repentance – the cure at the Cross. By calling sins “mistakes” it implies that we…

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As Above, So Below – Why It Matters

As Above, So Below – Why It Matters I did not really understand the spiritual nature of this crisis until I was confronted with the paraphrase, The Message , by Eugene Peterson. Peterson’s “Bible” was very tinged with terms very prone…

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Snares in Ministry

SNARES IN MINISTRY There are five little-spoken-of snares for anyone called of God: The obsession with numbers – “numbering the people. (1 Samuel 24:10) The kingdom work is “not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the…

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