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Here’s the Truth About Reading the Bible

Today, I want to turn cartwheels.

Why, do you ask? Continue Reading...

The Worst Advice Someone Can Give You About Revelation

I’ve always read the seven letters to the churches found in Revelation 2-3 as a kind of challenge and encouragement on how believers should live. The passages are filled with accolades as well as corrections.

A warm pat on the back can be felt when I read:

“You have perseverance and have endured for My name’s sake, and have not grown weary. —Revelation 2:3

“I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first.” —Revelation 2:19

Yet my posture stiffens when I read the following admonitions:

“But I have this against you, that you have left your first love.” —Revelation 2:4

“I know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.” — Revelation 3:1

Over the years, I’ve found both comfort and conviction within these passages. But as I’ve read this week, I’ve become intrigued by something I’ve never seen before. Continue Reading...

Is This the Most Divisive Bible Passage of Our Age?

Each week during the #LentChallenge we’ve been asking Dr. Craig Blomberg, New Testament scholar and author, YOUR questions.

While reading the epistles we came across what may be one of the most divisive passages of our time which led several of you to ask this hot button question: Continue Reading...

The ONE Way to Improve Your Teaching and Writing

Sometimes referred to as the “Prince of Preachers,” Charles Spurgeon was famed for preaching at his church in London to crowds of more than six thousand people. With more than twenty-five hundred of his sermons published, this famous preacher has more books in print than any other pastor in history.

In one account from Spurgeon’s life, a young pastor approached the famed preacher and asked if he’d listen to him teach and provide feedback of his presentation.

Spurgeon agreed.

The young pastor preached a passionate sermon. He waited in excited expectation for Spurgeon’s response.

Spurgeon observed that while the sermon was well-delivered and well-prepared, it was poor.

The young pastor pressed Spurgeon to know why. Continue Reading...

What You’ve Got to Know When You Open Up Your Bible

God is on the move through the #LentChallenge.

And it’s not just that more than 40,000 people have joined in.

It’s that the Holy Spirit is teaching, correcting, challenging, encouraging and breathing life into those who are reading the Bible in profound and downright amazing ways.

Consider the following story we just heard: Continue Reading...