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HE SHALL BE LIKE A TREE PLANTED BY THE RIVERS OF WATER.

PSALMS 1:3
Living In Doxology

Living In Doxology

Doxology is a fancy word that means praising God. More specifically, doxology means a liturgical expression of praise. You may recognize the word from singing the doxology in your worship service on Sundays.

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Who Is Jesus? GOD

Who Is Jesus? GOD

I had a pastor tell me one time, as we stood in front of his church, that Jesus never claimed to be God. I knew a Sunday School teacher who had been teaching adult Sunday School for many years and yet found himself stumped by something he read in a Christmas lesson....

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Exploring Spiritual Gifts

Exploring Spiritual Gifts

Learning about and using spiritual gifts is an important part of Christian spiritual Formation. In 1 Corinthians 12:7, Paul states, “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.”. He then goes on to explain the purpose and nature of spiritual gifts throughout chapter 12. We get similar discussions from Paul in Ephesians 4:7-16 and in Romans 12:3-8.

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The Power of Story

The Power of Story

“Stories are verbal acts of hospitality.” ― Eugene H. Peterson We all love stories. If it isn’t our favorite book, movie, or tv show captivating our attention, it’s a humorous anecdote from a friend or co-worker. I’m a pretty strong believer in the idea that good...

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Pre-what?

Pre-what?

The apostle Peter told his flock “I have written both letters to stir up your sincere understanding with a reminder “(2 Petet.3:1). Reminders are helpful and even essential in many of life’s issues. In terms of Christian theology, many people do not know with...

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Knowing God’s Will For Your Life

Knowing God’s Will For Your Life

Knowing God's will can be a difficult part of navigating our faith journey. For instance, I struggled as a high school and college student. Like many other students at that age, I had a hard time knowing what was next. I was under the impression that I had to know...

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If You Were Born in India You Would be a Hindu

If You Were Born in India You Would be a Hindu

It has become fairly common these days to dismiss any religious view as being geographically conditioned.  One of the most famous atheists in the word, Richard Dawkins, seems rather popular for his response to the question, “What if you’re wrong?”  Here is an excerpt...

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The WHY and the WHAT of Ministry: Theology is Important!

The WHY and the WHAT of Ministry: Theology is Important!

As a professor of the New Testament at BLI, I certainly believe that rigorous academic study in theology is very important! WHY? Because what you believe will determine WHAT you preach, teach, and do in the pastoral ministry. So many self-help ministry books focus on...

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