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THE LAST 5 SIGNS OF A HEALTHY CHURCH

Posted on July 3, 2018 at 11:00 AM



So, we covered the first 5 characteristics in the last blog and the intro to this topic in the blog before that.  Scroll back and find those blogs if you missed them.  Here are the final 5 characteristics of a healthy church according to today’s experts.

1. A healthy church preaches salvation from sin.  Fire and brimstone ...
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FIRST 5 SIGNS OF A HEALTHY CHURCH

Posted on June 26, 2018 at 6:40 PM




In my last blog, I introduced this topic and I told you more was to come.  So here it is.  We have already established that the goal of a healthy church needs to be spiritual vitality instead of numbers and programs and so on.   Now let’s look at some of the specific characteristics of a healthy church that should be evident.  Experts have agreed on 10 ...
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WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF A HEALTHY CHURCH

Posted on June 20, 2018 at 3:25 PM



I suppose many people would conclude that the signs of a healthy church are the number of people attending, the quality of the music, the engaging style of the sermons, the number of programs and the motivating personalities of the leaders.  I certainly like all of these characteristics.  But these are not at the top of God’s list.

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WHAT ARE 4 THINGS ONLY CHRISTIANS UNDERSTAND

Posted on May 26, 2018 at 7:00 PM



Let’s face it… there are plenty of unbelievers that think Christians are crazy.  We all know it.   It’s a simple fact.  They roll their eyes and snicker concluding that only imbeciles would believe in a God, waste time in church, study a book that is 2000 years old and follow a bunch of rules for living that don’t line up with modern d...

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AM I SUPPOSED TO BE THANKFUL IN HARD TIMES?

Posted on May 17, 2018 at 8:05 AM

How can Christians be thankful in all circumstances (1 Thess. 5:18)?   Is it possible?   Does this even make sense?  Are we supposed to be grateful for bad news?  The death of a relative, the loss of a job, a terminal diagnosis.   Surely God does not expect us to smile and boast gratitude for these events in our lives?


No, He doesn’t.  God is not mo...

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HOW TO TEST OUR SPIRITUAL INTEGRITY

Posted on May 11, 2018 at 10:45 AM


It’s been said that the surest test of our spiritual integrity is the personal intimacy with God we experience in our prayer life.   We can possess immense theoretical knowledge of God that is never transformed into a personal intimacy of communication with God.  This would be like living as a Pharisee.   All head knowledge and no heart knowledge.


The great men and women of the Bible...

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IS CHRISTIANITY A RELIGION?

Posted on May 1, 2018 at 1:30 PM


God cares about us living morally good lives.  But if this is all we are doing, then we are simply being religious.   Even our church attendance, being baptized, spending time with other Christians is important, but in the end they are all only religious activities.  Moral living with some religious activities will never make us a Christian or earn our salv...
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WHY DOES GOD ALLOW PAIN AND SUFFERING?

Posted on April 22, 2018 at 9:10 AM


Christians have offered many explanations for suffering but make no mistake… there is no pat answer!  And if we have not suffered much, we need only live a little longer because eventually we all reach a breaking point and call out to God, “WHY?”

Our world is full of suffering!

There are biblical explanations for pain and suffering but ...
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ARE YOU A SAFE CHRISTIAN?

Posted on April 11, 2018 at 6:50 PM


Pastor Ray Johnson from Bayside Church in Sacramento, California says there is a new idol in the church today and it is called ‘Safety’. He says society today teaches Christians to be afraid of so many things. And the fears we have, limit God’s ability to use us.


Many Christians don’t serve, don’t give, don’t witness, don’t take a stand, don’t take a ri...

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ARE YOU STUCK?

Posted on April 4, 2018 at 9:25 AM



A pastor once had one of his church members come into his office saying, “I’m a Christian but I don’t feel like I’m growing spiritually. I seem to be stuck in neutral.” The pastor asked him, “What do you think the problem is?”. He replied, “I think I just don’t love God enough”. The pastor replied, “That...
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ARE YOU A BYSTANDER?

Posted on March 28, 2018 at 11:50 AM

On the Christian calendar, Easter rates #1 for celebration! But the 20th century finds many of us getting caught up with chocolate bunny rabbits, Easter egg hunts and family reunions. So, plenty of people are only bystanders during the Easter season. They are present at the event but miss the true celebration.


The first bystander of Easter was Simon of Cyrene. Simon was visiting Jerusalem during the...

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WHY ARE CHRISTIANS SO JUDGEMENTAL?

Posted on March 21, 2018 at 10:00 AM



Judgemental words from Christians are commonly seen as a problem both inside and outside of the church. Studies show that many people will not come to church and many leave the church primarily due to personal experiences with Christians who pass judgement.

So, what’s going on? Why is this such a huge problem? Why are so many people (ev...
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WHAT IS YOUR PURPOSE?

Posted on March 14, 2018 at 6:05 PM



Most people believe that discovering their purpose in life starts with themselves. But for the Christian, everything starts with God. If we want to learn our true purpose in this life we need to determine it from God’s perspective, not our own.


According to God, real life is only what’s built on eternity. We were created for an eternal purpose...

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WHAT ABOUT HYPOCRITES IN THE CHURCH?

Posted on March 9, 2018 at 9:25 AM


It has been heard time and time again that people are not interested in church because there are too many hypocrites.


Sadly, there are some hypocrites in the church! Even in Jesus’ day there were hypocrites and he rebuked them numerous times (Matthew 6:2, 5, 16; 7:5; 15:7; 22:18; 23:13, 15; 23:23, 25, 27, 29; 24:51; Mark 7:6; Luke 6:42; 12:56; and 13:15).

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WHAT DOES GOD REALLY SAY ABOUT MONEY?

Posted on March 1, 2018 at 10:15 AM



I’ve heard non-Christians mistakenly quote the Bible saying, “Money is the root of all evil” and they assume that God thinks wealth is a bad thing. But the Scripture verse actually says that “the love of money is the root of all evil” (1 Tim. 6:10). So, what God doesn’t like is greed and pride.


God has blessed many ...

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ARE YOU A PASSIONATE FOLLOWER OF JESUS?

Posted on February 21, 2018 at 7:15 PM



What does it mean to be a passionate follower of Jesus? What does it look like? How do we achieve it?


Passion is defined as “a strong and barely controllable emotion”. Passion is intense! There is no half-hearted, wish-y-wash-y-ness about it.


A passionate follower of Jesus is first of all, passionate about Jesus. So, he plans his life and each day around J...

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WHAT IS AGAPE?

Posted on February 15, 2018 at 11:00 AM



Agape is one of the many Greek words for love. Agape is love at its very best! It is not a family love, friendship love or romantic love. It is a self-sacrificing love that comes from God.

 

Rarely is a human capable of such a deep love. It is the love God has for each one of us. It is a love that sent Jesus, God’s Son, to the cross to die for our sins.

 

Do you know anyon...

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WHY READ THE BIBLE?

Posted on February 6, 2018 at 9:40 AM


Christians around the world read the Bible.  Why?


Because it is God's very words to us.  In 2 Tim. 3:16 we read that the Bible is "God-breathed" which means the writers were inspired by God.  It is a book filled with historical facts, scientific accuracy, fulfilled prophecy and infinite wisdom.  Only God ...

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HOW TO PRAY

Posted on January 31, 2018 at 2:10 AM



New Christians often wonder how to pray. They are nervous about it and wonder how to do it correctly… Only there is no “special formula” or “right way” to pray.


The most important thing when praying, is to do it from your heart. It should be an open and sincere communication with God. There are no special words to use. There...

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WHAT IS GOD'S GRACE?

Posted on January 22, 2018 at 1:10 AM



Simply put, grace is God’s unmerited favour towards man.


Grace is the foundation of God’s relationship with man. It is the most important concept in the Bible. It encompasses God’s amazing love and mercy for a sinfully rebellious mankind. The only religion with grace is Christianity.


C.S. Lewis said, “To be a Chris...

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