Christianity Is Not A Sitting Religion

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Will you go? Will you do more than just learn? Will you act upon your desire to persuade others that Jesus is the messiah? You need to wrestle with this. You need to decide if you are going to be one that takes our Lord’s mercy and grace to others or be one that hoards it for yourself. I am going to plead here for an active style of evangelism. Christianity is a going religion, not a sitting one. We don’t wait for the world to come to us. We go.

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Playing With Fire

Michael C Sherrard:

“How much of the content that we draw in does not match up with these guidelines given in God’s word? I believe this is a thought worth great consideration for many believers. Let’s refuse to be a part of this worldly trend of moral decline.”

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fire escape3I like to play a fun pointless game every now and then in which I pull a red-hot ember out of the fire and toss it from hand to hand, trying not to get burned and attempting some neat tricks in the process. More often than not, I end up coming away with a few minor burns on my hands and a slightly enhanced sense of manliness (I’m pretty sure it’s nothing more than a mere sense). In the end I accomplish nothing more than a momentary feeling of exhilaration, which is quickly eclipsed by the pain in my hands once the game is over. What is my prize? The insignificant high passes away and the repercussions of the coal-tossing game are immediately felt at the end. Pain is my prize.

You may be able to guess what my fun campfire trick is representing here. In our eyes, certain sins…

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Gremlins In The Church

Gremlins-in-Theater-650x412 Consumerism is fully grown. It is a fully matured monster in our society. Our little pet has become a Gremlin (follow link if you were not alive in the 80′s). If only we had followed the directions. How hard is it to keep them dry and not feed them after midnight? Wait, when does after midnight end? When can we feed them again? Or maybe that is the point. Gremlins should simply not be allowed to live.

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Working All Day And Getting Nothing Done: Revisiting the Tyranny of the Urgent

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Working is good. Working hard is godly. Jesus wore himself out (Mark 4:37-38). It is obnoxious to pray for rain without first scattering seed and working the land until your hands are blistered. And therein is the balance. Work as hard as possible knowing that without the Lord’s sending of rain, labor is in vain. Continue reading

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Facing The Monsters

Michael C Sherrard:

The bare minimum simply will not do; reliance on our once or twice a week dosage of sermons is hardly adequate preparation facing a world of warriors out for blood. Will we allow the cycle to continue by our lack of action? This monster will not simply decide to let us be if we fail to put up a fight.

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“A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a short cut to meet it.”  ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Children of Húrin

“A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a short cut to meet it.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Children of Húrin

As a child I would hide underneath the covers to stay the deadly hand of my nighttime fears. Had there truly been a hungry monster with malicious intent and an appetite for small children (as I so often imagined in my overly active mind), it is doubtful that my sheet and comforter would have provided adequate protection. I vividly remember remaining as still as I possibly could, hardly even breathing until I felt that the threat had passed and I built up the courage to re-emerge and breathe freely again. Had I possessed the boldness to come out and face these monsters, undoubtedly I would had witnessed their almost effortless defeat in light of truth’s unveiling. By hiding and hoping for safety in…

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Grace Hijacked

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For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. (Jude 1:4 ESV)

Sin cannot be controlled. It destroys everything it touches save the blood of Jesus. There is One that has conquered the power of sin. But it is not you. Continue reading

The Art of Knowledge Repression

Michael C Sherrard:

An essential read for the would be apologist.

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knowledge vomitI often put great pressure on myself at the thought of encountering a discussion of fundamentally differing perspectives. I can tend to place on myself the burden of needing to know all the answers and effectively providing them in a way that makes sense and hopefully even brings acceptance of new understanding in the listener. Unfortunately this mindset often works as a blockade to gaining ground rather than an aid in doing so. Let me explain why I feel this way.

Firstly, I must understand in these situations that I am not solely the one who wins one to Christ or brings change to a harmful perception. When Jesus asked his disciple, Peter, “‘Who do you say I am?’ Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God’” (Matthew 16:15-16). The answer given sounded quite simple, yet Jesus clearly defined the source of Peter’s true understanding of this truth as…

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Zack Morris Nearly Ruined My Life

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Zack Morris nearly ruined my life. Yes, the Zack Morris from the amazing late 80’s early 90’s teenage soap opera Saved By The Bell. Zack was so cool, so lazy, so irresponsible, had perfect hair, had a giant cell phone, and had everything work out for him despite his actions simply because he was Zack Morris. He was even brilliant despite never studying a day in his life and only found out he was a genius by accident when he had to take the SAT. He and his show sold me the lie that life has an inevitable happy ending. But life does not always end well. And even when it does, the path there is often long and arduous. Continue reading