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February 9, 2016 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

What Is Your Life Built On?

The Christian life is a life with roots. It's built on something; it has a foundation. That may seem self-evident (I hope it does!), but it's way too important to assume. I see this point screaming at us in the text by this little word, "Therefore," at the beginning of the sentence: "Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast..." That word is massive! There's a whole worldview -- a framework for thinking about your whole life -- here....Keep Reading

Posted in: Bible Reflection

November 3, 2015 by Jim Weidner 0 comments

2016 Short-Term Missions Trip

Perhaps you’ve heard. There is another short-term mission trip afoot. And you ask yourself, “Should this be the year that I go?” The location for next summer’s short-term trip is Guatemala, Central America. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Evangelism

October 12, 2015 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

The Gospel Answer to Pluralism

In a blog post last week, I put forward one possible way for a Christian to respond to the common charge that holding to the exclusivity of Christ (that is, the idea that God has spoken finally and definitively in and through Jesus, and that no one can come to God or hear from God apart from His revelation in Christ) is a narrow-minded bigot....Keep Reading

Posted in: Apologetics

October 7, 2015 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

Religious Pluralism and the Exclusivity of Christ

“How could there be just one true faith? It’s arrogant to say your religion is superior and try to convert everyone else to it. Surely all the religions are equally good and valid for meeting the needs of their particular followers.”...Keep Reading

Posted in: Apologetics

July 3, 2015 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

Resources on "Same Sex" Marriage

In the recent sermon I preached on the subject of homosexuality, I did not have time to say much about the issue of "same sex" marriage and the pending Supreme Court decision that would potentially legalize such marriages (many Christians are hesitant to call such a union marriage, which is why you often see the term in quotation marks) as a constitutional right in all fifty states....Keep Reading

Posted in: Current Events

June 12, 2015 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

Tough Love

"I do not write these things to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children" (1 Corinthians 4:14). This verse, and its surrounding context, teach a very important lesson on biblical love: love is willing to say hard things for the good of the beloved....Keep Reading

Posted in: Bible Reflection

June 1, 2015 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

How God is Like a Great Niagra

God is never irritable or edgy. He is never fatigued or depressed or blue or moody or stressed out. His anger never has a short fuse. He is not easily annoyed. He is above any possibility of being touchy or cranky or temperamental....Keep Reading

Posted in: Quotes

May 21, 2015 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

Earnest Love and the Church Directory

In a previous blog post I noted from 1 Peter 4 that one implication of living in the last days (“the end of all things is at hand”) is that we in Christ’s Body ought to love one earnestly. In this post I want to mention one simple, easily overlooked way of loving one another faithfully and earnestly....Keep Reading

Posted in: Prayer

May 19, 2015 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

Earnest Love at the End of the Age

"The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins." 1 Peter 4:7-8...Keep Reading

Posted in: Bible Reflection

April 29, 2015 by Jason Tyrell 0 comments

The Gospel Proclaimed in Job

The book of Job provides great pointers, directing our eyes toward the person and work of Jesus Christ....Keep Reading

Posted in: Bible Reflection

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