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Top ten things that kill church growth

In this lesson we examine 10 things that hinder church growth. The church at Corinth had a lot of things going for it that promoted growth: Good location in a key city No other congregation there Established by an Apostle (credibility, sound teaching) Many talented people who possessed “spiritual gifts” Even though it had these advantages, I don’t think it was a growing church because it didn’t seem to be practicing the things that make for church growth. Not only…

Christian Worship in 150 AD

Justin Martyr was a Samarian Christian who lived in the second century. He was a Platonist philosopher who was converted to Christianity and became a strong defender of the faith. In one of his works, “Apology of the Christian Religion”, written in around 150AD, he describes a typical Christian worship service of that day. “On that day which is called after the sun, all who live in the cities or in the country gather together in one place. Then the…

The Modern Church

It seems that there are three elements that help identify the “modern” church. One is a focus on music in worship. Orchestras, choirs, even drama with music are a must if a church is to appeal to today’s church goer. Another is the preoccupation with the miraculous. People want to go to a place where God reveals Himself to the congregation through healings, tongues, and a sure vision and knowledge of when the end times are coming. Of course the…

Surviving the Opposition’s Candidate

According to the pundits, the possible presidency of either candidate would be the final step in the destruction of this nation. This election has so polarized the American people that each side views the other as the agent of the apocalypse should the other’s candidate ascend to the top position in the land… According to the pundits, the possible presidency of either candidate would be the final step in the destruction of this nation. This election has so polarized the…

The Good Idea of America

‚ÄčIn July of 1776 the American Congress approved the Declaration of the Independence of the 13 United States of America. One of the key figures behind the Declaration was Thomas Jefferson, whose writing in “Defense of Liberty and Rights of Man” was the intellectual force behind the Revolution. In July of 1776 the American Congress approved the Declaration of the Independence of the 13 United States of America. One of the key figures behind the Declaration was Thomas Jefferson, whose…

How Important is 1 Vote?

Sometimes when we listen to the news and they talk about the number of people there are in the world and the magnitude of the problems, we feel rather insignificant. Sometimes when we listen to the news and they talk about the number of people there are in the world and the magnitude of the problems, we feel rather insignificant. It seems that corporations and governments are getting bigger and more powerful and we, the solitary citizens are becoming weaker…

Satan Unmasked

I want to share with you the first thoughts I had after seeing the 9/11 tragedy in real time on television on that terrible day. Each anniversary of that event brings them back to my mind: I dream about the plane circling against the blue September sky slamming into the tower sending a torrent of flame on the unsuspecting. ~ I am angry that such horror exists and that the media torments the nation with its mindless repetition of the…

Teachers’ Remembered

I don’t recall much of the material we studied in High School an eon ago when I was at that point of my life but I do remember some of my teachers. I can still see Mr. Blanchard trying to teach me the intricacies of Algebra, long after the last bell had rung for the day. We would be at the blackboard just he and I. He would valiantly try to explain some theorem (as animated as if there were…

The 3 R’s in Labor Day

The last thing we want to do on the Labor Day weekend is think about “work.” But before we leave for the lake or start on the Labor Day project, let’s spend a moment reviewing a few main ideas that the Bible has about our work that might be helpful when we get back to the job after the holiday is over. 1. There Is Time For Work Solomon reminds us that there is a time for everything, including work.…

Enough hiding out and social distancing from getting things done because of the virus!

Enough cowering! Enough hiding out and social distancing from getting things done because of the virus! Paul said that there would be “in season” and “out of season” times for preaching the gospel (II Timothy 4:2) and for growing the kingdom. He did not mean that sometimes we work and serve, and at other times we should stop because it is inconvenient or dangerous. I believe he was exhorting the church to stay busy even when it was inconvenient and/or…