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May I? On Christian Freedom

Posted on Apr 11, 2014 in Christian Freedom, Ethics, Love | 2 comments

by Ron J. Bigalke – There are general principles in Paul’s advice to the Corinthians that should guide the Christian in regard to amoral issues. First Corinthians 8:1-13, 10:23-33 (cf. Rom 14:1—15:13) have much to say concerning different types of Christians. Consequently, in the context of the matter of meats sacrificed to idols (cf. 1 Cor 8:1), Paul stated, “Therefore concerning the eating of things sacrificed to idols, we know that there is no such thing as an idol in the world, and that there is no God but one. . . . However, not all men have this knowledge; but some, being accustomed to the idol until now, eat food as if it were sacrificed to an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled” (8:4, 7). The consequences of the Christian who uses his knowledge without love for...

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A Look at Depression Through the Lens of Scripture

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 in Hope, Love, Marriage, Philosophy, Prayer, Priorities, Spiritual Formation, Success, Worldview | 0 comments

by Gary Gilley – The man sitting before me would not respond to my questions. He sat, motionless, staring at the floor. That he had been under a great deal of stress was a fact known to all who loved him, but that he was this close to the “edge” surprised us all. Soon he would find himself on the psych ward of a local hospital, medicated and undergoing both individual and group counseling. Unfortunately his life would never be the same. He had come to this state of deep (what some would call “clinical”) depression because of unbiblical and sinful choices that he had been making in his life. Even though he would overcome his depression, the counseling he received reinforced and validated these choices. He would ultimately leave his wife and child, drop out of the church and pursue...

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They Call Me Pastor

Posted on Oct 24, 2013 in Leadership, Love, Spiritual Gifts | 2 comments

by Steve Spurlin – My children and I started taking classes in a form of martial arts geared toward mixed martial arts some time ago.  We have a great time doing it and it is good exercise.  We also have developed a great love and report with the people at United Martial Arts in Lubbock, TX.  Coach Ian Lee, Cory Johnson, and DJ Clark and all the others at the gym have become important people in our lives and we love them very much.  It is from them that I got the new name.  Shortly after we started at UMA coach Lee and the others at the gym began calling me pastor.  Now, every time I see them that’s what they call me. I like the fact that they call me pastor.  I haven’t always felt comfortable with the...

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The Greatest is Love

Posted on Oct 24, 2013 in Love | 0 comments

by Keith Sherlin – There are two errors in the world today that represent the two pendulums of sin. One is the error of the liberals. I define the term liberal in this context as one who does not believe and submit to the authority of the inspired Scriptures. These are the modern day Sadducees. These people are those who do not count the faith as worthy to uphold and contend for. Doctrinal and ethical standards are not essential in most liberal persuasions of Christianity. However, there is the other spectrum of thought that confesses the faith but they often do so in a spirit that is foreign to that of NT Christianity. These people are often termed fundamentalists or conservatives. I define the term fundamentalist or conservative as one who believes Scripture to be fully inspired, without error, and the final...

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