If we are going to restore New Testament Christianity, then I believe we need to restore a biblical emphasis on the Return of our King. As Christians, the Return of Jesus is our hope. It is what we should be longing for (2 Timothy 4:8). But many of us don’t long for His appearing, because we don’t understand the pivotal role the Return plays in the Christian story. Here are a few things we can expect when Jesus comes back.

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I started this blog several years ago in order to use twenty-first century tools to tell a first-century story, the Good News of Jesus Christ. Anytime I find other Christians doing the same thing, I want to support, encourage, and promote their efforts. Today I want to tell you about an non-profit organization, comprised of members of the Lord’s church, who are combing the power of God’s word with the power of video in order to create “an incredible evangelistic tool.”

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Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms can be beneficial and enjoyable, but only if they are used in a way that honors God. Sadly, we all know there is a lot that happens online which does not honor God; some of it is even done in His name. We must be incredibly careful before we post something. Consider some of these Scriptures when you’re using social media.

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Liberalism says something like this, “Because I am accepted by God, I can do pretty much whatever I want.” On the other extreme, legalism says, “I am accepted by God because I am a good and obedient people.” Both of these positions are wrong, yet you probably consider one of them to be more dangerous than the other, don’t you? Which one do you consider the greater threat to the church?

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There are many good Bible study, and Bible reading, practices that you could implement to improve your study of the Bible. However, there is one simple thing I have found that makes a huge difference in a person’s overall understanding of Scripture. Unfortunately, it is also a practice very few seem to have considered.

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What is Vain Worship?

Wes  —  February 15, 2017

In Mark 7:7 Jesus quoted Isaiah, saying, “in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.” But what did Jesus mean about worshiping in vain? I’ve heard many people explain that “vain worship” is worshiping God in unauthorized ways. One website claims it is “when we worship the way we want” instead of worshiping “the way God has told us in His word” (source). Unfortunately, I think that definition of “vain worship” ignores the context of Jesus’ word and gives the wrong impression about vain worship.

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People tell me all the time, their main goal in life is to go to heaven when they die. In fact, I’m quite certain I’ve said the exact same thing before. I’ve always thought that was the very best goal a person could have, but I’ve changed my mind. The more I think about that phrase, and especially the context in which it is usually stated, the more I think it often reveals a misunderstanding deep in our hearts. Here are a few thoughts on having heaven as a our main goal in life.

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The term “false teacher” gets thrown around a lot; but the definition might not be as obvious as it seems. Many people probably assume a false teacher is simply someone who teaches something that’s false. But that’s not really how the Bible uses that term. And I believe we must use biblical terms in biblical ways. Let’s examine what a false teacher is and why we should be careful calling someone a false teacher.

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We often say things like, “We’re all sinners.” Or, “I’m a sinner, the same as anyone else.” There is certainly some truth to those statements. We are certainly all guilty of sin and we all still struggle with sin. However, the Bible doesn’t really use the word “sinner” to refer to faithful Christians. Let’s talk about why Christians aren’t called sinners and why it may be detrimental to your life to think of yourself as a sinner.

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While there are certainly “churches” and preachers who are taking advantage of the generosity of their members and giving Christianity a bad name, we should not allow that to stop us from talking about how and why Christians should give money to the church regularly. The New Testament says a lot about money and one of the things is says is that how you feel about money is an indication of your spiritual maturity and your love for God (Matthew 6:24; 1 Timothy 6:10). So, you should really stop and examine how and why you give.

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