One of the greatest problems we have in the church is an epidemic of apathy. Christians have a greater passion for professional sports, reality television shows, politics, and the release of newest iPhone than they do for God. What a shame! So how do we stem this lukewarm tide? How do we light a fire in the hearts of Christians? I believe this Bible class material may be a great first step in doing just that.

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With all the problems technology presents, there are lots of benefits as well. I love the information my iPhone puts at my fingertips. I also love how it helps me remember things that need to be done. One thing my phone helps me do is pray. I recently found an app that’s really helped my prayer life. It’s called, “Echo” and I would encourage you to check it out.

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Three times this week I’ve had the same conversation with various Christians. The conversation has revolved around the fact that we all know sincere people who are admittedly smarter and more educated than us, but seem to be overlooking a very obvious truth that we see and they don’t. For instance, I listen to many denominational preachers who are brilliant, but when they talk about subjects like baptism, I think, “As smart as you are, how could you possibly miss that?” Which leads me to wonder, what am I missing?

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Isn’t it amazing how quickly something can go from being an expedient method of accomplishing God’s will to being seen as the only method by which God’s will can be done? These methods quickly become tradition and – if we’re not careful – these traditions can become indistinguishable from doctrine. Sunday evening service has become one of these traditions that – to many Christians – has become indistinguishable from doctrine.

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Fear of those who follow the Islamic faith is not a completely irrational fear. It is natural to be afraid of those whose religion teaches them to kill infidels who will not convert to Islam. It is natural to fear those whose religion has motivated suicide bombings, plane hijackings, and all matter of atrocities all over the world. However, while fearing Muslims might be natural, it is certainly not Christian. It is not “of Christ” to fear “those who kill the body” (Matthew 10:28). Nor is it “of Christ” to hate them.

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It seems there are a lot of people who wonder, “Am I good enough to go to heaven?” They wonder if they’ve done enough good, if they’ve helped enough people, if they attended worship services enough times, if they have taught enough people about Jesus. And then, on the other hand, they wonder if they’ve been too bad to go to heaven. I want to attempt to answer some of these questions.

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My last post addressing the question, “Is it Time for Churches of Christ to Fellowship Other Groups?” has sparked a great deal of discussion concerning the issue of unity. I would like to share with you a thought about why I believe the church struggles so much with this issue of unity.

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This is a hard post to write. I realize what I’m about to say may be misunderstood or misconstrued. But as difficult as it is to find the right words, this is something that must be said. In fact, I believe there is no greater issue facing the church today.

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To say Michael Whitworth is a “prolific writer” would be quite an understatement. I know of no other author in our brotherhood who produces as many high quality publications as Whitworth does with his Start2Finish Books. His books are well researched, well written, and of the highest quality. I highly recommend every member of the church read his material. One of his latest books, Living and Longing for the Lord is no exception.

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Ghandi is quoted as saying, “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” If you ask me, I’d say, “I love Christ (and I love you), but I do not like your denominations. Your denominations are so unlike Christ.” If you’re a member of a denominational church, here are a few things I’d lovingly encourage you to consider.

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