Just because you don’t bow down and worship a golden statue does not mean you don’t have idols in your life. In fact, I believe nearly every person in the world struggles with idolatry. Here is a quick way to determine the things in your life which are, or could easily become, your idols. And just as important, how to get rid of the idols in your life.

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I’ve heard people talk about, “salvation issues” my whole life. Statements like this are often heard, “Well, this isn’t a salvation issue, so we need to stop talking about it.” And others say, even about the same issue, “This is a salvation issue and anyone who does this is lost.” So how do we determine if something is or isn’t a salvation issue?

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I’m very happy that the church is interested in reaching my generation, the so-called “millennial” generation. But I hope you’ll forgive me for saying that when we talk about evangelism to the millennial generation, the conversation usually sounds more like market research for some product than it does about sharing a 2,000 year old truth with people. We ask, “What do millennials want in a worship service? How do millennials think? What can we do to appeal to millennials?” I’m sure a lot of this research has value, but I think there’s some important things we’re missing.

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I realize the subject of fasting is not a popular thing to talk about, but that is exactly why we need to discuss it. Few biblical practices are neglected in the church today like fasting. Here are three reasons why we all need to be fasting.

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Most Christians have a visceral reaction to the word, “liberal,” believing all connotations of the word are negative. It’s not hard to see why. In a moral or doctrinal sense, “liberalism” usually means letting go of, and moving away from, a biblical standard. However, there is an extremely important way in which we MUST be “liberal” if we want to follow Christ and be pleasing to God.

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Have you heard an argument like this, “We should change the way we worship so this extremely talented person has the opportunity to use their God-given talent in worship”? In our culture, this argument sounds like it has merit, but when examined in light of Scripture, it quickly falls apart. Here are some things we need to understand about the “talent argument” and why we need to stop turning worship into a talent show.

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“Blessed are the married,” are four words Jesus never said. But do we preach that idea? Do we perpetuate the idea that in order to be happy, fulfilled, and satisfied, you need to be married? I believe we do and I believe we need to stop. This idea is not only false, it is dangerous and it has many unintended consequences.

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Many churches, such as the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Church, and Eastern Orthodox Churches ordain priests. These priests are seen as holy men (and sometimes women) who are given the right to act as intermediaries between God and man, especially in worship (source). I have no doubt, these priests are sincere and well-meaning. I also have no doubt that those who worship at their feet are just as sincere and well-meaning, but I believe if we compare this practice to the New Testament, we will quickly see this practice is highly unbiblical.

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Occasionally I hear Christians say things like, “Well, he wasn’t a Christian, but he sure was a good guy and I think surely people like that will go to heaven too.” When we hold out this kind of hope that our non-Christian friends and family will make it to heaven, we actually reveal a huge and fundamental flaw in our understanding of the gospel. Here’s why these “good people” will not be going to heaven if they are not Christians.

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Can I be totally honest with you? There have been times in my adult life when I have found reading the Bible…boring. At times I’ve watched Netflix or scrolled mindlessly through social media because I found these things more enjoyable than Bible study. I probably would have never admitted out loud that I was bored with the Bible, but my actions spoke louder than my words. This is something about which I’m incredibly ashamed, because the problem was not with the Bible, it was with me.

Here is one thing I’ve discovered about why people are bored with the Bible and how to fix the problem.

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