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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I don’t like the phrase, “Going to church.” It makes people think “church” is simply an event to attend, rather than who we are every day of the week. That being said, assembling with other Christians for worship – especially on Sundays – is an important part of being a Christian. Despite its importance though, people make lots of excuses for not attending worship services. Nearly all of them are logical. After all, people rarely make illogical excuses. But just because an excuse is logical, does not mean it’s valid. Here are nine excuses people make and some responses to those excuses.

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First, let me say I love social media; perhaps I even love it too much. I especially love the way social media has made it possible to reach so many people with the gospel. However, let me share with you why social media is hurting the church more than most us realize.

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People are looking to the Bible for answers to questions like, “How can I get my husband to pay more attention to me,” “How can I get my friend to stop talking about me behind my back,” and “How can I get my boss to pay me what I feel like I deserve?” The Bible certainly gives a lot of principles about how to interact with others. But we must understand, the Bible is not a guide to get people to do what you want them to do. Jesus never once gave a lesson on how to get people to like you and treat you well. In fact, Jesus often taught told His disciples if they followed Him, people would inevitably hate them (John 15:18-19).

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According to a study by the Hartford Institute of Religion Research and a new book entitled, “Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore,” less than 20% of Americans attend worship services every week. They say there are four main reasons why people don’t want to “go to church.” Here they are…

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