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When it comes to communion, or the Lord’s Supper, there is no direct command saying, “Take the Lord’s Supper every first day of the week,” but I still believe it is right and good for Christians to come together every Sunday for the specific purpose of taking the Lord’s Supper. Whether or not you agree, I hope you’ll give me the opportunity to share with you why I believe in taking the Lord’s Supper every Sunday.

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The phrase, “Church growth” has become a buzzword in religious circles. For many, the size of a church is the primary way to judge its health and success. They believe churches should do anything and everything to grow their numbers, because size is what matters. But on the other hand, there are those who assume a large church indicates compromise and apostasy. Have you ever stopped to consider that the New Testament puts very little emphasis on congregational size? So why do we emphasize it so much? Maybe it’s time to realize that Jesus doesn’t judge a church by its size.

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In many ways, the quality of our Bible study will be determined by the quality of the questions we ask while we study. The better the questions, the more we will likely learn and grow. This is true in group Bible studies, like Bible classes, as well as personal Bible studies. So if we want to be better Bible students, we need to hone our question asking skills. With that in mind, here is one question I think we need to stop asking in Bible studies, why it’s a bad question, and some questions we can ask in its place.

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The Sin of Division

Wes  —  June 29, 2016

The New Testament talks about a lot of sins, but I would venture to say that the sin Jesus and the apostles addressed the most might have been division. In fact, did you know the word “heresy” comes from the Greek word that means “sect”? Literally, a “heretic” (Titus 3:10, KJV) is a person who divides from others and forms a sect around his or her opinions. This kind of sectarianism is expressly condemned and I believe every single one of us need to heed the warnings of Scripture.

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“You’re the best preacher I’ve ever heard!” What preacher wouldn’t want to hear those words? One preacher who doesn’t want to hear those words is the home preacher who overhears a member saying that to a visiting preacher (or vice versa). But as harmful as those words could be to the one who overhears them, they can be even more harmful to the one being complimented. Here are a few thoughts on why we need to change the way we think (and talk) about preaching.

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There seems to be a growing divide in the church between generations. Different ideas and approaches, combined with a general distrust and a lack of communication, have created a perfect storm between the older and the younger generations. So with that in mind, here are a few basic principles both the older and younger generations need to remember in order to resolve generational issues in the church.

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Why Every Church Needs Elders

Wes  —  March 23, 2016

Some words make us very nervous. Among the world’s most nerve-racking words are the simple little words, “all” and “every.” Whenever someone dares use such words, objectors are quick to offer possible exceptions, so as to take the edge off these words. So if someone says, “Every church needs elders,” there are bound to be people who object. That’s why I pray you’ll not object too quickly and you’ll let me explain why every church needs elders.

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18:20) quoted countless times, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone use these words with their original meaning. Most people apply this passage to Bible studies or worship assemblies, but that’s not really what the Lord was talking about. Here are a few thoughts on how this passage gets misused and what it’s really about.

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There are several arguments people use to justify women in the pulpit, but one that’s frequently used is the argument from Galatians 3:28. The apostle Paul wrote, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Many argue this passage proves there should be no gender role distinctions in the church and women ought to be allowed to preach in the assembly. Let’s discuss this passage and see if that is really what it means.

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Politics are on a lot of people’s minds right now. And I’m sure all Christians are hoping and praying someone will be elected president who will exemplify and promote biblical values and morality. But in the midst of this political season, there is a danger against which Christians must diligently guard; and that is, thinking our “blessedness” depends on who is elected president.

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