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Prayer Without the Small Print

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A few weeks ago I had the privilege of finishing out the book of James with the Saturday Night Bible Study. My text was James 5:13-20 "Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit. 19   Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, 20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins."

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Real Christians Pull The Trigger

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Pull the trigger. Ship the product. Execute. Finish the race. We are all familiar with these sayings. And the idea is communicated by James within the first chapter of his letter. This isn’t just activity for activities sake. James it talking about actions that are issued as a response to the text. "I read this here and so I’m going to do this now." Earlier this month I had the opportunity preach at CCCM from the book of James. Here is the sermon in its entirety.

I want to be a better doer of the Word

  1. Read with understanding
    1. Pray for the Holy Spirit to reveal truth every time you open the Bible
    2. Make regular use of basic commentaries and study helps
    3. Sit under good Bible teaching through your church
  2. Make application to your own life
    1. Identify the principles in the text (sometimes they teach us about God and other times they teach us about ourselves)
    2. Talk to God about that principle (prayer)
    3. Evaluate your life based on that principle
  3. Plan to do the Follow Up Action
    1. Start with a personal pronoun “I”
    2. Identify the verb “Relate the action to time “today”, “this week”

Note: This is why journaling or writing things down can be helpful. To do this whole process in your brain and then remember it is nearly impossible.

Josh Teaching James 1

Positive Parenting Solutions [Video]

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There is a very encouraging trend taking place in the church. Ministry leaders are thinking about how they can better equip parents in their commission to make disciples of their kids. I wanted to address this subject along with the general idea of parenting through a video interview.

Today I did a short 25 minute interview with my dad regarding his latest book: The Christian Parenting Handbook. As you can see from the video, my Dad is passionate about family ministry. He has a unique perspective as a pastor of 30+ years. In the interview I asked him to explain what churches can do to assist families in the arena of parenting. As many of you many know, there is a renewed interest from churches to assist families do life in a biblical way. My dad has been in the trenches for the past 30 years addressing that need.

 

Why the Bible? Ravi Zacharias

Ravi Zacharias speaks on why the Bible as truth transcends every other book and scripture of religion and spirituality.Mormonism rather than being Christocentric is church-egocentric. It is twistology of theology, sedition of addition, and infusion of confusion, very radically unlike the purity, simplicity and power of devotion to Christ so gloriously lived and ministered by the church of the first century. Many Mormons remain in the LDS church due to their unwillingness to conjure the courage to research their church's history outside sanitized, revisionist sources that are the work of deliberate deception. Paul Richards, who left BYU in 1992 as BYU spokesman... 'I worked in public affairs for the church for 13 years, and I had to lie all the time...'(The Arizona Republic Oct. 10, 1993, quoted in Issue 85 (Nov. 1993) of the Salt Lake Messenger) Ken Clark, a former LDS CES Institute Director for 27 years, illustrates how the Mormon Church utilizes deceptions and outright lies to maintain control over members and potential converts to Mormonism. Watch the 10 part series "Lying for the Lord" at www.youtube.com Grant Palmer interviews with John Dehlin: mormonstories.org Video: www.youtube.com Grant H. Palmer (MA, American history, Brigham Young University) is a three-time director of LDS Institutes of Religion in California and Utah, a former instructor at the Church College of New Zealand, and an LDS seminary teacher at two Utah locations. He has been active in the Mormon ...

Ravi Zacharias: What Does It Mean To Be Human?

This is a lecture by Ravi Zacharias titled "What Does it Mean to be Human?" Ravi Zacharias will certainly go down into history as one of the most influential Christian thinkers and leaders in the areas of Christian philosophy and apologetics. It goes without saying that reading his books will be extremely rewarding. Ground your faith and learn how to respond to the culture. For titles of Rav's books please visit: theapologeticsbookstore.com

Gospel in Life [Discipleship Material]

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I came across this resource today while I was looking for discipleship material. Tim Keller has written a couple of significant books recently and this looks like another tremendous resource from their ministry. It looks top notch as an 8 week curriculum for discipling young adults.

Logos 4 - Text Comparison

If you haven't tried the new Logos 4 your missing out. I have been working on Logos for the past two years and it can get the job done in a number of Bible study settings. This new version, version 4, is packed with features and resources. The entire program is based on an incredible library of indexed tools. The video demos the Text Comparison tool in Logos 4. Enjoy!