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New Blog Post: True Leadership Seeks to Serve - Americans are crazy about leadership. We hold conferences, retreats, and seminars, write books, record podcasts, and yes, teach sermons, all in the name of assuring people they can become greater leaders. Leadership has become a product that we consume. What I find mildly humorous about this is how much demand this product actually has. One would think with all of the time, effort, and resources that we spend on becoming b... http://ow.ly/2VayI1

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New Blog Post: 2015-02-24 - An Extension of the Kingdom - Daily Reading: Numbers 14,15,16; Mark 3 Life Journal Instructions An Extension of the Kingdom We talk a lot around here about the “kingdom of God,” but what is that all about? What do we mean by that? In Matthew 6 when Jesus was teaching his disciples about prayer, one of the lines he gave in his example says: “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). In much of the Old T... http://ow.ly/2V7ykv

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New Blog Post: 2015-02-23 - A Covenant People - Daily Reading: Numbers 12,13; Psalms 90; Mark 2 Life Journal Instructions A Covenant People Rusty did a great job this past weekend at explaining the different seasons of a believer’s spiritual life in the context of the church they participate in. However, many of us may still be confused or unfamiliar with church, and may still be wondering why it is such an important aspect of having a “relationship” with Jesus. So this... http://ow.ly/2V4hLj

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New Blog Post: 02-20-2015 - “True Religion” - Daily Reading: Numbers 7; Psalms 23; Acts 27 Life Journal Instructions “True Religion” Christianity has a nasty history of instances where it’s representatives have taken it upon themselves to establish Christianity as the most powerful, influential, and superior religion in the world. Christians have gone to great lengths to establish Christianity as the “true religion,” above and beyond the other religions of the world. Pe... http://ow.ly/2UX0kI

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New Blog Post: 02-19-2015 - Religion vs. Grace - Daily Reading: Numbers 5,6; Psalms 22; Acts 26 Life Journal Instructions Religion vs. Grace We mentioned yesterday that Jesus is the full revelation of God, and because of this, “religion,” in the sense of our attempt to “find” God can be rendered obsolete. Despite how much we attempt to know God, God makes God’s self, known. God reveals through grace. Living by grace means living by the grace of God, and living by the gr... http://ow.ly/2UTXKG

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New Blog Post: 02-18-2015 - Religion vs. Revelation - Daily Reading: Numbers 3,4; Acts 25 Life Journal Instructions Religion vs. Revelation No, I’m not just referring to the last book of the Bible. I’m referring to the thought that God has, indeed, spoken and acted in history. God has revealed God’s self to humankind. It is because of this thought, that following Jesus is qualitatively different that “religion.” Why? We are recipients of this revelation. For those who c... http://ow.ly/2UQYU5

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New Blog Post: 02-17-2015 - Religion vs. Relationship(s) - Daily Reading: Numbers 1,2; Acts 24 Life Journal Instructions Religion vs. Relationship(s) One of the beliefs that Christians tend to stress the most is that it is imperative that you establish a personal relationship with Jesus. This is not untrue. In fact, it is a critical part of the gospel story. However, Christians have also tended to overemphasize this critical part of the gospel story to the point where i... http://ow.ly/2UNROf

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New Blog Post: 02-16-2015 - Religion or Relationship? - Daily Reading: Leviticus 26,27; Acts 23 Life Journal Instructions Religion or Relationship? I’m always skeptical when I see this phrase: “Christianity is not a religion, it’s a relationship.” I understand what it is saying, but the skeptic in me wants to say that anything involving a large gathering for the purposes of worshipping someone or something is, in fact, a religious activity. Let’s be honest about that. G... http://ow.ly/2UKTJC

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New Blog Post: 02-13-2015 - Christus Victor - Daily Reading: Leviticus 20,21,22; Acts 20 Life Journal Instructions Christus Victor The final picture that we will discuss in relation to Jesus’ death on the cross is what is commonly referred to as the “Christus Victor” view. This view describes the cross as Jesus’ paradoxical victory by submission to sin’s darkest weapon and thus the defeat of the sinister forces of evil. This view gets its inspiration from symbolic stori... http://ow.ly/2UEtWN

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New Blog Post: 02-12-2015 - The Cross as an Ethic - Daily Reading: Leviticus 18,19; Psalms 13; Acts 19 Life Journal Instructions The Cross as an Ethic By establishing a new covenant, Jesus showed his followers a new way of living, indeed, a new way of being human. How is that you might ask? The fourth image we’ll cover today involves Jesus as a model sort of martyr who gives his life in the cause for righteousness overcoming sin. This image definitely resonated with the... http://ow.ly/2UBMc4
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