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Divisions In the Church: ‘I Follow Paul, I Follow Apollos’

Topics: Bitterness, Submission to Authority, Church Unity, Contributor: Joel Webbon

10 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters,[a] in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. 11 My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there …

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Anxiety, Panic Attacks, And The Gospel

Topics: Doctrine of Sanctification, Church Unity, Gospel, Bitterness, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Contributor: Joel Webbon

About five years ago a handful of my closest friends and I moved across the country to plant a church. We had no idea how difficult of a task this would be. The endeavor of starting a church from scratch included more challenges than I had ever imagined. Preparing sermons, building a website, finding a venue to accommodate our gatherings, …

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Shamed For Our Good

Topics: Church Unity, Gospel, Gospel, Bitterness, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Guilt & Shame, Mortification of Sin, Personal Holiness, Contributor: Sean Kinnally

The prodigal son. In this character of Jesus’ parable in Luke 15, we can see much about the heart of humanity. The son’s pride of thinking he knows better than the father in asking for his share of the father’s property prematurely, the selfishness to leave his family, the laziness to forsake the work expected of him as a son, …

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You’re A New Creation But…

Topics: Doctrine of Sanctification, Doctrine of God, Doctrine of Regeneration, Doctrine of Sanctification, Bitterness, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Guilt & Shame, Mortification of Sin, Personal Holiness, Humility, Contributor: Joel Webbon

When I was younger I remember going to my first wedding and being frustrated by how much attention was given to the bride. I was just a selfish little boy at the time, but it seemed wrong for the groom to be merely an afterthought in his own wedding. Think about it for a second. In every wedding the bride …

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Do I Really Need To Belong To A Local Church?

Topics: Church Unity, Gospel, Gospel, Church Membership, Bitterness, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Guilt & Shame, Mortification of Sin, Personal Holiness, Humility, Discipleship, Submission to Authority, Contributor: Sean Kinnally

Many people outside the Christian faith see church as an unnecessary, or even manipulative, institution not particularly valuable for spiritual growth or personal well-being. This mindset has certainly increased in our post-modern and post-Christian society. This is to be expected among unbelievers, but surprisingly it has become a way of thinking even for many of us who profess to know …

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Enjoying The Little Things In Life

Topics: Bitterness, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Guilt & Shame, Mortification of Sin, Personal Holiness, Humility, Discipleship, Submission to Authority, Christian Contentment, Confession & Repentance, Contributor: Megan Webbon

My name is Megan and I struggle to believe that God is good. Honestly, I have had a pretty easy life so far. Looking back, I can’t say my life has been marked by much tragedy. I also can’t say that I have gone through an extended season of dryness is which I felt disappointed by God. But let me …

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A Desert Soul

Topics: Bitterness, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Guilt & Shame, Mortification of Sin, Personal Holiness, Humility, Discipleship, Submission to Authority, Christian Contentment, Confession & Repentance, Assurance of Salvation, Suffering & Persecution, Doctrine of Sanctification, Doctrine of God, Doctrine of Regeneration, Doctrine of Sanctification, Doctrine of Sanctification, Contributor: Danielle Renfrow

It has been two months and 17 days since I last wrote. There have been many days in that time frame where I had my computer lying on my lap while I stared blankly at my word document and watched the space bar flicker…If only words would come to my finger tips. There was no inspiration. There was no motivation. …

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Submission or Slavery

Topics: Bitterness, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Guilt & Shame, Mortification of Sin, Personal Holiness, Humility, Discipleship, Submission to Authority, Christian Contentment, Confession & Repentance, Assurance of Salvation, Suffering & Persecution, Submission to Authority, Contributor: Sean Kinnally

What is it that the world tells us to trust in today? Job security, finances, family, education… Most often, it is some form of individualism that relies on a deep trust in one’s self to achieve goals, to prosper, and be a happy individual. This mode of thinking is pervasive in our culture today, and it sits upon the shakable …

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Losing Heaven…Hating Her

Topics: Bitterness, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Guilt & Shame, Mortification of Sin, Personal Holiness, Humility, Discipleship, Submission to Authority, Christian Contentment, Confession & Repentance, Assurance of Salvation, Suffering & Persecution, Submission to Authority, Bitterness, Resisting Temptation, Church Unity, Gospel, Gospel, Church Membership, Church Unity, Contributor: Danielle Renfrow

John Piper says, “The greatest risk we face as a church in these days is not that we may lose an organ, or that we may lose money, or that we may lose members, or that we may lose staff, or that we may lose reputation. The greatest risk is that we may lose heaven. Because one way to lose …

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Why I Should Not Have Planted A Church

Topics: Bitterness, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Guilt & Shame, Mortification of Sin, Personal Holiness, Humility, Discipleship, Submission to Authority, Christian Contentment, Confession & Repentance, Assurance of Salvation, Suffering & Persecution, Submission to Authority, Bitterness, Resisting Temptation, Calling, Church Unity, Gospel, Gospel, Church Membership, Church Unity, Elders, Contributor: Joel Webbon

There once was a long-standing tradition held by the Maasai people of Kenya and Tanzania. When a young boy became of age, he would be sent out by his tribe on a special mission. The boy was expected to kill a lion with nothing more than his wits and a spear. This was his rite of passage. This is how …