Month: October 2018

OCTOBER 3 A CHRISTIAN VIRTUE

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Let brotherly love continue.

Hebrews 13:1

I am being very frank about this and I hope I am being helpful: Do not ever say you are not right with God because you like some people better than others!

I believe you can be right with God and still not like the way some people behave. It is easy to love those who are friendly; others rub us the wrong way or perhaps they cut us down.

The writer to the Hebrews has appealed to us as Christian believers to “let brotherly love continue”—in other words, “never stop loving one another in the Lord.”

Here is what I have found: It is possible to love people in the Lord even though you may not like their boorish or distasteful human traits. We still love them for Jesus’ sake!

Yes, I believe you can be right with God and still not like…

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How To Love Jesus More And More

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What kind of a question is that? No Mark, I want to love him less. And I want less joy in my life. And while we are at it I’d like a few less blessings.

Often my love for Jesus feels even weaker than my love for opera (no offense opera lovers). I’m sure it’s my ignorance and lack of ability to appreciate the glories of people dressing up like Vikings and singing in Italian. Wait a minute! I’m just kidding. Don’t go filling up the comments section with rebukes. I know opera isn’t really about people dressing up like Vikings and singing in Italian. Opera is about pinball wizards, like in “Tommy” by The Who.

Ever try to light a match on a windy day? Sometimes my love for Jesus feels about as strong as a match flame in a hurricane. I’m not happy about my weak love for…

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Hundreds of Chinese Christian Schoolchildren Forced to Declare They Follow ‘No Religion’ — Faithwire

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Some 300 schoolchildren in the overtly Christian Zhejiang province have been forced to fill out a form declaring that they do not follow any religion.

Myanmar: Communist Rebels Detain Pastors and Shave Their Heads, Destroy Churches

A “trusted source” told Christian persecution watchdog World Watch Monitor (WWM) that it is very normal for parents to fill in a questionnaire that asks them about their child’s religion, but that having to falsely declare that they do not follow Jesus is unheard of.

“In this case,  the children were handed a questionnaire in class about faith, which is not normal,” the source explained, adding prying for more information on the kids appears to be part of a new initiative “to identify Christians and give them pressure of one sort or another.”

“Children in this part of China would write ‘Christian’ because of 1) their innocence and 2) they come from families of fervent…

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New Name

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The nations will see your righteousness, And all kings your glory; And you will be called by a new name Which the mouth of the LORD will designate. Isaiah 62:2 Jesus Christ is calling You, and when you accept…

Prayer of Dedication: Nehemiah

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I continued our series on prayer this past weekend at Eastbrook Church, “Great Prayers of the Bible“, by looking at the prayers of Nehemiah that spur his role in the rebuilding of Jerusalem after exile. Turning to Nehemiah 1:1-11 and 2:1-8, we see a man troubled by the situation of God’s people and also stewing his way into a life dedicated to seeing something change. With Nehemiah, what might we learn about praying our challenges to God with openness to how we might become the answers to the very prayers that we offer?

This was also our first of two weekends outdoors for our worship services at Eastbrook. You can view the message video and the sermon outline below. You can follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

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Prayer as Mission: The Early Church in Acts

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I continued our series on prayer, “Great Prayers of the Bible“, at Eastbrook Church this past weekend by looking at four themes on prayer from the early church in the book of Acts. I try not have a romanticized view of the early church that leads into an impulse to “recover the true church.” However, I do believe we can learn some important lessons on prayer from the earliest believers who walked with Jesus.

You can view the message video and the sermon outline below. You can follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

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