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The Kingdom of Heaven is like… – Part 1

These are all the scriptures with the words “kingdom of heaven” found in Matthew. This is just the first part of this blog entry. I am studying these passages right now and hope to write something up about what is the “kingdom of heaven.” Parable of the Tares among the Wheat:Jesus presented another parable to…

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Mustard Seeds… a better solution

Yesterday in my Youth Ministry class the professor started the class with a reading from Scripture. He read from Mark 4:30-32 the parable of the Mustard Seed. Many Christians know that many non-believers see the mustard seed is seen as a problem. Why? Well because in Matthew 13:32, Jesus said the mustard seed “is smaller…

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Isaiah 1:22 – Con’t.

In my previous post I talked about an interesting verse that I discovered in the book of Isaiah. After discussing it with some friends I have come decided there are two (maybe more?) views that can be assumed from these views. Here are the two views and the conclusions that can be derived from both….

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Found something VERY interesting…

Tonight I was reading a commentary on 2 Corinthians. It led me to a very interesting verse that may have some major application in the “Alcohol Debate.” As some of you may know, I hold the “Moderation Position” of said debate. Well in my research I have come upon many people discussing the tradition of…

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Locker Room

A few weeks ago I was in the locker room after working out. I started to get in the shower when I heard a couple of guys talking. The conversation was about a member of their church who had stopped attending their services. Apparently one of the guys saw one of the family members out…

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Appendix A

This past weekend I flew up to Maine. My grandfather had given me a bunch of furniture and I needed to pack it in the back of a moving truck to bring it down to North Carolina. This trip gave me plenty of time to think. I found that a lot of my time was…

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Scripture Memorization

A few weeks ago in my Foundations of Youth Ministry class, we talked about H.A.B.I.T.S. an anagram presented in Doug Fields’ A Purpose Driven Youth Ministry, meaning Hang time with God, Accountability partner, Bible memorization, Involvement with the Chuch body, Tithing commitment, and Study scripture; respectively. My teacher asked the class what we thought about…

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1 Timothy 3 – Part 3

In 1 Timothy 3 Paul talks about the overseer and the deacon. We have come to understand these descriptions as the office of overseer and the office of deacon. I am going to look at each word and talk about what makes us see them as an office. OVERSEER There are two words used in…

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A delayed blessing…

A few months ago a friend of mine sent me to a blog which had a segment from a book called So You Don’t Want to Go to Church Anymore. I downloaded the available PDF and stored it on my jumpdrive. After a few months I had totally forgotten about the book. Last week this…

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Roman Baptists?

Some of you may have heard of the recent drama at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS). For those of you who have not, Rev. Dwight McKissic spoke at their chapel on Tuesday, August 29th. Baptism and the filling of the Holy Spirit was the topic of his sermon. When you are talking about this topic…