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Mar
31

Recognizing Jesus (excerpt)

Pixelized picture of Jesus

This excerpt is taken from Dr. Todd Miles’ article, Recognizing Jesus, published in the spring 2014 edition of Western Magazine (article begins on page 8). We learn at an early age, that if you want to get the correct answer in Sunday School, just say “Jesus.”  It really doesn’t matter what the question is.  As…
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Mar
26

Spirit Empowered Mission: The Final Words of First Importance

Cathedral courtyard

How do we explain Jesus’ response to the disciples’ question about the kingdom of God in Acts 1?  How do you define the kingdom of God?  Why is the OT background so important to understanding Acts 1? We asked Art Azurdia… Listen to sermon (Acts 1:1-11):   What’s with the disciples question and Jesus’ response…
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Mar
24

5 Insights into the Lord’s Prayer: Overcoming the Pitfall of Familiarity

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Growing up in a Catholic family and a Catholic country, it was expected that I would learn a number of prayers by heart. As children, my classmates and I even memorized the prayers in several languages. One of them is the prayer Jesus taught His disciples, which is found in Mat. 6:9-13. Recently, I read…
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Mar
20

Starting and Ending with Why: The Importance of Asking “Why?” When We Prepare to Preach

Man reading at messy desk.

Tonight, I decided to clean off my desk at Western Seminary. Like my desk at church, it has lost a fair amount of dignity due to the mess of endless piles, sticky marks from drinks, and the occasional untidiness of homeless pens and paperclips. I left it impressively clean when I took a brief leave,…
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Mar
19

Spirit Empowered Mission: The Apostolic Docudrama

illuminated window in Hagia Sophia

Why preach a longer or shorter sermon series?  How do you prepare to preach a longer book like Acts?  Does the church’s mission of gospel proclamation get taken for granted? We asked Art Azurdia… Listen to sermon (introduction to Acts):   Tell me a little bit about deciding to do a longer preaching series through…
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