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Jun
09

God is a Worker and I’m Made in His Image

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A few months ago, in a Transformed post called Walls That Divide, I suggested that there were two walls that divide the church. These walls have grown over time, and even though they are occasionally challenged, they keep showing up. They are the sacred/secular divide and the clergy/laity divide. I wrote a few posts on…
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Apr
15

The Most Frightening Part of Ministry

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By Andy Flowers Counseling people. No doubt about it. No other aspect of pastoral ministry is as horrifying as counseling. Preaching is frightening at first, but it’s something that we get comfortable with quickly. We spend the bulk of our week on sermon prep. There are a million great books and conferences about forming and…
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Mar
26

Spirit Empowered Mission: The Final Words of First Importance

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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
12

Jesus and Tithing

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Shortly after the posting of my blog on tithing I was alerted to that fact that a well-known Christian leader and pastor had published a blog on tithing and had taking an opposing view. He argued from Matthew 23:23, that Jesus had said, “Don’t neglect tithing.” Certainly, if Jesus said this we should obey his…
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