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Feb
18

Tithing for New Covenant Believers–Yes or No?

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Growing up I remember our pastor at First Baptist Church of Eugene (Oregon) exhorting the church members before taking the offering with the words, “Now we are ready to receive the Lord’s tithe and your offering.” A tithe was thought to be the basic minimum for Christian giving. The “offering” was regarded as a voluntary…
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Feb
13

The Necessity of Preaching for Godliness – Part 2 of a Study in Titus

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I wonder how many of us are more like the Galatian church than we would care to admit. How often do we think, even subconsciously, that something must be added to the perfect finished work of Christ? Paul chides the Galatians regarding how they received the Spirit. Was it by works of the law or…
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Feb
06

Introduction to Youth Ministry: 1 Timothy 4:12 vs. Toys R’ Us

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By Timothy Rucker “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.”   -1 Timothy 4:12 “I don’t want to ever grow up, I’m a Toys R’ Us kid…” -Toys R’ Us Youth ministry is one of the most misunderstood…
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Jan
30

Does Following Jesus Mean Giving Up My Ambition?

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“One’s life must matter, beyond all the cooking and cleaning and the children! One’s life must mean more than that. I cannot die washing a teacup.” So said a young Miss Thatcher in response to her boyfriend’s wedding proposal. These were her terms of agreement. Fortunately for him, she also said “yes”. Margaret Thatcher was…
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Jan
29

The Mission of God and the Madness of His People: A God Too Compassionate

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  Why does the book of Jonah end the way it does?  How are we like Jonah?  What is Jonah’s contribution to Old Testament Theology? We asked Art Azurdia…   Listen to sermon (Jonah 4:1-11): What is the effect of placing verses 5-11 after 1-4, thought it appears 1-4 occur chronologically prior to 5-11? I…
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