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Apr
02

Spirit Empowered Mission: Hoist the Sails

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Should we cast lots today? What can we learn from the disciples’ actions before advent of the Spirit? What does the addition of a 12th disciple say about Israel and the church? We asked Art Azurdia… Listen to sermon (Acts 1:12-26): First, the obvious question: Should we make decisions by casting lots? Oh sure, as…
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Apr
01

Focused: Teaching The Gospel For Continued Spiritual Growth

Focused: Teaching The Gospel for Continued Spiritual Growth

This article first appeared in the spring 2014 edition of Western Magazine (article begins on page 17). By Dr. Jeff Louie When I went to seminary, the emphasis of the school I attended was on exegetical method and an understanding of the biblical text within the context of a particular passage or a given book. …
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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
20

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

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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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