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The Chicken and Egg of Church Planting

Truth often exists in tension. One example is which comes first in church planting: evangelism or the church. The answer is both. Here’s why. Evangelism Precedes Church Planting J.D. Payne writes: “Biblical church planting is evangelism that results in new churches. There are many ways to plant churches; however, the model in the Scriptures is one that begins with evangelism and ends with those new churches following the Lord in obedience.” In other words, don’t start with a church...
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The theme of glory in the Lord’s Prayer of John 17

In John 17, Jesus prays for Himself, for His disciples, and for all who would believe in Him. One constant theme throughout His prayer is glory. What is this glory, why is Jesus praying for glory, and how do we receive this glory? This study is an excerpt from my Gospel Dictionary online course. This course considers 52 key words of the Gospel and thousands of biblical texts. The course contains over 100 hours Bible teaching. You can take the course by joining my online discipleship group. Wha...
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Four Lies That Keep Us from Prayer

Rarely do I approach a set-aside time of prayer without thinking of at least one reason, and often more than one, to do something else instead. Some of the reasons sound plausible: “I need the sleep” or “I have so much work to do.” Others, less so: “I wonder who won the game” or “I should really check my email.” I’m learning to expect such reasons to intrude themselves when it comes time to pray. I’m also learning to call these reasons by their real names: lies. Now, of course, these r...
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Sunday School Crafts on the Disciples Sharing about Jesus

Try these Bible crafts in your Sunday School class. They will help kids learn to share about Jesus like the original disciples. Download the directions below, gather your craft supplies, and watch our video how-to demonstration. Watch this video on YouTube. Crafts on Sharing about Jesus Craft Ideas for Making Disciples and Sharing Christ’s Love As we take a look at the calling of Christ’s first disciples, it’s important to consider how ultimately we are all called t...
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Our Gaudete Joy in the Gospel

This Sunday, we celebrate Gaudete (Rejoice!) Sunday. Our Gospel gives us John the Baptist in prison as our meditation. Isn’t that a bit downbeat? Gospel (Read Mt 11:2-11) St. Matthew tells us that John the Baptist “heard in prison of the works of the Christ” in Galilee, undoubtedly from his own disciples. He sent those disciples to Jesus with a question: Are You the One Who is to come, or should we look for another?” What prompted this question? It is highly unlikely that John himself h...
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No One Ever Spoke Like This Man: The Unexpected Words of Jesus

“No one ever spoke like this man.” There is a brief, tense conversation recorded in John’s Gospel that encapsulates, in certain ways, the last two thousand years of Jesus’s confounding impact on world history. Given Jesus’s troubling and growing influence on the Jewish public, the chief priests and Pharisees decided to send officers to arrest Jesus (John 7:32). The officers, however, returned empty-handed. When the furious Pharisees asked why, the officers responded, “No one ever spoke like...
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Advent Assures Us That We Can Survive the End Times

Part of the message of Advent is that we are given the strength, as Christians, to survive the end of the world. That’s quite a feat. Here’s a reminder of just how bad it will get, from one of the Advent readings last year: There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on earth nations will be in dismay, perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will die of fright in anticipation of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shake...
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The Human on Heaven’s Throne: Why the Ascension of Christ Matters

ABSTRACT: After Jesus died and rose again, he ascended into heaven, there to sit at his Father’s right hand. Without the ascension of Christ, the work of redemption would be incomplete, and Christians would have no way to the Father. But since Christ lives and reigns in heaven, all of his people have a pledge that where he is, there they will be also. Jesus has joined our humanity to himself forever, and all the redeemed will travel to God’s presence as passengers in Christ. For our o...
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You Are Not Special, But You Are His

As I recently prepared to celebrate my 51st Easter, it occurred to me that one of the most important journeys I have taken during my life in Christ has been to close the distance between a John 3:16 spirituality and a Galatians 2:20 spirituality. Most of us are familiar with these two passages: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16) The life I now live . . . I live by faith in the Son...
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God Saves (Genesis 18-19) Lesson #32 in What is God Like?

In this lesson plan from Genesis 18-19, kids will learn that God Saves. God Saves (Genesis 18-19) Lesson #32 in What is God Like? AGE GROUP: elementary (ages 6-11)TIME REQUIRED: 45 minutes This is lesson 32 of 42 in our study on the Attributes of God called “Can you tell me what God is like?” Visit the series index to view all the lessons and get more ideas for using this curriculum in your children’s ministry. LESSON 32: GOD IS THE ROCK Key Verse: “Our God is a God who ...
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Presiding Bishop’s Easter Message

The video is available here     Easter 2019 Message The Rt. Reverend Barbara Harris was the first woman ordained and consecrated a bishop in The Episcopal Church and in the Anglican Communion. In her memoir, entitled Hallelujah, Anyhow! [she] quotes an old Gospel hymn that says it this way: Hallelujah anyhow Never let your troubles get you down When your troubles come your way Hold your hands up high and say Hallelujah anyhow!   When I get to Heaven, I want to meet one person, and her name is ...
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Jesus is the Lamb Without Blemish (Exodus 11-13) Lesson #20 in What is God Like?

AGE GROUP: elementary (ages 6-11)TIME REQUIRED: 45 minutes This is lesson 20 of 42 in our study on the Attributes of God called “Can you tell me what God is like?” Visit the series index to view all the lessons and get more ideas for using this curriculum in your children’s ministry. LESSON 20: JESUS IS THE LAMB WITHOUT BLEMISH Key Verse: “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward Him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!’” John 1:29Teaching Passa...
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Pleasures Never Lie: Why Sin Cannot Stay Hidden

One of my favorite poems is only four lines long: The soul is measured by its flights, Some low and others high. The heart is known by its delights, And pleasures never lie. (The Pleasures of God, 4) For me, the last line is the zinger: pleasures never lie. It has stuck in my brain for over two decades. Like a sharp knife, it cuts through a lot of my baloney and gets right to the heart of the matter: what matters to my heart. “Pleasures never lie” doesn’t mea...
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God Moves in a Mysterious Way: Hope for the Hard Years Ahead

New Year’s Day, 1773, marked a decade since depression nearly snatched away William Cowper’s life. The mental agony tortured him so severely ten winters prior that he was locked up in St. Alban’s insane asylum after a botched suicide attempt. While there, he stumbled upon a Bible that the asylum’s Christian director had strategically left open. His eyes fell upon Romans 3:23–26, and the glory of Jesus Christ chased the shadows from his soul. But by the beginning of 1773, successive blo...
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The Extraordinary View of Jesus Found in the Gospel of John

Something is different about the Gospel of John. The other three gospels — Matthew, Mark, and Luke — read like very much like historical narratives. Because of their similarity in structure and content scholars group them together as the Synoptics. John doesn’t follow their outline and his style differs in being deeply poetic, contemplative, and mystical. (For more on the contemplative aspect, see St. Augustine.) The Gospel of John may be the fourth book in our New Testament, but many scholars a...
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Do You Work When You Should Rest?

Jesus often calls us to rest in the areas of life where our flesh wants to work, and to work in the areas of life where our flesh wants to rest. The gospel is an ingenious work of salvific engineering. The Engineer knew what he was doing. The gospel turns out to be good news to us in precisely the ways we need most. If we trust it, the gospel simultaneously frees us from the despair of trying to save ourselves through our own effort, while also working to free us from the despair of slaver...
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Eternal Life vs. Discipleship in the Gospel of John

Many Christians seem to think that all who believe in Jesus for eternal life will automatically becomes a disciple of Jesus, and if someone says they believe in Jesus but don’t do a good job following Jesus, this proves they are not truly a believer. But this is not what Scripture teaches. The Bible shows that there is a difference between believing in Jesus for eternal life and following Jesus on the path of discipleship. It is possible to be a believer but not a disciple, and it is possible to...
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A La Carte (August 15)

This is a reminder that I’m on vacation this week, which means I’m posting only A La Carte articles. Enjoy today’s links! The Age That Women Have Babies: How a Gap Divides America “Becoming a mother used to be seen as a unifying milestone for women in the United States. But a new analysis of four decades of births shows that the age that women become mothers varies significantly by geography and education. The result is that children are born into very different family lives,...
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God Doesn’t Waste Words

God doesn’t waste words, but sometimes it seems like he does. The Bible contains plenty of information that seems superfluous to us, information we tend to breeze over too quickly. Take, for example, the fact that the apostle John tells us that the disciples caught 153 large fish the morning they encountered the resurrected Jesus (John 21:11). That’s a bit of trivia only first-century readers with knowledge of Galilean fishing would appreciate. If John had a good editor, this detail might ...
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Is it the Bible or Jesus that is authoritative for Christians? ANSWER: Yes.

It is popular in some Christian circles today to say that “Jesus is our authority; not the Bible.” Others put it this way: “Jesus is the only Word of God; the Bible is not the Word of God.” Some will even accuse you of “bibliolatry” (making the Bible an idol) if you believe that the Bible is the Word of God and is inspired, inerrant, and authoritative. One author I recently read even accuses Christians of treason against Jesus Christ for thinking that the Bible is the Word of God. I understand t...
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John the Baptizer and Cousin Jesus, the Christ

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor your ways my ways, says the Lord.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. (From the Third song of Isaiah, BCP 86) John the Baptizer, the cousin of Jesus, the one who must fade so that the true Messiah can rise.  Two miracle babies, cousins, born within months of each other. One from a woman too old to have children; the other from a virgin teenager.  Two babies bor...
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How are we “dead in trespasses and sins”? (Ephesians 2:1)

If you are seeing this message, I am on Facebook LIVE right now explaining this text. Come Join Us! Ephesians 2:1 is a favorite passage among some theologians to defend the idea that unregenerate people cannot do anything in their life to move toward God. In other words, some say that because people are “dead in the trespasses and sins” (shortened as “dead in sins“) they cannot do anything good, including believe in Jesus. But is this what Ephesians 2:1 is teaching? The verse says this: Ephesia...
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From the Voice that Matters Most – Ephesians 4:17-24 – “Testify…Turned, Turned, Turned.”

Passage: 17 Therefore, I say this and testify in the Lord: You should no longer live as the Gentiles live, in the futility of their thoughts. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them and because of the hardness of their hearts. 19 They became callous and gave themselves over to promiscuity for the practice of every kind of impurity with a desire for more and more. 20 But that is not how you came to know Christ, 21 as...
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Why John Piper’s “Shells” Illustration Transformed a Generation

I f you were one of the 40,000 students at the Passion One Day conference in Memphis, Tennessee back in May 2000, just one little word may well have changed your life. You know the word, don’t you? Shells. Yes, shells. Seashells. It was the most memorable illustration and the most powerful sermon from one of the most influential Christian leaders of our time. And it is the subject of this second entry in the Great Sermons Series. (Click here for the first entry in the series.)...
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Prayer and the Word of God: Defenses Against the Evil One

Weapons to Use Against the Devil The arms of combat against the forces of evil must be used by Christians in their totality and unity. Above all, a habitus is necessary; that is, a way of thinking, loving, and acting that conforms to the life of Jesus. A simple and humble soul totally confident in God — as Jesus had in his earthly life — learns how to relate to our Creator. The freedom to choose enables man to resist the Devil, because the Devil can tempt us, but he can never oblige us to do h...
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Fishing for People

A brief theology of mission and evangelism for our context. by Bill Carroll   Greetings, Episcopal Café community.  Alleluia!  Christ is risen! It’s been a while sense I wrote anything for the Café, and I thought I’d begin by sharing some thoughts about the mission of the Church.   Originally, I brought this together in something like its present form for an Advent program at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Oklahoma City.  But it has earlier roots in many sermons preached and classes taught since 2006,...
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People Can't Get Over How Stinkin' Cute Luna Is In John Legend's New Google Ad

John Legend has figured out how to make him highly desirable for advertisers... his cute AF baby! On Tuesday, Jesus John shared his new ad spot for Google Duo featuring the one and only Luna Simone, and it's just too adorable for words! Related: Pregnant Chrissy Teigen 'Saved' By Sidewalk Stranger Watch (below)!! Love seeing Luna whenever I want with #GoogleDuo! As long as she doesn’t drop the phone... #adA post shared by John Legend (@johnlegend) on Apr 3, 2018 at 9:00am PDT We MEAN. N...
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P&G’s Big John

Near the end of his career, 2 younger P&G exec friends spotted him leaving work on the down escalator about 4:00 PM on a weekday. This happened: “Jesus, John, this is P&G. Headquarters. Half-day for you?” “Hi guys. I would have left a lot earlier but I feel asleep at my desk.” John Daniel Hull III May 17, 1928 - December 27, 2012
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Procter & Gambles’s Big John.

Near the end of his career, 2 younger P&G exec friends spotted him leaving work on the down escalator about 4:00 PM on a weekday. This happened: “Jesus, John, this is P&G. Headquarters. Half-day for you?” “Hi guys. I would have left a lot earlier but I feel asleep at my desk.” John Daniel Hull III May 17, 1928 - December 27, 2012
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Lord, Revive My First Love

In 1677, twenty-seven-year-old Henry Scougal wrote this to a friend: “The worth and excellency of a soul is to be measured by the object of its love” (The Life of God in the Soul of Man, 20). It is among the most penetrating sentences in the English language (or any language). It is a devastating sentence. It lays us bare. For, as John Piper says, The soul is measured by its flights, Some low and others high, The heart is known by its delights, And pleasures never li...
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