I Am Not a Christian Because . . . 

There are many reasons people give for not serving God, here are the two biggest ones I hear.

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Five Kinds of Worship | What It Means to Worship God in Spirit and Truth

For worship to be authentic it must rise above our desires, needs, emotions and our consumer approaches to God.

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Deception | Part 2 Six Guards Against Spiritual Deception

Deception is an ugly reality in a broken world. It seems that the minute God reveals a truth, there is a lie to challenge it. That lie never confronts us with a bold face, obvious and simple but it comes as a wolf in sheep’s clothing, an angel of light ready to give us a subtle lie covered over in a thin truth.

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Deception | Part 1 How Satan Increases Your Tolerance for Deception

Chinese military genius Sun Tzu once said that, “All Warfare Is Based on Deception.”  

Satan’s means have never changed; deception has always been his preferred weapon against God’s creation. He never comes at you directly but sideways, with truths wrapped in lies, with part story-part fantasy.

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What Lens Do You See God Through? | Pt 2

What does Christianity looks like when you have the wrong idea of God?

Dr. Joseph Parker once said:  

“If we do not get back to visions, peeps into heaven, consciousness of the higher glory and the larger life, we shall lose our religion; our altar will become a bare stone, unblessed by visitant from Heaven.” Here is the world’s need today—men (and women) who have seen their Lord.

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What lens Do You See God Through? | Pt 1

W. Tozer once said, “Our worship rises or falls dependent upon the idea that the church has of God.” How we view a thing makes all the difference. If our view is right then we will tend to respond in wholesome ways. If our view is wrong than we will tend to respond in unwholesome ways.

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What Has Come Out of Your Wilderness| How The Wilderness Shapes Us

There is something about wilderness experiences that changes the value of things, weans us from carnal dalliances, and deepens our spiritual well.

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We become what we Worship

We were created in God’s image we reflect him in the world. When we begin worshiping something other than God, we reflect less of his image and become more like what we adore.

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How Do I Know If What I Believe Is True?

We live in uncertain times, times where up is down, down is up, right is wrong, wrong is right and you might be tempted to question what you believe.
In an ocean of diverse beliefs how do I know if the truth I hold and in Christ believe is absolutely true?

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How to Renew Your Mind

Changing our thinking is the key to changing our behavior but it doesn’t stop there. In fact, what good is changing our thinking if we don’t change the way we use our minds?

 

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The Red Button or the Blue Button – Are We Really Built to Play It Safe?

In this episode we ask the question, “which would you rather have, a life of predictable-certainty even though it isn’t real, or a life that is real but unpredictable and uncertain?”

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Is Your Mind A Sanctuary or An Amusement Park?

Is your mind a sanctuary where the peace of God reigns, or is it an amusement park where chaos and darkness rule?

Your brain is only 4 to 5 inches long and weighs about 3 pounds, yet it is its own world. The greatest battles are fought there. The greatest fears, the greatest doubts, the greatest discouragements and failures occur in that small universe that lies between your ears.

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STRONGER THAN BLOOD | Jesus Is More Powerful Than Your Family Tree

The obsession with family trees and generational roots in modern culture is a Testament to the reality that people care about where they came from.

Yet how many of us look back with despair at our roots only to see that the family blood even though thicker, was sometimes troubled and dysfunctional? What if my roots go back to “Vlad the Impaler?”

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Prison Letters | Part 2 What Are You Writing From Your Place of Confinement?

What Are You Writing From Your Place of Confinement?
Prison Letters Part 1 is about how Paul viewed his confinement experience.Part 2 is about the writings to the Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and to Philemon that came from his prison experience.

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Prison Letters | Part 1 What Are You Writing From Your Place of Confinement?

What Are You Writing From Your Place of Confinement?
Prison Letters Part 1 is about how Paul viewed his confinement experience.Part 2 is about the writings to the Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and to Philemon that came from his prison experience.

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The Four Fear Nots of Christmas | How to Overcome Fear

We have all had our share of fears this year, but in the midst of it God commands us to, “Fear Not.”

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What is Postmodernism and Why Should Every Christian Care? | Part 2

We no longer live in the modern era but in the postmodern (post-truth) era. How do followers of Christ continue to flourish and live as salt in light in a world that no longer believes in absolute truth?

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What is Postmodernism and Why Should Every Christian Care? | Part 1

We no longer live in the modern era but the postmodern (post-truth) era. What does postmodernism mean to us today and why should we care?

Truth, Modern, Postmodernism, Intuition, logic, Postmodern, Reasoning, Witness, history, periods, epoch, culture, paradigm, skepticism, subjective, deconstruction, era, civilization

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Grumpy or Grateful?

Do you count your blessings or only your burdens?

A person who has become grumpy is incapable of joy on any sustained level. Somewhere on the journey a grumpy day became a grumpy lifestyle coloring the way they see the world. Instead of counting their blessings, they count their burdens.

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Six Things That Diffuse A Crisis

What does it feel like when a crisis strikes?

First, when a crisis comes it often comes quickly, like dark storm clouds descending on a plain. It darkens your mind and presses down on your emotions until your limbs feel like lead weights. Your heart tries to pound out of your chest, your throat dries, your stomach churns, and you are reminded (once again) that you can use more fiber in your diet.

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Pain Shaped Beliefs

Has your pain affected your outlook on life? Whether its by fears, rejection, loss, betrayal, abandonment, abuse, or failures, too many of us have been shaped by our pain in a way that is toxic and unhealthy.

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Overcoming a Rejection Mindset Part 4 | From Orphan to Overcomer

Overcoming rejection is more than surviving it, it is growing to the point where you can teach and mentor others to grow through it.

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Overcoming a Rejection Mindset Part 3 | How to Overcome a Rejection Mindset

Once you know what rejection is and whether you walk in it, how do you overcome it?

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Overcoming Rejection Part 2 | Signs of walking in rejection

Someone who has been devastated and defined by rejection views the world through a different lense than others . What are some of the clear signs you may be walking in rejection?

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Overcoming Rejection Part 1 | What Is a Rejection Mindset?

Rejection is an ugly reality. From our first crush, a disastrous job interview, social rejection, family or friends, rejection is a harsh but necessary part of life.

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Faith for Yesterday Today and Tomorrow

Faith doesn’t just go in the direction of today; faith is multi-directional; it covers every direction of our lives, past, present and future

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How to Change Your Paradigm

Its one thing to know its time to change your paradigm, its quite another to change it.

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What is A Paradigm and Why You Might Need to Change Yours?

The times we are living in are unprecedented in the way that things are changing so quickly. Things that worked yesterday are not working today and everyone is scurrying to adapt to new ways of doing things. So how do we change to meet the new times?

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Songs for The Journey- Part 3 Different Songs for the Journey Cont . . .

God gives us songs for the journey to get us through the dark places. Join me as we discover three more songs that encourage us to keep going.

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Songs for The Journey – Part 2 Different Songs for the Journey

In this episode of Soul02 we discuss different songs God gives us for the journey we call life and how each songs gets us through.

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Do You Have A Song That Gets You Through?

Life has a rhythm to it, a pulse of unheard music we all move to. The way we move depends on the unspoken song we are singing.

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The Bridge of Love

When Jesus spoke of loving our neighbors as we love ourselves, He was not commanding us to do something, he was showing us a metric for our love.

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God Makes the Chaos Mean Something

Human nature loves its world scripted and under control. Our internal wiring finds it absurd to search for meaning in chaos? With God however, nothing is impossible.

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Why A Final judgement Is Still Necessary

Knowing that there is a reckoning is the only comfort for many in an evil world.

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When Controversies Become Fatal

In an ocean of rage how do you keep from becoming an anger-monger?

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Is Your Controversy Worth Fighting For?

Stupid, Senseless, and quarrelsome, these three words capture Paul’s charge to Timothy regarding disputes. They can also serve as three indicators that a controversy is not worth a fight.

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Remaining Steady In a Season of Rage

We live in a season of rage and controversy. Every time you turn around, someone is outraged about something. From Twitter comments that spark a firestorm to Facebook rants written in all capital letters, rage seems to be in our nature. While some controversies are worth fighting for, others are not. This is where the Bible comes in . . .

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What Is Your Plus One?

Instead of looking at suffering as just an unfortunate tragedy, look at it as something that will build you up.

 

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You Cant Get There From Here

We tend to have a natural bias to things that work at the moment, but that can present a problem . . .

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Are You Letting Your Story Become Hijacked?

We are drowning in an ocean of narratives that confuse, anger and cause fear. The world is filled with so many conflicting stories that we can be left overwhelmed and depressed. Even if a story is true, (which many are) we can fixate on it to the point of distraction. Which world story should we believe- focus on?

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10 Lessons from Exile

If we learn only pain from painful times then we have missed the most valuable part.

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A New Dawn is Coming

If you feel weathered by this season there is hope for you.

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Running With Patience

In the midst of this ongoing Covid19 crisis we are challenged to learn more than ever what it means to live our journey’s patiently.

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