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Living as Kingdom Citizens

Living as Kingdom Citizens

Kingdom
I am blessed to be an American. Living in the land of opportunity makes me thankful. Being a citizen of this country leaves me with no excuse if I don’t follow the plan of God for my life. There’s very little chance that I could lose my life for proclaiming God’s Word on the streets or from house to house in this country. Chances are I won’t be arrested, interrogated, or detained for trusting in Christ as my Saviour. That’s absolutely something to be thankful for. Something even more powerful and freeing than my US citizenship is my citizenship in the Kingdom of God. Some believe their US citizenship trumps everything. Even some self-proclaimed "evangelicals" preach and teach from an earthly citizenship perspective rather than the heavenly perspective. Kingdom citizenship…
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Staying Kingdom-focused in a selfie-focused world

Staying Kingdom-focused in a selfie-focused world

Devotional
It’s way too easy to take a selfie and put it up on every social media platform these days Because we are inundated by the selfie mindset, it’s only natural that this phenomenon would creep into the Church. Am I calling you out if you’ve ever taken a selfie? Absolutely not. There is nothing wrong with taking a picture of yourself and posting it online for the world to see (so long as you are clothed and in your right mind). It's the underlying attitude behind that post that can get us into trouble. Self & Flesh Self is always the hardest thing to crucify. Add an “H” and spell self backward and you have “flesh.” The Apostle Paul continually warned against catering to the flesh. Paul wrote in Galatians…
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Revival: Is it in you?

Revival: Is it in you?

Revival
Revival is a word that always conjures up many different emotions in my spirit and my mind. On the physical level, my mind automatically shifts to thoughts of consecutive nightly worship services and anointed preaching. That thinking then leads to thoughts of long services, lack of rest, and the eventual loss of my voice. My spirit-man, however, skips past how tired we eventually will become, or the length of the service. Indeed, the spirit inside of me jumps for joy at the prospect of a renewed focus and a revived heart. Until you know what it’s like to give of yourself, your talent, and of the anointing God has placed in your life, only to have it completely renewed and ready night after night, you can’t completely understand the level…
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Hope for troubled times

Hope for troubled times

Devotional
Have you watched the news lately? I can’t say that I blame you if you haven’t. There really is nothing but bad news these days. It seems like civilization stands on the brink of devastation. The pro-choice lobby is stronger than ever. The euthanasia debate has even come back to the fray in recent years. The faces of hopelessness have become even more real. Is there a better time than now for the Church to rise up and declare the hope we have? In Colossians 1, the Apostle Paul begins to reveal his ministry to the church at Colosse. Paul wrote the letter from prison after hearing that the Colosse church had begun to believe a mixture of false doctrines. Among those beliefs was the heresy of Gnosticism. The Gnostic…
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The Mission is being the Hands and Feet, not the Sunday Seat

The Mission is being the Hands and Feet, not the Sunday Seat

Mission
Sunday morning church service has come and gone for now. Don’t worry, though. You’ll get another opportunity next week. Chances are that seat is really comfortable. It’s likely right in the middle of your comfort zone. No pressure. No work. No hassle. No mission. Just come and enjoy the show for a little while. No doubt that is the definition of Christianity for some. While I’m thankful that those of you who hold to that view are at least hearing the Word preached, I want to challenge you to broaden that perspective. I’m churchy, man. I’m more churchy than Noah was Arky. But if Sunday morning is the central focus, what happens in my church Monday thru Saturday? Does it cease to exist as a force? If the Church is…
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