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Preparing for Difficult Days – As a Local Church (A Study of 2 Peter 1 – A Sermon)

Just returned from a great weekend in St. Louis at the Screen Shot 2015-03-20 at 12.11.38 PMannual Believers’ conference. I spoke two times on the topic “Preparing for Difficult Days.” Here’s my 2nd message, friends.

 

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2015 in church

 

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Causes Of All Fatal Accidents!

Do NOT ride in automobiles: they cause 20% of all fatal accidents.Screen Shot 2014-12-05 at 8.30.32 PM

Do NOT stay home: 17% of all accidents do occur in the home.

Do NOT walk on the streets or sidewalks: 14% of all accidents happen to pedestrians.

Do NOT travel by air, rail, or water: 16% of all accidents happen on these.

Only .001% of all deaths occur in worship services in church, and these are related to previous physical disorders.

Screen Shot 2014-12-05 at 8.32.20 PMHence, the safest place for you to be at any time is church. [Bible study is safe, too. The percentage there is even less.]

Go to church! IT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE!

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2014 in church attendance

 

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What do we mean when we say, “I got your back!”?

When we say, “I got your back,” what do we mean? Aren’t we saying, “I’m with you, man. I’ll stand up for you. You are not alone in this!”?

In our independent, everyone-does-his-own-thing culture, we need community, partnerships, comrades in arms who will stand with us when life has us by the throat.

And that, it seems to me, is the genius of the local church. The local church is to be a place, or rather a group of people, who say and show the truth of the statement “I got your back!”

But, alas, sometimes the local church is little more than a social gathering of religious people.

Jesus said, “The world will know you are my disciples if you love one another.”

Questions:

1.  When someone complains to us about another believer, we’ve “got one another’s backs” when we ___________________________________________.

2.  To say “I got your back” doesn’t mean we make excuses for each other, or rationalize each other’s sins away, does it?  Can you think of one example of Jesus and His disciples when He “got their backs”?

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2012 in church

 

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CARTOON MONDAY! CHURCH FOUNDED BY SPLIT!

When my family and I lived in Canada, a good friend of mine became the pastor of a church that had split (over worship styles), The two churches were starting to get along and leave some of their anger and bitterness at each other. I said to my friend, “Well, now this city has two Evangelical churches!” My friend said, “That’s how you and I see it, Larry. The world looks at us and says, “A CHURCH SPLIT!”

Questions:
1. Under what circumstances should a church split?
2. Have you gone through a church split? What was it over and how did you feel?

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2012 in church splits

 

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CARTOON MONDAY! What’s Your Flavor?

Today’s cartoon illustrates the fact that our American luxury allows us to design different services for different tastes. Of course, we should be attractive and relevant to our culture, but we can easily miss the sheer cruciality of the local church IF we invest too much energy into what “pleases” us!

Questions:
1. What specific changes has your church made to be more relevant to your immediate culture?
2. How do we know when we’ve gone too far?

 

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