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Posted on April 20, 2018 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

How to Be a Friend of God

By Skip Heitzig

Did you know Abram was called the friend of God (see 2 Chronicles 20:7; Isaiah 41:8; James 2:23)? Why was this?

Soon after God changed Abram's name to Abraham, we readan unusual story in Genesis 18 about three visitors who unexpectedly came to Abraham, one of whom was the Lord in some human form. From this story, let's look at the four attributes it takes to be a friend of God.

1. It takes s...

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Posted on April 16, 2018 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

How's Your Faith?

By Skip Heitzig

Abraham is known as the father of our faith. But did you know that he didn't start out with great faith?

Abraham's story really begins in Genesis 11, where we read that a man named Terah from Ur of the Chaldeans had three sons: Abram (who we know as Abraham), Nahor, and Haran. Terah, the text tells us, took his family and "went out with them from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to the land of Canaan; and they came to Har...

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Posted on April 6, 2018 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Mission Possible

By Skip Heitzig

The popular TV show Mission: Impossible used to start just about the same way every week: a group of secret agents would gather together and listen to their instructions, which started with the words "Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is...." And they had the choice of whether or not to accept the mission.

As part of the church, you and I are on a mission--the Great Commission, given to us by Jesus Chris...

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Posted on March 30, 2018 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

The Foundation of Our Faith

By Skip Heitzig

After the fall of man in Genesis, God immediately began to work out His plan to bring a Savior into the world who would crush the head of the serpent (see Genesis 3:15). This Savior, Jesus Christ, did exactly that through His death on the cross and resurrection three days later--something we celebrate every Easter.

But in order to bring that Savior into the world, God first had to establish the nation thr...

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Posted on March 23, 2018 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

A Beautiful Body

By Skip Heitzig

It's pretty safe to say that most people have at least one thing they would change about their physical body. But what about when it comes to their spiritual body--the body of Christ? Let's look at 1 Corinthians 12 and discover four practical ways we can help improve the church and build a beautiful body, so to speak.

1. Recognize variety. "There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences o...

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Posted on March 16, 2018 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

What's the Deal with Doctrine?

By Skip Heitzig

What would you say should be the church's number one priority? Love? Missions? Service? It might surprise you to know that doctrine was actually number one on the list of priorities for the early church. As Acts 2:42 says, "They continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers."

If there was ever a word I feel sorry for, it's doctrine. It sounds s...

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Posted on March 9, 2018 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Why Church?

By Skip Heitzig

Church can become a place where participation is minimal, where perceptions are unreasonable, and where worship is invisible. I think this might be because we were never in tune with the purpose of the church in the first place.

What is God's vision for the church? In John 17, Jesus prayed for and anticipated four characteristics that would mark His followers--four things the church should do.

1. The chur...

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Posted on March 2, 2018 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Israel's Idol Worship

By Skip Heitzig

One of the most popular shows on television in recent years was American Idol. It often paid to be a contestant on American Idol--even for the runners up, many of whom went on to great success. But it certainly didn't pay to win the idol contest in Israel. The man who won that contest--and took down the rest of the nation with him--was King Jeroboam, the first leader of the ten northern tribes after Israel split in two.

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Posted on February 23, 2018 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Watch Out for Fakes!

By Skip Heitzig

Several years ago I was walking down the streets of Kusadasi, Turkey, when I saw a sign that proudly advertised, "Fake Watches." So I went over and sure enough, there were the best fake watches I had ever seen. So I bought one. Later on, I was with a friend who knows watches pretty well, and he couldn't even tell it was a fake. But then he said, "You know what, if you opened it up and looked inside, you could tell it's fake."

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Posted on February 16, 2018 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

He's Coming--Now What?

By Skip Heitzig

At about four o'clock every afternoon, my mother used to say the same thing to me: "Your father will be home soon." Those words were either very exciting to me or struck fear in my heart. If I was living well that day, I looked forward to seeing Dad. But if I was pushing my boundaries, it was more like, "Uh-oh."

Do you look forward to the future? Jesus is coming. Judgment is coming. A new heaven and a new eart...

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