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    Christian Myths about Gay Marriage Christian Myths about Gay Marriage

    Christian Myths about Gay Marriage

Christian Myths about Gay Marriage

For the first time in the history of the United States of America, two persons of the same sex can now legally obtain a marriage license in all fifty states. The reaction to this ruling from the Supreme Court has been extreme and divisive on both sides of the argument. Some are overjoyed, many are sympathetically supportive, and others are outraged. Personally, my heart is heavy. Primarily because there are so many false narratives being advanced by people who claim to be disciples of Christ. Because I know the attacks are going to come let me start by saying a few things that I sincerely believe to be true. While I am a disciple of Jesus Christ and as such, I share the biblical view on homosexuality, I am not aggressively attacking those who have chosen this lifestyle. I do love you, pray for you, and deeply desire to hear you, know you, eat with you, and understand you. Furthermore, I would like to ask for forgiveness from those of you who have been shamed, slandered, slurred, and humiliated by my brothers and sisters of the faith. Finally, if my comments below and in subsequent posts share this unholy  spirit in your mind or heart I humbly ask that you would contact me so I can seek forgiveness from you as well. My goal in these posts is simply to present what I consider truth on this issue based on my current understanding of culture, church, and ultimately scripture. Christian Myths about Gay Marriage             Over the past few days, I have been monitoring the news, web, and social media closely. One of the most astonishing revelations for me has been the lack of biblical […]

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    Church Members, Here Are 10 Ways to KILL Your Church Church Members, Here Are 10 Ways to KILL Your Church

    Church Members, Here Are 10 Ways to KILL Your Church

Church Members, Here Are 10 Ways to KILL Your Church

In the recent past I have not been sharing many post from other bloggers.  But after reading through this one today I felt the urge to pass it on.  The message Dr. Tejado shares here is right on the money.  As a Pastor I have seen each of these ten things at work not only in my own ministry but in many others as well.  These things are not the only things that kill churches but they are certainly some of the main ones and as he mentions in this post the devil has not changed his tactics much over the last generation.  Are you killing your church without even knowing it?  Read below to find out… click here to view the article on churchleaders.com which is where I found it. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ By: Dr. Tejado W. Hanchell (TWH PhD) I have the awesome privilege of serving a church that has been around for over 80 years. In those 80 years, the church has only had four senior pastors. While our congregation has had its share of struggles over the years, we are pleased that we have survived! Considering the staggering statistics on church mortality in America, we are grateful to God for still standing strong. Some researchers suggest that between 3,500-4,500 churches close their doors (or die) each year. That means that in the time since our congregation was founded over 80 years ago, over 300,000 churches have died! I suspect that most church “deaths” occur for a few simple (and oftentimes avoidable) reasons. Recently, one of the senior members of our congregation — who has been there for all 80 plus years — handed me a church newsletter that was written in 1959. As I delicately […]

The Uncommon Church Special Offer

My newest book “The Uncommon Church” will be released to the public in just a few days. Tiffany McKinley and I have been working on this project for over two years now, and we are excited to finally have the finished product ready for store shelves.  I wanted to give those who read my blog a chance to pre-order the book and ensure that you are among the first to receive a copy.  For this week only I am offering a buy 1 get 1 FREE deal for the first 1,000 books sold. The chapter titles are listed below to give you some insight as to the contents of the book.  I will be posting more in-depth blogs in the near future about “The Uncommon Church.”  Use the “Buy Now” button below to take advantage of this limited buy 1 get 1 FREE opportunity.  You can also buy 2 and get 4, or buy 3 and get 6, or buy 10 and get 20… This offer is only valid this week or for the first 1,000 books sold which ever comes first.  You can also click here to visit my website and learn more about this book. Chapter 1: Basic Questions Chapter 2: Uncommon Mindset Chapter 3: Uncommon Relationships Chapter 4: Uncommon Prayer Chapter 5: Uncommon Caring Chapter 6: Uncommon Forgiveness Chapter 7: Uncommon Sharing Chapter 8: Uncommon Attitude Chapter 9: Uncommon Giving Chapter 10: Uncommon Commitment Chapter 11: Uncommon Work Chapter 12: Uncommon Discipleship Chapter 13: Uncommon Victory

Pulpit Abuse: What it is, How to Stop it

via Pulpit Abuse: What it is, How to Stop it. By Calvin Miller We preachers are all prone to use family events and incidents to illustrate our sermons. The dumb spouse is second only to the idiot adolescent child in making his or her meandering way through the fertile fields of homiletics. It is easy to eisegetically snuggle a good spouse into a Corinthian passage on how women ought to behave, but it is not fair! Even if you ask your spouse for permission, you sin with the practice. The fact you have to ask permission probably says you’re pretty sure this kind of sermon inclusion is off track. Even the asking of it sounds as if you’re saying: “Is it OK, darling, if I exhibit your idiocy in my sermon this week? It would mean a lot to Jesus.” I want off this thumb-worn issue in favor of a more insidious kind of abuse. I have a lay friend who loves to teach. He is very big on the Civil War and often takes part in Civil War battle reenactments. He’s a fair Bible teacher, but he is an indefatigable historian because this is his passion. So no matter what he is teaching, it all ends up at Manassas. He amazes me when, with a bit of gyrations, he can snuggle Gettysburg into Philemon. When it is all over, I can’t remember exactly how he did it, but I know he did. Most of us who preach pursue some kind of hobby or field of learning and, without realizing it, can make our pursuit part of our sermon. I like prophecy in general, but I am suspicious of it when it becomes too specific. […]

United Methodist Future in Jeopardy, Say 400 Clergy

I don’t think many believers in our churches today understand how big this issue is in all denominations. This issue does not only effect the United Methodist church, but every other denomination as well, is increasingly forced to deal with this issue. I thought the article below was informative and worth passing on for you to read… Hundreds of United Methodist clergy are expressing deep concerns over a pledge made by a large group of fellow ministers to marry same-sex couples. They argue that if the pledge is carried through, the future of the denomination is in jeopardy. “We do not know how many, if any, marriages or ‘holy unions’ of same-sex couples will be performed by UM clergy in the near future,” reads a letter, currently signed by more than 400 pastors, to the Council of Bishops. “But we do know the destructive effects that will result in our local churches and throughout the denomination if such services are performed by UM pastors.” The concerned clergy are referring to a pledge that some 900 ministers have endorsed in support of same-sex civil unions. By signing the pledge, they agreed to defy the denomination’s ban on blessing same-sex unions. The United Methodist Church holds the position that the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching and that homosexual unions “shall not be conducted by our ministers” or in UMC churches. While the denomination has debated the issue of homosexuality for decades, the growing number of clergy willing to disobey church laws and marry gay and lesbian couples has many in the church concerned. “For forty years we United Methodists have listened to each other, respected each other and have engaged in holy conferencing on […]

4 Myths About Using Technology in Church

The church has always struggled to figure out a way to best use new technology within the christian community.  I can remember reading about the church, and denominational splits that occurred over the introduction of a thing called an organ in church houses in America.  It was a new technology and many did not like it. While most churches today have embraced websites and similar technologies it was not long ago that such things were concerns, and the subject of many church debates, and heated business meetings.  Today the battle rages when it comes to Ipads in worship services, or the Pastor reading his Bible from a phone screen, or the giving kiosk that many prefer over the offering plate.  If you church has not already faced a battle of some kind over technology chances are your day will come soon.  Perhaps the article below will give you some things to think about when it comes to technology in church. The Church has used technology throughout history: papyrus, printing press, piano, organ, lighting, microphones, guitars, drums, and video projectors. And with the advent of the Internet, we have newer technologies like websites, social networking via Facebook, and texting on cell phones. How do we steward technology well? We start by dispelling four common myths about using online technologies in the church. 1. “If you build it, they will come.” Not necessarily. The “it” could be a website, a blog, a discussion board, a podcast, a Twitter feed, or a Facebook fan page. Your digital presence will not automatically be viewed by lots of people just by its mere existence. People choose what they will pay attention to based on relevance (to their situation), value (that […]

Busy, Busy, Busy…

Man,  Cowboy Fellowship, you guys have been busy.  I was just looking over the ACTS map in the back of the church and all that you guys have done in just the first 25 days of 2011, it really is AMAZING!  Below are just a few of the things that one team in our church has been up to.  I would encourage you to “like” the Matthew 25:35 Facebook page if you have not done so already to stay up to date with all they are doing.  HOUSE FIRE – Last week we were able to help a family who had lost everything that they had  when their house burned down. Due to your generosity and your allowing God to work through you we were able to provide clothing for the two little boys and the husband who works a full time job but didn’t have the means to replace the clothes that they lost. We were able to get all three of them a couple of new changes of clothes and underwear. The family is currently divided between two relatives homes where they are staying until new housing can be obtained for the family of four. Matthew 25:35 Team Delivering Heaters and Five Blankets to a Freezing Family Near Charlotte. Thank you for your Stuff the Basket Donations in December. The handicapped ramp and porch for The Refuge Pregnancy Care Center is now 95% complete. Thanks so much for those of you who helped and a special thanks to John Brymer of Community Bible Church who helped us on this project. He and his wife are driven to save the lives of unborn children. You can find their facebook page by clicking here.

The Church At Work

We are only six days into the new year and already our Acts map is filling up with dots.  Each dot represents a ministry or mission that Cowboy Fellowship is involved with.  While our involvement in so many areas is not new, the ability to visualize all the church does, is.  I had a minute before coming into the office today to stop by The Refuge, which is a ministry our church has been involved with from its inception years ago.  This organization reaches out primarily to teens who are pregnant. They equip them and help build their parenting skills and confidence prior to the birth of their child.  Today members of Cowboy Fellowship and Community Bible Chapel are hard at work at the Refuge doing exterior work to their new building.  It is a blessing to see churches working together to expand the Kingdom!  John 5:17 NIV Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working.”

Comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3–5)

 “Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles so that we may be able to comfort those experiencing any trouble with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For just as the sufferings of Christ overflow toward us, so also our comfort through Christ overflows to you.”   2 Corinthians 1:3–5 NET  Life Application Study Bible Many think that when God comforts us, our troubles should go away. But if that were always so, people would turn to God only out of a desire to be relieved of pain and not out of love for him. We must understand that being “comforted” can also mean receiving strength, encouragement, and hope to deal with our troubles. The more we suffer, the more comfort God gives us. If you are feeling overwhelmed, allow God to comfort you. Remember that every trial you endure will help you comfort other people who are suffering similar troubles. [1]Life Application Study Bible, Accordance electronic ed. (Carol Stream: Tyndale House Publishers, 2004), n.p.

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