• Blog,  Fiction,  Steve Dehner

    Running Across the Street

    In our town there are two great houses that sit across the street from one another, each with very different kinds of families. But they have this in common: they take in children without homes. The Two Houses The first house is the House of Belonging: the parents have one biological son, and scores of adopted children. This son has the charge of inviting any child without home or family to come live there. If a child came to live there, she was asked if she wished join the family. If the child did, the parents drew up an adoption certificate.

  • Blog,  Joe Filer,  Uncategorized

    Coaching/Mentoring/Discipleship – The Key to Reproducing Grace

    Coaching.  Mentoring.  Discipleship. These words are synonyms for the same subject which has a long history, a long Biblical history: Jethro coached Moses Moses coached Joshua Eli coached Samuel Elijah coached Elisha Mordecai coached Esther Jesus coached His disciples Barnabas coached Paul Paul coached Timothy and John Mark Timothy coached faithful Christians who then coached others Each of these people had someone more experienced, more mature in the Christian walk coaching them, mentoring them, discipling them. They came alongside of them to help them accomplish what God had called them to do. A coach that models the biblical examples of coaching will listen and ask questions that lead the person…

  • Blog,  Grief,  Steve Dehner

    Honoring a Life

    One of the biggest gulfs that lies between you the grieving and the others in your life is their pain and sadness is so much less acute, and it fades so much sooner. But even as you work through your grief and the early pain eases, you always feel the loss, the absence, the hole in your life.

  • Blog,  Shawn Lazar

    It Started with a Murder

    Part of Series: Day by Day with PaulRead Acts 6—7 The first time the Bible mentions the Apostle Paul is at the scene of a grisly murder. It happened in the very early years of the Jesus movement—as little as a year after the cross and resurrection.

  • Blog,  Joe Filer

    Grace Groups: Reproducing Rabbits, not Elephants

    Continuing in our series on Reproducing Grace, we’re going to look again at the book of First Thessalonians.  At the time that Paul and Silas went to Thessalonica, it was the capital of the entire providence and 200,000 people lived there.  Most of these were Greeks, many were Romans and there was also a small number of Jewish people. It was a port city with a heavily-traveled highway running through it.  Many people lived there and many people passed through. As we talked about in the last blog, one small group of believers influenced the whole region.  (1 Thessalonians 1:6-9) Small is Ideal, Not Just Okay I’ve read a lot…

  • Blog,  Lucas Kitchen

    How To Stop Doubting Your Salvation.

    I got this great question from a subscriber.  Hi Lucas, I recently haven’t gotten the feeling of the presence of God. I was talking to someone the other day about salvation… now I’m confused again. I started doubting a little bit because I thought that the lack of His presence meant either I wasn’t saved or He isn’t there. People say that they have God help them with decisions which I feel has never happened to me. Or when they pray they feel something (which I used to feel but it went away). It feels like I’m doing something wrong, or He isn’t there. LUCAS’ ANSWER: EMOTION IS DANGEROUS.  Here’s…

  • Blog,  Joe Filer

    Reproducing Grace Groups Can Influence a Culture

    This is blog three in a series on Reproducing Grace. First was “Reproducing Grace: A Church Plant Movement” where I unpacked the first century church planting movement as seen in the book of Acts. We saw that reproducing grace by planting churches in a particular region can be done with little or no money.  Second was “Gathering for a Grace Movement” where I discussed church leaders and believers gathering together to start a Grace Movement in a particular region. I covered how to begin, plan, and launch a Grace Movement in a region. Building on those ideas, I want to suggest that reproducing grace groups in a region can influence…

  • Blog,  Grant Hawley,  Uncategorized

    Understanding Romans 9, Part 1, Context and Theme

    Introduction There are a lot of passages in Scripture that people intentionally avoid. Usually it is because they have an idea about what it says, and they don’t like that idea. Romans 9 is one of those passages, and there are a lot of jokes at the expense of non-Calvinists because of it. Calvinists use it as a proof text for the idea that God unconditionally predestined some to salvation and some to damnation. It says things like, “He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens,” and that is assumed to mean that God chooses individuals for each from eternity past and without conditions.