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Sound Doctrine Is Always Essential

1 Peter 2:2

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,

img_0063-2Junk Food is not good for us! There – I said it! Junk food is simply that – junk – and I have been trying to stay away from it. Yet it usually tastes so good – or at least we think so. What is your favorite junk food? I love most anything with chocolate and peanuts or peanut butter. At Easter I am a sucker for peanut butter covered chocolate eggs. Junk food is usually sweet – or salty and flavored like barbecue potato chips. If you’re really lucky with your junk food you can get something that is sweet & salty!

But I digress. I’m also craving something sweet or salty – right now! Get behind me satan foods.

Junk food usually satisfies for the moment but not for the long-term. It usually has lots of empty calories and is not ultimately good for us. Why are we drawn to it – because it soothes for the moment – but it is not good for us? We are satisfied for the moment and yet – the long-term results is not good.? Continue reading

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God’s Word Is Truth

1 John 4:1

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

When we are trying to determine Godly values or true Biblical core doctrines – we need to refer to the Scriptures. We need to have Scripture as our base. Truth can be found in God’s Holy Word. God’s Word is truth.

The Wesleyan quadrilateral reminds us that Scripture is primary and we are to use tradition – reason – and experience to help us understand Scripture. Having said that – I remind us that Scripture is primary and the source of our understanding of truth and of God’s will. http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/wesleyan-quadrilateral

We hold this belief because we believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. Even though Paul may have understood this in his context to mean the Old Testament – orthodox opinion is that this passage was meant for the entire Bible. 2 Timothy 3:16–17 – 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. Continue reading

May 18, 2018 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Where Do You Find Truth?

Colossians 2:8

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.

IMG_0301Where do you go for truth?  Do you seek truth in the history of men and women?  Do you search for truth among the stories of our country or of the world?  What about the shared history of a people of faith?  I have heard people say – this must be truth because so many people have believed it and died for it!

Where do you go for truth?  Do you seek truth in your own experience?  Has your life unfolded in such a way as to mold truth for you?  I have heard people say – this is what I believe because it is real to me.

Where do you go for truth?  Do you seek truth in your mind?  I mean – if we can think of it – it must be true – right?  I have heard people say – if my mind can conceive of it – it must be true! Continue reading

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The Basics of Our Faith

1 Peter 2:2

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgJunk Food is not good for us!  There – I said it!  Junk food is simply that – junk.  Yet it usually tastes so good.  What is your favorite?  I love most anything with chocolate and peanuts or peanut butter.  At Easter I am a sucker for the peanut butter covered chocolate eggs.  Junk food is usually sweet – or salty like barbecue potato chips.  If you’re really lucky with your junk food you can get something that is sweet & salty!

But I digress.  I’m also craving something sweet or salty right now!

Junk food usually satisfies for the moment but not for the long-term.  It usually has lots of empty calories and is not ultimately good for you. Continue reading

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