Church Criticisms 7: Online Church Is Easier – A Change in Fellowship

Church Criticisms Day 1: Online Church Is Easier - A Change in Fellowship “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:24-25, ESV). For the small sum of about $1, I can make a quick run to McDonald’s…

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Church Criticisms 6: Church Is Boring – A Change in Entertainment

Church Criticisms Day 6: Church Is Boring – A Change in Entertainment “Like newborn babies, thirst for the pure milk of the word so that by it you may grow in your salvation” (1 Peter 2:2, ISV). The need of our generation to be constantly entertained has spilled over into the church. Because of the prevalence of technology and related advancements, mindless entertainment is almost always readily available. We can quickly waste…

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Church Criticisms 5: Churches Are Greedy – A Change in Finances

Church Criticisms Day 5: Churches Are Greedy – A Change in Finances “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7, ESV). One of the more damaging teachings in present day churches is known as Prosperity Gospel. Personally, it is a phrase that makes my blood boil. Without naming names or churches, it is a blasphemous,…

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Church Criticisms 4: Closed-Mindedness – A Change in Education

Church Criticisms Day 4: Closed-Mindedness – A Change in Education “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever” (Isaiah 40:8, ESV). When it comes to certain situations and ideas in life, essentially all humans are closed-minded. If you are a parent, you are surely closed-minded to the thought of someone murdering your children. Your mind isn’t going to change, even if they drive you nuts!…

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Church Criticisms 3: Lack of Acceptance – A Change in Prejudice

Church Criticisms Day 3: Lack of Acceptance – A Change in Prejudice “If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself,’ you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors” (James 2:8-9, ESV). Imagine walking into your first day at a new school, or your first day at a new job.…

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Church Criticisms 2: Lack of Love – A Change in Understanding

Church Criticisms Day 2: Lack of Love – A Change in Understanding    “By this we know love, that He laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth” (I John 3:16,18, ESV).  “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments” (1 John 5:3, ESV).…

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Church Criticisms 1: Hypocrisy – A Change in Focus

Church Criticisms Day 1: Hypocrisy – A Change in Focus “For where two or three are gathered in My name, there am I among them” (Matthew 18:20, ESV). “I stopped going to church (or a particular church) because…” You can fill in the ending of the sentence. If you have had any discussion with Christians or unbelievers about the topic of going to church, you have probably run into many excuses and…

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Growing in Christ 7: Sunday Selah

Growing in Christ Day 7: Sunday Selah Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and how inscrutable His ways! (Romans 11:33, ESV) As we think through the past week’s study on growing in Christ, this verse has come before me on this final day as we focus on the greatness of God. His wisdom and knowledge are beyond our understanding! He is…

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Growing in Christ 6: It’s My Move

Growing in Christ Day 6: It’s My Move Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. (James 4:8, ESV) The ball was in her court now. I felt like I had said and done everything I could up to that point to make it fairly clear that I was interested in more than just friendship. I had drawn as close to her as I could, and now the ball…

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Growing in Christ 5: Obedience

Growing in Christ Day 5: Obedience Why do you call me “Lord, Lord,” and not do what I tell you? (Luke 6:46, ESV)  As I write this, I am two days removed from hearing a man publicly speak on this verse in the context of being a missionary to Costa Rica. He wasn’t telling everyone, “You need to be a missionary to another country!” Instead, his point was that he needed to…

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