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David Platt and John Piper on Why You Should Not Believe “Heaven is for Real”
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My teenage son, Isaac, asked me about the soon-to-be-release movie, Heaven is for Real, and whether I thought it credible [my words].    ... the movie trailer states it is based upon a “true story” ... My response? "Doubtful"  But my answer was a mistake.
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The Dilemma of Participating in a So-called “Same sex” Wedding
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As a pastor, you are already, or soon will be, facing counseling challenges.  Here is a tip in how to advise those who receive an invite to attend a so-called “gay wedding” or if you, yourself, are asked to officiate.  Give a polite “No”  and if this is a teachable moment, be prepared to explain why.


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When a Culture is Devoid of “Random Acts of Kindness”
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The following first-person account comes from Doug Groothuis’s blog where he is incensed at the indifference toward the plain-sighted suffering of another. I post it here to illustrate that Christians need to get back to shaping the world in which the Lord has placed us.
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Angel Tree, a Pastor’s Joy
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Delivering Angel Tree gifts to the children of incarcerated inmates was my 2012 Christmas’ highlight. Few things seem as pleasing to the Lord as seeing a child realize that she is cared for in this world, especially when the evidence points otherwise.

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Revival and the Exalted Christ: A Webinar Invitation
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The Church in America is in deep trouble and these are serious times. As long as churches seek to “grow” through attractional side-shows and neglect the issues of our spiritual poverty, then we are not on the same page as Jesus’ Great Commission plan of Kingdom extension.
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“Churchless Christianity?” and Getting Back on Mission
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When “church people” hear—for decades—one limited proclamation of the Gospel, it seems hopeless for a new preacher to get them to think in broader terms of exactly what Jesus’ message is.

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Chuck Colson and His School of Prophets
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One year ago this week, Chuck Colson (1931-2012) was called into the Lord’s presence. Even though the day of his home-going was unexpected, Chuck had both anticipated and prepared for it, as did Samuel, Elijah, and Elisha did during their day.

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Get Inspired, Get Focused: Wilberforce Weekend is Approaching
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Those who come will recognize our commitment to support you in your ministry. Why, because you are part of Jesus’ Plan A, the local church, called to bring His Kingdom into the light. This year, three of our key speakers are working pastors. Several others serve as church leaders in an equipping capacity.

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10,400 House-churches in Ten years?
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It was a bit unusual for a senior pastor of one of the largest churches in northwest Michigan to promote house-churches but, after listening to the incredible story of Big-Life Ministries, I now understand  why Pastor Nick Twomey did.  And, why he wants to see if this approach could potentially take off in our area.

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Where are the “Cultural Transformationalists?” He asked.
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Sometimes it just isn’t easy to let a direct challenge go by unanswered, and Carl Trueman issued one in his insightful blog (Reformation 21, “Keep Calm and Carry On”) when he ask, “Of course, I am not a cultural transformationalist; but if there are any such reading this blog, I might suggest that now would be a good time for you chaps to start proving me wrong.

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