Philippians 2:12-18

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,  for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.     Do everything without grumbling or arguing,  so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.”  Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky  as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.  But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you.  So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.

Philippians 2:12-18

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History of Valentine’s Day

The story of Valentine’s Day begins in the third century with an oppressive Roman emperor and a humble Christian martyr. The emperor was Claudius II Gothicus. The Christian was Valentinus. Claudius had ordered all Romans to worship state religious idols, and he had made it a crime punishable by death to associate with Christians. But Valentinus was dedicated to the ideals of Christ, and not even the threat of death could keep him from practicing his beliefs.

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Why Did God Forbid One Tree in Eden?

John Piper has offered so many great explanations for those itching questions about God and the Bible, and this is one of those itching questions: “Why Did God Forbid One Tree in Eden?” Was it just to see if Adam and Eve were going to be obedient? Why wasn’t it a whole set of trees or foods like God did with Israel? Is the forbidding even the main point at all?

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Works are GOOD!

We know that salvation is not by what we’ve done.

(Titus 3:5  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;)

(Galatians 2:16  Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.)

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What the Bible has to say about Christmas

We all love Christmas. Some celebrate it with Santa Claus, presents, and trees, while others choose just a few of these things and still others don’t celebrate the day at all, but are glad that Christ was born. It isn’t important to God exactly how you celebrate it just that you understand its meaning. (Romans 14:5  One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.)

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What About Halloween?

WHAT ABOUT HALLOWEEN?
Rev. Darrell D. Ramey

Next Friday, October 31, many people the world over will “celebrate” the holiday called Halloween.  Is this day of ghosts and demons, witches and warlocks anything that should interest or concern Christians?Is there anything wrong with the costuming and trick-or-treating associated with this day?How about going along “just for the fun of it?”

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Unleashing the Church Through Lay Leadership

The Barna Update: 1/16/01
A bi-weekly e-mail from George Barna

Unleashing the Church Through Lay Leadership

A church – or any organization – can only go as far as its leaders can take it.  Our latest research on church leadership is described in my newest book, Building Effective Lay Leadership Teams.  The book officially releases today and describes why team leadership is superior to solo leadership; common barriers to using lay leadership teams; and a process for transitioning from solo-based to team-based leadership.

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