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Is Saying “Oh My God” a Sin?

Whether it’s the actual phrase “Oh my God!,” its text equivalent “OMG” or a substitution such as “Oh my gosh!”, at some point, all of us have probably uttered a phrase that is perceived by many to be blasphemous. And if we haven’t, we’ve probably heard someone that we would consider a spiritual heavyweight say …

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Five Steps to a Better Bible Class

I love teaching Bible classes. Don’t tell anyone, but I would rather teach 100 Bible classes than do one sermon, and that’s not because I dislike sermons as much as I love teaching Bible class. I love the give and take, the camaraderie that builds throughout those 30-45 minutes, and I love the fact that …

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“But God Knows My Heart”

These days, it’s hard for anyone to approach anyone with a sin that they’ve noticed without either being accused of being judgmental, hypocritical, or both. If both of those defense mechanisms fail, there’s always the trusty standby: “Yea, but God knows my heart.” So? What does that have to do with anything? It really is …

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The Story of Jonah Shouldn’t Have Been About Jonah

I love the story of Jonah. I can remember, as a young kid, going into our Bible class a few minutes before time to start and playing with the gigantic fish toy and mini-Jonah action figure. I remember making the fish swallow Jonah up and then vomit him all over the teacher’s desk. It was …

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Association Without Adaptation

By: Russ Bowman The days leading up to the arrest and crucifixion of Jesus must have been terribly confusing for His apostles.  On the first day of that week, they had walked among the throngs of people who were parading before and after the Lord, paving the road with branches from trees, and openly welcoming …

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101 Small Ways to Share the Gospel

Of all the things that are difficult in the life of a Christian, talking to someone else about the Gospel is probably one of the hardest. For most of us, we’re content to sit in our little church pews and sing some songs, while resisting the constant temptations that life tends to throw at us …

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Two Men. Two Choices. Two Destinies.

In the 11th century, a poet by the name of Dante Alighieri wrote a three-part epic poem called The Divine Comedy. The most popular of the three parts is called The Inferno, where he travels into Hell and views the various “circles,” separated by the type of sin that each person committed. At the very …

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Do I Have to be at Every Service?

No, you don’t have to be at every service. Next. …. … .. . Chances are, there a few people that read that line, agreed with it, and simply signed off to go about the rest of their day. If we can get those people back though (imagine me yanking on a gigantic rope), they’ll …

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X Marks What Spot?

“Silver and gold have I none, but what I do have I give to you; In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk!” With these simple words from Peter in Acts 3, years of a crippled physique and a weak body were erased, resulting in a man who was “lame from his mother’s womb” …

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Would the Apostles Have Forgiven Judas?

Have you ever thought about that before? Ever? Even just a little bit? To be fair, it’s not a question that comes up very often, mostly because it’s essentially a moot point. But hypothetically speaking, let’s pretend that instead of taking his own life, Judas had simply gone into hiding for a few days while …

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