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“Disciples Make Disciples”: A Vital Truth That Needs Further Elaboration

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"Disciples make disciples" It's an axiom that is thrown around by Christians who rightly make "making disciples" a priority for genuine discipleship. But is it really true? Do disciples make disciples? Or is there more to the story? Based on the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19, we might think that Jesus words give definitive answer: Yes, disciples make disciples. Yet,...

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Razing Cain: How Christ Crucifies a Heart of Anger (Matthew 5:21

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This Sunday we looked at Matthew 5:2126, where we saw the first of six lessons Jesus gives us about the law of Moses applied to his new covenant disciples. Interpreting the sixth commandment, "Do not murder" (Exod 20:13; Deut 5:17), Jesus stressed the importance of making peace with those whom we have sinned against. In Sunday's sermon, we looked briefly at how Jesus appl...

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Approaching the Lord's Table "Together"

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For the last century, entertainment has becoming increasingly individualized. From the inception of record players, to drive-in theaters with individual speakers, to the release of headphones, and now the ever-common individualized playlist, we are a people trained to consume the world as individuals. And when we bring that approach to God, we can easily think of our spir...

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The Good News of the Law: “Getting” the Law, So That the Law Gets Into You (Matthew 5:17

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What is the purpose of the Law? How are we supposed to apply Moses' commands to our lives? How does Jesus read the Old Testament? Is there any good news for Christians in the Law of Moses? These questions and more have been raised by Christians for centuries.And one of the most challenging passages on the relationship of the Old Testament to the New is Matthew 5:1720. Thi...

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Bruce Forsee's Togo Trip with TLI

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Thank you for your support and prayers that made my recent trip to Togo possible. Obviously God was at work in all the preparations, in the lives of the students, and in my own life as well. I apologize for taking so long to let you know that I've returned, but after arriving back in the U.S., I left less than a week later to go to Ohio to visit my parents. For those of yo...

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Salt and Light: What Y’All Are, When You Are in Christ (Matthew 5:13

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This little light of mine, I'm goin' let it shine, let it shine, let it shine. If you have been around church for any length of time, you've probably heard this children's song. It takes its wording from this week's passage, Matthew 5:1316, where Jesus tells his disciples that they are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. In truth, this is an important passa...

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The Center of the Sermon on the Mount: Twelve Truths About Our Father in Heaven

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All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Matthew 11:27 Perhaps of the most surprising (and edifying) aspect of the Sermon on the Mount is the emphasis Jesus makes on his Father in heaven. While we may consider the Sermon as ...

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Getting Into the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1

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This Sunday we started walking through the Sermon on the Mount. Considering the question of true happiness, we first looked athowwe should read Jesus' words. And then we looked at the nine statements of blessing/happiness known as the Beatitudes. After stating that the Beatitudes are not entrance requirements for the kingdom, but words of wisdom given to Christ's disciple...

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A Wonderful Book That Is So Much More

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The Bible is the world's most enduring classic. It addresses universal concerns of man, influences people's views on life matters, influences other literary works, and is reviewed by experts trying to mine the thoughts behind the book. I recently read an article on what makes a book a classic and I found myself seeing how the Bible met all 14 criteria listed. Even though m...

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A Mountain, A Map, and a Mercy Seat: An Introduction to the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 4:23

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This Sunday we started a new series on the Sermon on the Mount. In this introductory message, I sought to outline the whole message and to highlight the center section, where Jesus gives us the Lord's Prayer. You can listen to the sermon online. But be sure to listen with this visual aid. Discussion questions and additional resources can be found below. Discussion Ques...

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