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In just under a month, we're going to be starting a new series at Riv called "Under the Cushions," and we need you to tell us what to preach on.
This weekend at Riverview, I taught through a good chunk of Matthew 18 and I was glad to see a few people caught something odd: there's no Matthew 18:11 in the ESV. In fact, you won't find the verse in the New International Version (NIV) or the New Living Translation (NLT) either. The New American Standard Version puts it in parenthesis which indicates an uncertainty about whether it belongs in the Bible. So what gives? Why do some Bible translations skip Matthew 18:11?
In John 14:6, Jesus tells his disciples that he is "the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the father except through me." If that is true, that means that He is Plan "A" for salvation – and there is no Plan "B". Jesus is the only voice calling out to save us. No one else is coming.
This is the last installment of a 3-part series that our Student Ministries Director Tony Pyle has been writing on the topic of Shepherding in the context of ministry.
This is part 2 of a 3-part series that our Student Ministries Director Tony Pyle is writing on the topic of Shepherding in the context of ministry.
We tend to minimize our own sin and maximize the sin of others. Whether we struggle with sexual sin or social injustice, we need Jesus to save us.
A few weeks ago at our monthly staff meeting, we had our Student Ministries Director Tony Pyle teach on how to avoid both over- and under-shepherding in the context of ministry. We thought his teaching was so fantastic that I wanted him to share it in written form on my blog.
Does facing temptation get easier the more we do it? No – in fact, it gets harder. But, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we are able to handle more. The More We Face Temptation, The More We Are Able To Face Temptation.
This last weekend at Riv, I spent a little bit of time in my message talking about the difference between "Folk Christianity" (Christianity that carries trump cards like feelings, emotions, clichés, or cultural traditions) and Biblical Christianity. So often, we tend to hang onto these trump cards instead of hanging onto what the Word of God says – just like Ja...