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The Gospel Boomerang

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Original post date - October 22, 2010 Preaching, I have discovered, is a hazardous occupation. I first learned this a short time after starting in the pastorate, when I made the mistake of preaching a series on the Christian and his money. I did not consider the subject personally threatening. My finances were above reproach. I sought to live a simple life style. I was ...

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Why Good People Don't Go to Heaven

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Original Post Date - April 11, 2006 A question I frequently ask people is, "If you were to die and stand before God and He said, 'Why should I let you into heaven?' what would you say?" Most people recognize that it's a crucial question! The answer I most frequently hear goes like this: "I've tried to do the best I could. I've never hurt anyone intentionally. I've been a...

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Christian Biographies

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A Selected Bibliography, by Steven J. ColeRevised, April, 2020 The following books on church history and biographies of great Christians have been helpful to me. I have tried to list the individual biographies in rough chronological order under each section. Reference Works: Eerdman's Handbook to the History of Christianity[Eerdmans], ed. by Tim Dowley. An excellent a...

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Books for Growing Christians

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(Updated Revised, June, 2020) Bringing good Christian books into your home is like inviting godly, wise Christian leaders to share their insights with you and your family. It's a worthwhile investment. I recommend that you budget money to purchase good Christian books. If you spend money for cable TV, videos, movies, why not budget some money for books to help you and y...

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Happy Holidays and Sound Doctrine

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Original Post Date - December 1, 1996 I sat staring at my computer screen for over an hour, trying to think of some warm, fuzzy thoughts on the holidays for this issue of our church newsletter. I'm sorry to disappoint some of you, but I'm just not a warm, fuzzy holiday sort of person. I truly hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year, but I often fee...

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Women in the Church

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WHAT CAN THEY DO OR NOT DO? Pastor Steven J. Cole and FCF EldersFebruary, 1996 (Revised) The issue of women's roles in the church is complicated and emotionally charged. These comments are only a brief synopsis of some of the issues. As elders, we affirm the rationale, purposes and affirmations of The Danvers Statement (see below, or go to: http://www.cbmw.org/about/danv...

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Winning the War Against Lust

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Original Post Date - September 29, 1996 I want to answer a very practical question for Christians living in this sex‑saturated society:How can we win the war against lust and the overt sexual sin which results from lust?We're bombarded daily with sensuality. You can't watch TV, read a news magazine or drive past billboards without being confronted with blatantly sexual ...

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The Basis for Christian Unity

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Original Post Date - May 1, 1996 Christian unity is a hot topic. Here in Flagstaff, there have been a number of inter-church "Unity" services and other cooperative events which often include both Catholics and Protestants. I recently received an invitation to attend a worship service being held at the Nativity Catholic Church, where Dr. Emilio Castro, former General Secre...

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Let's Stop the Rhetoric About Abortion

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Original Post Date - January 19, 1996 President Clinton has voiced his opinion that abortions should be "safe, legal, and rare." I hope the American public can see this for what it is: Rhetoric.Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionarydefines rhetoric as "insincere or grandiloquent language." In case "grandiloquent" is not a familiar word, it means that which is marked by...

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Promise Keepers: A Perspective

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Original Post Date - February 1, 1995 Promise Keepers (hereafter, PK) began in 1990 through the vision of then Colorado University football coach, Bill McCartney. Aimed at discipling men, PK "is a Christ-centered ministry dedicated to uniting men through vital relationships to become godly influences in their world" (from their purpose statement). They have an orthodox, t...

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