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Where is the Proof?

By Steve Joiner
October 22, 2017
Category: Basic Truths

1 John – Where is the Proof?

 

I started my new job almost 6 months ago and I have really enjoyed the change and the process of learning something new. During one of my first sales calls to a customer, we somehow got all involved in how to prove the existence of God. I was very new at this job and had only been out on my own for about 2 weeks. I wanted... Continue reading

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No Fear in Love

By Steve Joiner
October 14, 2017
Category: Basic Truths

1 John – No Fear in Love

 

Along with creating these Blogs, I am involved in several small group studies and it always amazes me how God will tie each group together. Is he teaching me or someone I am leading? I have learned so much from my studies as I prepare to lead groups, this Blog is no different. John continues his thoughts on love and how true l... Continue reading

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We see Love when Hatred is Visible

By Steve Joiner
October 08, 2017
Category: Basic Truths

1 John – We see LOVE when HATRED is Visible

 

Wrong is not right, darkness is not light, hate is not love, evil is not good, and sin is not righteousness! Yet we do not understand right, light, love, good and righteousness with the visible signs of their terrible counterparts. Our Youth Pastor at “The Cross Loganville”, told us this little story that I... Continue reading

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Walk as Jesus Did

By Steve Joiner
September 30, 2017
Category: Basic Truths

1 John – Walk As Jesus Did

 

Doesn’t this seem to be an unfair request? Jesus was God, the very Son of God, after all He is the Savior of the World. I can’t seem to save myself much less the World. Didn’t he give his life as a sacrifice and now you are asking me to die? He told those who wanted to follow Him, “Foxes have holes and Birds have nest, but t... Continue reading

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1 John - Light or Darkness

By Steve Joiner
September 25, 2017
Category: Basic Truths

1 John – light or darkness

 

Have you doubted your love for God? Maybe you’re relationship with Jesus is not that strong, or maybe God’s Spirit is not as close, as you thought. This is the book for you, John is not telling us how to judge others salvation, nor does he give us step by step instructions on how to live a life of love. He will cause us to d... Continue reading

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Ruth's Legacy

By Steve Joiner
September 17, 2017
Category: Basic Truths

Ruth’s Legacy

 

A few weeks ago, we began this journey through the book of Ruth. Our journey has been focused on faith, trust, commitment, love, and redemption. It has circled around one family that both enjoyed loving relationships and suffered loss. The family found a second chance in their kinsmen redeemer, Boaz. Now, we take a step ahead and see the... Continue reading

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Ruth, The Proposal

By Steve Joiner
September 09, 2017
Category: Basic Truths

The Proposal

 

In today’s Blog, I am going to ask you to put aside your thoughts and opinions based on our culture today. You will need to remove all understandings of and prejudices about how men and women relate to each other. Remove any thoughts you may have concerning age, male egos, and conniving. None of those thoughts will help you understand the... Continue reading

Tags: Redeemer Jesus Ruth Boaz

Love Given out of Grace

By Steve Joiner
August 26, 2017
Category: Basic Truths

Love Given out of Grace

 

As a young adult I wanted relationships to be my choice, but as a parent, I wanted to arrange all my children’s relationships. I now understand that I don’t wear God’s sandals, for selfishness does not work in relationships. Both comments are focused on what I want, not on what is best for someone else.

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A Family Story

By Steve Joiner
August 19, 2017
Category: Basic Truths

Grace Inside Family Struggles

 

There are many different styles of family units out there today. I am sadden by the thought that so few of them would fall under the strong family category. Love should be there, no matter the issue, no matter the cause, and no matter the challenges that arise.

 

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In HIS presence

By Greg Roth
August 16, 2017
Category: Worship

In the presence of God we find all we need. There is nothing that compares. Every longing is filled in His presence. Every chain is broken off in His presence. My heart comes alive in His presence. It is shelter from the storm, it is my comfort in pain, and it is my joy in sorrow. Whatever it is you need or are searching for, you will find it in Him. Seek the presence of God and you will find Him and be overwhelmed by His compassion and goodness.


“O LORD, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot. Th... Continue reading

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Advice Column Part 3

By Steve Joiner
August 12, 2017
Category: Basic Truths

Counseling God’s Way

 

God has blessed my life in many ways. I was brought up in a loving, Christian home. I have two God-fearing brothers who have Christian wives. I found a wonderful, beautiful, and thoughtful woman who loves Christ more than she loves me, and I am so thankful for that. We raised two boys together who have grown and married remarkably... Continue reading

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Advice Column Part 2

By Steve Joiner
August 05, 2017
Category: Basic Truths

 

Counsel From a Judgmental Spirit

 

Job had it all: family, friends, land, livestock, and riches. Too many of us see worldly success as a sign of God’s pleasure—“When He’s happy with us, He blesses us.” Of course, if that’s true, then a life of struggles must mean God is not please... Continue reading

Tags: Judgmental Advice Grace Patience

The Pomodoro Technique as Worship

By Rick Bloomquist
August 01, 2017
Category: Worship

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Last Sunday we finished our series in Ecclesiastes, and I’m really thankful for the time we spent wrestling with it. I wish we had more time in that book, but since we need to keep moving, I want to make sure to plant the lessons deeply in my mind, because I cringe at the idea of making the same mistakes Solomon did.


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Tags: Routines Discipleship Attention Work

Godly Advice Column

By Steve Joiner
July 29, 2017
Category: Basic Truths

Looking To Start A “Godly Advice” Column?

 

This topic has been heavy on my heart now for over a week. I take opportunities as I travel for my job to listen to several very gifted teachers via podcasts. I heard two teachings this week about giving godly counsel, and I thought I would take a couple of weeks to work through these thoughts with you as I le... Continue reading

Tags: Advice Job Wisdom

Giants in Our Midst

By Steve Joiner
July 23, 2017
Category: Basic Truths

Giants in Our Midst

 

In a favorite childhood story, we find a boy named Jack who traded in a cow for five magic beans. Then Jack plants the beans, and the resulting stalk brings him to his giant. This is a fairy tale, so all worked out for the best. The family found riches, and the giant fell to his crashing death. All is well—or is it really?

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Abounding Love

By Steve Joiner
July 16, 2017
Category: Basic Truths

Grow in Love

 

I remember a story that I heard when I was much younger. A family was sitting at Church; Husband, Wife and two little boys. The boys were big enough to sit in church but not old enough to understand everything, so they would ask an inquisitive question from time to time. This particular Sunday a new couple came in and sat right in front o... Continue reading

Tags: Abound Crippled Love Discern

Brush Your Teeth For Christ's Sake

By Rick Bloomquist
July 03, 2017
Category: Routines

There’s a saying that everyone wants to start a revolution but nobody wants to wash the dishes. And the point is that, as long as we’re only motivated by big exciting changes, but not willing to continually engage in the boring and detailed work that keeps a new, revolutionary way of life going, there’s really no point in leading a revolution at all.

 

There was a monk named Brother Lawre... Continue reading

Tags: Routines Discipleship Dental Hygiene Identity Worship

Perspective

By Steve Joiner
July 01, 2017
Category: Basic Truths

Perspective

 

According to Google, “perspective” is “the art of drawing solid objects on a two-dimensional surface to give the right impression of their height, width, depth, and position in relation to each other when viewed from a particular point.”

 

I can remember in school taking a piece of paper and lightly drawi... Continue reading

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Feeling Disconnected from God

By Steve Joiner
June 24, 2017
Category: Basic Truths

Feeling Disconnected

 

I recently shared that a few weeks ago I began a new journey because of a job change. Because my previous job had provided a cell phone for my personal use, I’d been without a phone for a few weeks during the transition. I have finally received a cell phone from my new employer, and while I found the last few weeks to be a little... Continue reading

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"Below Paradise" by Tedashii

By Greg Roth
June 22, 2017
Category: Basic Truths

In John 16:21 Jesus gives His disciples hard truths as He prepares them for the soon betrayal, arrest, and death He will face. These truths are accompanied by encouragements, but let’s take time now to sit in the sobering truth He shares.

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