12/3/14 “‘I’m Just Not Emotional’ May Be A Cop-Out” – Pastor Shane Idleman

December 3rd, 2014 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on 12/3/14 “‘I’m Just Not Emotional’ May Be A Cop-Out” – Pastor Shane Idleman)

“I’m just not emotional”…we’ve all heard that before, or, maybe you are the one saying it. The first and most obvious reason for lack of emotion toward God is that many don’t have a strong relationship with Him…people have religion but not a true relationship. For this reason, Jesus states, “These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me” (Matthew 15:8). A.W. Tozer adds, “Millions of professed believers talk as if [Christ] were real and act as if He were not. And always our actual position is to be discovered by the way we act, not by the way we talk.” Do your actions reflect your words? We must be desperate for more of God…desperate for obedience to truly know Him.
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“Righteous Anger” – Pastor Shane Idleman – 9/10/2011

September 10th, 2011 | Posted by admin in Audio - (Comments Off on “Righteous Anger” – Pastor Shane Idleman – 9/10/2011)

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9/10/2011 “Righteous Anger” – Pastor Shane Idleman

September 10th, 2011 | Posted by admin in Video - (Comments Off on 9/10/2011 “Righteous Anger” – Pastor Shane Idleman)

9/10/2011 “Righteous Anger” – Pastor Shane Idleman
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Points to Consider Before Leaving Your Church – Part 2

January 8th, 2011 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on Points to Consider Before Leaving Your Church – Part 2)

Over the next few weeks, I will revisit articles that drew the most feedback in 2010. Here is number two… In America today, a significant number of people are switching churches, or leaving altogether. I’ve found that judging “rightly,” as well as unwarranted criticism, both play significant roles.
Last week we concluded with point four:

4. Do you have a critical spirit? This could also translate into a cynical, or negative, attitude. If you do, you’ve already turned a deaf ear; it will be difficult to discern God’s leading.
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Points to Consider Before Leaving Your Church – Part 1

January 1st, 2011 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on Points to Consider Before Leaving Your Church – Part 1)

Over the next few weeks, I will re-visit articles that drew the most feedback in 2010. Here is one…
In America today, a significant number of people are switching churches, or leaving altogether. I’ve found that judging “rightly,” as well as unwarranted criticism, both play significant roles. Here are some points to consider:

1. Do the leaders, and the pastors, view the Scriptures as inerrant—the final authority? This is stating the obvious, but it’s worth stating: If a pastor, teacher, preacher, or minister challenges the authority, or authenticity, of the Word of God, they should step away from leadership.
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The Forgotten God – Who is the Holy Spirit?

November 13th, 2010 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on The Forgotten God – Who is the Holy Spirit?)

It may be hard to believe, but I actually knew a pastor who asked his worship leader to remove all songs mentioning the Holy Spirit. How sad…in his zeal to avoid charismatic excesses, he actually quenched the Spirit.

Why is the doctrine of the Holy Spirit so confusing when the Bible is crystal clear on the need for the Spirit’s power? In my opinion, one of the problems is “balance”, or a lack thereof. Many churches tend to embrace one extreme, or the other. Some have identified the two extremes as resembling either circuses or cemeteries. In the circus environment, anything goes. Ungodly behavior is excused by saying, “The Spirit is moving.” Often, the Spirit is not moving; human emotions, and fleshly impulses are. The Holy Spirit may, or may not be present, but sheer outward acts are no guarantee.

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