7/20/2013 “Cost of Carnality” — Pastor Shane Idleman

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“Cost of Carnality” — Pastor Shane Idleman – 7/20/2013

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2/18/2012 “Real Marriage #3: Removing Destructive Influences” — Pastor Shane Idleman

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“Real Marriage #3: Removing Destructive Influences” — Pastor Shane Idleman – 2/18/2012

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Seven Things You Need To Know

September 18th, 2010 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on Seven Things You Need To Know)

This article is a by-product of a sermon that I recently delivered. These core values also provide the basis for the new church that I will be planting and pastoring beginning 9-25-2010 (Westside Christian Fellowship). Radio program responses have indicated that this message is timely, and relevant. I hope that you will be encouraged and strengthened as well.

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Are We ‘Affecting’ The World, Or Is It ‘Infecting’ Us?

August 21st, 2010 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on Are We ‘Affecting’ The World, Or Is It ‘Infecting’ Us?)

Part V in a series on compromise in the church

The Scriptures are crystal clear on the issue of entertainment; there’s really no debate. Philippians 4:8 says to fix our thoughts on what is true and honorable and right, and to think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable and worthy of praise. Ephesians 5:1-20 also addresses this issue, and enough is said in II Timothy alone to silence any debate: Everyone who names the name of Christ should depart from anything that goes against His standard of holiness. We must be pure vessels that God can use. A pure vessel cannot come from a polluted mind. Years of feeding the flesh will leave us spiritually weak—what goes in our mind ultimately comes out in our actions.

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Entertainment- What Goes In Ultimately Comes Out

August 14th, 2010 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on Entertainment- What Goes In Ultimately Comes Out)

Part IV in a series on compromise in the church

As I said last week: Holiness is not a strange, outdated word. Its being set apart, or separated from anything that causes us to sin, whether mentally (in what we think), or physically (in what we do). Holiness begins in the heart. We should continually strive for holiness in all that we do and say. “The Holy Spirit is first of all a moral flame. It is not an accident of language that He is called the Holy Spirit, for whatever else the word holy may mean it does undoubtedly carry with it the idea of moral purity” (Tozer).
Ironically, one youth pastor told me, “I don’t worry about what I watch, or listen to, as long as my heart is right.” But this is a very dangerous view. Most will admit, however, that this statement is really just an excuse to cross the line when it comes to entertainment. Let’s be honest: Many rationalize watching and listening to very questionable material because they enjoy it.
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Entertainment—where do we draw the line?

July 17th, 2010 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on Entertainment—where do we draw the line?)

Someone once said, “I don’t worry about what I watch, or listen to, as long as my heart is right.” This is a very dangerous view. Most will admit, however, that this statement is really just an excuse to cross the line when it comes to entertainment. Let’s be honest: Many rationalize watching and listening to very questionable material because we enjoy it.

What we watch and listen to affects the heart; it’s impossible to separate the two. If we would make it our goal to know Christ more personally, we would preach Christ more powerfully. For example, if a preacher fills his mind with worldly pleasures and desires all week and expects the Spirit of God to speak boldly through him from the pulpit, he will be gravely mistaken: “The gratification of the flesh and the fullness of the Spirit do not go hand in hand” (R.A. Torrey). Who he is all week is who he will be when he steps to the pulpit—the passion and conviction of his message is only as strong as the passion and conviction within him. The same is true with you: “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34). What goes in ultimately comes out.

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