11/28/15 “5 Keys of Restoration After Successful Church Discipline” – Shane Idleman

November 28th, 2015 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on 11/28/15 “5 Keys of Restoration After Successful Church Discipline” – Shane Idleman)

The ultimate goal is honoring God, showing grace, and protecting the congregation from unnecessary pain. ​
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6/26/15 “Opposing Gay Marriage – 5 Reasons Why It’s Not Hate Speech” – Pastor Shane Idleman

June 26th, 2015 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on 6/26/15 “Opposing Gay Marriage – 5 Reasons Why It’s Not Hate Speech” – Pastor Shane Idleman)

Times change but God’s standards do not change. No matter how many laws are passed in favor of sexual orientation, it will not change God’s mind. His principles are guardrails through the canyons of life. State legislators are removing these guardrails.​
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6/17/15 “5 Sure Signs Of A Dying Church (And A Spiritually Dead Christian)” – Pastor Shane Idleman

June 17th, 2015 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on 6/17/15 “5 Sure Signs Of A Dying Church (And A Spiritually Dead Christian)” – Pastor Shane Idleman)

Church is boring for most because the power of God has vanished from many congregations…there is a lack of desire to pursue Him in the pulpit as well as in the pew. Like Samson, they “know not that the Spirit of the Lord has departed” (cf. Judge 16:20). High attendance is not the gauge of success, faithfulness is.
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10/30/14 “5 Reasons Why Younger Christians And Pastors Avoid Politics” – Pastor Shane Idleman

October 30th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on 10/30/14 “5 Reasons Why Younger Christians And Pastors Avoid Politics” – Pastor Shane Idleman)

In my opinion, failure to recognize diverse gifts may explain why many people are divided on the issue of religion and politics. For instance, John MacArthur, James Dobson, Chuck Colson, Tony Perkins, Jim Garlow, and D. James Kennedy have/had different ministries, but all fall under the umbrella of Christian service.
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5-5-14 – “Pastor Offers 5 Biblical Reasons Why Gay-Marriage Is Wrong” – Pastor Shane Idleman

May 5th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on 5-5-14 – “Pastor Offers 5 Biblical Reasons Why Gay-Marriage Is Wrong” – Pastor Shane Idleman)

Many say that we cannot take a position on homosexuality because all positions will hurt someone. Here’s my question: “Are those who defend homosexuality, or who say nothing, truly loving the homosexual, or are they simply seeking to avoid conflict?” If they are more worried about being liked than being truthful, do they really care for homosexuals more than the person who is willing to risk their reputation, and quite possibly their safety, in order to speak the truth in love? The answer is obvious: Authentic Christians love the truth, and others, so much so that they are willing to risk the consequences of confrontation in order to help others. This is genuine love, not hatred. “When we become so tolerant that we lead people into mental fog and spiritual darkness, we are not acting like Christians—we are acting like cowards” (A.W. Tozer).
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3-1-14 “Five Lessons I Learned From Planting A Church” – Pastor Shane Idleman

February 26th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on 3-1-14 “Five Lessons I Learned From Planting A Church” – Pastor Shane Idleman)

Propelled by prayer and passion, Westside went against all conventional wisdom by offering services on Saturday evenings with no core team, no affiliation, no formal education, and no money. To many, this looked like an invitation for disaster, not success.
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