8-6-2011 “I’m Glad I Watched Harry Potter” – Pastor Shane Idleman

August 3rd, 2011 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on 8-6-2011 “I’m Glad I Watched Harry Potter” – Pastor Shane Idleman)

I was encouraged by Potter fans to watch one in the series before critiquing; I chose Deathly Hallows Part 1. I was fully ready to apologize if the first article misrepresented the series.

Extremely dark and evil, the story begins with a woman levitating, and leads the viewer through scenes of non-stop witchcraft and wizardry. I’m glad I watched…I’m more fully convinced that we should not feed our mind with these types of movies. We fail to demonstrate a deep respect and desire for God when we fill our mind with things that oppose Him. Whether or not we find this innocent entertainment, based on Scripture, God does not.
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7-29-2011 “Harry Potter—What Should A Christian’s Stance Be?” – Pastor Shane Idleman

July 26th, 2011 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on 7-29-2011 “Harry Potter—What Should A Christian’s Stance Be?” – Pastor Shane Idleman)

I’m taking a temporary detour from the series on wisdom to address the latest movie craze—Harry Potter.

One youth leader told me, “I don’t worry about what I watch or listen to as long as my heart is right. Plus, I need to watch what everyone else is watching so I can relate to them.”
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Guard Your Mind and It Will Guard You

December 11th, 2010 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on Guard Your Mind and It Will Guard You)

As mentioned last week: Many of us do not want to admit that there is something lacking in our spiritual lives. Pride, religious upbringing, denominationalism, etc. will keep scores of Christians from experiencing the life changing power of God.If we truly want to experience the power of God, we must surrender pivotal areas of our lives. It is then, and only then, that the “rivers of living water” that Jesus described can flow freely. And, like Jeremiah, we can say that “His word is in my heart like a burning fire, deep within me; I can no longer hold it back.”

We left off last week at the second area to surrender…our mind. I’m not referring to “letting yourself go,” I’m referring to Romans 12:2, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 8:5 sheds light as well, “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.” Are you setting your mind on the things of God (holiness), or on the things of the world (worldliness)?

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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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