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Posts from March 2014

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The “Come as You Are” Method of Church Growth

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The “Come as You Are” Method of Church Growth Mike Johnson        Churches want to grow in number, but, sadly, there are many improper methods used by churches today to increase their membership.  One of these is the “Come as You Are” method. This method of growth is prevalent today in denominationalism. Slogans […]

The “Believe as You Please” Method Of Church Growth

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The “Believe as You Please” Method Of Church Growth Mike Johnson          Most congregations want to grow, but often churches today use methods to do so, which are contrary to Biblical principles.  One approach is the “Believe as You Please Method.”        This method of growth does not require any […]

The “Have Fun” Method of Church Growth

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  THE “HAVE FUN” METHOD OF CHURCH GROWTH Mike Johnson         Churches want to grow numerically, and there are many ways they try to accomplish this. Any method chosen must not conflict with the Scriptures. One approach, which is contrary to God’s Word, is the “Have Fun Method.”  The concept of the […]

The Book of I Peter

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The Book of I Peter Mike Johnson Peter wrote the book of I Peter, as the title implies.  Peter, along with his brother Andrew, was one of the 12 apostles.  Peter and Andrew were fishermen, as were James and John.  Peter, James, and John seem to have made up an inner circle around Jesus as […]

The Conversion of the Ethiopian

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The Conversion of the Ethiopian Mike Johnson The conversion case of the eunuch from Ethiopia is one of the more well-known conversion cases in the Bible. We know the facts are accurate because they come from the inspired Word of God (II Timothy 3:16-17). Acts 8 records this conversion. The account takes a natural division. […]

Slow Paced Favors (Proverbs 3:27-28)

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SLOW PACED FAVORS Mike Johnson Proverbs 3:27-28 says, “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so. Do not say to your neighbor, ‘Go, and come back, and tomorrow I will give it,’ when you have it with you.”  The verses make […]

Setting Sail on the Seas of Eternity (II Timothy 4:6)

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Setting Sail on the Seas of Eternity (“My Departure Is at Hand”) Mike Johnson In II Timothy 4:6, while in a Roman prison near the end of his life, Paul wrote, “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.” The Greek word (analusis), which is translated “departure,” occurs […]

Conviction

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CONVICTION Mike Johnson Are you a person who has strong conviction?  Once you learn what the Bible teaches, are you willing to believe and practice it no matter what?  In the Bible, we can read of many people who were like this.  At all costs, they were determined to follow God.  For example, Paul, Stephen, […]

Lessons from the Tempting of Jesus

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Lessons from the Tempting of Jesus Mike Johnson There are three accounts in the Bible of the temptation of Jesus.  These are in Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 1:12-13, and Luke 4:1-13.  Matthew and Luke give a more detailed account. The accounts tell us that Satan tempted Jesus three times after he had fasted in the wilderness for […]

The Wrath of God

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The Wrath of God  Mike Johnson God loves everyone! This fact should cause us to be encouraged. Many people understand that God loves them, but they have misconceptions about His love. Some say, “God is a God of love; He will not punish me for my sins.” As a result of this attitude, many continue […]

What is Repentance?

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WHAT IS REPENTANCE? Mike Johnson What is Repentance?  This is a crucial question.  It is essential to understand the meaning of repentance because repentance is necessary for salvation.  In Acts 2:38, Peter told the people they needed to repent (in addition to being baptized) for the remission of sins.  Thus repentance is undoubtedly essential. There […]

To Live is Christ / To Die is Gain (Phil. 1:21)

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TO LIVE IS CHRIST/TO DIE IS GAIN Mike Johnson Paul wrote the book of Philippians, as well as some other books, while in a Roman prison.  He was in prison awaiting a decision about his fate.  He might be released and would then be able to continue preaching.   However, the decision could go against him, […]

Blaming Others for Our Sins

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BLAMING OTHERS FOR OUR SINS Mike Johnson It is widespread for people to try to blame their mistakes on others; we tend to want to shift responsibility. People also blame SIN on other people. Many did this in biblical times; regrettably, the blaming of sin on others also takes place a lot today. Commonly blamed for […]

Cheetahs and Christians

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Cheetahs and Christians Mike Johnson The fastest land animal is a large cat called a cheetah.  It can run like a car driving down the interstate—almost 70 miles per hour.  The cheetah is built for running.  It has long legs, a strong, flexible spine which works like a spring, bending up and down, allowing it […]

Rejoice Always (I Thes. 5:16)

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Rejoice Always Mike Johnson I Thessalonians 5:16 says we are to “Rejoice always.” In the Greek, this passage is the shortest verse in the Bible. In contrast, the shortest verse in the English deals with the opposite emotion, which is sorrow. This verse is John 11:35, which says, “Jesus wept.” It is incredible how many times the concept […]

Thinking About the Hereafter

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Thinking About the Hereafter  Mike Johnson A man once asked, “Do you ever think about the hereafter?” He thought a few seconds and said, “I go in a room to get something, but once I get there, I can’t remember what I went to get. So I think, ‘what am I here after?’” The man […]

A Useless Religion?

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A USELESS RELIGION?  Mike Johnson James 1:26 says, “If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless.”           Do you know that our religion can become vain? First, Jesus pointed out that our worship is futile if we […]