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  • Keep Back Nothing Profitable

    Contributed by Chris Thron on Oct 14, 2004
    based on 6 ratings

    Does the Church present the whole truth to its members?

    "I kept back nothing that was profitable for you, but have showed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house, testifying to both Jews and Greeks of repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ." (Acts 20:20-21). Paul spoke these words to the Christian more

  • Life On The Cross

    Contributed by Chris Thron on Oct 7, 2004
    based on 6 ratings

    How can the modern professional cope with the overwhelming sense of emptiness and irrelevance?

    Faced with the challenge of Corinth, Paul rolled up his sleeves and got right down to basics. He determined to put aside all other practical and doctrinal issues and focused entirely on Jesus Christ and Him crucified. But why does Paul mention ’Him crucified’, and not ’Him resurrected’? Because more

  • House Arrest

    Contributed by Chris Thron on Oct 7, 2004
    based on 5 ratings

    How may we deal constructively with our loss of "freedom" as we grow older and become saddled with more and more family responsibilities?

    "Jesus said to Peter, ’When you were young you were free to get up and go wherever and whenever you wanted: but when you get older, others will take you and lead you where they want and not where you want.’"(John 21:18) Tradition says the apostle Peter was crucified in Rome, several years more

  • Cleaning Up The Temple

    Contributed by Chris Thron on Sep 20, 2004
    based on 8 ratings

    We overcome bad habits and neuroses by the power of His Spirit

    I will praise You, O Lord, for I am awesomely and wonderfully made. Your works are marvellous, they move me to the very depths of my soul. (Psalm 139:14) Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which God has given you? You have been entrusted with His more

  • To Love Or Not To Love?

    Contributed by Chris Thron on Sep 20, 2004
    based on 5 ratings

    Are we ready to embrace ALL the consequences of God’s love being shed abroad into our hearts?

    Note: the following article (in its original form) provoked a discussion on another site entitled, "Walk Away from Fundamentalism" ( Part of this discussion, and my replies, are included below, following the more

  • Heavenly Parent, Earthly Child

    Contributed by Chris Thron on Sep 20, 2004
    based on 2 ratings

    There are many parallels between our relationship with our children and God’s relationship with His. We may gain much profit and insight by comparing these two relationships.

    And you fathers, do not provoke your children to anger: rather, bring them up in the training and exhortation of the Lord.(Ephesians 6:4) For this is the love of God -- that we keep His commandments, and His commandments are not burdensome.(1 John 5:3) There are many parallels more

  • There Must Be Factions?

    Contributed by Chris Thron on Sep 20, 2004
    based on 6 ratings

    Many doctrinal disputes within the Body of Christ are simply due to different uses of words.

    For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that divisions exist among you; and I partly believe it. For there must be also factions among you, that they that are approved may be made manifest among you. (1 Cor. 11:18-19, ASV) Controversies over Bible interpretation often cause more

  • Baby Steps

    Contributed by Chris Thron on Sep 20, 2004
    based on 7 ratings

    Just as a mother encourages her child to walk, God encourages us to grow spiritually.

    Therefore if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why do you subject yourself to regulations as if you still belonged to this world? You say, "Don’t touch this! Don’t eat that! Don’t handle that!" You are entirely preoccupied with perishable things. Your commandments more

  • Thoughts On Suffering

    Contributed by Chris Thron on Sep 20, 2004
    based on 9 ratings

    Godly suffering is the key to a joyful Christian life.

    Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing were happening to you. Rather rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are reviled for Christ’s sake you are blessed, more

  • They Supply What Is Lacking

    Contributed by Chris Thron on Sep 20, 2004
    based on 5 ratings

    We need to openly receive from Christians of all types in order to attain true fullness in Christ.

    "Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith." (1Th 3:10, NIV) National characteristics are often reflected in the faith of Christians from different cultural backgrounds. For instance, believers from China are remarkable on more

  • Rush Hour Ii: Flesh Versus Spirit Series

    Contributed by Chris Thron on Oct 4, 2002
    based on 40 ratings

    Inside of us, the spirit is fighting against the flesh. We need to feed the spirit, and starve the flesh.

    Rush hour 2 : Flesh versus Spirit Introduction: Spiritually, there is a war going on inside of you. Gal 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Gal 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and more

  • Dr. Dolittle Series

    Contributed by Chris Thron on Sep 29, 2002
    based on 21 ratings

    Use portion of movie "Dr Dolittle" to illustrate God’s calling us to serve Him, and to minister to the poor.

    Doctor Dolittle A. Preliminaries (Ask before showning movie) 1.He had a gift. What was it? 2. When did he first become aware that he had a gift? (As a child) 3. How did people respond to his gift? They misunderstand, they think he’s crazy Everyone – even those closest to him. 4. So more

  • 3 Wrong Concepts Of Outreach To The Poor

    Contributed by Chris Thron on Sep 19, 2002
    based on 35 ratings

    Biblical basis of outreach to the poor

    3 false ideas about reaching out to the poor. 1. You’re not just going for their benefit. It’s more for your own sake than for theirs. You need it more than they do, and you will benefit more than they do. (John 4:6-10) In Jesus’ encounter with woman at well, who was the physically needy more

  • Emperor's New Groove Series

    Contributed by Chris Thron on Sep 19, 2002
    based on 10 ratings

    Pacha is a "good guy", but lives his life without prayer -- so he is bound to make wrong choices.

    Introduction: Pacha – Is he a good example of what a Christian should do? Keep these Scriptures in mind: ***Psalm 37:5 ***Prov. 16:2-3 (Show the section of the movie starting from Pacha letting llama Cuzco out of the sack, up to the point where Pacha agrees to take Cuzco back in exchange more

  • Movies And Fruit Series

    Contributed by Chris Thron on Sep 8, 2002
    based on 39 ratings

    The world offers us fruit: some with "bad spots", some unripe, some rotten. We need God’s wisdom to separate the good from the bad.

    Series: Sunday Morning at the Movies Sharing #1: Movies and Fruit I. EXPOSITION: 1. (Bring a bruised apple). Look at this apple. Does this apple look good? But see what it looks like when I cut it open How many of you agree that the world offers you fruit which looks good from more