List of Commands in the New Testament

This is a tool to help you carry out the second half of the Great Commission: “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.” This is a complete listing of all the commands that apply to us today. People often wonder what are the commands that Jesus commanded us to teach. As you look over this list you will see that God instructs us in great detail what it means to be a Christian, a follower of Jesus: how we should act, and what we should do,…

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A New Look at Predestination and Once Saved Always Saved

I had never had a real interest in theological positions or discussions about Salvation. One day the Lord impressed upon me that I needed to study the subject of Salvation for myself so that I would know for sure what was truth, Calvinism,  Arminianism, or something in between. I reluctantly dove into this study thinking it would be dry and boring. What I found was the exact opposite. God opened a whole new bigger picture for me about Salvation. This study is not exhaustive, nor can it ever be here…

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How to Become a Christian

1. You must believe that you are a sinner, and you cannot save yourself. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us….If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” 1 John 1:8,10 “But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.” James 3:8 2. What happens if…

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Contrary to Popular Opinion, College or Seminary Education is not Beneficial for Pastors

God is quite clear in many passages of Scripture, and through the example of Jesus, that higher education is not beneficial for pastors. Ignoring all that God has written about the subject, most churches require at least a college degree if not a seminary degree for their pastor. Subconsciously, the church has bought into the belief that the educated few hold the key to understanding the deeper things of Scripture and that Christians need to look to the educated, who are mere men, for answers to the difficult questions and…

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Totally Rethinking Church, Part 1: Stepping “Out of the Box”

(Note: The purpose of these articles on Totally Rethinking Church is not to incite a rebellious attitude against the established church or encourage an elitist attitude; but to stimulate your thinking to look at the Scriptures and evaluate the church, so that you can help make the church more like Christ would have us to be.) Millions of Christians in the last several years have been totally rethinking what “church” is and are looking for a deeper relationship with Christ. A spiritual revolution and revival is quietly sweeping across America…

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Why You Should Sing in Your House Church

Singing is a very essential part of our worship of God and needs to be a part of every house church. Our desire is to help you as best we can to make a beautiful, joyful sound in singing praises to our God. God loves singing, and loves to hear us sing praises to Him. The purpose of this article is to help you see how important your singing is to God, and to encourage you to perfect the singing ability of those in your house church. Singing, whether a…

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Is Music Amoral?

There is a debate among Christians: is music itself amoral? To define what is meant, the question needs to be stated several ways. Is music neutral? Is sound capable of moral influence? Does music alone, with or without text, carry and communicate moral value? Does music have moral value? Does putting Christian words to any kind music make the music Christian or Godly music? Are different kinds or styles of music right or wrong? The above questions, while appropriate to ask, are actually viewing music from the wrong perspective, or…

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How to Make Spiritual Truths Stick in Your Mind

The songs that we sing and listen to permanently shape our understanding of who God is and what the Christian life is all about. It is readily recognized among educators that information in song form is easier to remember. It has been stated that “What’s learned in song is remembered long.” Songs that children learn are remembered the rest of their lives. Once a tune is learned a person never totally forgets it. It will always be familiar. The well known song writer Philip P. Bliss once said: “Preaching is…

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