PASTOR’S PERSPECTIVE


Santa Fe High School Shooting: Evil Begins in the Mind

When we see “senseless” acts of murder like the one we saw on Friday at Santa Fe High School we have to remember that a process of thought actually made “sense” of this to the one doing the murdering. That is where evil begins – in the mind. A lie regarding how to best resolve an inner dilemma is considered, accepted, internalized and acted upon. BY KENNY LUCK In this case,...

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What Defines a Great Church?

When people think of a great church, these things often come to mind: A church with a huge attendance, perhaps great facilities and fun programs; a church with nice (and maybe even attractive) people, exposure in the mainstream; great music, and an all-time favorite criteria, a church with an entertaining and funny pastor. By STEVE CHA Of course, our idea of a great church might differ from how God looks at...

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Evangelizing Brad Pitt and Other Celebrities: A True Story

One of the hardest mission fields on the planet is Hollywood. Unlike say a missionary in some distant jungle, you won’t meet a bunch of primitive savages that are out to stone or spear you for your faith. However, you will encounter opposition of another sort in Tinseltown. BY STEVE CHA This group is often characterized as the wealthy elite who are heavily trapped in a lifestyle of fame, money, and...

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Pastor to Pastors: When It’s Time To Invest in ‘Me Time’

A few years ago, I woke up one day and realized that I had teenagers who would go to college in a few years. In my mind, this meant that my wife and I would be in a position to stop working or at least we could work less. BY CEDRIC NELMS So, I began to do research on what it would take for us to retire. My wife and...

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Free Drinks For LA and the Birth of Grace Cafe Outreach

As a church planter in Los Angeles I am always looking for creative and effective ways to reach the community for Christ. Since launching Grace City LA last September, I have had the privilege of exposing people in my congregation to the beauty of expository preaching, Christ-centered praise music, and fellowship that mixes people of all age and ethnic backgrounds. Since day one, we also started evangelism, which is one...

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Are There Times When God Doesn’t Answer Prayer?

God commands us to pray. And many of us do pray. We pray for a stable job in an expensive city, peace in the midst of daily conflicts, healing for a dying relative, money because of financial difficulties, victory in a lawsuit case, etc. There are many things we ask of God, but sometimes we think: Is any of it effective? Does God always hear me? Why do I feel like...

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How to Speak the Truth in a Relative World

When I was 19 years old, I preached at a little church in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The church only had about 40 people, most of whom were elderly. Of those 40 members, only one was younger than me. I would love to say we had a youth group, but in reality, it was more like a “youth kid.” By DUDLEY RUTHERFORD I was just starting college in Missouri, so I had to...

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Shouldn’t Christians Get a Pass On Suffering?

Suffering is an inescapable part of life. It is the tragic consequence of sin, which brought disorder, decay, and pain to the world. Everyone on earth suffers to some degree. But the question is: Why do Christians suffer? If they have been chosen by God and granted the free gift of salvation (which makes them positionally righteous before Him), then shouldn’t they be a little better off than the average...

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Are You Compelled to Share Jesus?

If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you know that discovering the love and grace of God and receiving the forgiveness of your sins have completely and utterly changed your life. By DUDLEY RUTHERFORD When you interact with your family and friends, coworkers and strangers, do you feel compelled to tell them about your faith? Do you struggle with the courage or the right words to say in attempting to...

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5 Reasons the Resurrection is Pivotal

It can probably be agreed that there is no historical figure who has had such an impact on world history as Jesus Christ. With a public ministry that spanned for only three years (which includes His death, burial, and resurrection), Christ inspired righteous living in millions in the following 2,000 years since His time on earth. His teachings became the foundation of movements that fought for human dignity, protection of...

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