There Is a Flow

There Is a Flow

Pastor Matt's Notes & Blog

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Common Denominators

I logged on to YouTube to see if there was a video with a denominational flowchart or infographic. That, I thought, would be a great way to present the history of a somewhat complicated concept to the youth group. I was less than successful. What has been uploaded with the title or tag of “denominations” ...

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New Experiences, Same Tickling

Why would (presumably) rational churchgoing people act like they are on fire? Pretend that glitter and fog falling from the ceiling are the Holy Spirit? Hover over graves of deceased men and women to receive their “anointing?” Sing songs about Jesus that would be too risqué for the kids to hear? For the time will ...

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Unchangeable, Even in Change

“Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the Lord of hosts. “But who can endure the day of His ...

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Mystical? Like Magic?

People often move on from churches in the Western world because nothing sticks. The teaching doesn’t impact them, the community isn’t anything different than the local country club, and there aren’t any religious “experiences.” Some churches and leaders notice, and make the appropriate changes to preaching and other parts of their mission based upon Biblical ...

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Accurately Mishandling

“A staggering number of people have been taught that a select few Christians will spend forever in a peaceful, joyous place called heaven, while the rest of humanity spends forever in torment and punishment in hell with no chance for anything better… This is misguided and toxic and ultimately subverts the contagious spread of Jesus’ ...

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Whims of Truth

Although she was at first skeptical, her demeanor changed once I said “I’d like some information.” For a Jehovah’s Witness that spends her day having doors shut in her face, she said, it was refreshing to have a willing conversation partner. Beginning as a Bible study in the late 19th century, the group that would ...

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Lies Upon the Lie

Why do people lie? Wait. Here is the better way to ask that question: Why do you lie? Lying is endemic. We all do it, we all do it with different particular reasons, but we all do it for the same basic reason. We lie because we don’t want to live by the rules of ...

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Thanks To Him

I will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted me up, And have not let my enemies rejoice over me. O Lord my God, I cried to You for help, and You healed me. O Lord, You have brought up my soul from Sheol; You have kept me alive, that I would not go ...

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And they’ll know by our what?

Sometimes the Bible is confusing. We sit down and read it, but it doesn’t make sense. At times, it actually appears to be contradicting what we know to be true from emotions, experience, or popular sentiment. As is in vogue in modern times, I’ve taken the initiative to paraphrase some important passages to reflect the ...

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Grace & Truth

For all of the talk of sectarianism and divisiveness, contemporary Christianity has become pretty homogenized at the popular level. Transient lifestyles and the acceptability of being noncommittal in many facets of society have led to switching churches being much less of an issue than in previous generations. That isn’t to say that leaving a church ...