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Learn to Pray for Healing: Twelve Steps to Powerful Prayers

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Did you know that you can learn to pray for healing? Jesus said, "And these signs will accompany those who believe: by using my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes in their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover." Clearly Jesus is not talking about "the miracle of life", an amazing coincidence, or learning to appreciate the small things. He's talking about real, honest, supernatural acts of God. Too good to be true? No, it's not! It's a trustworthy promise from God that you can take to the bank. How cool is that?!

But if you're like most Christians, you've probably never even seen a miracle, much less dreamed of doing one. Maybe you've never tried to pray for healing because God doesn't even answer your smallest prayers. Maybe you are trying to learn to pray for healing, but your prayers haven'…

Gender Roles in Life

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The differences between men and women, both physical and behavioral, are centered around bearing and caring for children, because our flesh’s highest priority is self preservation. We instinctively are driven to eat, drink, and sleep long enough to reproduce and sustain the human race. Since our sexual differences are for this purpose, and our drive to bear children is one of the most fundamental aspects of who we are, our masculinity and femininity is fundamental to our identities. But childbearing is not our most important purpose. There is so much more to life, like recreation, fellowship, art, science and exploration, serving other people, ruling over God’s creation and doing his will. Because our differences as men and women are part of who we are, they affect all areas of our lives, not just reproduction.
Gender Roles in the World The characteristics that make men and women unique give each an advantage in different areas. This is why we usually find men and women being respons…

Model of Biblical Church Leadership

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A new movement of God is afoot in the church. There is a growing desire in Christianity to turn God's Assembly from a higharchial institution into an organic community with a model of biblical church leadership. I have been discovering more and more people around the world pursuing this model and the next chapter in church growth.

But for some reason in the last couple of months, I've come across a lot of disagreement about this new movement, even from inside of it. There seems to be a growing concern about a perceived lack of leadership in this model. I've written previously both about how how important leadership is within the Assembly, as well as how misguided traditional church leadership is. Let's drill down on what the Bible has to say about the specific leadership roles and structure within the Assembly.
Apostle It all began with the apostles. Jesus had around 120 disciples (Acts 1:15), which is quite a lot of students for one guy to manage. So he picked out 12…

Godly Romance: The Character of Men and Women

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Jesus’ relationship to the church is a godly romance that brings a restored relationship between men and women. Our ideals of romance today are directly inspired by Jesus' demonstration of a new way of thinking about love and submission. As Paul, Matthew, John, and the other early Christian authors we’ve explored in previous posts were writing about these principles, Christianity began to spread around the whole world, and with it, grew the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus’ prayer that the Kingdom would come along with the Father’s will being done on earth as it is in heaven began to come into fruition. With God’s will came an end to the curse between men and women. Let's explore how Jesus brought about our ideas of romance today.
Courtly Romance The spread of the Kingdom of Heaven caused men’s attitudes towards women to began to change. By the middle ages, women were no longer seen as a lower form of humanity, fit to own, abuse, dominate, and rule over. Instead, men started honoring…

The Keys to a Godly Relationship

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Since the first man and woman walked on earth, humanity has been plagued with a curse of men and women fighting for control over each other. This curse is the reason men have dominated women and women have been fighting for equality throughout history. But Jesus destroyed the curse and restores the relationship between God and his people through his marriage! We look to Jesus for an example of the keys to a godly relationship. When we bring these keys into our lives through Jesus, we destroy the curse and restore the relationship between man and woman.
Taking a Step Toward Reconciliation Paul wrote to the Roman church, “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Even though God’s people were the first to rebel against him, Jesus didn’t wait for his bride to come back to him. Rather, he sacrificially took the first step toward reconciliation through his death and won her over. Similarly, even though Eve was the first to rebel, men…

God's Restoration of Men and Women

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When I read about the beginning of the world in Genesis, I’ve always found it interesting how Eve got her name. The woman gave into temptation and sinned. The man chose the woman over God and sinned too. As a result, God cursed them with death and inequality. And as soon as God mentions death, Adam gives his wife a name. You’d think that name would be something related to death -- but it’s not. The name Adam gave his wife was Eve, which means “life”. You see, even within that curse of death and inequality between man and woman, there is a promise of God's restoration of men and women.

Even though Eve brought death upon the world, God promised she would one day bring life too. Adam took a hold of that promise and made it part of his wife’s very identity. And every woman since carries with her that beautiful promise in who she is. Bearing children is part of that identity, but that’s just a temporary solution, because even children will grow up and die. Eve's ability to bear ch…

Why Miracles Still Happen Today

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Somewhere deep inside all of us, we know that God is real. But finding evidence of God's existence can seem difficult. There is no reason God shouldn't interact with us, so where are the miraculous acts of God? Are miracles real? Did the miracles in the Bible really happen? Do miracles still happen today? Or maybe miracles still happening today and we just don't know how to find them. We're going to explore from a biblical point of view why miracles still happen today.
Jesus Wants Miracles Today Jesus became famous for the miracles he did. Not even the powerful works of Moses and Elijah could could compare. Jesus spent three years training his disciples to do miracles as well: “He called the twelve together, and gave them power and authority over all the demons and to heal diseases. And He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to perform healing.”

Jesus told his disciples to “make disciples of all nations, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded …
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