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JOHN PEARRELL: Honor God by accepting each other

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JOHN PEARRELL: Let God turn a bane into a blessing

Let me share a story from my archives originally given by Charles Colson in his Breakpoint perspective of Nov. 4, 2005. I’ve shared it with you before, but it is a story worth remembering as we come through Thanksgiving.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Blame government turmoil on erosion of Christianity in our society

What we are seeing today in our country is not primarily a problem in politics but a problem of our hearts. The further we drift from the Judeo-Christian principles upon which our country was founded, the more our freedoms will erode.

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JOHN PEARRELL: We can be close to Christ by loving, serving each other

When a group of Christ-followers get together and start loving and serving one another the way Jesus did, and where the church is actually being the church, the barriers that many have are broken down, rough edges begin to smooth, and hearts begin to soften to the message, and life change begins to take place.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Only Jesus has the power to enact lasting change

Only Jesus has the power to bring real hope and change because only He can heal that hopelessly dark and deceitful heart. We who claim to be Christ followers need to stop wringing our hands and whining about what Washington did now, and start praying for our leaders and our nation.

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JOHN PEARRELL: For direction in life, try God’s map

Psalm 19:7-11 reads, “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.

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JOHN PEARRELL: God wants us all to be fishers of men

When Jesus called His first four followers, Andrew, Peter, James and John, His invitation to them was simple: follow me and I will make you something. That something was not what we might have expected.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Not attending church disconnects us from our faith

There are many in the Christian community today who are not convinced that they need to be connected to the body of believers; the church. They think that all you need is the Bible, their own space, maybe a TV preacher occasionally and some good books, and they think they’ve got it made.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Insecurity of non-believers at the root of assault on Christians

Dr. R.C. Sproul gives the following illustration. “A few years ago one of the leading golfers on the professional tour was invited to play in a foursome with Gerald Ford, then president of the United States, Jack Nicklaus, and Billy Graham. The golfer was especially in awe of playing with Ford and Billy Graham (he had played frequently with Nicklaus before).

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JOHN PEARRELL: Athiests want double standard when expressing their views in public

Athiests want double standard when expressing their views in public

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JOHN PEARRELL: Jesus commissioned us to welcome all to church

Jacob Nuesner, in his book, “An Invitation to the Talmud,” points out that the only brand of Judaism to survive the destruction of the temple in 70 A.D. was pharisaical Judaism.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Win more people to God by accepting them, and their faults

In John chapter 4, Jesus is having a conversation in a place no religious person should have been, with a person no good Jewish Rabbi (a Rabbi is a teacher, and that is how the populace of the day saw Him) should have been with.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Christians need to get their own house in order, not criticize those outside the church

There are some interesting but often neglected verses in one of Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, “What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church?

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JOHN PEARRELL: Bring others into the church be accepting them, regardless of appearance

Recently I was listening to a sermon by Justin Grunewald, pastor of the College Ministries at Buckhead Church, and he made this startling statement, “Church people keep people from church.”

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JOHN PEARRELL: Be a disciple of Jesus: love on another

The mark Jesus gave His followers was what? "By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have the right belief system?"

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JOHN PEARRELL: Church should make outsiders feel welcome

Churches must make outsiders feel welcome. Last week, we began to look at the subject of the appeal -- or lack thereof -- of the church in general. We can accept the lie that people are not interested in our church because "these are the last days".

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JOHN PEARRELL: Christians should reflect the compassion of the Heavenly Father

A number of years ago I attended a funeral where, I am quite sure, the minister had more in his audience than he ever had before.

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JOHN PEARRELL: God created sex as a sacred expression of love between a married couple

Sex. Got your attention, didn't I? We live in an age permeated by sexual images, ideas, words and behaviors. Modern media is filled with sexual messages, sometimes blatant, other times subtle, but recognizable nonetheless. How does the saying go? "Sex sells.".

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JOHN PEARRELL: God welcomes everyone, even those who stray from their beliefs

In Luke 15, Jesus gives three compelling parables; the parable of the lost sheep, the parable of the lost coin, and the parable of the lost son.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Follow Jesus' example of loving, not judging, each other

Follow Jesus' lead: Love, don't judge. If you Google the term "Christian," you will get about 1.4 trillion results.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Those who consider themselves the body of Christ need to act more like it

The Church is an interesting thing. Normally when we think of church we think of a place, and sadly when we think of church, our impressions of it are not that good.

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JOHN PEARRELL: God commands us to love our brothers and sisters

Author Anne Rice, in "Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession," has a powerful personal story about her relationship with Jesus.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Jesus' greatest commandment is simple: love God, each other

What is the goal of the church? Ask 10 people and you will get 10 different answers to that question.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Bible is proof enough for the Creation account

Bible is proof enough for Creation account.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Effects of sin are far-reaching

The effects of sin, forgiven or not, are far-reaching. There is a misconception that many in the church seem to hold today; a misconception regarding sin and its consequences.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Follow Jesus' example by accepting everyone into your church

"Dishonest tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus' sermons; but this caused complaints from the Jewish religious leaders and the experts on Jewish law because he was associating with such despicable people -- even eating with them!" (Luke 15:1 2, The Living Bible).

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