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John Pearrell

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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).

JOHN PEARRELL: It's OK to doubt the Bible on your journey to Christ

It's OK to doubt the Bible on your journey to Jesus Christ. Doubts are interesting things.

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JOHN PEARRELL: The Resurrection of Christ turned doubters into believers

Easter is just around the corner. People who don't normally go to church will be in church on Easter Sunday -- I think that is great.

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JOHN PEARRELL: The Bible is more than a book

Apparently one of the most popular shows on television these days is History Channel's "The Bible," the first of this series attracting some 27 million viewers, and over the weeks the numbers have remained high.

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JOHN PEARRELL: God serves as our moral compass

Last week in my column I introduced you to Linda and Bob (not their real names).

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JOHN PEARRELL: Suffering exists to remind us of the importance of staying close to God

Suffering exists to remind us of the importance of God.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Being a church member is an important part of being Christian

My wife and I were channel surfing (that's the only surfing I know how to do) when we came across a program that looked somewhat interesting.

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JOHN PEARRELL: A connection with God can fill the void of loneliness

At Gateway, we are in a series I've titled "Friends." I am told that we in Western society are more connected than ever through social media; we are more connected yet more isolated than ever before.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Our understanding of grace should move us closer to Jesus every day

A few years ago the working definition of tolerance changed.

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JOHN PEARRELL: God forgives even the greatest of sins

Jan. 22 will mark the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Since that landmark decision, 55 million innocent lives have been ruthlessly murdered on the altar of convenience.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Don't rely on others accounts; read the Bible yourself

Over these last few weeks I have been asking you to consider the possibility that the accounts of Jesus as recorded by the Gospel writers (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) might in fact be true; the evidence of the effect Jesus had on history certainly gives one sufficient evidence to contemplate.

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JOHN PEARRELL: The life of Jesus makes the seemingly incredible claims of His birth, credible

Last week we began an examination of the Christmas story.

JOHN PEARRELL: Critics should examine the facts before discounting the birth of Jesus

At the heart of the story of Christmas is the birth of a baby. For centuries, scholars, skeptics and people of faith have questioned the identity of this baby.

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JOHN PEARRELL: The most important gift this season is Jesus

We are coming into the Christmas season, and this past Sunday, in the liturgical calendar was Bethlehem Sunday.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Entry into heaven is not dictated by our good deeds, but by God

One of the great misconceptions many hold when it comes to the idea of heaven is the belief that if one's good works outweigh their bad deeds, they will get into heaven.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Pray for our elected officials, even if they are not the ones we chose

By time you read this column, election day 2012 will have passed. Some of you are happy with the results of the elections, others not so happy.

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JOHN PEARRELL: True hope and change can only be found in Christ

In a few short days, America returns to the polls for an important election.

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JOHN PEARRELL: The Bible warns against hypocrisy

As I write this column, many are preparing for Halloween celebrations.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Rejecting God's authority can lead to tragic results

On Saturday of last week and then again on Monday of this week, two different articles crossed my desk reporting that one in five Americans declare themselves religious but unaffiliated with any church or denominations.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Evil in the world should not prevent belief in God

As scientific evidence accrues, the realization that we are not here by blind chance is becoming abundantly clear.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Heaven is a free gift God bestows on anyone who has faith in Jesus

On Monday of this week I had to perform a task that no pastor likes to perform -- I had to officiate a double memorial service for a family.

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JOHN PEARRELL: It is possible to believe in truth and not be arrogant or divisive

Have you ever noticed that there are those who go to extremes in their effort to discount the Christian faith?

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JOHN PEARRELL: Know that Jesus is the way to heaven, or dwell in frustration

One of the more common accusations leveled at Christianity is the charge that we are too narrow, too restrictive.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Christians must believe in the virgin birth, Christ's miracles, the Resurrection

Let me begin this column with an illustration. Please understand that what I am writing is only for illustrative purposes.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Have hope that Jesus can transform you

Look around you. Crosses are everywhere. They decorate our houses of worship; they are used as art in our homes; we wear them as pieces of jewelry; and in a new trend, I see many young people displaying crosses as body art.

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JOHN PEARRELL: The Bible should serve as the authority on God

Rabbinic Judaism began its development during the Babylonian captivity.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Christians are called to love enemies, not slaughter them

The new atheists are fond of claiming that all the wars in the world have been caused by religion, yet when you challenge them to name the wars waged in the name of religion, they stumble over themselves at a loss to name more than one war: the Crusades.

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JOHN PEARRELL: True Christianity is not a religion, it is a relationship with God

Arnold Toynbee once observed, "Most people have not rejected Christianity but rather a caricature of it."

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JOHN PEARRELL: Follow three steps to enter into a relationship with God

In my recent series of columns, I have been dealing with the subject of true Christianity.