Category Archives: Matthew

The fruit of true Christianity

Jesus warned that there would be false prophets — counterfeit Christianity. So how can we tell the difference between true and false Christianity? Jesus put it this way:”Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but … Continue reading

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Democracy, Ekklesia, & Church (It’s Greek to most of us.)

An ekklesia was the governing body of an ancient Greek city-state and the world’s first expression of democracy.   It was made up of all of the adult, male citizens in a particular city-state and met 40 times per year to … Continue reading

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A Simple Christmas Quiz

A very simple and very short Christmas quiz: Christmas is about Jesus coming to save people from their . . . A) winter boredom. B) needing a reason to shop. C) sins. D) needing a cute story to entertain their … Continue reading

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Imagine If Church Had More And Less

What if would happen if church had . . . More of the Spiritual Guide speaking inside of everybody present and less of the one man sage on the stage?  (1 John 2:27) More prayer, less pride?  (2 Chronicles 7:14) … Continue reading

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Powerful Pills Not Advertised On TV

Many American television commercials slowly parade feel-good images promoted by America’s pharmaceutical pill pushers.  Meanwhile an announcer races through their side effects. However, there is one type of extremely effective pills with no side effects.  And you won’t see them advertised … Continue reading

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WDJSM? What Did Jesus Say Most?

What did Jesus say most (WDJSM)?  The phrase most frequently used by Jesus in the Bible seems to be:  “He who has ears, let him hear.”  Jesus  is quoted as saying those words 7 times in the Gospels (8 if … Continue reading

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