Begging God

by Pastor Billy Chidester
 
 
Have you ever wandered what Jesus’ prayer life looked like? The Bible gives us a glimpse of His prayer life in numerous places in the New Testament, but I’d like to bring your attention to one in particular. Look at Hebrews 5:7:
 
“During His earthly life, He offered prayers and appeals with loud cries and tears to the One who was able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverence.” 

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Meet Generation Z

by Pastor Billy Chidester
 
Below is a blog that I read recently that should challenge you and I in our

thinking. Check it out…

Meet Generation Z 

I know some are still trying to catch up with Busters, or Generation X, or whatever we called those who followed the Boomers. Or maybe you leapfrogged over all that straight to Generation Y (Millennials), on whom marketers have been focused for at least a decade. I could tell you there are actually six living generations in America, but I don’t want to add to your stress.


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Communicating Well

by Pastor Billy Chidester
 
Communication is one of the most important disciplines in life. I call it important because communication is what makes or breaks relationships. I have seen that faulty communication has caused great problems in my marriage, in my relationship with my kids, in relationships at church, work and school. The list goes on and on. Why? Because wherever we go we engage in relationships. The same is true in our relationship with God. Faulty communication and lack of communication will always spell disaster in our relationship with God. In our relationship with God, as well as our relationship with everyone else, communication takes practice. What I would like to do now is give you just a few practical thoughts about your personal communication with God (i.e. pray).

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An Open Letter

by Pastor Billy Chidester
 

I hope that you are doing very well. I know that you, like me, had much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving! Having said that, it was a rough Thanksgiving for me. I began feeling bad on Wednesday morning before Thanksgiving and when I woke up Thursday I felt horrible! It seemed like nothing more than a sore throat and I thought it would pass in a couple of days as it often does. Well, not this time.


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How Do We Avoid Taking Scripture Out of Context?

by Pastor Billy Chidester
 
Another way of asking this question is, how do we avoid wrongly interpreting passages of scripture in the Bible? This is important because whole theologies (beliefs about God) can be based on one person’s interpretation. New denominations have been started and even false religions have been started because
of faulty interpretation.

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Fast and Faithful

by Pastor Billy Chidester
 
The Lord has called His followers to fast. That’s simple enough, right? Actually, in theory fasting is simple, but it’s not natural. And, it’s very much a counter-cultural discipline for Christians. The Lord has called His people to be counter-cultural. We are called to be holy and to be separate from the rest of the world. If we want to be different from the rest of the world, then we need to do things differently from the rest of the world. Or, we need to not do things that the rest of the world is doing. We are called to be faithful to the Lord and fasting is part of that. Let’s talk about fasting for a moment.

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Don’t Give Up!

by Pastor Billy Chidester

Following Christ takes courage and commitment. It’s not for sissies. It requires sacrifice. That’s why Jesus challenged His prospective disciples to count the cost. Luke records some of Jesus’ words in Luke 14:28-30: 

28 “For which of you, wanting to build a tower, doesn’t first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it? 29 Otherwise, after he has laid the foundation and cannot finish it, all the onlookers will begin to make fun of him, 30 saying, ‘This man started to build and wasn’t able to finish.’

So, Jesus wants to make it clear that before deciding to follow Him, one should first decide whether he or she is ready to do whatever it takes to remain faithful to their commitment to His agenda and plan.


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Why Does God Seem So Hidden?

by Pastor Billy Chidester
 
Have you ever asked that question? Maybe you asked the question in a different way, but surely you have struggled with the question at some point in your life. If you have not ever struggled with the question, then brace yourself, because it is likely that one day you will indeed ask yourself: Where is God at? In the meantime, you will likely run into someone who is struggling with a question like that.

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A Better Plan

by Pastor Billy Chidester
 
“But some of them said, ‘Couldn’t He who opened the blind man’s eyes also have kept this man from dying?’” (John 11:37) 
 

A question that has bothered people for thousands of years is the question of evil and God. It goes something like this: If God is all-powerful, He should be able to remove evil and suffering. If He is good, then He should want to get rid of evil and suffering. But the reality is, evil and suffering exist. Therefore, either God is not all-powerful or He is not good. So, how do we make sense of evil and suffering in this world? I can’t adequately answer that question in a short blog, but I would like to offer some thoughts.


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Imitators

by Pastor Billy Chidester

Recently I preached on forgiveness inside the body of Christ. One of the things I really wanted to talk about, but didn’t have enough time, was one of the reasons why we forgive others. “Why” is an important question. It’s how we learn. If you have kids you remember the “why” stage. Why this, why that. Why, why, why. One reason we forgive is because God requires it of us (see my sermon from May 15, 2016). But that isn’t the only reason we forgive. We also forgive because we are imitators of God.


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