Can You Trust the Bible?

by Pastor Billy Chidester
 
Can you trust the Bible? Should you even take the Bible seriously?

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The Power of Our Tongue

by Pastor Billy Chidester
 
Romans 1:16 says, “I am not ashamed of the gospel because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes, first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.” I love that verse! O how great the power of the gospel! Thank you Lord for our salvation! We often times forget, though, that the gospel doesn’t just save us from future punishment for sin, but in it we also are set free from the present power of sin. (I would hope for an Amen at this point.)
 
One of the ways that the gospel effects us today if we are surrendering to the power of the gospel is that our words change. Jesus said in Luke 6:45, “A good person produces good out of the good stored up in his heart. An evil person produces evil out of the evil stored up in his heart, for his mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart.” The gospel of Jesus Christ–when it changes a person–changes all of him or her. As a follower of Jesus may this be a reminder and an exhortation. 

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The Next Generation of Servants

by Pastor Billy Chidester
 
I pray that all is well with you this week. As I was praying this morning, some concerns came to my mind. Earlier this week I read an article by Greg Koukl. He said, “The most important generation is always the next generation.” As I thought about this I realized that there is much truth in that statement. Judges 
2:10 says, “That whole generation was gathered to their ancestors. After them another generation rose up who did not know the Lord or the works He had done for Israel.” For the next generation to know the Lord, the current generations in the church must be all about teaching  and training them.

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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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