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Kick Start Question: How Do I Know I'm On God's Path?

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Posted by Austin Maxheimer on

From a Christian worldview, there is one sure way to discover whether you are on God’s path or not: Open up a Gospel in the Bible (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John), learn about the life and way of Jesus, and then ask yourself if your lived life looks anything like his. It really can be ...

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Kick Start Question: What is the Easiest Way to Learn to Pray?

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Posted by Austin Maxheimer on

My favorite preacher outside of our community, Tim Keller, said the one thing he would have done earlier in ministry, in order to make all other things easier, would have been to develop a more robust prayer life. Seems like a very churchy thing to say, but if God truly is the I AM, the Ultimate ...

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Kick Start Question: How Do We Know God Hears?

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Kick Start Question: How do you Know God Listen’s When You Need Help?  I’m going to start this response with a story from Jesus’ life that is both encouraging and discouraging. Read the whole story for yourself: John 9:1-34. Jesus and his mission team come to the pool of ...

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Kick Start Question: Sharing with Non-Believers

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Kick Start Question: What is the easiest way to bring up Christianity with a non-believer?  The easiest way to bring up Christianity to a non-believer is to build a deep and genuine relationship with God, and then do the same with that person. I know it seems simplistic, but it is the ...

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Tags: evangelism, faith conversations

Kick Start Question: ALL My Sins Forgiven?

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Posted by Austin Maxheimer on

“I am strong in my faith of God and His Son Jesus. However, even though I am baptized and feel washed, how can all of my sins (and I feel I have a lot) be forgiven?” Anytime I get a question like this, I always recommend the explorer to read Romans chapters 6-8. Reflect on that ...

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Kick Start Questions: What About Devout Followers of Other Faiths?

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Kick Start Question: What Happens to Devout Followers of Other Faiths (e.g. Muslims or Hindus). I was lucky to grow up in a Christian culture, but what about those who grew up in different cultures?  I’m going to stick to the first question because while closely related, I do feel that ...

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Tags: exploring faith, religion, religiĆ³n

Kick Start Question: Will all people come to know Christ?

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Posted by Austin Maxheimer on

“Will all people eventually come to know Christ? He died for all. (I wish)” This question comes at a very interesting time in my own reading life. I am currently a couple hundred pages into The God Who Saves: A Dogmatic Sketch by David Congdon. Every morning I pray, read some ...

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Tags: exploring faith, soteriology

Metanarrative Of Scripture

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METANARRATIVE OF SCRIPTURE Hermeneutic Principle: You can make sense of the parts by understanding the whole. ‘Metanarrative’ simply means “Big Story” or the grand or master narrative running throughout a text that gives the story its ultimate meaning or ...

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Tags: metanarrative

Read This List, Earn a Steak Dinner

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If you finish this reading list, I will take you to get a steak at Cavanaugh’s. These books represent the journey I took to go from a skeptical Explorer to a Pastor. They do not represent all the reading I did during that time (I ended up in Seminary!), but they are the ones ...

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Tags: doubt, explore, faith

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