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Storehouse Student Resources – Mormonism

Storehouse Student Resources is a post about what students learned on  Wednesday nights during our gathering in the Storehouse. The main goal is to better equip our students to be bold witnesses for Christ. Shawn Piedrahita conducted some research about Mormons and their teachings. He taught us some very interesting things regarding Mormon beliefs. This post will introduce some Mormon beliefs and will also give the reader resources for further study. Introduction Have you ever had those guys on bicycles…

A Time of Spiritual Preparation

Today starts Lent, with that I want to give a brief explanation of what Lent is, and why you may want to observe it. Lent is a time of spiritual reflection, repentance and a time to renew our faith in, and focus on Christ. Lent begins 40 days before Easter (not counting Sundays). Why 40 days? 40 has much symbolic meaning in the scriptures. The rain time during the flood that destroyed the earth in Noah’s day lasted 40 days.…

Don’t Let Your Children Hinder Your Marriage

While children are one of God’s greatest gifts, a subtle yet dangerous trap is for parental demands to hinder marital unity.  In every stage of parenting, the demands are significant.  The amount of care, attention, affection, time, and resources that the tiniest members of your family require can be stifling. If not careful, a blessing from the marriage will take priority over the marriage. After you have experienced the first sleepless night of parenting, your entire world changes.  To be…

What Does the Bible Teach About Heaven?

What does the Bible teach about heaven? In his commentary on Mark, Danny Akin includes some great lists to help provide clarity. What Will Heaven Be Like? Heaven is being prepared by Christ Himself – And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also (John 14:3). Heaven is only for those who have been born again – Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I…

7 Simple Steps for Scripture Memory

Scripture memory is a powerful catalyst for discipleship. Something happens when the Word becomes portable with you.  Your spiritual growth is exponential.  The discipline of mediating and memorizing Scripture turns God’s Word Bible from a book on a shelf to words on a heart. Meditating on it day and night (Josh. 1:8; Ps. 1:2), we lay these words on our hearts (Deut. 11:18) and they become the joy and delight of our hearts (Jer. 15:16).  We store it in our…

“All We Have Left to Do Now Is Pray”

One reason God does not answer our prayers is that we offer faithless requests.  Sure we might pray to him but our faith in his ability to answer those prayers is tragically minimal. In fact, one of the most tragically inaccurate statements concerning prayer is used in churches regularly: “All we have left to do now is pray.” Can you imagine what that sounds like to the ears of God? God hears his very own children (1 John 3:1) whom he…

Are You Progressively Becoming More Like Jesus?

Christians love talking about the day when we met Jesus or when we will see Jesus, but what about every other day when we are supposed to become like Jesus? Let me give you 3 theological terms that you need to learn: Justification– the declaration of holiness Sanctification– the process of holiness Glorification– the completion of holiness Justification is the day you receive the gospel and God declares you not-guilty.  The charges have been put upon another.  The gavel drops…

Families Running Ragged

Psalm 127 is attributed to Solomon.  Known for his wisdom, this worship song is his reminder of the need for God to be central in every home.  It’s a reminder to all parents that children are indeed a gift hand-wrapped by God. Unless the LORD builds a house, its builders labor over it in vain; unless the LORD watches over a city, the watchman stays alert in vain. In vain you get up early and stay up late, working hard to have…

What’s God’s Will for My Life?

If you are like most people, you may be wondering what the will of God is for your life. What is your next step? Be assured that there is one person who wants you to know the will of God even more than you want to know it – and that is God Himself! He will not hide it from you, and He sincerely wants you to fulfill it. Read what God’s will is for your life in Ephesians 5:15-17.…

Practical Ways to Disciple Teenagers

In the follow-up session of parenting matters, Ministry Intern Alex Gore gave practical ways for parents to disciple their children. In this session, he encouraged parents to model the SHEMA, found in Deuteronomy 6:4-9. He explained to parents that the most important thing for a person is to love the Lord with all of their heart, soul, and might. As a byproduct of parents modeling their love for God, the hope is that children would see it and do exactly…

Fear Not – God [Still] Has a Plan

Fear not – God still has a plan. If you are like me, you probably have believed at some point that God did have a plan for your life, but along the way, you honestly begin to wonder if he is just making it up as he goes along.  Have you ever felt like someone made plans that began well, full of good intentions, but sometime later, you feel as if the whole thing is coming off the tracks? You might have even…

Steve Saint on John Chau

On January 8, 1956, the world was shocked to learn that 5 young Christian missionaries were speared to death by Indians they were trying to reach with the Gospel.  If you are not familiar with their story, you can read about it in the link at the bottom.   Nate Saint was one of the men killed, and his young son, Steve, grew up and continued his father’s passion for reaching the Auca Indian.  In the link below he talks…