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If It Seems Too Good To Be True… by Pastor Tedd Mathis

Published July 5, 2017

I was recently asked about people’s claims of their dying and going to heaven. ‘Heaven tourism’ books (and movies) have become very popular the past 15 years. From what I’ve read the past couple years they are big money makers. One example is the movie, ‘Heaven Is For Real’ – about a little boy in Nebraska who claims he went to heaven. It was made for $12 million and released in April 2014. By August 2014 it had grossed more than $91 million. Here’s why I don’t read those books and would encourage you not to as well: We have […]

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How Do You Know You’re Repentant? by Jonathan Leeman

Published June 1, 2017

How do you know when someone is repentant? Here are some thoughts from Jonathan Leeman. In Matthew 18 Jesus provides us help for determining true repentance: would we be willing to cut off a hand or tear out an eye rather than repeat the sin (Matt. 18:8-9)? That is to say, are we willing to do whatever it takes to fight against the sin? Repenting people, typically, are zealous about casting off their sin. That’s what God’s Spirit does inside of them. When this happens, one can expect to see a willingness to accept outside counsel. A willingness to inconvenience […]

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The Mother’s Crown – A Fable

Published May 1, 2017

Behold, a mother lay down at the close of a busy day. Her sons and daughters and her husband, verily had been given sustenance and were asleep on their beds. As the weary mother slept, behold she dreamed a dream and in this dream, lo, she stood just inside the Eastern gate of the Heavenly Jerusalem. As she looked about for a familiar face, lo, an angel – the Dispenser of Crowns – came forth. In his and was a book and the book was opened to the page whereon was written the record of the mother before him. Now […]

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13 Places Where the Bible Uses the Word ‘FOR,’ And Why It’s Important To Your Salvation

Published March 24, 2017

A half-truth is a whole lie – Yiddish proverb Beware of the half-truth; you may have gotten hold of the wrong half – Anonymous It is true we should try to imitate Jesus (I Cor. 11:1; Phil. 3:7-18). But beware of the notion that ignores or denies the fact Jesus is primarily our substitute. For while Jesus is the perfect man to imitate, trying to be like Him is not what saves. The Gospel is the good news He was a substitute – that He died in the place of sinners. The good news is that He did something on […]

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Thinking Christ-Saturated Thoughts About ‘Forgiving Ourselves’ by Pastor Tedd Mathis

Published February 24, 2017

  The past few months I’ve heard several people speak about the need to forgive themselves. On the internet, I found the subject’s very popular. Even WebMD, and Psychology Today weigh in. Sometimes Christians pick up a phrase or concept and assume its validity without going to God’s word first. I found a stunning absence on the experts’ part to acknowledge God has something to say about forgiveness and understanding the ‘self.’ Below are three truths that shape the Christian’s understanding. First, per God’s word, forgiveness is the decision on the part of one who has been wronged to not […]

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My Understanding of I Timothy 2:12 by Pastor Tedd Mathis

Published February 8, 2017

My Understanding of, “I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man” – I Timothy 2:12 By Pastor Tedd Mathis Pueblo West Baptist Church February 2017   Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments, 10 but rather by means of good works, as is proper for women making a claim to godliness. 11 A woman must quietly receive instruction with entire submissiveness. 12 But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain […]

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Three Tips for Better Bible Reading by Andy Naselli

Published February 1, 2017

You probably don’t need to hear reasons that it’s important to read the Bible. You know it is. But you might need some motivation. One way to get excited about reading the Bible is to rethink your Bible-reading strategy. Here are three tips for better Bible reading: Tip #1. Listen to audio-Bibles. When you listen to an audio-Bible, you’ll be surprised how quickly the time goes by and how much of the Bible you “read.” Sometimes I listen while doing other tasks such as driving or cleaning or running, but I’ve found it to be incredibly profitable to listen while […]

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The Shack is Back – from Pastor Tedd

Published December 7, 2016

One of the best-selling ‘faith-based’ books in recent history, The Shack, has been made into a movie. The movie is to open the first week of March. Promotional trailers and movie clips are already available on social media. Since it was first published in 2007, the book has sold somewhere around 20 million copies. I suspect the movie will gain much attention and renew interest in the book. Due to its addressing the subject of evil and suffering in a fictional format, it touched a nerve in many, many readers. Now, the movie with its high production values, music, scenery and […]

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A Mighty Fortress Is Our God by Steve Green

Published October 31, 2016 read more

On Voting – fourth in a series – by Pastor Tedd

Published October 28, 2016

It’s a humbling thing to consider the matter of voting. + If you voted in 2012, you were one of more than 120 million Americans who cast ballots. + Seeing the political signs in the front yards of my neighborhood, it appears I’ll be cancelling out their vote & they mine. + Even our church family will not likely vote as a solid block. I plan to write in a man’s name for president; I’d guess some church members have a 3rd Party Candidate who will receive their vote; still others will vote for one of the mainline candidates. Some […]

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