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Comedian John Oliver takes on the prosperity gospel by becoming a televangelist – The Washington Post

“If you don’t send us money, God will be extremely angry with you,” Oliver tells callers to a toll-free number he set up as part of his new “career” as a televangelist. The pre-recorded message at 1-800-THIS-IS-LEGAL also tells callers who aren’t interested in donating money to Oliver to “get off the phone and find somebody who is.”

Comedian John Oliver takes on the prosperity gospel by becoming a televangelist – The Washington Post.

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Jesus in every book of the Bible

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Jesus Christ in every book of the Bible

In Genesis, Jesus is the seed of the woman.

Exodus, he is our Passover lamb.

Leviticus, our high priest.

Numbers, the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night.

In Deuteronomy, the prophet greater than Moses.

In Joshua, Jesus is the captain of our salvation.

Judges, he is our judge and lawgiver.

Ruth, he is our redeemer.

I & II Samuel, he is our trusted prophet.

Kings and Chronicles, he is our reigning King.

Ezra, he is the rebuilder of our broken down walls of our lives.

In Nehemiah, Jesus is our restorer.

Esther, he’s our Advocate.

In Job, Jesus is our ever-living redeemer.

Psalms, he’s our shepherd.

Proverbs & Ecclesiastes, he’s our Wisdom.

Song of Solomon, he’s the lover of our souls.

In Isaiah, Jesus is the Prince of Peace.

Jeremiah, the righteous branch.

Lamentations, the weeping…

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Do I have to go to church?

In a culture that sees independence and self-reliance as hallmarks of a truly successful person, church can feel like an imposition on our time and energy. We ask if we have to go to church in the same reluctant way we might ask, “Do I have to go to the dentist?”

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Do I Have to Go to Church?

By:  Barry Cooper
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I have better things to do than go to church. Do I have to go to be a Christian?

Church attendance in the West, even among Christians, is falling. According to a recent study, attendance at church services in any given week has declined among Christians by 9 percent since 1991. Now only a minority of Christians (47 percent) can be found at church during a typical week.1

In a culture that sees independence and self-reliance as hallmarks of a truly successful person, church can feel like an imposition on our time and energy. We ask if we have to go to church in the same reluctant way we might ask, “Do I have to go to the dentist?”

But what if followers of Jesus only truly flourished when in community with other like-minded believers? What if…

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3 Promises for the Suffering – Start2Finish

3 Promises for the Suffering – Start2Finish.

How glorious it is that, in the midst of our suffering and pain, the Bible assures us of three great promises!

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growing up Church of Christ: The good list

How about you?  What makes your list of “good” things?

growing up Church of Christ: The good list.

From Mike Allen

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The Church Building: Is it a blessing or a curse?

If there were no church buildings, would the disciples of Christ in a community be fussing and fragmenting over whether or not we may eat in the church building? Would we be having debates over whether or not a church building may have a kitchen? Would we be fuming over whether or not a woman could stand at the Table and pass Communion trays to people in pews? Etc. Etc. As the people of God migrated from the marketplace to the meeting place, they increasingly formulated legislation governing every aspect of what could and couldn’t occur in these church buildings. And the warring began. Think about it: most of what disciples of Christ fuss, fight and fragment over is with respect to what differing sects within Christendom believe can and/or can’t occur within the church building during the “worship service” on Sunday. The “issues” of today were likely never contemplated in the early church, for most of our issues are building-centered, rather than Body-centered.

The Church Building.

From Al Maxey’s “Reflections”

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Put Some Clothes on Already!

Enough. Put some clothes on already!

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Yesterday I checked out one of my favorite news websites. I go there regularly to be informed about world events–unfortunately it is usually not very good news. Yesterday the bad news was accompanied by something even worse–a picture of the revealed backside of an aging pop star!  Her Grammy “outfit” (meant to shock, no doubt) was all about exposure. I don’t know if I was more aggravated by the picture or that the news site posted it.

News? Really?

Of course it is all about eyeballs on their site and clicks on their ads. Both the site and the pop star mutually benefitting from all of the “exposure.”

But when are we going to get enough of this? Celebrities spilling out of their scant clothing; publically exposing private parts; “leaking” sex tapes; etc.–all to generate a little buzz and keep themselves somehow relevant? That is all sad enough, but when it…

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