Do you have “wrong-chitis”?

My grandson Jackson got a little sick last week. His mom took him to the doctor who told us he had a touch of bronchitis. He prescribed some medicine and they came home. Jackson was telling someone about going to the doctor and he told them he had “wrong-chitis,” but he had taken some medicine and now he has “right-chitis!”

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could just take a pill and everything wrong in our lives would become right? Now that would be a magic pill.

The reality we know is that to turn something wrong into something right takes more than a little medicine, we need a lot of hard work and the power of the Holy Spirit to make it right. And even then opposition may be so strong that the right struggles to come out on top.

Spiritual work is hard work. Satan is more than happy to let us go about being good neighbors and nice people as long as we don’t introduce Jesus. Once we decide to go about doing real spiritual work Satan will work overtime to stop it. So we need to pray and we need to trust the Lord. Endure hard times, persevere through the difficulties. The kingdom is worth it. The gospel is worth it. Remember this Ralph Waldo Emerson quote, “God will not have His work made manifest by cowards.”

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Mission Central Podcast – Unity and Revival

Unity is more important than your pride and your agenda. Unity is more important than your tradition and your comfort. Unity is more important than your desire to avoid conflict. In summary, Unity is more important than you. So let’s work together to build unity and protect the unity of the church.

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Here are some key points from this episode:

  • Every member of the church is responsible for the unity of the church.
  • Unity is directly related to evangelistic success.
  • When you decide the unity of the church is important, revival won’t be far behind.

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Mission Central Podcast – Pray for the Spiritual Life of Your Church

If there was only one thing you could do for your church to help it, that one thing would be to pray for your church. Paul prayed for the church and he taught others to pray for the local church. Often we pray for one another’s physical health. We should spend more time praying for their spiritual health.

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Here are the key points from this episode:

  • Pray for the spiritual life of the church, which means you pray for the spiritual life of the members
  • Let Christ be the dominating factor in your attitude and conduct
  • There are always processes that need to be fixed, but primarily address the spiritual life: do we seek God, do we listen to Him?
  • The parable of the two trees

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Mission Central Podcast – Marvin & Meagan Schaefer

I’m excited about this special edition today. As many of you know recently I spent some time on mission in Europe and while in Germany I sat down with good friends Marvin and Meagan Schaefer. They work with OM International and serve in a local church near Frankfurt. I hope you enjoy hearing their heart for the world and for the church as they share their story.

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Mission Central Podcast – But God…

Thoroughly depressed, it’s time to make a turnaround. Paul puts together the greatest 2 word phrase in the Bible when he begins verse 4 of chapter 2 with that wonderful phrase, “but God.” Because of His great love and unending mercy He has rescued us. His reckless love comes after us to save us.

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Here are the key points from this episode:

  • “But God” makes all the difference.
  • God is rich in mercy and great love.
  • The cross is an expression of the riches of God’s grace.
  • God made us alive, raised us, seated us in the heavens, saved us by His grace, and reconciled us.

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Mission Central Podcast – Spiritual Death is Universal

Yes, spiritual death is real and it is overwhelming. The bad news from Ephesians 2 continues. Without Christ we are dominated by Satan and on our own we run toward sin. Spiritual death is universal and we are doomed. Depressed yet? Just wait. It’s going to get worse before it gets better.

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Here are the key points from this episode:

  • Satan dominates the spiritually dead.
  • Our own sinful nature is a result of the Fall and is our attempt to bypass God. We can’t blame everything on the devil.
  • Spiritual death is universal.
  • As an unredeemed sinner you do as you please. No one is dragged kicking and screaming into sin. These are your inclinations.

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Mission Central Podcast – The Church is full of sinners – Spiritual Death is Real

Ancestry.com and other companies have capitalized on the booming business of discovering your roots. I don’t know where you come from but I do know this, we all have a common heritage. We are all sinners. The church is full of sinners. In Ephesians 2 Paul gives a brutally honest assessment of all people without Christ.

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Here are the key points from this episode:

  • Spiritual Death is Real. We are separated from God by our sin.
  • We are dead “in” our transgressions and sins, not because of them. We sin because we are sinners.
  • Spiritual Death Overwhelms us.
  • Society and the best of man pull us away from God.
  • Culture is all around us and is so pervasive that we cannot know how much our worldview is affected by it.

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