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How Jesus Changed Everything

By Stacy Tyson | 2022-04-14

Now brothers, I want to clarify for you the gospel I proclaimed to you;
you received it and have taken your stand on it.
You are also saved by it,
if you hold to the message I proclaimed to you
—unless you believed for no purpose. (1 Corinthians 15:1-5)

The three days in which we remember, contemplate and celebrate Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection are the crux (from Latin meaning “cross”) of the year for followers of The Way – the Church, the Body of Christ. In these three days, Father God working in Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit changed everything. The message of what He did for us in those days is the very heart of The Gospel – the Good News that we have been saved and set free.

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A Family Seder

By Jill Tyson | 2022-04-04
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“Haggadah means ‘the telling.’ Passover is a story that has been retold for thousands of years. It is a story of miraculous redemption – from slavery to freedom, from despair to hope, from darkness to light. The greatness of the story is the greatness of Father God. The timelessness of this story comes from Father God’s intimate relationship with His people. As He cared for the children of Israel in ancient times, He cares for all who are His, in Christ, today…”

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Jesus: The Son of God

By Stacy Tyson | 2021-12-23
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Everything in the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation has been given to us to point us to Jesus. He is the Seed of the Woman. He is the Seed of Abraham. He is the Lion of Judah. He is The Prophet. He is The Son of David. He is The Lord. He is Messiah. He is the One who was and is and is to come. He is first in all things and everything is under His power and authority. Everything will finally be “headed up” in Him. 

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Practicing Discernment

By Stacy Tyson | 2021-06-21
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But understand this, that in the last days difficult times will come…
Evil people and impostors will become worse,
deceiving and being deceived.”
– 2 Timothy 3:1, 13 –

Manipulation and deception have been part of the human story since the very beginning. Now the technologies that are shaping our culture make it easier than ever for smaller groups of people to influence and move much larger groups of people into deeper lies and deception. As people of the Truth who root our lives in Christ, we need to be AWARE of who is really speaking to us and where they are leading us.

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The Continuing Evangelical Disaster – Part 2

By Stacy Tyson | 2021-04-29
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In 2001 George Barna published Growing True Disciples: New Strategies for Producing Genuine Followers of Christ. Based on studies at that time, Barna had come to the conclusion that at the practical level of everyday life, there was very little difference between Christians and non-Christians. His conclusion: the churches were not producing spiritually mature followers of Christ. What we say we believe had little impact on our lived out values.

Just a couple of years earlier, Dallas Willard had already highlighted this problematic issue in The Divine Conspiracy. Willard would go on to write several other books addressing what he called The Great Omission: the churches are not encouraging and training those who believe in Christ to follow Him toward maturity.

Could it be that the solution to this ongoing evangelical disaster is that we should get back to who we are called to be and do what we were supposed to be doing in the first place?

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A Vision for Christlikeness

By Stacy Tyson | 2021-04-28

No book (besides The Scriptures) has been more significant in my spiritual growth than Dallas Willard’s Renovation of the Heart. What was so impactful for me is that Willard presents pursuing discipleship and spiritual maturity in a way that is attractive and desirable. All too often, following Christ is presented as a hard and dreary task that we just have to “white knuckle” through. This vision seems far from the “easy yoke” and “light burden” that Jesus Himself offers (see Matthew 11:28-30).

Here, Willard gives a practical presentation of who the “Children of Light” are – the people we are called to be in Christ with the goal of being like Christ (Ephesians 5:8). As we have been focusing on spiritual growth and maturity, I thought Willard’s description might help us all think a little more clearly about what we mean by spiritual maturity, practically speaking.

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The Continuing Evangelical Disaster – Part 1

By Stacy Tyson | 2021-04-20
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In 1984, Francis Schaeffer mourned the compromises that Evangelicals were making in terms of standing for truth and morality in his classic work The Great Evangelical Disaster. He warned that the compromises of his day would have severe ramifications for the institutional evangelical churches if not corrected.

Recently, Gallup – the global analytics and advice firm – released results from a study that showed for the first time since they have been collecting data, church membership has dipped below the majority – only 47% of Americans claim any form of religious affiliation.

We are increasingly hearing terms like “Exvangelical” to describe people who are walking away from Evangelicalism and/or “the church.” What do these things mean? and What do they signal for the future of Christianity in America?

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