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Breaking the Last Socially-Acceptable Addiction
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Most American Christians have an addiction and we all know it. The addiction is social media. You don’t think you do? Here’s a simple test;

  • When you’re out with friends at a restaurant, is your phone usually out on the table, face up?
  • When you’re with friends for the evening, do you check your phone in their presence?
  • When you use the restroom, do you check your phone?
  • Do you find yourself checking your phone in worship services, or as soon as you get out?

Still think you don’t have an addiction?

Are these activities a sin? Actually, they could be and here’s why.
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If We Don’t Use God’s Methods, We Should Not Expect God’s Favor
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A few months ago, a Christian man sat in my office angry and sad because his wife just told him she was divorcing him. “And my kids don’t respect me either,” he added, implying that his wife had turned the kids against him. “Why is God letting her do this to me?”

I’m not sure why I end up with so many guys with bad marriages sitting in my office, decade after decade. I don’t even pretend to be a marriage counselor. But, there’s a common theme that runs through the majority of their stories, and it goes something like this.
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Guest Blog: BreakPoint – Trump, the NFL, and Us
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by John Stonestreet & Roberto Rivera

Could it be that our fascination with the story is more important than the story itself? President Trump, the NFL, and us.

The last few weeks have been full of important stories. The president, speaking before the United Nations, said that if the U.S. “is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”

Later that day, Hurricane Maria crossed Puerto Rico from southeast to northwest, dropping upwards of forty inches of rain, including fourteen inches in a two-hour period, which may be a world record nobody wants to own. More than three million American citizens were left without power or water, and face a humanitarian crisis.

Oh, and somewhere in there was another failed attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare.

But by the weekend, the story that most Americans seemed to care about was a feud between the president and professional athletes.

By now, you undoubtedly know more than you need to know about that feud—I mean that literally—and I don’t want to contribute to a problem I’m about to decry.

But we’re still left with the question about why this discussion is consuming so much of our national attention when there are issues far more deserving that we are increasingly disinclined to care about.
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We’re in a “Reverse Reformation”
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The invention of the printing press in 1436 was a revolutionary as the internet is today. But, up until then, the printing press produced only Bibles and other books – very expensive books, not available to the masses.

Then, 70 years after it’s invention, Luther nailed his 95 Thesis’ on a Wittenburg church door and the protestant reformation began.

Soon copies of his 95 Thesis’ and other short writings were being printed by the tens of thousands, inexpensively and the ideas in them went viral! People had an insatiable appetite to read. Literacy exploded as people desperately wanted to read these new ideas. In fact so many people became readers that the price of books dropped like a stone. People became better informed, thoughtful and more spiritual. They gathered in groups to discuss these ideas. It changed the world for the better. It changed Christianity.

But today we’re in a “reverse reformation!” Here’s why I believe that;
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