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City Blog: October 2017

October 30, 2017

City Grace Scripture Challenge

Benjamin Spalink
I kicked off a new campaign to increase scriptural literacy and change lives by encouraging my congregation to be more closely shaped and formed by God's Word. It's called the City Grace Scripture Challenge, and the challenge is this: within the next year, become an expert in one book of the Bible. I mean "expert" somewhat tongue in cheek, but the idea is that you would focus this next year on one book of scripture, and make it your business to learn as much as you can about that one particular book. This doesn't mean you don't read other ...
October 25, 2017

The Problem with Discouragement

Benjamin Spalink
It's easy to lose perspective when facing discouragement.  Sometimes, God is extending his Hand to us, but our discouraged hearts fail to perceive it.  We stay discouraged even though help is just around the corner. "Moses reported this (God's plan) to the Israelites, but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and harsh labor." (Exodus 6:9) Moses comes as God's ambassador to deliver the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. He is preparing a spectacular show of supernatural power.  Redemption is just around the corner, but ...
October 04, 2017

Have I Committed the Unpardonable Sin?

Benjamin Spalink
The "unpardonable sin" is mentioned in all three synpotics (Matthew, Mark and Luke).  There are similarities and differences in how it is used which help us get to the heart of what, exactly, the unforgivable sin is. It is my conviction based on the phrase's use in all three Gospels that the primary issue at stake is one of identifying the validity and basis for Jesus' ministry of Kingdom inauguration and soul liberation. To "blaspheme the Holy Spirit" is another way of saying that one denounces as illegitimate the person and work of Jesus....

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