August 21, 2016

Pastoral Meditation: Dr. Thomas Cook Worship and Authority “I want the freedom to govern myself…” goes the anti-government rant against, well everything. Paul’s words supporting the government and its authority through the sword have been given some interesting interpretations, but the tenor of such arguments arise more out of rebellion …

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Pensieri Pastorali – August 14, 2016

Apologetic Interaction: Dr. Timothy Monahan Pre-evangelism: Conversation and Questions I can’t tell you how many times I have heard someone say, “I don’t like using techniques when I evangelize. I just trust the Holy Spirit.” That sounds spiritual, but in reality, everyone has a technique. Some just quote Scriptures even though …

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Pensieri Pastorali – August 7, 2016

Apologetic Interaction: Dr. Timothy Monahan Pre-evangelism: Conversation and Questions “Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d rather have been talking,” quipped Aristotle. Jesus brother, James, wrote, “Be slow to speak and quick to listen.” If listening is so important, why do we put a …

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Pensieri Pastorali – July 17, 2016

Apologetic Interaction: Dr. Timothy Monahan Pre-evangelism Process As we evangelize, we might forget two important elements in bringing someone to recognize Jesus as their Savior and Lord: (1) evangelism is demonstrating Christ in our lives, and (2) evangelism is a process, not an event. Too often, Acts chapter two is extolled as “the” evangelistic method. …

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Pensieri Pastorali July 17, 2016

Pastoral Meditation: Dr. Thomas Cook Worship and Self-Reliance Part 1 Have you ever heard people say, “God helps those who help themselves?” Most people realize that this sentiment is not in the Bible, and it really is not biblical. It expresses an ethic of self-reliance that is quickly evaporating amongst Christians. A recent book …

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March 22 2015

Il Faro, International Baptist Church March 22, 2015 – Pastor Tim Monahan Pastoral Pensieri “Tell me I’ve led a good life,” said “Private Ryan” to his wife. Ryan wanted to know if good men sacrificed their lives for nothing. Have you ever asked yourself if you are leading a good …

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March 15 2015

Il Faro, International Baptist Church March 15, 2015 – Pastor Tim Monahan Pastoral Pensieri Why doesn’t God answer my prayer? Didn’t the Lord promise that if I prayed anything in Jesus’ name that He would answer? Is God angry with me? Is there something wrong with my prayer? Have I sinned? Does God …

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March 8 2015

Il Faro, International Baptist Church March 8, 2015 – Pastor Tim Monahan Pastoral Pensieri “Thinking about your faith is not the same as doubting your faith,” writes William Lane Craig. Thinking is a virtue that helps you to understand your faith. Everyone has periods of doubt, so you must know …

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