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Enoch: Faith’s Walk with God | For Week of June 26th

by Pastor DeSpain
Enoch was a prophet who walked with God in the epicenter of apostasy and ungodliness. Bullinger highlights, “The very fact that he walked with God implies that others did not.”[1] Thus, his testimony was “that he pleased God.” It is significant to point out that he was the seventh from Adam. His life exemplifies a […]

Abel: Two Ways of Access | For Week of June 19th

by Pastor DeSpain
The first individual to be commended for his great faith among the witnesses is Abel. Indirectly, we know that Cain and Abel knew what kind of offering was acceptable. Abel would not have acted in faith unless he heard what God said (Rom. 10:17). “Otherwise it would have been by fancy, and not by faith; […]

“Faith and Sight” | For Week of June 12th

by Pastor DeSpain
Faith is the opposite of sight. It does not see how God’s promises will be fulfilled, but trusts that they will through hope. “For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we […]

“Great Cloud of Witnesses” | For Week of June 5th

by Pastor DeSpain
Our new LifeGroup series will focus on faith. The lessons will be anchored in Hebrews chapter eleven and loosely based on the commentary, Great Cloud of Witnesses in Hebrews Eleven, by E.W. Bullinger[1]. This chapter is referred to by many believers as the “Hall of Faith”. The author of Hebrews gives us insight into the […]

“What Must I Do…”| For Week of May 29th

by Pastor DeSpain
Have you ever sought Christian counseling and felt like you’ve reached a dead end? Our main objective is to recall the Three-Point Misbelief Therapy Outline to help us replace lies and to tell yourself the truth. This chapter talks about using the truth with wisdom and compassion. Sometimes we can do harm by causing those […]

“More Misbeliefs…” | For Week of May 22nd

by Pastor DeSpain
We are nearing the end of our study with Backus and Chapian. Hopefully, you have developed a good habit of discerning the lies that often infiltrate your mind. “The first step, remember, is always identifying the misbelief. Second, you argue against it, and third, you replace it with TRUTH.”[1] There are a number of attitudes […]

“Misbelief in Being Indispensable” | For Week of May 15th

by Pastor DeSpain
As individual Christians, we must recognize the importance of maintaining balance in our service to others. We cannot neglect the priority of our family, meanwhile fulfilling the needs of those outside our family. This reason leads to a sense of indispensability. You cannot do everything all the time. You are valuable to God, but indispensable […]

“Misbelief in Our Relationship with Others” | For Week of May 8th

by Pastor DeSpain
God is not pleased with how many obligations we can meet or the number of expectations we require. Rather, the Lord desires us to be realistic in our personal expectations of others and experience true liberty. Failed expectations leave people disappointed. Love in our relationships should motivate action not obligation. “God’s love is a love […]

“Misbelief in Never Taking a Chance” | For Week of May 1st

by Pastor DeSpain
Risk management is a critical part of life. However, some people never want to take a risk. They fear loss, pain, and even making the wrong decision. Therefore, they avoid taking a chance to improve in a number of areas. Misbeliefs flood their mind, such as: “If I take chances in life, I could lose […]

“Misbelief in Fear of Change” | For Week of April 24th

by Pastor DeSpain
Misbeliefs anchor down our negative attitude towards change. Backus and Chapian bluntly reminds us, “Nobody else makes you experience these attitudes. Nobody forces you to feel, think, and behave as you do… Stop blaming people for your problems and your sins. Nobody makes you do anything. Nobody makes you sin. You do it by yourself.”[1] […]

“Misbelief in Self-Hate” | For Week of April 17th

by Pastor DeSpain
Seeking the approval of others is not a Biblical method of discovering our self-worth. “Sometimes it is easier and more comfortable to degrade yourself and believe that others’ opinions of you are more important than your own.”[1] Although we are called to love our neighbor, it is also critical to recognize how much we are […]

“Misbelief in Lack of Self-Control” | For Week of April 3rd

by Pastor DeSpain
A lack of self-control manifests itself in a number of ways in a person’s life. “Many people try drugs, hypnosis, and even surgery in their desperate flight from facing responsibility and difficult tasks, but seldom do these methods bring lasting results or the happiness so passionately sought.”[1] It is far easier to place blame on […]

“Misbelief in Anxiety” | For Week of March 27th

by Pastor DeSpain
Anxiety is a constant feeling of insecurity based on reactions of other people. It also fears danger that is not actually present. “The central theme running through the misbeliefs in anxiety is that what other people think about me is of such crucial importance that I must anticipate it in advance of all my actions. […]

“Misbelief in Anger” | For Week of March 20th

by Pastor DeSpain
Anger is another emotion that may cause misbeliefs to creep into our minds. It is a natural feeling that cannot be avoided. “There is no necessary connection between the behavior of another person and your anger. It doesn’t matter how unfairly, unjustly or thoughtlessly someone has behaved toward you, you are angry because of your […]

“Misbelief in Depression” | For Week of March 13th

by Pastor DeSpain
Depression is a common psychological disorder that plagues a number of people. “Most depression-causing misbeliefs enter the stream of self-talk after some loss has occurred.”[1] The Bible is full of examples of those who felt their soul was cast down.[2] We must recognize the emotions that influence our depressive behavior. Then, we need to combat those […]