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These Six Things… Yea, Seven (one who sows discord)

October 27, 2016 | by: Paul Ortlinghaus | 0 Comments

In Solomon's list of seven things that God finds detestable, "one who sows discord" is number seven.... Keep Reading

In Solomon's list of seven things that God finds detestable, "a false witness who breathes out lies" is number six.... Keep Reading

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In Solomon's list of seven things that God finds detestable, "a heart that devises wicked plans and feet that make haste to run to evil" are fourth and fifth.... Keep Reading

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In Solomon's list of seven things that God finds detestable, "hands that shed innocent blood" is third.... Keep Reading

These Six Things… Yea, Seven (A Lying Tongue)

September 15, 2016 | by: Paul Ortlinghaus | 0 Comments

In Solomon's list of seven things that God finds detestable, a lying tongue is second.... Keep Reading

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These Six Things… Yea, Seven (Haughty Eyes)

September 8, 2016 | by: Paul Ortlinghaus | 0 Comments

Six things the LORD hates … yea, seven are an abomination. Wow! If God is going to list for us six or seven things that are an abomination to him, we better listen!... Keep Reading

How is your grip on the Bible?

August 25, 2016 | by: Paul Ortlinghaus | 0 Comments

How is your grip on the Bible? There are six ways we can attend to and guard God's Word in our life.... Keep Reading

Your work matters to God

June 1, 2016 | by: Paul Ortlinghaus | 0 Comments

Many of you shared with me how much you appreciated the Tim Keller sermon on "Faith & Work" from May 22. I'm glad that it was such an encouragement and challenge for so many. Here is a list of a few other resources that have recently crossed my path. I share them with you in the hopes that they might continue to stir you up as you pray and thi... Keep Reading

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Be angry and do not sin

May 19, 2016 | by: Paul Ortlinghaus | 0 Comments

I get angry. Just ask my kids. (Okay, please don’t ask my kids.) It isn’t a secret. People that know me have heard me share about my anger. I’ve shared about this in my preaching. It is one of my besetting sins that I hate and fight against and pray that God would be pleased to miraculously take away from me. This week we at SOMA... Keep Reading

Speaking the Gospel to Yourself

February 25, 2016 | by: Paul Ortlinghaus | 0 Comments

Here are several verses to use - what is often called "speaking the gospel to yourself - as you unpack the implications of the amazing promise from Romans 8:1: "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."... Keep Reading

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SOMA, let's grow in loving God in 2016

January 7, 2016 | by: Paul Ortlinghaus | 0 Comments

Jesus said that what matters most is loving God. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. - Matthew 22:37-38 To put it simply, the best way to grow in our love for God is to spend time alone with Him. How do we spend time alone with Him? B... Keep Reading

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God's good word to us - the Bible - is utterly amazing. Psalm 19:7-8 describe some of these amazing aspects of God's self-revelation.... Keep Reading

REAPing in 2015

December 31, 2014 | by: Paul Ortlinghaus | 0 Comments

As the the New Year approaches I encourage you to be intentional with your Bible reading. There are so many tools and helps available for us to spend quality time alone with God in His Word. If you are not sure where in your Bible to read I highly recommend that you begin by reading this post by blogger Tim Challies. He provides links to many of th... Keep Reading

More on REAPing in 2015

December 31, 2014 | by: Paul Ortlinghaus | 1 Comments

In yesterdays post I encouraged you to be intentional in your time alone with God. I shared a simple and straight forward process called REAP (Read, Examine, Apply, Pray). I should note that REAP is not original with me. I first heard about it through the Verge Network and Austin Stone Community Church. Since tomorrow is January 1st I want to add ... Keep Reading

Living Your Dash

October 1, 2014 | by: Richard Wells | 0 Comments

Several years ago I was doing a computer search for a ‘tombstone picture’ to be used in a Bible lesson; I do not recall why I decided to add my name to the search but there it was. The following concept is not original to me but it makes an interesting point. Tombstones generally show a birth date and a death date. While the dates are ... Keep Reading

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Holy Week Reflections, Resurrection Sunday

April 20, 2014 | by: Paul Ortlinghaus | 0 Comments

Reflections for Resurrection Sunday of Holy Week.... Keep Reading

Holy Week Reflections, Saturday

April 20, 2014 | by: Paul Ortlinghaus | 0 Comments

Reflections for Saturday of Holy Week.... Keep Reading

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Holy Week Reflections, Good Friday ("It is finished!")

April 18, 2014 | by: Paul Ortlinghaus | 0 Comments

Reflections for Good Friday of Holy Week... Keep Reading

Holy Week Reflections, Maundy Thursday

April 17, 2014 | by: Paul Ortlinghaus | 0 Comments

Reflections for Maundy Thursday of Holy Week.... Keep Reading

Holy Week Reflections, Tuesday

April 15, 2014 | by: Paul Ortlinghaus | 0 Comments

Reflections for Tuesday of Holy Week.... Keep Reading

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Holy Week Reflections, Palm Sunday

April 14, 2014 | by: Paul Ortlinghaus | 0 Comments

Reflections for Sunday of Holy Week.... Keep Reading

Holy Week Reflections, Monday

April 14, 2014 | by: Paul Ortlinghaus | 0 Comments

Reflections for Monday of Holy Week.... Keep Reading

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Conviction without change is wasted emotion

March 13, 2014 | by: Paul Ortlinghaus | 0 Comments

As I was studying for this Sundays sermon out of Acts 17 and Paul's witness in Athens, I was particularly struck by these words: "Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols" - Acts 17:16 (ESV).... Keep Reading

Bible Reading in 2014

December 31, 2013 | by: Paul Ortlinghaus | 0 Comments

Here is my paraphrase of the opening words of the first Psalm: "Happy are those... whose delight is in the instruction of the LORD" (Psalm 1:1-2). It is my prayer personally, for my family, and for our SOMA family that these words would be true of us in 2014. One way this is accomplished is through Scipture Memory. The other way is through each o... Keep Reading

Why memorize the Bible?

December 31, 2013 | by: Paul Ortlinghaus | 0 Comments

Why Memorize the Bible?* I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. - Psalm 119:11 Memorization works on our hearts to instill faith, cultivate Christ-like character, fight temptation, and enhance prayer and worship. Scripture mentions the following encouragements for memorizing. Memorizing... Is one of the most... Keep Reading

Is Jesus your Friend?

December 9, 2013 | by: Richard Wells | 1 Comments

Challenge based on our Fall Kids Bible Weekend HayDay.... Keep Reading

Why "fighter verses"?

November 23, 2013 | by: Paul Ortlinghaus | 0 Comments

An encouragement and reminder for our church community to memorize scripture.... Keep Reading

Our Blessed Hope

September 27, 2013 | by: Paul Ortlinghaus | 0 Comments

Some thoughts on Christ's Return.... Keep Reading

Providence, Today's Sermon, and Scripture Memory

April 14, 2013 | by: Paul Ortlinghaus | 0 Comments

Providence, todays sermon, and scripture memory.... Keep Reading

Devotional reading for Holy Week

March 23, 2013 | by: Paul Ortlinghaus | 0 Comments

Devotional suggestions for Holy Week... Keep Reading

Thitherward Together

March 8, 2013 | by: Richard Wells | 2 Comments

More thoughts on our call to bless and forgive our enemies.... Keep Reading

Forgiveness

January 18, 2013 | by: Richard Wells | 2 Comments

What if there was a cure to a serious cause of your physical well-being that is within your control but you are ignoring it. Would you want to know? Would you be willing to take action? Forgiveness is the cure.... Keep Reading

Getting to know Jim Failor, part 1

January 11, 2013 | by: Jim Failor | 1 Comments

Pastor-Elder Jim Failor reflects on the responsibilities, blessings, and challenges of serving as a Pastor-Elder of SOMA Church Community.... Keep Reading

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Reading the Bible in 2013

December 31, 2012 | by: Paul Ortlinghaus | 2 Comments

What is your plan for Bible reading in 2013? Here are some suggestions.... Keep Reading

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