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Zach Van Houten

    8 Annoying Things About Christian Culture

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    By Zach Van Houten I love Jesus. I love being a Christian. I love the church, the body of believers, and the fellowship of the saints. But Christian culture… eh, often leaves me a little less than enthusiastic. Let me list 8 things that annoy me about Christian culture. DISCLAIMER: I am not necessarily against these things, but I want to provoke thought. I will probably offend you in the course […]

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    Ancient “gods” We Still Worship

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    By Zach Van Houten We think idolatry is a thing of the past. Something uneducated, uncivilized people created in biblical times. I mean, who would worship a carved statue anyway? I haven’t seen much of this myself. Actually I have never seen it with my own eyes. But are we all that different from those who practiced idolatry? Let’s examine a few of the false idols in the bible. “They […]

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    Antiquated Religion

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    By Zach Van Houten Religion. The very word brings to mind a range of thoughts and emotions. Depending on your experience, these could be either positive or negative. How this word is defined in your mind is more than likely the result of how you perceive the religious institutions you have been exposed to. Especially in the Christian community, religion has become a byword in recent years. It has been […]

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    Is Jesus Really All I Need?

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    By Zach Van Houten We sing the songs. We talk the talk. We say Jesus is all we need. Yes we do. We repeat the lines. Yes we do. We know the truth. Yes we do. But do we feel this way? No we don’t. Do we live this way? No we don’t. I don’t mean to come across harsh or blunt but there is a disconnect here. Something is missing. […]

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    Modesty Is Not Sexy

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    By Zach Van Houten ‘Modest is hottest.’ Does anyone really believe this? Let’s be dreadfully honest right now. We find this phrase appealing because it validates our views on modesty. It reminds us that we can be sexy and saintly at the same time. But I find it to be a overstatement. The truth is, sexuality and modesty are in direct conflict. Human beings are attracted to that which is […]

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    Love Stills The Angry Tongue

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    By Zach Van Houten Lingual Warfare   Anger and rage boil inside Spewing out a swill of strife One part angel One part Hell The tongue can cast an awful spell   Build one up Tear one down Fill one up Drain one down The tongue can make a dreadful sound   Do words belong to us alone? Can we claim them as our own? Did not God create man’s […]

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    Regret And The Good I Didn’t Do

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    By Zach Van Houten There are times I’ve wanted to apologize for not being a better friend in the past. I think everyone can relate. Especially in the teen years when you are still growing as a person, it’s hard to feel you treated those around you like you should have. I don’t have many regrets in life. And I am thankful for that. I am twenty-two years old and […]

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    What Tolerance Does Not Mean For Christians

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    By Zach Van Houten In this age of political correctness we have a tightrope to walk in the church. We must speak in a way that is respectful towards others without sacrificing the tough truths of the word. In this article I want to explore what tolerance does not mean for Christians. Tolerance does not mean condoning sin. Society has made it clear that calling an act “sinful” is not […]

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    Vigilant Prayer

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    By Zach Van Houten I often wonder to myself whether we in the church take prayer seriously. Do we pray with the seriousness of Christ? Do we make prayer not only a daily habit, but a cornerstone of our spiritual lives? Do we pray as God calls us to? In my own life I can think of times where I have failed to take prayer as seriously as I should […]

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    Is It Acceptable To Put Down Certain People?

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    By Zach Van Houten There are false teachers everywhere. On television, in bookstores, and coming to a town near you on their world tour. We are bombarded daily with false doctrine, twisted theology and shallow motivational rhetoric. They replace the Word of God with worldly philosophy, new age thinking and self-help seminars. And I have been one to talk about it. I’m not afraid to address false teaching and show […]

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    What Is God’s Will For Me? – Part 3

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    By Zach Van Houten In part one and two this series we discussed the definitions of God’s will and some common traps we can fall into. This week I’m going to expand on that and show through Scripture what God’s revealed will is for us and how we can live it out practically. If God’s will cannot be found in a specific ministry, place or position, what is it? Scripture teaches that God’s […]

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    What Is God’s Will For Me? – Part 2

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    By Zach Van Houten In part one of this series we examined the two definitions of God’s will. Now we will explore 2 specific traps we can fall into when considering God’s will for our lives. TRAP 1 ‘God gave me this ministry & by God no one’s gonna take it from me!’ Ever been around someone who was so focused on the details of what they were doing that […]

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    What Is God’s Will For Me? – Part 1

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    By Zach Van Houten This is one of the most prevalent questions in the Church today. What people consider to be God’s will varies greatly depending on who you talk to. Some people view it as a mystical force that must be sought out, captured and held onto. As if it will fly away as soon as you loosen your grip on it. Other people subscribe to a more pragmatic […]

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    Sin and Relationship

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    By Zach Van Houten We often view sin as a line that divides us off. We either fall on the “ungodly sinners” or “godly saints” side of the line. But what if we stopped viewing sin as the problem and instead viewed it as a symptom of a disconnect within our relationship with God. We in Christ will always struggle with sin. We wrestle with our flesh, though our souls […]

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    Crucified With Christ

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      By Zach Van Houten “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20 Good Friday acts as the bridesmaid at Easter’s wedding. It’s a part of Easter week, but everyone’s focus is on Christ’s resurrection. […]

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    Emotions and Faith – Part 2

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    By Zach Van Houten You can read part 1 of this series here: Emotions and Faith – Part 1 In part one of this series we examined how emotional expressions of faith are biblical. Now on the flip side we will examine how our faith in essence is NOT emotional. Emotions do not define our standing with God. Our relationship with God is the most prized possession of all believers […]

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    Emotions and Faith – Part 1

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    By Zach Van Houten Humans are emotional creatures. It’s one of the things that God gave mankind that He did not give to animals (or at least not on the same level we experience them). It’s what makes life beautiful, painful, joyful, sorrowful and meaningful. It’s a gift and a curse, a crutch and a burden. God Himself has emotions; although not in the same vacillating way we have them […]

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    The Wonder of God

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    By Zach Van Houten Many, LORD my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you. Psalm 40:5 Sometimes we forget the wonder of God. The splendor of who He is; in all His complexity and infinite knowledge and power. We often fail to recognize just how limitless and incomprehensible He is. The Bible speaks of the attributes of God to help […]

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    3 Messed Up Views of Women

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    By Zach Van Houten I am a guy and I am proud to be one. But I must say I am not proud of the way many men view women. I have heard way too many men speak of women in a way that reveals some misguided thinking. I think our culture has changed quite drastically towards this in the last 50 years and I think much of it has […]

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    What Young People Secretly Want From Church

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    By Zach Van Houten Being a fairly young person (I turn 22 this month), I feel I’m right in the middle of both sides of this topic of youth in the church. I can relate with being both an awkward, acne-plagued teen and a still awkward and acne-plagued adult in ministry. And although I don’t work with teenagers I do feel like I can offer my perspective on youth and […]

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