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God-Thoughts

Acts of Service Aren’t Enough, Thankfully.

Growing up, my elementary school implemented a merit system. Every staff member carried around little yellow pieces of paper called “bobcat awards” that motivated students to voluntarily complete acts of service. When a student had collected enough, he or she earned a lunch period spent in the “bobcat room” (the band room) complete with a special dessert treat and rated ...

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The Leadership Conversation: What does Communion with God Look Like?

“Communion with God” is a phrase that gets thrown around a lot in Christian circles. This idea has a tendency to sound super spiritual, but it can be hard to conceptualize. In this Leadership Conversation, Israel Steinmetz and Amber Riggs (co-directors of Artios Christian College) sit down to answer the question: what does communion with God actually look like? Israel ...

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Understanding Gospel Indicatives & Imperatives

“I’d like to be baptized someday but I don’t think I’m ready yet. I need more time.” I’ve heard statements along these lines several times. Those making this sort of statement wrongly believe that they must first be good enough before receiving the salvation that Christ offers them. Some have parents enforcing this false belief. Others grew up in congregations that ...

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Church of God (Seventh Day) & the Calvinist’s TULIP – Part 3

Here we come to the end of our three-part discussion of the Calvinist TULIP. Since Artios Christian College and Artios Magazine are ministries of the Church of God (Seventh Day), it is worthwhile to examine our denomination’s Statement of Faith. Looking back on the first three letters of TULIP, we see that total depravity was easy to affirm. The Bible is explicit in describing humankind’s inability ...

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Church of God (Seventh Day) & the Calvinist’s TULIP – Part 2

Since Artios Christian College and Artios Magazine are ministries of the Church of God (Seventh Day), it is worthwhile to examine our denomination’s Statement of Faith. What else can we learn about God, humanity, and grace from TULIP? As we progress on a journey exploring our Statement of Faith, we continue to look at the five letters of the Calvinist TULIP. ...

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Church of God (Seventh Day) & the Calvinist’s TULIP – Part 1

Since Artios Christian College and Artios Magazine are ministries of the Church of God (Seventh Day), it is worthwhile to examine our denomination’s Statement of Faith. In doing so, we consider profound questions related to the relationship between God and humanity. Central to such discussions is the Calvinist vs. Arminian debate, which raises questions regarding God’s will, human freedom, and grace. ...

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We Need to Study God (And Here’s How)

“There weren’t a lot of books on leadership in those days. So I studied leadership by reading biographies of leaders like Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr.” When my mentor shared how he had studied leadership as a young man, it initially took me by surprise. Especially when I mentally surveyed my growing library of leadership books — none ...

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Leadership Essentials: Contemplation of God’s Heart

Reggie McNeal wrote “Christian leaders who stay online with Jesus are shaped by the heart of God.” This is the passion and goal of every Christian leader. The leader who is in communication with and submission to God achieves this goal. This communication and submission “grows out of a secure relationship grounded in love.” To do this one must be ...

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