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Oh Entangling Entitlement

Oh entangling entitlement, Self-pity’s closest friend, Your line of reasoning is impeccable, Your arguments have no end: ‘Of course I deserve this position!’ ‘It’s only fair that I get that title!’ ‘Any other result would be an injustice!’ ‘Why shouldn’t I receive what ought to be mine!’ I’ve believed your words, Judging all other paths […]

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New Sermons!

I recently updated the website and added a few more of my sermons that I preached this year.  Check them out here: http://www.ttschmidt.com/preaching

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10 Reasons We Do Not Share the Gospel with Unbelievers

10 REASONS WE DO NOT SHARE THE GOSPEL WITH UNBELIEVERS (adapted from my sermon on John 3:16) 1. We are afraid of what others think of us (people-pleasing, fear of man idolatry). 2. We are building a friendship and waiting for the right moment to share the gospel with others.  The problem is most of […]

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5 Ways the Bible Speaks about the Love of God–Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God (Carson)

5 Ways the Bible Speaks about the Love of God–Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God (Carson) What does it mean to speak of God’s love? What does it mean that God loves us?  D.A. Carson gives a helpful framework for us in his book “The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God” (found here […]

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Preaching This Sunday

This Sunday I’m preaching at my church Redeemer Fellowship on John 3:16, which happens to be the most googled verse of 2012. Please keep me and the congregation in prayer.

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Church Planting Residency–Journey into Church Planting (Part 7)

CHURCH PLANTING RESIDENCY–JOURNEY INTO CHURCH PLANTING (PART 7) In this post I’ll describe a bit of what this year will look like as I take part in a one-year church planting residency/apprenticeship, and how you can be praying for us (for early parts of the JOURNEY INTO CHURCH PLANTING SERIES go here: 1,2,3,4,5,6).  The hope […]

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Church Planting Assessment–Journey Into Church Planting (Part 6)

Church Planting Assessment–Journey  into Church Planting (part 6) This is the sixth post explaining our journey into church planting (if you missed the early parts, they can be found here: 1,2,3,4,5). In this post I’ll describe the church planting assessment stage. So after seeing our hearts change, Rach and I decided to pursue church planting […]

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Arcedium Open Mic Night 8/17/2013

On Saturday night (8/17/2013), I’m hoping to play at Arcedium’s Open Mic Night (6-9).  Arcedium is one of my favorite coffee shops and is located in St. Charles.  Not sure what time I’ll be on, but sometime between 6-9!  I’ll be playing all originals, a couple new ones I wrote this summer.  Would love to […]

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Personal Reasons to Plant a Church–Journey into Church Planting (Part 5)

Personal Reasons to Plant a Church—Journey  into Church Planting (part 5) This is the fifth post explaining our journey into church planting (if you missed the early parts, they can be found here: 1,2,3,4).  In my last post I considered the biblical, theological, and cultural reasons for planting a new church.  In this post I […]

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Biblical, Theological, and Cultural Reasons to Plant a Church–Journey into Church Planting (Part 4)

Biblical, Theological, and Cultural Reasons to Plant a Church–Journey into Church Planting (Part 4) Now that I’ve considered the objections for church planting and how I overcame them (see posts 1,2,3), it will be helpful to consider the biblical, theological, and cultural rationale for church planting.  1. Church planting is a biblical and apostolic practice—a […]