Posts by Noah Icenhour

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SAVED BY FAITH

by Noah Icenhour

    Recently a member from Mabelvale (Sam Rowlett) and I have been studying with some people from Maumelle that I met through Craigslist. They attend a local denominational church that is known for doing really good in our community, but they are lacking in the area of authentic worship in the process of becoming a Christian. […]

    CURE THEM WITH KINDNESS

    by Noah Icenhour

      A comedienne draws attention for being mean-spirited and cutting when roasting a White House press secretary recently. While cringe-worthy, it’s hardly an isolated incident. Nor is it confined to Washington politics, being seen across the spectrum of society. Civility has taken a beating in the current culture. Social media may be a breeding ground for […]

      WHAT ARE WE SAYING ABOUT THE CHURCH?

      by Noah Icenhour

          Recently, in an excellent lesson about gossip, the teacher recounted an incident I, and many others, could echo from the background of our own experience either in ministry or our personal lives. A mother asked her wayward daughter why she no longer was a member of the church. Her convicting reply, “The way that […]

        UNDERSTANDING PRAYER

        by Noah Icenhour

          If we are honest with ourselves, our prayer lives are myths. We talk about prayer, preach about prayer, read about prayer–just about the only thing we don’t do is actually pray. If surveyed, I doubt there would be more than a tiny fraction of churchgoers that feel like their prayer life is as they would […]

          SPIRITUAL DECAY: THE THREAT OF APATHY

          by Noah Icenhour

            Christ’s church is not a structure of brick and mortar, but a collection of sinners made holy by the blood of Jesus. Though the church for which Jesus died is guaranteed an eternal existence (cf. Dan. 2:44; Mt. 16:18; Eph. 3:20-21; Heb. 12:28), individual congregations can still succumb to spiritual decay, and eventually, spiritual death. […]

            TAKE UP YOUR CROSS DAILY

            by Noah Icenhour

              If you were to paint a picture of commitment, what would it look like? Perhaps it would be parents who work extra hours for years so their children can go to college. Maybe it is a single mom working as a waitress just to make ends meet from her tips. Possibly it could be an […]

              WORSHIP THAT LOOKS TO GOD

              by Noah Icenhour

                One thing that I have always struggled with was accepting a gift. Do not get me wrong, I certainly do enjoy receiving gifts, I just sometimes do not know how to react in a way that is appropriate. If your reaction is not big enough when you receive a gift, the giver may think you […]

                DEFEND THE FAITH WITH GENTLENESS AND RESPECT

                by Noah Icenhour

                  Imagine that you are sitting in a doctor’s office. You just had some standard tests run. It is taking longer than usually which causes you to become nervous. What you do not yet know is that the test results have come back and they have confirmed you have a life-threatening disease; your condition is urgent. […]

                  BE READY TO DEFEND THE FAITH

                  by Noah Icenhour

                    The Fourth Principle of Apologetics Have you ever found yourself unprepared for something? Maybe you were unprepared for a test in school or a presentation at work? There is probably nothing more stressful than being unprepared. We have a great task before us. We are to take the Gospel to the world! Peter says, “but […]

                    BE WILLING TO DEFEND WHAT YOU BELIEVE

                    by Noah Icenhour

                      Can I be honest with you? Sharing my faith with others makes me nervous. What if I do not know enough to answer their questions? What if the person thinks I am awkward or weird? What if they get mad at me? What if I turn them off of the Church? What if I say […]