Posts by Noah Icenhour

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COME AND SEE 

by Noah Icenhour

    It can be so hard to know the best way to share the gospel with our friends and neighbors. We know the truth that the gospel teaches, but we also know the preconceived ideas people have against the truth and the church of Christ. It can be hard to know the best way to present […]

    WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?

    by Noah Icenhour

      A large chunk of my ministry at this point in my life is involved with working with teens. Part of the fun of working with teens (but also a great challenge to your self-esteem) is the fact that they can be brutally honest. They will tell you if you tend to be a little boring […]

      PUTTING OTHERS BEFORE OURSELVES

      by Noah Icenhour

        One the first words we learn as toddlers is “me.” Once that word is learned it is worn out! Although there are exceptions, from the time we are toddlers we tend to be very inward focused. Children don’t quite grasp the idea of sharing. A friend shared something with me that helps learn how to […]

        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 […]