Josiah Graves

Ministry: The Idol of Many

  Ministry: The Idol of Many “Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the best seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces.” – Luke 11:43 We all know “ministry” became an idol to the Pharisees, and Jesus gave us a great explanation of where they went wrong and how they went wrong. You can definitely get a better read on ministry being an idol in Luke 11. But here are a few thoughts on how ministry has become an idol in our day I know this thought isn’t…read more

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Changes and Church Planting

theexchangechurch.cc Many of you already know, some of you may not, but Kimber and I feel called by God to plant a church in hopefully early 2018, and I thought I’d take some time to talk about our Journey in Youth/South Florida and the calling to pursue church planting. A verse that has really summarized my life in so many ways is “God is faithful even when we’re faithless—He cannot deny Himself” – 2 Timothy 2:13. This has really been a major theme in my life; when I doubt God,…read more

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The Fruit of the Spirit is ________

  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” – Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV) I absolutely love what Paul is doing here; he is setting the stage to clearly explain what a life controlled by the Holy Spirit looks like. In Galatians 5:19-21- Paul describes a long list of sins that he called “the works of the flesh.” And he says, “those who practices such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Paul’s saying, if these…read more

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Ministry: The Idol of Many

  Ministry: The Idol of Many “Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the best seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces.” – Luke 11:43 We all know “ministry” became an idol to the Pharisees, and Jesus gave us a great explanation of where they went wrong and how they went wrong. You can definitely get a better read on ministry being an idol in Luke 11. But here are a few thoughts on how ministry has become an idol in our day I know this thought isn’t…read more

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Why Are We Surprised?

In light of what is happening around our country, and around our world, what Jesus said below needs to be in the front of our mind: “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’…read more

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How to Be a Successful Christian at a Secular College (Or Sadly, Even at a Christian college)

  It’s that time of year again; seniors are graduating and getting ready for college. If you’re like me, a youth pastor or in youth ministry, it’s hard to say goodbye because for years you’ve been pouring your heart out and into these students. Some appreciate it and some don’t, but either way we love them, and the Lord loves them more than they know. So youth leaders and students please continue reading as I hope this article will guide you to Christian success in college. I’m just going to…read more

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The Preeminence of Jesus

  “And He is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.” – Colossians 1:18 (ESV) We will never experience the fullness of joy that we were created for, until Jesus Christ is Preeminent in every area of our life! First in my home First in my way of entertainment First in my finances First in my spare time First in my career First in my thoughts First in my marriage First in my singleness First…read more

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The Preeminence of Jesus (may 2015)

  “And He is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.” – Colossians 1:18 (ESV) We will never experience the fullness of joy that we were created for, until Jesus Christ is Preeminent in every area of our life! First in my home First in my ministry First in my way of entertainment First in my finances First in my spare time First in my career First in my thoughts First in my marriage…read more

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