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Ministry - Scott’s Ramblings
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Scott’s Ramblings

Scott Severance's Blog

Hebrews 6:4-6 and Losing One’s Salvation

Filed under: Ministry — at 11:40 pm on Thursday, January 24, 2008

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A couple of weeks ago when I was helping with a prison Bible study, one of the inmates asked me to explain Hebrews 6:4-6 (It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age, if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.”). This is a passage that confuses many people. In talking with him, I discovered that his main question was whether one can lose one’s salvation.

I didn’t have any Bible texts to give him off the top of my head, so I promised to bring the texts the following week. Unfortunately, circumstances beyond my control prevented me from returning the following week, and I knew I was also going to have to miss the week after, as well. So I decided to write a response that could be mailed to him if the powers that be would permit it. I’ve posted that response on my website. You can read it here.

BadgeEntry Is Here

Filed under: Ministry, Other, PHP, Applications — Scott Severance at 3:05 pm on Monday, August 27, 2007

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The churches in my area recently held a camp meeting, and my brother was in charge of one of the kids’ groups. He asked me to design an attendance system that involved badges with the kids’ photos and a barcode on them. They would scan those badges to gain entry into the “top secret lab” and us staff would have an automatic, accurate attendance system. (From comments I heard after the event, this system also helped give our program an additional “quality polish” as the badges turned out well.)

The system that emerged is called BadgeEntry. After successfully using it for our event, I’ve decided to release it to the public.

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Sermon Illustration Library

Filed under: Ministry, Other, Web Development — Scott Severance at 12:29 am on Tuesday, February 28, 2006

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I’m announcing a new website that I’ve made. The Sermon Illustration Library (RSS Feed) is a community-driven illustration source. This means that the more people participate, the better it will become. Of course, it is completely free.

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Singing in Chains

Filed under: Ministry, Sermons — Scott Severance at 3:28 pm on Tuesday, September 6, 2005

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Sometimes it’s tough to trust God when things aren’t going well. Here’s the outline to a sermon I preached recently that dealt with this issue.

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The Wilderness Café

Filed under: Ministry, Sermons — Scott Severance at 6:54 pm on Sunday, July 24, 2005

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Here’s the sermon that I preached yesterday at the nursing home (although I abbreviated it). I’ve already preached the full version in my churches.

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Does the Church Need a Doctor?

Filed under: Ministry, Sermons — Scott Severance at 5:10 pm on Saturday, May 28, 2005

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I believe that Natural Church Development (NCD) is important for every church that wants to grow. And growth is at the center of the church’s mission. Here’s the outline for a sermon I preached this Sabbath that introduces NCD. If I have time, perhaps I’ll write a full-text version. For now, I hope this makes sense.

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Discipleship

Filed under: Ministry, Other — Scott Severance at 8:43 pm on Saturday, May 14, 2005

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My friend, Dee, wrote a great article on discipleship. He’s posted his notes for a sermon he preached to fellow theology majors at SWAU (Southwestern Adventist University, Keene, TX).

Humility vs. Pride

Filed under: Ministry, Bible Studies — Scott Severance at 10:23 pm on Friday, May 13, 2005

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Philippians is one of my favorite books. We’ve been studying it as a group during prayer meeting, and it seems like I’m always seeing something new in it! Lately, we’ve been in chapter 2. What strikes me about this passage is the importance of humility.

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Prayer Meeting Program

Filed under: Ministry, Other — Scott Severance at 10:58 pm on Thursday, May 12, 2005

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I’ve been asked to write down what I’ve been doing for prayer meeting in my Marshall and Linden churches. It’s quite simple, really. Here’s what I’m doing.

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Coaching for Ministry

Filed under: Ministry, Other — Scott Severance at 5:22 pm on Thursday, May 12, 2005

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I’ve been reading a book that is revolutionizing the way I think about ministry. The book is Coaching 101: Discover the Power of Coaching by Robert E. Logan and Sherilyn Carlton (St. Charles, IL: ChurchSmart Resources, 2003). The basis of this book is success—as they define it: To be successful, “find out what God wants you to do, and do it” (page 23). This is such a simple concept, and yet it is very profound and all-encompassing. (Read on …)

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