The Ministry of Bringing

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  • March 15, 2019

As part of our simple serve meals, we’ve been discussing simple ways that we can practically serve those around us. Prayer has been a strategy that has come up multiple times. Through the work of Jesus, God has graciously opened the door for us to have direct communication with Him. He has made the way, invites us, and even promises to hear us when we pray. Although this act is simple, it is the most significant way that we can serve someone. In and through prayer, we bring someone directly to the throne of the One who is able and […]

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A Preacher For All Men

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  • February 1, 2019

  This month is set apart to celebrate the lives and achievements of African-Americans in our country. As believers, we’re called to recognize the image of God in all people (Gen. 1:27) and acknowledge those who are faithful in the work of the Lord (1 Cor. 16:16 and 18). In honor of this month, I’d like to acknowledge and spotlight a pastor God rescued, brought up, and used early on in American History to expose the ridiculous and sinful nature of barriers based on the color of skin and to be an example of what the care and concern of […]

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What Have I Done To You?

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  • January 2, 2019

On the verge of a New Year, it can be easy to look back at the previous year and point out everything that went wrong or only think of things that didn’t go as planned. We can even become cynical in looking ahead, wondering, “Could things get any worse?” I know it feels like “it’s always something” but when we take this whiny perspective or ready-to-complain approach to life we make ourselves out to be judges over God. Our complaints attempt to raise us in a position where we look down on Him and wag a finger for how He […]

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Just Keep Singing

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  • December 3, 2018

What would Christmas be without music? Can you imagine going through the holiday with no songs of celebration over Christ’s birth? No carolers. No cantatas. No child renditions of familiar classics. Music is a crucial part of our rejoicing and remembering at this time of year. At one point in history, the French Catholic church did their best to bury, not all music but one particularly beloved Christmas tune, O Holy Night. They denounced the song for its lack of musical taste and deemed it totally “absent of the spirit of religion.” I couldn’t help but scratch my head when […]

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When Heroes Fall

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  • November 2, 2018

Recently, one of my heroes walked away from the faith. This was someone that I looked up to and admired. They shared their faith with boldness in a context that can be hard to. They encouraged me in my understanding of God’s Word and in learning how to communicate that truth in a way that is faithful to what is written. They didn’t seem to waver…that is, until recently. Where there was once a steadfast view of who God is and what He has said, there are now only questions and a complete denial. Such a fall has been very […]

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How Were Old Testament Folks Saved?

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  • October 1, 2018

How were people in the Old Testament saved? Was God’s plan different for them? Did they have to work for their salvation? Did Moses, Abraham, David, Noah and those that we look back to have to somehow earn their way to heaven? When we read through all of the laws, rituals, festivals, and sacrifices upon sacrifices it can get confusing as to what exactly those people were to do before Christ died, was buried, and rose again. As hard as it can be to understand sometimes, we can’t let our minds get off-track from the message of the whole Bible […]

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What Are We To Be?

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  • September 5, 2018

  On Monday nights this summer, Bill Helsel has been working through “The Beatitudes” at Men’s Group. These are found in Matthew 5. Jesus saw the crowds, went up on the mountain, and began to preach before His disciples. In these words, Jesus presents to us the way to happiness and blessing. This is what “beatitude” means. This is something that most people should connect with. There is a desire for happiness that drives us to pursue the things that we do in life. We all want to be blessed and Jesus makes it clear for us, how that is […]

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Love As You Love Yourself

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  • August 1, 2018

Recently, I took some time to reflect on the 2nd Greatest Commandment. This was with some help from a book entitled, “What Jesus Demands From The World” by John Piper. The 2nd Greatest Commandment is, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” It’s interesting, there is something that Jesus assumes of everyone in this command. We all love ourselves. Contrary to popular psychology and self-help theories, we don’t have to spend time, effort, or money learning to love and embrace ourselves. We already do that. It is built within us to care for ourselves. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Jesus doesn’t […]

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Adoption

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  • June 1, 2018

“It’s everywhere I look.” This was the conclusion I came to after my wife and I agreed to spend time reading Scripture and praying specifically through the decision of adoption. God’s heart for the orphaned, lost, and abandoned child is written all over Scripture. He provides promises for those children, gives instruction to His people, and even uses the picture of adoption to display our new relationship with Him through the work of Christ at the cross. God makes it clear that He cares for these children and He also calls His people to imitate Him in that love. This […]

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Apathy Is Not For Me!

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  • May 1, 2018

What’s something that you feel apathetic about? I asked a group of teenagers this question and heard responses like “Homework”, “School”, “Chores”, and “Work.” Although we may be quick to associate apathy with our younger generation, if we’re honest, we can admit that this is something that impacts all of us. There are times in life that we just seem to lose interest, concern, or even enthusiasm. Sometimes those who have been around Christianity a long time will even become apathetic about the Lord. Why do you think this happens? What would cause us to become bored or tired with […]

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