Learn to Discern

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  • April 2, 2018

On Sunday mornings we have been looking at the remarkable gifts that the Holy Spirit distributes to believers for the good of the Church. The Church serves and matures through this gifting. One of those gifts, as seen in Paul’s list of 1 Corinthians 12, is the distinguishing of Spirits. The Holy Spirit uses this gift to protect and warn the Church of danger. Through this gift, believers are able to distinguish and discern between what is the Holy Spirit and what isn’t. Even though some believers have a unique gifting from the Holy Spirit for this work, all believers […]

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It’s Not Enough

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  • March 1, 2018

If you’ve ever been left at a cash register with “insufficient funds” then you know the sickening feeling of not having enough. Many athletes know the devastation of only losing by a few points or coming within tenths of a second to the winner. There’s nothing worse than coming up short when it really matters. As I write this, lent is just beginning. People have made their declarations and commitments to what they will give up during this season before Easter. When Easter arrives then many will choose to go to church because it seems “right” for this time of […]

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The Importance of Patience

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  • February 5, 2018

When was the last time that you lost your patience? What caused it? Was it an irritating interaction or a lengthy waiting period that pushed you to your limit? Most people in our world today know that patience is important. You don’t have to be a believer to say that “patience is a virtue” but what makes it so important? Why should we value and even strive to have patience? As believers, patience is a vital part of our influence and our assurance. Without it, we are in danger of losing both. In Prov. 22:24-25, Solomon stresses the importance of […]

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Don’t “Facebook Friend” Jesus

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  • January 3, 2018

Facebook has been around since 2004. From its beginning, it has slowly been changing the way that we interact and communicate with the world around us. This mode of socializing has opened the door to a whole new world of virtual interaction. Great things have been done in bridging gaps between long distant friends or even reuniting relationships of the past. We are able to keep up with others in ways that we were never able to before. We can now witness family grow up right before our eyes in online photo albums. We can keep in touch through posts […]

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Joy To The World

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  • December 4, 2017

Tis the season to be overwhelmed and inundated with signs and decorations telling us how to feel. “Be Merry!”, “Be Joyful!”, “Don’t get your tinsel in a bunch!” are just a few that I’ve seen so far. Of course, this promotion of good attitudes, joy, and peace are a good thing but sadly what people are missing are the signs pointing to where those things come from. It’s not that those signs are not there. They exist. They just often get overlooked in the hustle and bustle or ignored in the tradition of the Christmas season. There is certainly reason […]

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Believers With Attitude

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  • November 1, 2017

What do you think of when you see the word, “attitude”? A lot of the time, we associate negative thoughts with this word. We may think of a tough guy with sunglasses or a little girl with sass. In our society, along with those in the past, young people were often thought of as having attitude problems. We can see that in how Paul addresses Timothy in 1 Tim. 4:12 he says, “Let no one look down on your youthfulness…”. People had the tendency to look down on young people because of their attitudes. Bad attitudes revealed themselves in their […]

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Truth For The Nations

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  • October 2, 2017

Paul’s letter to the Corinthians shows us the messy and dysfunctional reality of the Church. When sinful people get together there are going to be issues but this letter also shows us that in the midst of all of the mess, there is still beauty. The issues don’t define the Church, the truth does. God desires for His Church to be a place where imperfect people can come and see the perfect Truth. Paul calls the Church, “a pillar and support of the truth” (1 Tim. 3:15). So, in a world full of “fake news” and “alternative facts”, people can […]

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Study Scripture Like A 6-Year-Old

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  • September 5, 2017

Part of our evening routine before we tuck our boys into bed is to read the Bible together. Our hopes in this is to fulfill God’s role for us as parents as laid out in passages like Duet. 6 and Prov. 22:6. We have found that the Lord has used this training experience not just for our kids but for us as well. Our boys are very inquisitive which, if my wife and I are being honest, can be down-right exhausting at times. Their questions come in all shapes and sizes. There are times when we look forward to answering […]

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Onesimus’ Salvation and Ours

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  • August 1, 2017

Paul’s letter to Philemon may be small in size but it is jam-packed with some amazing truth. In this letter there is a wonderful picture of the gospel through Paul’s relationship with Onesimus (Philemon’s former slave). In this letter we see how God uses circumstances and situations to draw us to Himself and then how He transforms and makes us new through Jesus. Through Philemon’s conversion story we are reminded of God’s amazing grace in our own but we are also given hope that God could do this work in someone else’s life if we take advantage of the opportunity […]

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Don’t Treat Missions Like Flossing

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  • July 21, 2017

Missions is something that we all know is important but just knowing it is important doesn’t always drive us to be active in sharing the gospel with others. David shows us the importance of missions in Ps. 96:1-6. Here, and in many other passages of Scripture, we can see that missions is an important part of the will of God. There are times that He commands missions like in Ps. 96 and also in the Great Commission of Matt. 28:18-20. Then there are other times when the Lord shows that His work over certain events and situations was for the […]

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