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Pain

Our 2015 Spring Bible Conference will focus on God’s purpose in our pain. Our guest preacher, Rocky Wyatt, has chosen as his theme, “Don’t Waste Your Pain.” On the surface, I see at least two general observations we can draw from this theme. First, in this fallen world, some degree of pain is inevitable; you will

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A Review of God’s Mercies

The great light of God’s mercies are most clearly seen against the dark backdrop of suffering and affliction. This past year was a season of great trial and spiritual growth for our church. It was a year of both heights and depths. Our church family not only studied the entire book of Romans (one of the heights) while

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Incarnation

For Christians, Jesus Christ is the essence of Christmas. Everything else is negotiable. Traditions and trees and gifts are all fine… but the essence of Christmas is Christ Himself. God became a Man and entered our world. The everlasting Creator left His throne in heaven to take on human form and live in a body

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Feeding on God’s Word

In the first installment of this blog series on our spiritual appetites we considered what the Apostle Peter is saying in 1 Peter 2:1-3 that when we feed the appetite for the flesh, we destroy our appetite for the things of God. That covers verse 1. Then in verses 2-3, we learn that when we

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A Timely Caution

In the previous blog, we began considering Peter’s warning to believers about our appetites for true spiritual nourishment – namely the pure milk of the Word. There are many new behaviors to embrace that we may grow into Christian maturity. But before we can add virtuous habits, we must first remove various sinful vices. The

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Appetite

Have you ever gone out to eat at a restaurant and arrived so hungry that you began filling your stomach with the toasted bread they put on the table as an appetizer? When that warm basket of fresh bread is sitting there on the table and your stomach is empty, it takes real discipline to

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Suffering

This past month has found many among our members in sickness, brokenness, and with extended hospital stays. The physical needs in our small church have been especially great in these current days. Every week, various forms of affliction and suffering make it onto our weekly prayer list and we are all eager to have our

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A Radical Fight Against Sin

“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.”  Mark 9:42, ESV In Mark 9:42 what our Lord is calling for is an extreme form of purity in our

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Hebrew Shibboleth

Shibboleth

    A shibboleth is a Bible term referring to a private test-word that reveals the kind of background some individuals have which others do not. It comes from Judges 12:1-6. Judges 12:5-6 explains… “The Gileadites captured the fords of the Jordan against the Ephraimites. And when any of the fugitives of Ephraim said, “Let me

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Error Calling

Recently I met a fellow Christian dad at a Chick-fil-A  restaurant where our children were playing together in the enclosed area for toddlers. After some small talk, he told me that he had been reading the devotional book, Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids to his little girls in the mornings. Sounds harmless enough on

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