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


    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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Heaven is for Real

   The New York Times bestseller, “Heaven is for Real” is now a popular movie. And many Christians are no doubt thrilled to see this movie in theaters. But I’m not one of them… and I don’t recommend this movie to anyone who wants an accurate understanding of what heaven is really like. They won’t find

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Blinding Grace

“Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness.” [Luke 11:34, ESV]   I’ve been thinking a lot about eyesight and the contrast between light and darkness these days. Back in mid-February, I

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Biblical Fellowship

My family and I recently attended a powerful conference at a church in a suburb of Dallas, Texas. The central theme for this conference on essentials of the Christian life was fellowship.  At first, it sounds odd to think of fellowship as an “essential” of the Christian life. Had they already run through all of

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Uniquely Gifted

In the body of Christ, everyone who is born again has at least one spiritual gift. Some Christians have more than one gift, but every Christian has at least one gift from the Spirit. All of the gifts of the Spirit have one purpose: to build up the other members of the Body of Christ

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Light for the Darkness

   As the old year draws to a close and the New Year dawns, the body of Christ reviews and celebrates the theology of Christ’s incarnation at this special time. Christmas is a bright light in the otherwise dark season of winter. As in life itself, the darkness of the season makes light all the

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Always Giving Thanks

At this time of year it’s natural to think about the virtue of giving thanks to God. On the surface, it sounds so easy. Perhaps we think of Thanksgiving as the most “tame” and harmless of all holidays with little at stake (except perhaps that of overeating!). But Oh, how mistaken we would be! As

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