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Speech Therapy: Training Our Tongues to Build Up Others (1 Corinthians 14:1

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Proverbs says a soft answer turns away wrath. James 3 says that the tongue is a fire which can set a whole forest ablaze. 1 Corinthians 14 says to not forbid speaking in tongues, yet it also gives a long list of qualifications. With all these words about the tongue and tongues, how should we proceed? Our words have incredible power for building up or tearing down.This is ...

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Welcome One Another

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Welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. -- Romans 15:7 -- In the Bible hospitality is no small matter. From Abraham to the Apostles, God called his people to greet one another with love and concern. For instance, in the Old Testament it was more than a cultural faux pas to deny hospitality; it was an indictment against the whole village. Lik...

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Love Never Ends (1 Corinthians 13:8

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This last Sunday we considered how love endures, looking at four movements in Paul's argument in 1 Corinthians 13:8-13. From the temporary to the eternal (v. 8) From the partial to the perfect (vv. 9-10) From the child to the man (v. 11) From the mirror to face to face (v. 12) Sermon audio is available online; discussion question and study resources are listed bel...

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Saint Patrick: Separating Missionary Fact from Fictitious Malarkey

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What comes to mind when you think of St. Patrick's Day? Leprechauns. Ireland. Wearing green. Or drinking green beer. If that is it, you may want to re-read the record books. A few years back, Russell Moore gave a brief history lesson on the real Patrick that should make every missionally-minded Christian sit up and take notice. Drawing on the Philip Freeman's 2007 book, ...

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The Necessity and Definition of Love (1 Corinthians 13:1

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Yesterday, Ben Purves, pastor for student ministries at our church, preached a tremendous message on 1 Corinthians 13. Let me encourage you to listen to his message, "The Necessity and Definition of Love," as he unpacks Paul's explanation of love in the context of spiritual gifts. Even more, Ben also showed us how Christ fulfilled the qualities of love and how we can look ...

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Thanksgiving: a practice of politeness, etiquette, and good decorum or something else?

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I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving. -- Psalm 69:30 -- Thanksgiving is a practice of politeness, etiquette, and good decorum. Right? It is what we (are told to) express when Aunt Lucille buys you a sweater when you want the Super Hero action figures. Or something like that. It is a Christian command, but one that is more happe...

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Building the Body of Christ: Unity and Diversity, Mutuality and Charity (1 Corinthians 12:12

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Building the Body of Christ: Unity and Diversity, Mutuality and Charity (Sermon Audio) What is the goal of Paul's discussion about spiritual gifts? If it is not clear from his words in 12:7, then his elongated illustration of the one body with many parts is unmistakable. Christ gave multiple gifts to his church in order for the various part to build one another up in love...

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Blessed Assurance: “Jesus is Yours”

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Assurance. It is a precious gift the Lord gives his people. As 1 John 5:13 says, "I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life." Yet, despite God's promise of assurance, sometimes experientially our personal assurance wanes. There are many reasons for thissome caused by God's sovereign and mysterious p...

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The Church’s One Foundation: Spiritual Gifts and the Universal Church (1 Corinthians 12:1

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The Church's One Foundation: Spiritual Gifts and the Universal Church (Sermon Audio) This week's sermon looked more closely at the spiritual gifts listed in 1 Corinthians 12:810. I argued that the sign gifts were given to the apostles and prophets to "lay the foundation" of the universal church, which is described as Christ's body in 1 Corinthians 12:13. Just as Paul des...

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The Final Days of Jesus: A 40 Day Reading Guide

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It has been said of Mark's Gospel that it is a passion narrative with an extended introduction. The same could be said of all the Gospels. In each account, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John introduce Jesus of Nazareth as the long-awaited Messiah of Israel. In various ways they display his divine power and human personality. Yet, with each evangelist, the focus of each Gospel t...

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