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Enlarging Our Mission Footprint

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How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” Isaiah 52:7 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to h...

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Leading Your Children in Worship

Family Worship

Parents, do you lead your children in worship of God? No, I’m not talking about a mandatory song session led by you and your guitar. We can be thankful that’s not required of us, and as we grow in our understanding of the nature of true worship, we understand that worship goes beyond our singing and encapsulates all we do (Rom 12:1-2; 1 Cor 10:31). And yet, Go...

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Looking at the Old Testament on Good Friday

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Although the centerpiece of the Bible—Christ’s cross—is revealed in the New Testament, we cannot understand its meaning without the Old Testament. Indeed, Paul says Christ’s death and resurrection happened “according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4), which means according to the Old Testament Scriptures. Similarly, Peter says t...

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Remembering the Passion Week

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Every Spring as we approach the Passion Week we have special opportunities to remember Christ’s death and celebrate His resurrection. Let me encourage you with a few practical ways in which you as an individual, or you as a family might draw near to the Lord and celebrate the Gospel....

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What does the Bible say about the doctrine of election?

What Bible Says About Election

While debated and sometime distorted, the doctrine of election is plainly biblical. ...

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Discipleship 101: What is a Disciple?

Labels fail us. In popular Christianity, there are various definitions of discipleship. And this difference comes before we begin to discuss discipleship programs and practices. So how do we decide what a disciple is?...

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The Lord's Supper is a Family Making Meal

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might rec...

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Justice and Super Tuesday

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As we approach Super Tuesday it is important that we understand our voting through the lens of God’s Word. The Scripture speaks to every area of life, and no square inch of our existence is exempt from the rule of Christ and His authoritative Word. So what should it look like for us to seek God’s glory during this election season? As we consider our role and ...

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Reframing "Membership" in the Church

Membership Matters

The term “membership” is misleading because of how it is commonly used. Often “membership” connotes privilege in a club. Costco members get access to deals. Country club members get reduced green fees. Jelly of the month club members get, well . . . you get the point. If you pay your dues, membership entitles you to get something. Because of these...

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The Life-Changing Gospel in God's Local Church

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Sunday we begin a new series in Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. Written to bring the gospel light to a number of problems in that local church, our series is entitled, “The Life-Changing Gospel in God’s Local Church. Excluding the introduction (Cor. 1:1–9) and the conclusion (Cor. 16:5–24), 1 Corinthians can be broken into two main pa...

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