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A Culturally Relevant Church

Few people would argue with the contention that our culture is rapidly disintegrating. Believers and non-believers alike recognize the moral decay and lawlessness which has become so common in our society. While all agree that it is a disturbing trend, few have any wisdom to offer that will be effective in slowing the pace. What role does the church play...

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PREPARING FOR EASTER

Easter Sunday is a wonderful day of celebration for believers as we remember the victory our Savior won over death, hell and the grave. Jesus’ resurrection from the dead is a glorious event that demonstrates His authority and empowers our hope. Paul emphasized the importance of the resurrection when he reminded the believers at Corinth that: “…if Christ be not...

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Our Changing Culture: Reacting to the reality of an America without Christian values.

I heard a Sunday school teacher say recently that Christians in America had become soft. He was lamenting the fact that so many believers feel entitled to a certain amount of respect from an increasingly secular society. That we have become accustomed to such treatment cannot be disputed. We protest when our positions are challenged, complain when unbelievers criticize the...

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Learning to Be Thankful for Thorns

Several years ago I planted three Double Knockout rose bushes in my back yard. These roses continually produce a high volume of unique blooms that are twice as full as normal roses. They also require substantial pruning several times during the growing season. While the blooms are beautiful the pruning is not fun. They produce twice the undergrowth and have...

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Trusting God in the Darkness

Spiritual understanding is not man’s strong suit. We are constrained by our circumstances and limited by our humanity. A believer’s faith should provide comfort and assurance in times of anxiety and confusion, but it often doesn’t. We eagerly claim the promise of Romans 8:28 to help explain God’s actions and remind us that our heavenly Father is consciously manipulating events...

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Christmas Spirit

What is Christmas Spirit? If you do a search online asking the question you will get a variety of answers. Calvin Coolidge stated it this way: “Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” One individual responding...

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Three Character Traits Every Believer needs to Develop:

It may just be “bragging if you can back it up” (Dizzy Dean, Muhammad Ali, Reggie Jackson, others) – but it’s still arrogant! Believers aren’t perfect; just forgiven. To state it a little more directly: No believer is perfect; all are forgiven. In no area is that understanding more important than when dealing with our approach to things about which...

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The Perfect Law of Liberty: Three principles that constrain our liberty in Christ

In today’s ever-expanding secular society people eagerly embrace liberty, defining it as “absolute freedom,” and insisting that they have the right to live as they please. There are no constraints because their “self-defined” right to freedom justifies whatever they choose to do. Such twisted thinking produces a world without boundaries, where adults, as well as children, have difficulty discerning right...

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God’s Handiwork

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” (Ps. 19:1) It’s that time of year again. The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting cooler, the leaves on the trees are turning, and many are becoming preoccupied with preparations for the holidays ahead. Fall has officially arrived. To many, fall is considered to be...

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The Root of Sin

How do we identify sin? What goes into the reasoning process that helps us determine if there is something in our thinking, attitudes, or behavior that crosses the line between what is acceptable to God and what violates His standards? Is there a clear, scriptural means for gaining that discernment, and what does it entail? Does God ever make it...

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