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You Need To Be Inconvenienced For Your Church

Published July 10, 2019

By Tyler Greene By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.1 John 3:16 I once read about a revival which took place among some of Scotland’s rural churches in the 1800s. Many of the believers who belonged to these churches lived in the middle of nowhere and would travel long distances for gathered worship. Bear in mind, this was before the emergence of automotive technology! What’s more, the revival came during winter months, which made the commute treacherous due to weather conditions—especially since the mountainous terrain was not ideal for travel. Needless […]

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The Lord’s Day, Part Two: “I Did Not Come to Be Served but To Serve”

Published May 1, 2019

Part Two of series on the Lord’s Day(Click Here to read Part One) By Pastor Tedd Mathis In our previous installment on The Lord’s Day we saw seven reasons why we should set it aside. In this installment I want to give two main ways how we are to do this. Our Lord does not heap on us picayune rituals and needless ceremonies. But neither did He save us to live according to our self-centered desires and worldly influence. What Christ does call His people to do is to love one another like He did. He commands it:  This is My […]

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The Lord’s Day, Part One: Seven Reasons Christ Is Worthy Of Us Making Sunday His Day

Published April 3, 2019

By Pastor Tedd Mathis This is a two-part series. This first installment provides reasons why our Lord is worthy of making Sunday His day.  The second installment will provide specific ways as to how we can set apart the Lord’s Day. (Click Here to read Part Two) God has always directed His people to view and use their time based on who He is and what He has done for them. God’s nation Israel was to be different from pagan tribes and bring attention to the one true God with their observance of the Sabbath – the last day of […]

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Five False Gospels Within The Evangelical Church

Published February 27, 2019

By Erwin Lutzer The church has always been tempted to dull the sharp edges of the Christian faith, to abandon hard truths in the face of cultural and religious pressure. Passing a vibrant faith to the next generation is always a challenge, especially without the support of the government, the courts, the media, public schools, and the national zeitgeist that insists that we simply flow with the raging river of cultural opinion. Listed herein are just five of the many doctrinal temptations the church faces. False Gospel 1: The Gospel of Permissive Grace Many people have been rescued out of […]

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On Hearing The ‘Still, Small Voice of God’

Published January 30, 2019

By Pastor Tedd Mathis Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. – I Kings 19:11-12 New King James Version My guess is if you’ve been around the block a time or four, you’ve heard the phrase, “I’m waiting to hear the still small voice of God.” Do […]

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What We Lose If We Ditch the Virgin Birth?

Published January 16, 2019

By Stephen Kneale You don’t have to look very far to find people telling you that the virgin birth is really unimportant… We don’t need to believe that sort of unscientific nonsense these days, they will tell you. After all, the Hebrew word translated ‘virgin’ can legitimately mean ‘young woman’ so we’re not textually bound to the view. {If we} dispense with the virgin birth, our credibility in the eyes of the world can go up a little {yet} we can maintain the main shape of the Christmas narrative. Except, of course, there are a number of problems that arise […]

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How A Young Dad Used Victoria’s Secret To Rightly Teach His Children

Published November 16, 2018

By Garrett Kell Last night my family walked past a Victoria’s Secret store. It was incredible to see how the older kid’s eyes were instinctively drawn to look at the pictures of nearly nude women. We stepped aside afterward to talk about why they wanted to look and what we could learn from it. One daughter asked if people only want to look at girls because they are pretty. I assured them that their bodies don’t have to look like a model’s to be beautiful. God made them beautiful in their own way. Pray they believe it. The world lies to young […]

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What Is Meant By “Speaking The Truth In Love”

Published September 3, 2018

Adapted from D. Martin Lloyd-Jones commentary on Ephesians As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ… — Ephesians 4:14,15 ‘Speaking the truth in love’ has come to mean that you more or less praise everything, but above all that you never criticize any view strongly, because after all there’s a certain amount of right and truth in everything… You must not criticize — for to criticize […]

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Why Americans Are Just Fine With “It’s a relationship, not a religion”

Published August 3, 2018

By David Wells Above All Earthly Pow’rs, Christ In A PostModern World   In America anything and everything can be “commodified” and sold, from style to sex, from ideas to religion. In towns and cities are churches, mosques, and synagogues; in the Yellow Pages there are choices for worship on Sunday morning ranging from the Episcopalians to the Baptists to the Assemblies of God; at the local bookstore, shelf after shelf is filled with books on New Age, self-help, witch-craft, holism, and Buddhism. This is Western freedom and Western commercialized culture. Here, we have the ability to hope for what […]

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Does the Bible lead us to expect that Christians will be able to transform society?

Published May 30, 2018

It’s not uncommon to hear folks in the United States crying about the moral state of our society. It’s also not uncommon to hear blame being cast on ‘the church’ for our social ills. The ‘church’ isn’t doing its job. If churches were teaching xxxxx, or not teaching xxxxx. If churches were doing their job, the country would be better than it is. Like every broad brush stroke, there’s some truth to that, organized religion definitely has influence. But let’s consider what the Bible says before we write ‘Ichabod*’ over our door. Here’s a brief answer of what believers should […]

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