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Why These 66 Books? (Part 2) By Nathan Busenitz

Published June 20, 2016

  A note from Pastor Tedd: Last month we addressed why the 39 books of the Old Testament. This month let’s look at why the 27 books of the New Testament.   ** CLICK HERE TO READ PART 1 **   How do we know that these 66 books, and no others, comprise the inspired Word of God? … In this article, I would like to offer a simple answer that I hope will be helpful – because it gets to the heart of the whole matter. We believe in the 39 books of the Old Testament, because the Lord Jesus Christ affirmed the Old Testament. And we believe in the 27 […]

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Should We Attend A Same-Sex Wedding? by Pastor Tedd Mathis

Published May 13, 2016

Last year we as a church voted to make clear in our statement of faith what we believe about marriage. The vote was unanimous. Here’s what we as a church agreed on: We believe marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime, designed by God to be a picture of the relationship of the union between Christ and His church, and is the means for procreation of the human race. The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. Children, from the moment of […]

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Sayings Christians Ought to Bury by Eric Davis

Published May 11, 2016

Every movement and organization has their sayings. They can be helpful when they are accurate and memorable. But they can also be destructive when they are inaccurate and memorable. Such sayings float around a bit in Christendom. Thus, it behooves us to evaluate things we say against Scripture so that we accurately represent the faith. Oftentimes newer or mis-shepherded Christians will latch onto sayings, get swept down the stream of error, and cause others to do the same. Here are a few such Christian sayings that ought to be buried. “They are a Christian but haven’t made Christ their Lord […]

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American Christians, You Might Need to Start Living Like Missionaries – By Amy Medina

Published May 6, 2016

“I’m moving to Canada.” Personally, Canada would be way too cold for me, but I get the sentiment.  However, instead of fleeing for the hills, maybe it’s time for American Christians to start living like missionaries in their own country. Before you get offended, let me assure you that I am in no way belittling the millions of American Christians who are already living out gospel-centered lives in their communities.  As you learned in Sunday School when you were five, we all are missionaries. But I’m not talking about living as a proclaimer of the gospel, I’m talking about living […]

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Why These 66 Books? (Part 1) By Nathan Busenitz

Published May 4, 2016

Have you ever looked at your Bible and wondered, “How do we know that these 66 books, and no others, comprise the inspired Word of God?” That is a critically important question, since there are many today who would deny that these 66 books truly make up the complete canon of Scripture. The Roman Catholic Church, for example, claims that the Apocryphal books which were written during the inter-testamental period (between the Old and New Testaments) ought to be included in the Bible. Cult groups like the Mormons want to add their own books to the Bible— like the Book of Mormon, The Doctrines and Covenants, and The Pearl of Great Price. And then there […]

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Love & the Hurt-Feelings Bookkeeper by Eric Davis

Published April 18, 2016

(Article Source: http://thecripplegate.com/love-the-hurt-feelings-bookkeeper/#more-58962) Insurance companies amaze me sometimes. Something like one little speeding ticket or a minor fender-bender, and everything changes. Your monthly payment sky-rockets. They no longer trust you. Simply for doing the human thing of making a mistake, you henceforth are placed on insurance detention. They not only record the minor mishap, but your previously good relationship with them goes sour from merely one mistake. One little blunder results in a tarnished relationship. Too often we can be the same way in our relationships with one another. Someone commits a few small sins against us and look out; like […]

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On Voting – part three in a series – by Pastor Tedd

Published April 8, 2016

On Voting, Part 3… To Vote Or Not To Vote In the first installment of this series, I addressed what we do know for certain. Whatever form of government under which believers in Christ live, we are instructed to pay our taxes, live respectful lives toward those in authority, and be praying for them (Rom. 13; I Tim. 2; I Pet 2). In the second essay, I reminded us we are temporary residents here; our permanent citizenship is in heaven (I Cor. 7; Phil. 3). So our interest and involvement in the political process must be flavored with that perspective – we vote as though not voting. This […]

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5 Truths We’re Keeping from Our Youth Groups by Jordan Standridge

Published March 7, 2016

Article Source: http://thecripplegate.com/5-truths-were-keeping-from-our-youth-groups/ When I do campus evangelism, I often start the conversation this way: “What are two reasons you stopped going to church?” I’ve asked hundreds of students that question, and the most common responses make me think that church youth groups have failed dramatically. I understand that every human being is responsible for their own sin, and that even the best of youth groups will have students that fall between the cracks. But the fact of the matter is that too many pastors have believed the lie that teenagers cannot handle certain truths. They have accepted the culture’s belief that today’s teenagers’ […]

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“Daughters of the King Don’t Take Personality Tests” by Jessica Pickowicz

Published March 2, 2016

{ ARTICLE SOURCE: http://michellelesleybooks.com/2016/03/01/guest-post-daughters-of-the-king-dont-take-personality-tests/ } Scrolling through my Facebook news feed this week I must have come across at least half a dozen personality tests all calling to me — all begging me to answer their questions so each one could tell me who I really am. Am I an introvert or an extrovert? Am I emotional or intellectual? Am I an Anna or an Elsa? (Okay, broke down and took that one!) One test analyzed finger lengths by having the reader match her hand to various images of hands; each hand shape was assigned a different personality type. Another test was ready […]

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On Voting – part two in a series – by Pastor Tedd

Published February 26, 2016

Where Is Our Citizenship? Last month I began this series on voting. A few people have asked questions about voting and so this is my attempt to try and shed some biblical light on the subject. Last month I focused on what we DO know. {Click Here To Read Part One} This month I want us to think about the long and short of things. Full disclosure: I’ve been aided in my thinking via John Piper. Let’s look at what Paul tells people about marriage in I Cor. 7:29-31: But this I say, brethren, the time has been shortened, so that […]

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