Honoring the Christ, Medicating Santa

Published December 1, 2017

  Here’s why I’m writing this: I’ve had one parent ask me questions about how to talk to their children about Santa Claus. In that conversation other matters about Christmas came up. My guess is at times and in various ways others have questioned the Christmas season and what to do with it. Facebook posts and social media that come my way indicate a heightened concern about the history of the season, let alone its present commercialized state. The following is an extremely concise attempt to address how I’ve come to think about the season. As always, I’d be glad […]

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Operation Christmas Child

Published November 1, 2017

This ministry collects shoeboxes filled with gifts and delivers them to children in need around the world. Many of these children would not get any gifts if not for these boxes. But more importantly, every shoebox is an opportunity for the gospel to be proclaimed to children and their families. OCC works with local churches to use these boxes as a tool for evangelism and discipleship. Many of the children who receive shoeboxes are also enrolled in a follow-up discipleship program, The Greatest Journey. This is a 12-lesson program in which the children learn about following Jesus and sharing about […]

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The Stupidity of Sin by Kevin DeYoung

Published October 30, 2017

The Puritans use to speak of the exceeding sinfulness of sin. And they were right to do so. Sin is a heinous insult to a holy God. It is lawless, treasonous, rebellion. It’s also really dumb. Everyone who knows the Bible, knows people, or knows his own heart, knows this to be true: sin makes us stupid. Think of the Garden of Eden. You literally live in paradise, and you listen to a snake whisper something about a tasty fruit. Why risk it? Or David and Bathsheba. You are the king for crying out loud. You have everything. You’ve seen […]

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Sermon Series: The Conviction of Conversion

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A Man Must Examine Himself: Preparing For the Lord’s Supper … By Pastor Tedd Mathis

Published September 6, 2017

Since we have several newcomers attending PWBC – and since we all can get stale in our understanding of what the Lord’s Supper means and what it means to examine ourselves prior to participating, I thought this essay might be helpful. First, we practice what’s come to be known as open communion. You don’t have to be a member of PWBC to participate. However, you do need to be a confessing believer in Jesus Christ. I’ll say more about that below. Second, we observe the Lord’s Supper approximately every six weeks. Ample notices in the bulletin and church calendar are […]

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Invitation to GraceAloneColorado

Published September 6, 2017

Dear church family: I want to invite you to GraceAloneColorado. It’s a conference that will be held in Canon City, October 13 &14. Its purpose is to encourage believers and local churches in remaining faithful to the Scriptures and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And there’s always the need to be stirred up – to be encouraged! Knowing he would soon be put to death for the name of his Lord Jesus Christ, Peter wrote a letter to the local churches he so loved. He wrote to ‘stir them up’ – to remind and encourage them according to the truths […]

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The Gospel Is Like An Old Hymn … by Jared Wilson

Published August 6, 2017

The gospel is an old hymn. The gospel is sheet music printed in antiquarian typeface on a yellowed page in a dusty book. It’s the “old, old story” and the “old rugged cross.” It is four verses–and please don’t skip the third verse to expedite the invitation! The gospel is an invitation to a bygone time that feels new again, even in our age of ever-dawning progress and modernity. The gospel gets “dug up” and “trotted out” and sung ironically and apologized for by leaders too clever for their own good. But then it lands in the ears of those […]

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If It Seems Too Good To Be True… by Pastor Tedd Mathis

Published July 5, 2017

I was recently asked about people’s claims of their dying and going to heaven. ‘Heaven tourism’ books (and movies) have become very popular the past 15 years. From what I’ve read the past couple years they are big money makers. One example is the movie, ‘Heaven Is For Real’ – about a little boy in Nebraska who claims he went to heaven. It was made for $12 million and released in April 2014. By August 2014 it had grossed more than $91 million. Here’s why I don’t read those books and would encourage you not to as well: We have […]

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How Do You Know You’re Repentant? by Jonathan Leeman

Published June 1, 2017

How do you know when someone is repentant? Here are some thoughts from Jonathan Leeman. In Matthew 18 Jesus provides us help for determining true repentance: would we be willing to cut off a hand or tear out an eye rather than repeat the sin (Matt. 18:8-9)? That is to say, are we willing to do whatever it takes to fight against the sin? Repenting people, typically, are zealous about casting off their sin. That’s what God’s Spirit does inside of them. When this happens, one can expect to see a willingness to accept outside counsel. A willingness to inconvenience […]

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The Mother’s Crown – A Fable

Published May 1, 2017

Behold, a mother lay down at the close of a busy day. Her sons and daughters and her husband, verily had been given sustenance and were asleep on their beds. As the weary mother slept, behold she dreamed a dream and in this dream, lo, she stood just inside the Eastern gate of the Heavenly Jerusalem. As she looked about for a familiar face, lo, an angel – the Dispenser of Crowns – came forth. In his and was a book and the book was opened to the page whereon was written the record of the mother before him. Now […]

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