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Of Marriage Vows and Mystery – – Pastor Tedd Mathis

Published June 1, 2015

Here are a few thoughts ruminating in my mind as I prepare to officiate at my son and his fiance’s wedding and Dawn and I soon mark 35 years of marriage. Simple vows are being stated; their beauty yet to be seen. A vow is a solemn oath. A pledge, a promise, a covenant. Marriage vows are not fancy words, flowery words. They do not draw immediate attention to themselves. Neither are they riddles, words of sly nuance or sophisticated definition. They are simple words. They are a simple pledge, a simple covenant. I, take you… For better, for worse, […]

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How Do You Know You’re Repentant? By Jared Wilson

Published April 27, 2015

  (Excerpts from a recent blog on The Gospel Coalition… see full blog post here.)   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 […]

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“Guard Yourselves From Idols” by Pastor Tedd Mathis

Published March 30, 2015

Guard Yourselves From Idols We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him. We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. Little children, keep yourselves from idols. – I John […]

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Is Our Church Functionally Liberal? by Ray Ortlund

Published January 2, 2015

 The only effective safeguard against spiritual erosion is not (a) doctrinal statement on paper but personally to swallow the Word whole. Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O LORD, God of hosts.  — Jeremiah 15:16  By Ray Ortlund, Senior Pastor of Immanuel Church, Nashville, TN The liberal churches I’ve known are not openly hostile to the Bible. They like the Bible.  They want their preacher to use the Bible.  They have home Bible studies. What makes them “liberal” is that the Bible […]

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35 Reasons Not To Sin, by Jim Elliff

Published June 30, 2014

35 Reasons Not To Sin By Jim Elliff, www.ccwtoday.org 1. Because a little sin leads to more sin. 2. Because my sin invites the discipline of God. 3. Because the time spent in sin is forever wasted. 4. Because my sin never pleases but always grieves God who loves me. 5. Because my sin places a greater burden on my spiritual leaders. 6. Because in time my sin always brings heaviness to my heart. 7. Because I am doing what I do not have to do. 8. Because my sin always makes me less than what I could be. 9. […]

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You Can’t Claim A Promise

Published May 5, 2014

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with My righteous right hand.  — ISAIAH 41:10  By Barnabas Piper, Content Marketing Strategist at LifeWay Christian Resources In 1964 my grandfather shared this verse with my father as he was preparing to move away to college. As I grew up, my father shared it with me often as well – when I started at a new junior high school, when I left for missions trips, and when I […]

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Truth is in Jesus ~ Contending for the Faith

Published March 31, 2014

  “At its root, support for homosexual behavior is not simply a different interpretation of Scripture; it is a rejection of Scripture itself.”   Contending for the Faith – Four Realities to Consider Regarding Homosexual Behavior Below are excerpts from an essay written by Kevin DeYoung, a pastor in East Lansing, Michigan. Many Christians are willing to say homosexuality is wrong, but they’d rather not argue about it. Why not broker an “agree to disagree” compromise? Why can’t we be “together for the gospel” despite our differing views on gay marriage? Why is this issue any different? 1. Approving of […]

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Christianity and Liberalism

Published March 3, 2014

Back in 1923, J. Gresham Machen wrote a little book, ‘Christianity and Liberalism.’ I won’t take the time to give you all the details surrounding the impetus for writing it, but Machen was contending for what he believed to be the faith delivered once for all to the saints (Jude 3). Below are a few excerpts which help me understand what, I believe, is worth contending for. (Italics added for emphasis) The modern liberal preacher reverences Jesus; he has the name of Jesus forever on his lips; he speaks of Jesus as the supreme revelation of God; he enters, or […]

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Thinking Biblically About Manhood, Womanhood and Marriage

Published February 3, 2014

The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil. – Ecclesiastes 12:13,14 Dear Church Family: A recent e-mail exchange with a friend regarding their living choices reminded me how easy it is to get drawn into arguments which aren’t winnable, and discussions of which the Bible is clear aren’t open for discussion. I spent hours on my response only to send a brief note referring them to the timeless truths of […]

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Truth is in Jesus

Published December 30, 2013

Casting myself on the Only God who can save me from the Only God “Remember this, and be assured; Recall it to mind, you transgressors.Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’… Truly I have spoken, truly I will bring it to pass. I have planned it, surely I will do it.” — […]

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