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Dad and Mom: Can I take communion?

Published June 1, 2021

When should a child take part in the Lord’s Supper? by Pastor Tedd Dear dads and moms, grandpas and grammas, uncles, and aunts: How I thank the Lord you are bringing your children to church and desiring them to live in faith and obedience to Christ. May your tribe increase! It is highly likely you are going to be asked by the children you are bringing to church, “Can I take communion?” My wife, Dawn, and I went through it with our children: When the trays of bread and juice were passed out, they were curious, starving!, bored, wanting to […]

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You, Me, the Wrath of God and the Cross of Christ

Published April 1, 2021

By Pastor Sean Cole “…we are justified by his grace as a gift, through he redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith…” – Romans 3:24–25 What does it mean that God put forward Jesus as a propitiation by His blood? Propitiation is the Biblical term for Jesus exhausting the unmitigated brunt of God’s wrath against sin. We need to understand that God does hate sin and because of His holy, unchanging nature, He has to rightfully punish sin. The righteous punishment of sin is His wrath. […]

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What Did They Mean, “Believe in Christ?”

Published March 2, 2021

By Jim Elliff How do we explain the sudden reversals of life found in the New Testament? As Jesus spoke, or Paul or Philip or any of the other presenters in the early days of Christianity, scores of people believed. It’s the suddenness of belief that shocks you. In a moment, before a day was over, or before a few days had elapsed, so many turned from paganism or centuries-old religious traditions to Christ. The New Testament says that they “believed.” Or it may say, they “repented.” Or perhaps both words were used. This believing and repenting seemed to happen […]

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Speaking The Truth In Love

Published February 19, 2021

Why we should not tell sinners God loves them unconditionally By Pastor Tedd Mathis Why This Came Up Recently, I preached a sermon about the teaching of Balaam and the Nicolaitans that Christ confronts in the church at Pergamum (Rev. 2:12-17). This teaching that led professing Christians to eat meat offered to idols and to commit acts of immorality was not a frontal assault in methodology. Nor did the teachers blatantly deny the essential doctrines of the faith. Rather, using religious terminology and speaking much of God’s grace, these false teachers introduced their destructive heresies. At the end of the […]

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Feel Free To Give Up On Lent

Published February 16, 2021

Dear church family: Here are five reasons why we have no need to participate in Lent. I’ve published this before several times, but was recently reminded by another Baptist pastor when Lent starts assuming me and our church should be participating in order to  “remember the Lord Jesus Christ and His walk to the cross and His walk out of the tomb!! The Lord gave me a thought to help me understand Lent better, “We abstain to gain! We abstain from something to gain Someone!”. In response to a previous edition one reader accused me of being against Roman Catholics. I trust those who read this will see I’m for the truth that Jesus guarantees will set any man […]

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The Pain of Fatherlessness

Published February 3, 2021

By Virgil L. Walker My first football season was in 8th grade at Skelly Middle School. I wasn’t very good. I was smaller than most of the players, but if we were winning in the fourth quarter, the coach would say, “Walker, you’re up!” and put me in the game for the final three plays. I played safety primarily, because it didn’t require learning defensive schemes. All I was required to do was run and tackle the guy with the football. Unfortunately, our team wasn’t very good either, so I saw limited playing time. This, however, never stopped my dad […]

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Christian: Let not your heart be troubled about the mark of the beast

Published November 18, 2020

By Pastor Tedd Mathis Why I am addressing this The mark of the beast should not bring anxiety to the Christian. I am told there is at least one video circulating on social media making a connection between the impending COVID vaccine and the mark of the beast referred to in Revelation. I have yet to see the video so do not know the connection made. But in my circle of acquaintances the video has resulted in confusion and anxiety. Below you will see why I do not believe the mark of the beast has anything to do with a […]

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Revelation-Driven Life

Published November 4, 2020

By Pastor Tom Ascol God wins. If I had to summarize the message of Revelation in just two words, those would be my choice. They not only convey the point of the book but also hint at its main storyline. Despite what some overly speculative interpreters would have us believe, the main character in the last book of the Bible is not the Dragon, Beast, or False Prophet; rather, it is God. Revelation is primarily about Christ, not the Antichrist. And the main point of the book is to demonstrate in graphic imagery the victory of God in Christ. Through […]

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45 Reasons Why You Have A House

Published October 2, 2020

I wrote this back in 2016. While it contains a dose of attempted humor and practical     observations, it is rooted in the expectation Christ’s people will be hospitable. And practicing hospitality invariably includes the use of our house. Our preaching series from I Peter brings up hospitality. “Be hospitable to one another without complaint” – I Peter 4:9. Throughout the book we learn that his readers were experiencing suffering because of their identity with Christ. Peter tells them that this is not only to be expected, it is designed by God to confirm and purify their faith in Christ. […]

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Voting as Though Not

Published September 2, 2020

“One of these years I’ll get to vote in an election that won’t be the most important of my lifetime.” – Anonymous Adapted from an essay written in 2016 As we approach voting for a president this fall, consider the long and short of things. 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 from now on those who have wives should be as though they had none;30 and those who weep, as though they did not weep; and those who rejoice, as though they did not […]

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