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Glorious, Continuous Salvation!

[8] But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); [9] because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. […]

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New Year’s Resolu… Goals

I never have been much on New Year’s Resolutions. Not that I think they are wicked, evil, or legalistic (though they could be), but mainly because I stink at keeping them. Then I feel all guilty and stuff. Okay, so maybe I do see them as legalistic… for me anyway. So, at the risk of […]

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Christmas Beyond The Fluff

When we think about the Christmas story, our minds are filled with images we’ve seen or ideas we were taught growing up. Some of it right. Some of it, well, less than accurate. It can be difficult for us, in our 21st century Western culture, to see both the people and events of that first […]

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Umm… Go That Way: Practical Advice On Decision Making

What should I do? What job should I take? Where should I serve? What is God’s will? How do I know for sure? Questions we have probably all asked ourselves or others. So, what’s the answer? How do we know/find God’s will? Like so many other Christians, I desperately want my life and the decisions […]

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Website Updates

One of the benefits of being laid up on the couch for two weeks recovering from knee surgery is a lot of free time to do some of the things that I haven’t had time for lately. One of those things being lots of updates to my website. I enjoy building and maintaing websites as […]

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Church Sign Confusion

Okay, so I’ve wrestled with this post for years–literally. I would write a few sentences, save, rewrite, save, delete, and so on. I would get it like I thought I wanted it, pray about posting it, and decide I probably shouldn’t because it may paint me as a church hater or it might not be […]

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Family Project Rocket

Granted, this post has nothing to do with doctrine or theology. But, it does have something to do with dads building fun things around the house with their crews… that explode! Dads should teach their children about God and His creation… AND have fun with them. The kids and I finished building our first family […]

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Finding Comfort In Abraham

Romans 4 is largely Paul using Abraham to make a theological point–salvation through faith, not works. And yes, this chapter alone gives me great comfort, knowing that God saves sinners like me the same way He saved Abraham–through faith. But, taking a little closer look at Abraham’s life, seeing his struggles, seeing his failures, seeing […]

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A Godly Legacy

A good name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of birth. (Ecc. 7:1) As we awoke this morning my wife and I received some sad news that we had actually been expecting for some time now. We found out that her 94 year old granddad had passed away […]

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If Everything is Awesome – Nothing Is

Having to put a pretty face on everything is exhausting, even if it is a digital face. Instead of enjoying other people’s success or blessings we feel as if we have to one up them or at least be as glamurous or funny as they are. Otherwise, we think, no one will “follow me” or […]

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Proverbs: Wealth

Here are the video and notes from our latest Men’s Group. Proverbs_Wealth_Handout_PDF […]

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Are Christians Hypocrites?

A hypocrite is someone who pretends to be someone or something that they never intend to become. Hence, the term in Greek usually referred to a play actor. True Christians are people who do fail, sin, and struggle as they work by the grace of God and the power of His Spirit to be conformed […]

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Proverbs: Friendship

Here are the video and notes from our latest Men’s Group from 4.11.11. Proverbs: Friendship handout PDF […]

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Count It All Joy? Really?

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:2-4 ESV) I love seeing the wisdom of God in His Word! I love […]

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Daily Struggles of Manhood

Today I received a tweet from someone I follow on Twitter. It was a thought provoking question that went out to all of this guy’s followers. It simply said: “What’s you definition of a man?” It didn’t take very long for me to type out my response since this is a question I wrestle with […]

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Proverbs: Wisdom

Here are the video and notes from our latest Men’s Group meeting on 3.14.11. This is part 3 of 9 in our video series. You can download the notes/questions, print them out and work through them as you watch the video. Again, this was a great message that spawned a lot of good discussion. Proverbs: […]

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I Don't Want to be a Christian!

The term “Christian” has lost its meaning in America today. It has become more of an adjective that could mean “good” or “moral” i.e. “He’s a good Christian man” or they have a “Christian business” or we listen to “Christian music” or read “Christian books”. Worse yet, someone is called a Christian (or calls themselves […]

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Proverbs: The Heart

Here are the video, notes and questions from our latest Men’s Group on 2.28.11. This was a great study that brought out a lot of good discussion. Proverbs: The Heart Questions PDF   […]

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Proverbs: Fear

Here are the video and discussion questions from our latest Men’s Group. I really encourage you to honestly consider the questions and find someone to hold you accountable! Proverbs: Fear handout & questions […]

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God, Gi'mme My Idols!

It’s funny what God will sometimes do and use to get your attention and reveal some darkness in your heart. One of my struggles has always been being too attached to this world via technology. I love my iPhone, laptop, Twitter, Facebook, my website, etc… Sometimes too much! In the area where I live, we […]