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Holy Week is Coming

We are redeemed with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. 1 Peter 1.19-21 This Sunday is the...

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Christ Exalted in Life and Death

According to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. Philippians 1.20 Not sure if you have heard of the name Charles Poland yet, but he is the brave and heroic bus driver who was killed while trying to keep a man from ente...

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Remember

This Sunday marks a day somber remembrance. September 11, 2001 was a day we will never forget. For most of us we remember where we were at. For some we were at home and others at work. Some were at school and even one in our congregation that I know of was actually at ground zero. As we remember this day, it no doubt makes us realize the depths of the depravity of mankind...

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The Amenity-Less Church

Do you like amenities? I do. I like going to a hotel and having a place to workout (not that I always use it), a pool for the kiddos and breakfast. I like the amenities in my neighborhood as well. But what about amenities as part of the church environment and experience? Amenities are great features that provide comfort and convenience with the goal of giving a delightful...

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More Always Means Less

A couple of weeks ago I was reading a blog of a pastor friend of mine, Andy McQuitty who is battling cancer. His friend Bill Lawrence had written something that he quoted in the blog that has stuck with me. Here is what Bill wrote to Pastor Andy: There's always more out there somewhere. More opportunity, more recognition, more power, more control, more success, more money...

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Reflections on Philippians 1

This Sunday we will close out the first chapter of Philippians. As we wrap things up I would like to reflect on this gospel centered beginning by Paul. Paul has challenged us to truly put the gospel first. Remember this is no little gospel. It is not something we should domesticate, box in or push to the periphery. It should be at the center of all things. It is to be sup...

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