God Is Good

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“Good morning.”

“Merry Christmas.”

“Have a nice day.”

“God is good.”

These phrases, and others like them, fall into a category that I would label, “At Risk.” Why? Because many of us use them constantly, sometimes without even thinking about their meaning; this means that these phrases are in danger of losing their meaning if we aren’t careful.

Surprise Ending?

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“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and cast out demons in Your name, and do many mighty works in Your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness.” – Mt. 7:21-23

They're Watching...

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This past week, I posted a video of our 4-year old daughter (Ava) “talking on the phone.” Brooke (my wife) gave Ava her old cell phone - which is no longer functional on any level – and she has been playing with it ever since; and when I say “playing,” I mean “pretending to be an adult.”

To Retreat, or Not to Retreat...

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“retreat” [ri-treet]


 1.The forced or strategic withdrawal of an army or an armed force before an enemy, or the withdrawing of a naval force from action.

2.The act of withdrawing, as into safety or privacy; retirement; seclusion.

3.A place of refuge, seclusion, or privacy

4.A retirement or a period of retirement for religious exercises and meditation


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Would it be safe to say that the 1st century church lived in a simpler culture?

How Do Works Work? - Part 4

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We have seen very clearly so far that, although our approach towards our salvation should be taken quite seriously, our works do not put God in a position of “owing” us anything whatsoever. We are saved “by grace…through faith…not as a result of works.” (Eph. 2:8-9) This teaching is made crystal clear in a number of other passages, to the point that the “works-based” concept of salvation is seen to be absolutely indefensible and unbiblical.

We will take a look at one more passage in this study that has a significant place in this discussion: James 2:14-26.

How Do Works Work? - Part 3

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In Paul’s letter to the Philippian saints, he says to them in 2:12:

“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”

Thanks a lot, Paul. Everything seemed pretty simple until we got to this verse! 

How Do Works Work? - Part 2

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Last week, we began a study on our “works” and their relationship to our salvation/justification. This week, let’s continue this study and see what else we learn.

How Do Works Work? - Part 1

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I recently did a word study on the word “works,” as it appears in the ESV translation of the New Testament. The word appears over 100 times in a variety of contexts, but for the purposes of my study, I was looking to learn some specific things:


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School has officially begun, and there are a few things that I’d like to say to our teens and parents during this challenging time.

Hope You Are Having a "Good" Summer Part 2

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Hope You Are Having a “Good” Summer (Part 2)

            Galatians 6:9-10 “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap… “

            As our second part of this three week article begins, I’m going to give a little insight about what we talked about in the previous bulletin. We learned about how growing weary may or may not be a challenge for you. If you are doing “good,” then you are in danger of becoming exhausted and lagging in spirit. If you are not in danger of becoming tired, or lagging, then you either have one of two attributes: You are simply not doing good so there is no reason for you to get tired, or you are working for the Lord, and have learned to be patient with God’s timing for your reaping. This brings us to our focus on this week’s part of the passage, “for in due season, we will reap.”

Hope You Are Having a "Good" Summer

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At the core of a Christian’s life, there should be a “brand” that stamps the walk.

            “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Mat 5:16

Doing good is a recognizing mark, an embellishment, a seal that is suppose to be viewable by everyone, whether inside or outside the household of faith. Good can be defined a lot of ways, here are a few: opening a door, saying thank you, smiling, singing, praying, encouraging, being a part of Chosen 4, leading an age group at VBS, playing soccer at SOPA, going on a Mission trip, being a missionary, baptizing thousands. Good is really encompassed by a whole array of actions. You don’t have to figure out world peace to be guilty of doing good. It might be something small or gigantic, but the point is, it must be constant.

A Tale of 2 Kings

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King #1

In Matthew’s account of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we are shown a very vivid and troubling picture of what a king will do to protect his throne. His name was Herod, and in Matthew 2:1-18, we watch what happens when this man’s power and position was threatened.

Let's Talk About Sports...

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To even the most casual observer, our society has developed – how can I put this - an intense relationship with sports. There are entire networks of television programming dedicated to sports. Hundreds of billions of dollars are spent every year on tickets, merchandise, and equipment. Some people spend hours every day watching games on TV, checking scores on their phones, and getting caught up in the excitement of sports. At least we are honest enough to call it “March Madness”:)


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