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Sermon Quotes | "Look Both Ways"

"These verses are arguably the most concise explanation of gospel-centered living found anywhere in Scripture." Gospel Transformation Bible "Verses 11-14 is one sentence in the Greek text with 'grace' as its subject. Grace is the one-word summary of God's saving act in Christ, given freely to sinners who believe." Bill Mounce "One cannot truly claim to be a recipient of ...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents: "A Word to Young Men"

At our old house we had a number of large trees that hadn't been taken care of and had become over-ridden with vines. At first, I didn't think too much of it. The vines had green leaves, so they kind of blended in. But as time went on, I took a close look at the trees. The vines were starting to weigh the tree down, and it became clear that they would kill the tree eventua...

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Sermon Quotes | "A Word to Young Men"

"Man may talk of self-control, as if the reins were in his own hand. But he who has been 'born of the Spirit,' and taught 'to know the plague of his own heart,' is made to feel, that effective self-control is divine grace, not his own native powerHave not repeated defeats taught us the need of calling in better strength than our own?" Charles Bridges "Spiritual leaders ru...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents: "Self-Control: An Unappreciated Virtue"

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This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Self-Control: An Unappreciated Virtue,given on Feburary 18, 2018. Everyone's heard the phrase, "Practice makes perfect." So what do you practice a lot to be good at? Maybe it's basketball or ballet. Perhaps it's guitar or drums. Whatever it is, the reason you work so hard at becoming better is because you love doing it and be...

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Sermon Quotes & Book Recommendations | "Self-Control: An Unappreciated Virtue"

Book Recommendations: A Small Book About a Big Problem; 50 Days of Meditation on Anger, Patience and Peace by Ed Welch Good and Angry; Redeeming Anger, Irritation, Complaining and Bitterness by David Powlison War of Words; Getting to the Heart of Your Communication Struggles by Paul Tripp Proverbs by Derek Kidner Making All Things New; Restoring Joy to the Sexually ...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents: "The Difference Doctrine Makes"

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This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, The Difference Doctrine Makes,given on Feburary 11, 2018. This past Sunday Pastor CJ shared a wonderful story of a woman named Della. Della delighted in serving her customers with excellence and with a joyful spirit at the hospital cafeteria where CJ was waiting for a friend. Through Della's kindness and desire to serve other...

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Sermon Quotes: "The Difference Doctrine Makes"

"Sound doctrine is a summary of the Bible's teaching that is both faithful to the Bible and useful for life." Bobby Jamieson "This compressed phrase indicates that two strands are to be interwoven in Titus' teaching. On the one hand there is 'the sound doctrine,' the definite article once again implying that an identifiable body of teaching is in mind. On the other hand, ...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents: "The Deadly Danger of False Teaching"

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This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, The Deadly Danger of False Teaching,given on Feburary 4, 2018. Think about a time when you felt scared, but then someone took care of you and kept you safe. Maybe you woke up during a thunder storm and saw lightning flash outside your window. Maybe your mom or dad came to check on you and reassure you that everything was going...

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Sermon Quotes: "The Deadly Danger of False Teaching"

"They are plunging those influenced into spiritual turmoil by overturning their previous convictions." Andreas Kostenberger "The implication of this verse is that these teachers had been requiring observance of rules concerning ritual purity, probably restricting the eating of some foods (1 Tim. 4:3-5); the basis for such views is not stated, but Paul's response and the J...

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Ethiopia Sendoff Sunday

Last Sunday we had the privilege to honor and hear from Michael and Kenean Granger as they prepared to leave for Ethiopia. It was a bitter-sweet Sunday, as we said goodbye to our dear friends, but also sent them out with great anticipation of all the Lord will do in and through them. "It is with cheerfulness that we dismiss our twelves, our twenties, our fifties, to form ...

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