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Politics and Priorities

July 4, 2019 | by: Shea Oakley | 0 Comments

And Jesus said to them, "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." And they were amazed at Him. Mark 12:17 Even a casual observer of the socio-political landscape in America today cannot miss the fact of the growing rift between people on the two ends of the political spectrum. Those on the Left are... Keep Reading

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Loving And Celebrating a Defective Nation

July 3, 2019 | by: Jon Bloom | 0 Comments

July 3, 2015 The below was an excerpt taken from Desiringgod.org. ---------------- There has always been a “culture war” of one kind or another being waged in America. It is actually part of the design of the American Experiment and the exercise of democracy. And so there is certainly a place for Christians to participate in this exe... Keep Reading

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He Spent His Last Night Singing

April 18, 2019 | by: Brian Tabb | 0 Comments

the following was taken from desiringgod.org           The Lord is on my side; I will not fear.     What can man do to me? (Psalm 118:6)   Songs prepared him to die. On Thursday, the night before Jesus was crucified, he ate a holy meal and sang a holy song with his friends. I... Keep Reading

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24 Things Love Is And Does

February 13, 2019 | by: Paul Tripp | 0 Comments

the following was taken from 24 Things Love Is and Does.  ------------ Who will you tell that you love on Valentine’s Day? And how will you express that love? Sadly, I’m convinced that there are too many loveless relationships in the world, and even in the church. For starters, there are many things we call love that just do not... Keep Reading

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Yes, Thanksgiving is a “Religious Holiday”

November 21, 2018 | by: Tom Sargent | 1 Comments

Doubtless, we have all heard the commonly accepted secular take on Thanksgiving.  The general terminology dictates that Thanksgiving is not actually a religious holiday but, rather, an American holiday.  While the second part of that is certainly true – Thanksgiving commemorates an event from early American history – the first... Keep Reading

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Don't Waste This Holiday

July 3, 2017 | by: Josh Patterson | 0 Comments

the following was taken from thevillagechurch.net I have an uncanny ability to make life about me. This is not something I have to work hard at. Selfishness comes naturally. And holidays are no different. They are usually planned excuses for me to continue this trend – a day set aside for me. Sure, I may give some passing remarks a... Keep Reading

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WHAT WOULD MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. SAY ABOUT ABORTION?

January 18, 2016 | by: Dr. Jim Denison | 0 Comments

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed the King Holiday Act, proclaiming the third Monday in January as Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The next year, he proclaimed the third Sunday in January as National Sanctity of Human Life Day. As a result, today we honor Dr. King. Yesterday, thousands of churches across the country honored the sanctity of lif... Keep Reading

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Giving God Glory Through Gratitude

November 25, 2015 | by: Chris Francis | 0 Comments

The Glory of God has to do with the weight, the girth, the bigness of God. His magnificent beauty, his extraordinary might, his incredible greatness. So to give God glory doesn't mean we have the power to make him bigger or more beautiful than he already is. It is more the idea of giving him the honor and the praise that his glory is due. It is to... Keep Reading

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Redeeming Halloween

October 28, 2015 | by: Shea Sumlin | 0 Comments

Once a celebration of an old Celtic tradition, Halloween is now the second most celebrated family holiday in America. Nearly 70% of Americans will participate in some form or fashion, and it’s the only night of the year where the world around me actually comes to my door – that of a pastor. With that in mind, I want to share just one... Keep Reading

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Advent - Day 11: Savor the Wait

September 5, 2015 | by: Hunter Hall | 0 Comments

December 10, 2014 I am not good at waiting. In fact, I can’t stand surprises. If I know something is coming, I want it right then. Obviously this trait is exposed every year at Christmas. Growing up, I remember looking for—and sometimes finding—my Christmas presents each year. I was a joy thief. I was so discontent in the waiting... Keep Reading

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Advent - Day 10: The Advent of Humility

September 5, 2015 | by: Tim Keller | 0 Comments

December 09, 2014 Innumerable Christmas devotionals point out the humble circumstances of Jesus' birth—among shepherds, in a crude stable, with a feed trough for a bassinet. When Jesus himself tried to summarize why people should take up the yoke of following him, he said it was because he was meek and humble (Matt. 11:29). Seldom, however, ... Keep Reading

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  December 5, 2015 Hope marks the Christmas season as Christians celebrate the humility of God in the incarnation of Jesus. But let’s be realistic: The pervasive hope afforded in the gospel won’t be the basis of every family gathering in December. The holiday gathers a cross section of bloodlines and legal relatives alike. Som... Keep Reading

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Advent - Day 4: Joy to the World

September 5, 2015 | by: Marshall Segal | 0 Comments

December 4, 2014 The Gospel of Luke gives the most detailed story of the birth of Christ and also the most detailed prescription for joy. Luke wants us to see that the story of the world meeting Jesus in the flesh is a story of the world finally finding full joy in God. It begins with the birth of John the Baptist. The angel said to Zechariah: &... Keep Reading

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Advent - Day 13: The Birth of the Ancient of Days

September 5, 2015 | by: John Piper | 0 Comments

December 12, 2014 Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” —John 18:37 This is a great Christmas text even ... Keep Reading

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Advent - Day 25: Take It Personally

August 29, 2015 | by: Chris Francis | 0 Comments

December 24, 2014 It may not be a popular thought on Christmas Eve, but the very fact that Jesus came assumes something about us as individuals. It assumes we ares sinners in need of him coming. It assumes we are sinners in need of a Savior. And that need never ends. We don't pray a prayer one day in church and then have that need met once and fo... Keep Reading

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December 22, 2014 Dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41b-42 NLT) You and I love to overcrowd our lives. We overbook, overspend, overestimate, and we often walk around tired all the time. ... Keep Reading

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Advent - Day 24: In the Middle of God's Plan

August 29, 2015 | by: Jill Cubbison | 0 Comments

December 23, 2015 Hello Friends! I wanted to share something with you. (If you have a minute...) Not sure if many of you know this but I was pregnant with twins between Liam (4) & Audrey (1). They were "monoamniotic" (in one sac) & their umbilical cords got tangled, cut off their oxygen & blood supply & they died when I was 12 week... Keep Reading

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    December 16, 2014 The weekly homework club at Maple Leaf has taken on a whole new look this month as we celebrate the Christmas season with them. On Saturday, Dec. 6th many of us participated in a two-part Christmas party inside the clubhouse. With decorations and Christmas tree in place we invited all the children from the comm... Keep Reading

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Advent - Day 16: The Little Drummer Boy In All Of Us

August 29, 2015 | by: Jonathan Parrnell | 0 Comments

December 14, 2014 The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. (Acts 17:24–25) We know about the shepherds keeping watch by night, an... Keep Reading

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    May 8, 2015 Mother’s Day is fast approaching, sending children of all ages scurrying to the greeting card aisle to find just the right sentiment to send to Mom. This celebration touches all of us. Though we may not all be mothers, all of us have a mother. And for the people of God who delight in the commands of God, Mother&... Keep Reading

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