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“Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds”

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[16] “But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their playmates, [17] “‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’ [18] For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He […]

Truth Matters

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Ours is an age of cynicism, where the idea of universal truth is questioned and often rejected in all areas of life, whether in social and cultural issues or in personal matters.  People today talk of “my truth” or “your truth” or “a truth”, but reject the notion of “the truth”; that is, absolute truth […]

Why I Love Him

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I want to tell you about my best friend.  I met him when I was 12 years old.  We have known each other for 35 years.  He knows everything about me, and yet I am still getting to know him more each day. He is simply amazing.  Let me try to describe him with three […]

Theology Matters

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EFCA Midwinter Conference related to the Doctrinal Survey of 2018 This February, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School will be hosting the Midwinter Theology Conference: Contending for the Faith–7 Critical Contemporary Doctrinal Challenges: A Biblical, Theological and Pastoral Response. Though the topics of the theology conference vary from year to year, this session will focus on core […]

Prayers for Renewal

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The disciples asked Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray.” (Luke 11:1) What follows is known as the Lord’s prayer (Luke 11:2-4).  In many ways this prayer is a model for how we pray to God on a regular basis: begin with adoration, move to confession, then thanksgiving, and finally supplication (or requests).  The Lord’s prayer […]

The Four Promises of Forgiveness

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One of the best resources I have encountered on conflict resolution, peacemaking, and forgiveness is the book Peacemaker, by Ken Sande.  This fall the children’s elementary class is learning from the booklet The Young Peacemaker, by Corlette Sande.  One of the reasons these resources are so valuable is because Ken and Corlette Sande emphasize the […]

Book Review- The Suppression of Depression

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A pastor friend of mine, Maurice Wright told me that his brother, an MD from UNC-Chapel Hill, wrote a book on depression. Since depression is part of my personal story and I am interested in helping people through depression from a Christian perspective, I got the book and read it in a couple of hours. […]

Put on your Armor…

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[13] Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. [14] Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, [15] and, as shoes for your feet, having put on […]

T2 ≈ Thursday Thoughts

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It’s Thursday, so I would like to share some thoughts with you as you go throughout your week.  I probably won’t post something every Thursday, but hopefully this will be the beginning of a ongoing dialogue and time of encouragement for both of us.  This song we sang on Sunday really encourages me… The message […]

Cults & False Teachers- Christian Science

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“Heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out demons…” This is exactly what Jesus does in Matthew chapter nine and in the other gospel accounts of Mark, Luke, and John. But some cults and false teachers use the miracle accounts of Jesus to justify their beliefs, and then they add to scripture with their own […]