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You Are What You Celebrate

As I prepared to "be" Gideon for VBC, and then to preach about Gideon, my initial response to the story was the same as it has been for years: I was staggered by the foolishness of the Israelites, by their capacity to forget and abandon God. When you think about their history from Egypt up until the time of the Judges, it seems almost impossible to comprehend. Surely they ...

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Ask for the Holy Spirit

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control; against such things there is no law." (Galatians 5:22-23; ESV) On Sunday mornings, we have been studying the fruit of the Spirit. Some have asked, how can this fruit be ours? How can we develop these qualities in our lives? It is simple. We need to ...

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Finishing the Story

When we think of the gospel, our minds tend to gravitate toward the surprising and dramatic reversal of the cross and resurrection. This is perhaps only natural, as together those two events represent the great turning point of the story, where the apparent defeat of Jesus by crucifixion is revealed to be the very means by which God wins His decisive victory over the power...

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This One is for the Broken

The men and women of the Bible were broken and messed-up people just like us. But God wants to used broken and messed-up people just like us....

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Ears Open, Hearts Ready

Dr. Jerry Root, Professor of Evangelism at Wheaton College, shared the following story about a time when his flight was delayed and he had a conversation with a woman in the Vienna airport: "She was wearing a lanyard with a name tag and carrying a clipboard and obviously taking a survey for the airport. When she came to me I asked what her name was. "Allegra," she replied...

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Full of the Spirit

"Be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ." (Ephesians 5:18-21) "Fake News" has become all the rage. Facebook, Pope F...

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God Works the Night Shift

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb! (Rv. 7.9-10, ESV) One o...

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How to Deal with Our Scribbled Lives

Imagine a Christian sitting down with a blank page and pen. He begins to write out his perfectly scripted life, explaining how he would love others, how he would structure his prayer life, or how he would build a beautiful Christian family. But indwelling sin and Satan crouch at his elbow, disrupting every pen stroke and messing up every word and sentence as our Christian ...

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Local Church Ministry Resource - Worship Pads

More information about Coresound Pads, a local church worship resource that worship pastor Mike Graff has been a part of creating....

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How to Pray for the Elections

I have been struggling recently in my prayer life. Not with praying per se, but with how to pray. Specifically, how to pray for the upcoming elections. So what did I do? I went to Scripture. And I found some answers. In Paul's great teaching on prayer from 1 Timothy 2:1-3 one of his major points is that we ought to pray for rulers and "all who are in high positions". Acc...

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