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THANKFUL FOR JESUS

We are constantly tempted to think of life with God in terms of a deal instead of in terms of relationship. “God, if I’m a good person, if I do good things and treat people well and show up to church most weeks, if I keep my end of the bargain, then you owe me. […]

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TURNING FROM SELF TO JESUS

From one perspective, believing in the gospel is one of the easiest things you could ever do. This is because the gospel is something that God does for us, not something we do for ourselves. God loves broken, sinful people like us so much that he sent his only Son to die for us so […]

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LIVING PROOF OF THE GOSPEL

As a church, we are supposed to be living proof that the gospel is true. We’re not supposed to just be a group of people who gather together whenever we feel like it to sing some songs and hear some preaching. We’re not supposed to just be people who dip our toes in one area […]

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IS YOUR GOSPEL BIG ENOUGH?

It’s easy for us to make the gospel too small, to think about the gospel only in terms of making sure I am right with Jesus, and nothing beyond that. Of course, the gospel certainly begins there. God created each one of us as individuals, personally and purposely, to know him and make him known. […]

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LIFE TOGETHER IN CHRIST

Think about what it’s like to attend a home football game for your favorite team. You’re surrounded by 80,000 people who are dressed like you, who cheer with you when the team does well, and who get upset when it doesn’t. Everyone wants to see the same thing you want to see; they want the […]

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LOVE IN ACTION

LOVE IN ACTION

When a major disaster like Hurricane Michael hits, faith is a major part of how most people make sense of it. Research consistently demonstrates how the specific elements of a person’s faith, what they believe or don’t believe about God, make a big difference in how they react and move forward in times of suffering. […]

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FAITH IN ACTION

The word “gospel” literally means “good news.” It is the good news that the angels heralded at Jesus’ birth (Luke 2:10–11), the good news that Jesus consistently proclaimed throughout his ministry (Mark 1:14–15), and the good news promised beforehand in the entire Bible concerning Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Rom 1:1–4). This good news […]

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WORTH THE READ

Every so often, I will share a review of a book I recommend that will help you in your relationship with Jesus Christ. This week I will be recommending Sharing Jesus Without Freaking Out, by Alvin Reid, published by B&H Academic in 2017. Most people who attend church at least once a month believe they […]

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A HOPE AND A FUTURE IN JESUS

We find one of the most wonderful promises in all of Scripture in Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” This is one of those verses that is likely precious to many […]

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JESUS OVERCOMES THE WILD THINGS

One of my favorite books as a kid was Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak. If you haven’t read it, it’s about a little boy named Max who is sent to his room without his supper because he’s being too wild: putting on a wolf suit, running around, and telling his mother he’s […]

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