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AMAZING GRACE

AMAZING GRACE

John Newton is the author of perhaps the most well-known hymn in the English language, “Amazing Grace.” In addition to being a hymn-writer, Newton was also a pastor, author, and friend to such history-shaping Christians as William Wilberforce, George Whitfield, and John Wesley. God worked in and through him to impact thousands while he was […]

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JESUS MEETS OUR DEEPEST NEED

JESUS MEETS OUR DEEPEST NEED

If you could have anything you wanted, what would it be? Would you want to be famous? To be on TV, with people everywhere recognizing you and cheering for you as walk up an aisle to accept your award for your amazing acting ability, athletic talent, or beauty. Would you want wealth? To have all […]

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THE POWERFUL COMPASSION OF JESUS CHRIST

One of the things that makes God God is that he is in control and we are not. He made all of this; every life, every breath, comes from him. He calls, he directs, he purposes; we receive, respond, we follow, we worship. So much of the Bible is dedicated to reinforcing these truths for […]

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SEXUAL ABUSE IN THE CHURCH

On February 10, the Houston Chronicle published the first of a three-part series on sexual abuse in Southern Baptist churches and ministries. Two days after my third daughter was born, I read with heartbreak and horror about the abuse inflicted upon over 700 survivors, including children as young as three years old. The report indicated […]

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THE POWER OF JESUS’ CALL

The gospel of Jesus Christ is not good advice, it is good news. This is an important difference. Advice is something we hear, we consider and then decide how much of it, if any, we want to follow. If someone says “let me give you some advice about how you should get weeds out of […]

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GOING PUBLIC WITH JESUS

GOING PUBLIC WITH JESUS

In our day and age of never-ending news and updates, with so many news shows and channels, websites, and social media accounts that need the churn of constant content, press conferences have become commonplace. If you have a big announcement you think people will care about, you invite the reporters and the photographers to attend, […]

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MORE THAN CONQUERORS

MORE THAN CONQUERORS

Temple Grandin is a scientist who has been profiled by numerous media outlets, even having a movie made about her life by HBO. What has made her famous is that despite being autistic, she has become one of the world’s leading experts on livestock behavior. As a professor at Colorado State University, Dr. Grandin spent […]

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FOLLOWING JESUS IN BAPTISM

I was saved when I was fifteen years old. It was the first week of August, the summer before my sophomore year in high school, and I was at a youth camp with our church. The best way I can describe what happened is that God in his grace showed himself to me. Listening to […]

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OUR GOSPEL MISSION

In John 3 we read about a conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus. Nicodemus is troubled, concerned, and dissatisfied with his life. He’s wondering about the foundation he’s built his life upon and if there is something he just might be missing. Nicodemus has built his life on a certain way of thinking about God and […]

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WORTH THE READ

As we begin a new year, it’s an appropriate time to consider where we are in our relationship with God. Two important practices that help us stay close to God are regular times of prayer and reading Scripture. I want to recommend a recent book that combines both of those practices and might help you […]

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