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Mar
2016
Bernie Powell
The Lord God is on mission. He is at work to rescue people out of sin and darkness. That’s why He entered this world in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus identified his mission when he said he came “to seek and to save that which is lost.” (Luke 19:10). That’s the same reason the Lord sends his church into the world. He has invited us to join him in his mission. Christians need to make a wrenching paradigm shift in their thinking. Centuries of tradition have taught us... + read more
Mar
2016
Steve Cox
Last month, I began a series of articles based on the Biblical teaching that living the Christian life is analogous to running a race. The first teaching focused on accepting the race that God lays out for each of us, and not getting caught up in comparing our race to others, wishing we were running a different race. This month’s teaching focuses on the responsibility each of us has to be adequately prepared for our race. As I mentioned before, I am not a good runner, and I don’t... + read more
Mar
2016
David Doré
Reflections on the Life and Ministry of David Brainerd That lengthy title, offered by John Piper, is a summary of the impact of David Brainerd. The 19th century missionary would have been forgotten, but, America's first great philosopher and theologian, Jonathan Edwards, took Brainerd’s diary and journal and organized it. That outcome was a book that dramatically impacted the course of Global Outreach. It inspired William Carey, John Wesley, Henry Martyn, David Livingston, Andrew... + read more
Mar
2016
Doug & Patty Grogan
A Way of Life We just finished our 6-week ABF. Six couples focused on Dr. Kevin Leman’s excellent book Sheet Music.  Patty and I, as always, were blessed as much, if not more, than the other participants.  The transparency and community were affirming, encouraging, and transforming.   The #1 truth that we took away from our time together was Dr. Leman’s comment that in order for a marriage to be transformed in the area of physical intimacy; variety, initiative... + read more
Feb
2016
Bernie Powell
Have you ever dreamed about living in first century Israel?  Imagine getting to see and hear Jesus, following him, experiencing his power and love first hand!  Do you wish you could walk with him on the shores of Galilee, in the hills of Judea, getting to know him up close and personal? Don’t! What?!? Don’t wish for such a thing.  Why not?  You can have something even better right now, 2016. What?  You don’t believe anything could be better?... + read more
Feb
2016
Steve Cox
Rule #1: Accept, Don't Compare I know a number of people that love running.  Personally, I have a hard time with it.  I am not a natural runner and it is a real struggle for me.  I think that is why I am so fascinated with the passages in the New Testament that tell us living the Christian life is like running a race.  I can readily relate to the difficulty and the challenge involved. I also appreciate the many older saints in our congregation who consistently... + read more
Feb
2016
David Doré
How could I forget someone I have never known?  And why should I remember Hannah More?  Everyone has heard of William Wilberforce.  Many saw the film "Amazing Grace."  Hannah More had a small part in the film.  She had a huge part in history. Hannah was born into a poor family.  She and her sisters were educated because their father was a schoolmaster.  She learned to love literature and eventually became a highly acclaimed poet.  She met... + read more
Feb
2016
Pauline Morgan
Diminishing returns!  Boy do we hate hearing that in relation to our investing and saving!  But do you realize that the same words can be applied to life?  Many times we say YES or NO to requests before we really pray and ask God for his leading and guiding as to what we should do.   Activity we participate in that is not part of God’s plan for our life...no matter how good or spiritual it is...diminishes our availability for the assignments God wants to put in our... + read more
Feb
2016
Greg Haynes
My path and my journey have been long and somewhat crooked at times, but I have been shown this path by many people that God has put before me. My father-in-law, Robert Christen, has been ministering to me for over 22 years.  I would listen, but still thought I was in control. Then my life, I thought, was coming apart:  divorce, cancer, loneliness, and no sense of family being there.  I was truly a broken man.  Where to go?  What is my purpose? And for that matter,... + read more
Jan
2016
Bernie Powell
Our recent Sunday service with multiple baptisms was a time of joyful celebration. In addition, many found it a time for heart searching: “Should I be baptized?” The command of Jesus is clear in Matthew 28:19-20. He told his followers to go everywhere and make disciples. And he commanded that they baptize everyone who became a disciple. His first disciples were clear on what he meant. Just read the Book of Acts. Whatever the muddle of later traditions, immediate water baptism of... + read more

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