Thou Alone

This stanza from Augustus Toplady’s famous hymn has been on my mind today… “Not the labors of my handscan fulfill thy law’s commands;could my zeal no respite know,could my tears forever flow,all for sin could not atone;thou must save, and thou alone.” That is why Jesus lived and died. To save people like me who […]

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An Invitation for the Destitute

In Isaiah 55:1, God says,  “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.”  I have read that 100 times and missed the critical word—no. The invitation to the king’s banquet is not for […]

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Filing for Bankruptcy

Personal and commercial bankruptcies are increasing at a record setting pace. However, in the words of Jerry Bridges, “As devestating as permanent bankruptcy is, there is a bright side. The beleaguered businessman is free.” His debts have been cancelled. The calls from the creditors have been silenced. “This businessman may be humiliated, but at least […]

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Stop Performing in the Pulpit

In his book, Fresh Power, Jim Cymbala asks the question, “What is a Spirit-filled preacher?” For a preacher like me, that’s a good question. Using the apostle Peter as an example, Cymbala provides a helpful answer: “Many of us have heard oratory and cleverness in the pulpit. We’ve seen showmanship and listened to smoothly worded […]

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Tasting the Honey

Jonathan Edwards, using honey as a metaphor for experiencing the gospel, said that there is a “difference between having a rational judgement that honey is sweet and having a sense of its sweetness.” In other words, there is something more than mere intellectual ascent (but not less) that is part what it means to “experience” […]

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House Hunting, Etc.

Yesterday Kristy and I spent the afternoon with a realtor friend looking at homes in Dahlonega. What a fun day. We LOVE that area and can’t wait to get up there. Today was a massive spring cleaning day. Not as much fun—but so needed. The house definitely feels clean and comfy. Tomorrow we are going […]

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Ships Need Wind, Coal Needs Fire

As we look toward launching a new gospel mission later this year, I am energized by words of Charles Spurgeon, a preaching with amazing speaking gifts, “Without the Spirit of God, we can do nothing. We are as ships without wind or chariots without steeds. Like branches without sap, we are withered. Like coals without […]

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Why Do Humans Wear Clothes?

Our family recently watched a documentary on the Scopes “Monkey” Trial in Dayton, TN, which took place early last century. With the theme of Biblical creationism vs. Darwinian evolution on the table, I began to wonder: Why do humans wear clothes? Why do apes wear not wear clothes? It seems as if the fundamental difference […]

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Emancipated by the Gospel

I’m still wading through Brennan Manning’s Ragamuffin Gospel, and came across a helpful quote on one of the many implications of what it means to be “free in Christ”: “Freedom in Christ produces a healthy independence from peer pressure, people-pleasing, and the bondage of human respect. The tyranny of public opinion can manipulate our lives…. […]

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The Sunday Funnies

When we used to get the paper a while back, we really enjoyed the “Sunday Funnies.” Well, here is a Sunday funny that is… well… well, you just have to see it to believe it.  : )

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And the Winner Is…

Drum roll please…. And the winner of the cool blue 2009 MINI Cooper S is… Jay Hightower of Atlanta, GA! Congratulations, Jay. And thanks to everyone for following The Dahlonega Church Plant. : )

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Pleasing Jesus by Believing Jesus

What if I believed that I really am totally, unreservedly, completely, and eternally forgiven… and more than that, that I have been declared righteous? What if I believed that no performance, ritual, or duty could increase my perfect standing as a fully-loved child of the Fathter? What if I could rest in my sonship with […]

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