Fatigued from the Fight?

A blog post by Dr. Ed Welch says that fighting sin is tiring. It is hard. Exhausting. And he is right, because any fight is going to drain physical and psychological resources. So, some encouragement. If you are fighting sin (not in light of the law, but in light of the gospel), and have been […]

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Stop Trying to Play Atlas

What do I do when life feels overwhelming and out of control? How about stop trying to play Atlas, and start crying out, “Abba, Father.” It’s what a child does. And the Father loves for us to come to him in our need. So let’s review: 1. I can’t bear the weight of the world, […]

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The Five Most Important Questions

In The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization, management guru Peter Drucker  provides a grid through which any for-profit or non-profit can become more focused and effective in its mission. Even though churches are not “businesses,” these might be good questions for a leadership team to discuss. 1. What is […]

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Nobody is Merely a Volunteer

When Paul described the church as a body, he did not distinguish between the paid staff and the volunteer team. Yes, some folks are called to vocational ministry as “staff.” However, their role is not to do the ministry. Rather, Paul says in Ephesians 4 that the purpose of those in formal leadership positions are […]

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Not Under Law, but Under Grace

Romans 6:14, “For you are not under the law, but under grace.” —the Apostle Paul In Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown’s Commentary on the Whole Bible, they make the following comments on Paul’s famous statement regarding law and grace: The force of this glorious assurance can only be felt by observing the grounds on which it […]

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But the Lord

He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; but the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of […]

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Anything but Moderately Important

C.S. Lewis wrote, “Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.” Feel free to substitute “the resurrection” in the place of “Christianity” in his quote and you will feel the weight of this week’s opening message in our Easter Sermon Series, […]

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