Passion Week/Friday: Great Friday

Quick Navigation A Torturous DeathHumiliationA Closer LookSubstitutionA Shadow of JesusThe Tables Turned A Torturous DeathIt’s Friday. Jesus has been betrayed, arrested, judged, scourged, and is now hanging from a cross, each breath requiring searing pain to shoot from nailed hands and feet as he would be forced to pull himself up upward against gravity to refill […]

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The Secret of the 50-Year Marriage

Quick Navigation Longing for a Shared StoryThe Covenantal vs Consumeristic MarriageVows are not a FormalityThe Importance of FoundationsA Better QuestionLet’s Apply ItDiscussion Guide Longing for a Shared StoryBoth sets of my wife’s grandparents were married for over sixty years. What a legacy! Isn’t that what we want to look forward to. Enjoying long life together […]

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What if Jesus is Still Buried?

Introduction – 1 Corinthians 15:12-32 “Christianity, if false, is of no importance, but if true, is of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.”In that statement, C.S. Lewis, the Oxford professor and author of the Narnia books, challenges us to re-evaluate our assumptions.  What would make Christianity either true or false? What is […]

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The Most Important Thing

Quick Navigation INTRODUCTIONTHE MOST IMPORTANT THING: 3 Things1. IT IS A GIFT TO RECEIVE (vv. 1-2)Faith is central.Reminders are crucial.Ongoing faith is pivotal.Application:  It is the same way with standing firm in the gospel.2.  IT IS A TRUTH TO BELIEVE (vv. 3-8)It is a truth predicted in the Scriptures.It is a truth verified in history.Application: […]

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How to Resolve Marriage Conflict

Table of Contents Marriage Will Not Fix the ProblemMarriage Needs Ongoing MaintenanceThe Human ConditionThe Two Options for Ending a WarThe Critical QuestionA Lesson from the Master’sThe Way of ReconciliationUnclogging the SinkApply the Principle   1. Suspect yourself2. Take a Look in the Bucket3. Change the Oil4. Let Defensiveness be a Red Flag5. Read It TogetherResolving Conflict […]

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For Pastors Who Struggle to Believe that Their Ministry is Making a Difference

Quick Content Navigation 1. The Impact We Crave2. A Moment of Sanity3. A New Metaphor4. No Little Places, No Little Pastors5. The Pastor’s Primary Work6. Your Next Step 1. The Impact We CraveHello, fellow pastor.  Do you ever struggle to believe that your ministry is making any difference? I do. Does your emotional fullness meter ebb and […]

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What Role Should Speaking in Tongues Play in the Christian Life?

Quick Links to Message Notes INTRODUCTION1. THE PRIORITY OF PROPHECY (14:1-5)Three primary benefitsAn important distinctionHelpful definitionsApplication2. THE VALUE OF TONGUES (14:6-25) As a public sign (Acts 2)As a personal gift (1 Corinthians 14)For private prayer (personal edification)Not to be used in gathered worship 3. THE NECESSITY OF ORDER (14:26-40)Order in the use of giftsOrder for expressing questions, […]

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It Takes a Team: 4 Foundational Truths About Spiritual Gifts

Quick Navigation Introduction1) The Holy Spirit, as the Source of All Spiritual Life, Endows Each Believer with a Spiritual Gift.2) There is a Vast Diversity of Gifts Among Believers.3) Just like Parts of the Human Body Function Interdependently, Spiritual Gifts Function Interdependently (for the accomplishment of a common purpose).4) Each Gift is Necessary, Valuable, and […]

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A Goalie’s Sacrifice: When Authority is Responsibility and Submission is Grace

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGEBefore you listen to the audio message or read this post, I want to make it explicit that there is absolutely no room whatsoever to excuse any form of marital abuse (emotional, physical, financial, verbal, etc.).  In a day when domestic violence and abuse is at epidemic levels, we need to let abused women […]

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