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Useless Bonfires and the Enemy Within

Sheree Phillips tells the story of Paul and his useless bonfire. How do we mortify our temptations to worldliness? How do we find our contentment in Christ alone? What does it mean to abide in Christ?...

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Gay Marriage: What Will the Supreme Court Decide and How Can We Respond?

Jake Phillips writes about the different possible outcomes of the Supreme Court gay marriage case, and how we might respond as a church. Will our response be predominantly political, cultural or Gospel-centered?...

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(A Little) Of What I've Learned From 30 Years of Homeschooling

Sheree Phillips explains a few of the lessons she learned from homeschooling for 30 years. God equips everyone he calls to homeschooling (or anything else), no matter how qualified they may feel. Is God calling you to consider homeschooling? Hopefully this post will encourage you as you begin (or continue) your journey. ...

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Friendship in the Age of Friending: Sermon Review

Bob reviews Joey's sermon from this past Sunday, "Friendship in the Age of Friending." It's the latest in our series entitled "Unplugged: Peace in the Digital Age." Joey explored what it means to have true, biblical friendships and fellowship in the age of artificial connections. ...

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A Tale of Two Rivers: Charlie Hedbo and the Baptism of Christ

Ryan McLaughlin writes about the Charlie Hedbo attacks and the baptism of Christ: a tale of two rivers. What can we learn, as Christians, from this devastating attack? Well, for one, as Ryan writes, we can remind ourselves of the futility of man's efforts to save himself and rid the world of evil. ...

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Beyond Good Intentions

When we consider how to approach those who are struggling, I believe most of us would agree that our disposition is of utmost importance. How many of us can look back with regret on a conversation we've had with someone grieving a lost loved one, bemoaning a challenging circumstance at work or home, or even struggling with a besetting sin and see where we were short, quick...

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Slowing Down to Abide in Christ

We are in the midst of a cultural revolution. Through the internet we have access to more information than we can ever apply, and the ability to share our lives instantly, most of us from our phone. Technology has made this possible. Yet there is no greater threat from technology than its power to distract us from our inner lives....

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A Time to Speak (and Listen)

A couple of weeks ago, several organizations (including The Gospel Coalition) sponsored a roundtable discussion called “A Time to Speak,” encouraging the church universal that at this point in history, following the situations in Ferguson, Staten Island, Ohio and all around the country, we have an opportunity and an obligation to discuss issues of race, racial reconcil...

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The Myth of Multitasking

Multi tasking is a way of life. Otherwise how could we manage a home, job, friendships, schedule (ours and our kids, for those who have them), church involvement, working out or whatever hobbies we enjoy…and still have time to eat, sleep and be sane?...

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A New Young Friend and the Old, Old Story

If you’re like me sometimes it’s hard to know what the gospel really looks like in relationships. I actually used to think the gospel was something you spoke only to the lost who needed to hear how the sinless life, atoning death and glorious resurrection of Christ made a way for them to have a relationship with God, brings meaning to suffering and provides hope for th...

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