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3 Facets of the Incarnation

The virgin conception of the Lord Jesus is both wonderful and meaningful; it points us to at least three facets of the incarnation.
Domesticating Death

Domesticating Death

Death has a way of doing things. It barges right in, uninvited, disrupting life. It rudely divides families, and leaves those who remain behind mourning, sorrowful, and diminished from who they were prior to the loss.
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The Lazy Pastor

At the outset of a difficult topic - pastoral laziness - I want to be clear that my purpose is to encourage both pastors...
Could Jesus Have Sinned?

Could Jesus Have Sinned?

Some hold to what is called the impeccability of Christ. This is the view that it was not possible for Christ to have sinned. Other believe that if Jesus were not able to sin then his temptations would have been a farce. How can temptation be real if you couldn’t fall?
Does Jeremiah 29:11 Guarantee Us Health and Prosperity?

Does Jeremiah 29:11 Guarantee Us Health and Prosperity?

Don’t believe in false hope. Don’t believe people who tell you that God will keep you from all suffering or that God will bring you out of suffering really quickly. That’s false hope. It abounded in the days of Jeremiah and it is abounding today.
Four Suggestions for Making Your Way Through the Old Testament

Four Suggestions for Making Your Way Through the Old Testament

Let’s face it, the Old Testament (OT) is where Bible reading plans go to die. You get off to a great start in Genesis and Exodus, but then Leviticus is like an impenetrable brick wall.
7 Christmas Eve Service Ideas That Work

7 Christmas Eve Service Ideas That Work

We’ve decided to put all our musical eggs in the Christmas Eve basket because it’s THE service of the year (along with Easter Sunday).
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Mister Rogers Quotes (Good for Sermons)

Mister Rogers quotes lend themselves easily to sermon illustrations as well as basic life principles. The children's show creator certainly knew how to minister to people big and small.
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How to Study the New Testament for All its Worth

When we study the New Testament, we need to think about the context in which it was written. #Biblestudy #NTWright #NewTestament
The Worst Job Description Ever

The Worst Job Description Ever

Only a fear of God will overcome your fear of not wanting to do a job he has given you.
Walk Away Paul

Walk Away Paul

The apostle Paul was about as zealous as any person has ever been in spreading the message of Jesus, but when he faced stubborn...
5 Ways to Bring a Good Man Down

5 Ways to Bring a Good Man Down

“You can’t bring a good man down," sang one of my favorite country music groups, Alabama. Solomon’s life begs to differ, however, highlighting five ways you can bring down a man—even if he's the world’s wisest one.
13 Questions to Ask This Thanksgiving

13 Questions to Ask This Thanksgiving

We can easily find a multitude of reasons to be thankful. God's common grace has provided us with an abundance of physical blessings.
7 Signs of Unchecked Arrogance in Older Leaders

7 Signs of Unchecked Arrogance in Older Leaders

I addressed this issue of pride in younger leaders. Today, though, I focus on my generation and older—and I do so with some trepidation because I know I’ll be testing and revealing my own heart here.
Rest Might Not Mean What You Think

Rest Might Not Mean What You Think

God always wanted his people to live in peace, in rest. God was always inviting his people not only into his presence, but into his rule and reign, into his kingdom of peace.
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How to Manage Organizational Change Well…From the New Book “Every Pastor’s First 180 Days”

In your first 180 days on the job at a church, you must manage organizational change well. At the Willow Creek conference years ago,...
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Voicing Thanks to God

It is one thing to have a quiet time of meditative devotion, or to adore God in your heart, and to offer every silent moment of your day to him as a sacrifice. But once in a while you need to express that and praise God out loud.
Some Counsel for Christians Leaving Toxic Church Environments

Some Counsel for Christians Leaving Toxic Church Environments

I wish I could say I’ve not seen this before. But our congregation is rife with these stories of people who dealt with a toxic church.
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Six Lessons From Luther’s Preaching

Many think of Martin Luther primarily as a reformer. However, he thought of himself first and foremost, as a preacher. John Ker wrote, “Preaching was the center and spring of his power; by preaching he moved Germany and then Europe, till he shook the Papal throne.
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7 Things the Lord Hates

The literary device used by Solomon in Proverbs 6 helps us understand something vital about the church.  On the surface, the list of seven things that the Lord hates seems to be a collection of sins including pride, dishonesty, violence, scheming, plotting, slander, and divisiveness.
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Debate: Should Kids Be Excused From School to Study the Bible?

A Bible Release Time program is currently being vetted in Knox County, Tennessee. Students are excused one hour a month from their regular classes to attend a course at a neighboring church. Students' parents must sign a release form and the course takes the place of subjects like art and music.

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