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What’s “normal”?

If you ask 10 teenagers to define "normal" you'd probably wonder if alien life forms are actually walking among us.  Seriously: you might get ten different looks, ten different variations of the word, "uh," and ten different answers.  They would... Continue Reading →

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New years are gifts.  A year seems to climb reaching its pinnacle somewhere during the Christmas season for most.  Once that vista is reached, thoughts move to the descent, "What's this year going to be like?  Well, whatever it will... Continue Reading →

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My friends, recently we hosted a parenting panel forum at our church.  We invited our elders and their wives to share advice on several aspects of parenting. Each of them has raised their children to know and follow Christ and... Continue Reading →

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I was recently sharing with a large group of young mothers how we mistakenly believe the "big" parenting events are the "big" parenting events.  In other words, it's the incidental "important" moments as parents that leave the real mark on... Continue Reading →

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Reason #18 That You Should Turn to Jesus Christ

[There really are a lot of good reasons to do so.] My son, who has now developed a clever sort of humor, will hijack someone's sentence with a phrase that includes words like "whole," "enough" or "entire."  It usually goes... Continue Reading →

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Time keeps on slipping…

"Slipping, slipping, into the future...."  You might know song?  Steve Miller band penned these words in their hit song, "Fly Like an Eagle."  Anyone of some age looks back on his life and finds those moments when he should've, could've... Continue Reading →

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Reason #16: Are you Delayed in Turning to God?

Delays are inevitable.  Travelers know too well what it's like to arrive in time at the airport, sail through ticketing and then get slammed at the TSA line!  Or, you have a project assigned to you that requires a team... Continue Reading →

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Death Prepper

Close to our home we had a "prepper" store.  I don't know much about them.  I hear the "prepper" ads on the radio from time to time.  They warn of the impending end of our society and our country; they... Continue Reading →

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The God I serve is a God of Love…

"God loves me unconditionally.  He doesn't stand over me just waiting to pounce on my every sin.  Especially when it come to my same-sex attraction and the occasional sex I have." "We've talked about the 'God made me gay' thing. ... Continue Reading →

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I've been reading several books on this hot cultural topic of homosexuality.  I overheard a man recently say something like, "Homosexuals make up between 2-4% of the population and there are less than 170,000 same sex unions in the nation... Continue Reading →

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I am….lost?

"I am [insert abbreviation or acronym]."  How we fill in that blank has radically changed over the years.  Two hundred plus years ago it was, "I am an American."  One hundred and fifty years ago it was, "I am from... Continue Reading →

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Mediocrity is not Godly

The Chap Factor

I troll through radio stations like I do websites – especially news stations.  There are times when a little NPR fits my mood (like when I have  to hear Diane Rhem’s voice) and other times when Rush Limbaugh suits me.  I was tuned into Rush the other day and he was discussing a piece that he read on NPR’s website, “Why Millennials are Ditching Cars and Redefining Ownership.”  As an owner of a very large, diesel long bed crew cab truck, I was intrigued (though I am no millennial…).

The article drives through the challenges of life in L.A. including the on-ramp of a life of vocation and the difficulty found there.  The personal focus of the article was on young up-and-comers.  Seated a couple of Generations ahead of these folks, it was easy to see that the millennials are v-e-r-y different than previous generations (they more often…

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Reasons for Giving Reasons that a Sinner Ought to Turn to God without Delay

I have spent many weeks giving Richard Baxter's (1615-1691) reasons for calling sinners to turn to God without delay (and we're not finished!).  He believed it important to lay out the reasons to believe in Christ to men and women... Continue Reading →

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Reason #15: Why a Sinner Ought to Turn to God Without Delay

Have you ever asked a person an important question that required a response?  Not like a text or a tweet or a Facebook message or even an email...but a significant question of profound import that affected you and your decisions? ... Continue Reading →

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Reason #14: Why a Sinner Ought to Turn to God without Delay

Many years ago, my wife's mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.  At that time, there wasn't necessarily the urgency around those things as there is now.  She was told to wait, come back in six months and reevaluate.  I'm not... Continue Reading →

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Reason #13: Why a Sinner Ought to Turn to God without Delay

What if you did something today that jeopardized tomorrow?  Would you do it? "Maybe"?  Americans are masterful at cost-benefit analysis and so surely there are some among us who would judge today's benefit to be worth tomorrow's jeopardy.  In small... Continue Reading →

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Reason #12: Why a Sinner Ought to Turn to God without Delay

I live in a growing Southern city.  I don't know when the South was given its nickname, "The Bible Belt" but I think that I live in its buckle.  In fact, in the (online) Yellow Pages for my city, there... Continue Reading →

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Reason #10: Why a Sinner Ought to Turn to Jesus Christ without Delay

Callouses on your soul. If anyone works in the yard for an hour or two and then washing his hands knows: the constant working reveals a hardening of the skin at the base of the fingers.  Throw in some time... Continue Reading →

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Reason #9: Why a Sinner Ought to Turn to God without Delay

What is the cumulative effect of procrastination?  Apathy?  Antipathy?  I think the latter.  Baxter's comment today has to do with what happens when a person refuses to forsake his sin today believing that there's more time tomorrow. The longer you... Continue Reading →

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Gordon College: (Cautious) Example of How NOT to Cave-in

Mainstream media, Christian and secular, usually favorably represents the church's toe-dipping into social and ethical areas that are without precedent.  Those media outlets typically find and mainstream examples of people, churches and organizations that find more "progressive" views and practices... Continue Reading →

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Reason #8 Why a Sinner Ought to Turn to God without Delay

I think one of humanity's biggest gifts and biggest burdens is our ability to manufacture expectations.  I've never met a person who didn't have them.  All the trouble that I've caused I've done in the service of my expectations.  We... Continue Reading →

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Reason #7: Why a Sinner ought to Turn to God without Delay

Feel the Heat.  Ever wondered where that phrase came from: "feel the heat"?  This is one of several we have in English that capture the same sentiment.  What about "hot as hell" or "snowball's chance in hell"?  Like "feel the... Continue Reading →

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Reason #6: Why a Sinner Ought to Turn To God without Delay

This weekend in morning worship, we looked at the concept of "foolishness."  There are things that we all consider foolish - but no one has the same list.  Inside Christendom we have a unified list of what is foolish; of... Continue Reading →

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Reason #5: Why a Sinner Ought to Turn to God without Delay

Randy Alcorn is the author of a book titled, "The Treasure Principle."  The book is about how Christians use their money in such a way that investments they make now might reap rewards in heaven.  He has several "keys" in... Continue Reading →

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Reason #4: Why a Sinner Ought to Turn to God without Delay

It has been a difficult few days.  In my last post I referenced a death in the family and my involvement in the final preparations, a memorial and shepherding people through their grief.  It was both a privilege and a... Continue Reading →

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Reason #3: Why a Sinner Ought to Turn to God Without Delay

"He's dead."  Mercifully that kind of statement in the pre-dawn hour of the day doesn't come too often.  Today, however, it came.  I've been wandering in and out of my senses ever since.  I've been dealing with matters of life... Continue Reading →

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Reason #2: Why a Sinner Ought to Turn To God Without Delay

Richard Baxter does us a great service by first reminding us that to turn is to turn to the Blessed God.  We trust in Jesus Christ to save us, govern us, and deliver us.  We do not turn to a... Continue Reading →

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50 Reasons Why a Sinner Ought to Turn God Without Delay

I've been spending a lot of time reading the Puritans lately.  It has been so refreshing to learn more about them and learn more from them.  One of the things I learned is their tremendous heart for evangelism.  For them,... Continue Reading →

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Here is a PDF version of the personal and family worship guide. The instructions are self explanatory inside the document.  I do hope that this will be useful to the church as we strive hard after Jesus Christ! Pastor Gabe... Continue Reading →

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There is no doubt that Bible believers will find Romans 13:1-7 a challenging text - particularly in this election season.  In the audio file here, we review the command to submit to the governing authorities, the two reasons Paul gives... Continue Reading →

And legs and mind and soul all to God!  In Romans 12, Paul begins to apply the great Trinitarian work of God to those who claim to follow Him.  Here is the audio file from our discussion last week.

Last week, we studied Romans 11.  Here is the audio file for all who wish to hear. Pastor Gabe

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